We start with the 3D cover, which doesn't work brilliantly, unless we're meant to believe that Desaad keeps his head about a foot behind the rest of his body, and Power Girl never stops vibrating. Sheesh. It's a shame, as Ken Lashley's composition is decent, and Jason Wright's colours are excellent - dig that Kirby Krackle.
You might expect those famous dots in a book starring a character created by legendary artist/writer Jack Kirby. What you won't expect is a cameo by Kirby himself, but here he is, as illustrated by Yildiray Cinar and coloured by Wright. Stranded on Earth after Darkseid's aborted invasion of Earth Prime, Desaad's spent five years making monsters as he plots to return home. Levitz shows us how Desaad becomes interested in humans, and eventually, fascinated by one man in particular - 'The Artist'. The unnamed guy is so wrapped up in his comic creation that he doesn't even notice Desaad boom tubing in behind him, doesn't see the outline of evil (click on image to enlarge).
Nul points to DC for ending this issue with a direction to the Earth 2 series - back next month after its Villains break - when it might have also mentioned Worlds's Finest, where the storyline here will actually play out.
I like Levitz's script, which paints Desaad as an insidious creature (and one surprisingly well versed in Jewish tradition). He's a little one-note, but he's a Kirby archetype, there to push stories forward with his evil scheming and fascination with fear.
Nathaniel Dusk ... I'd love to see Cinar and Wright produce an entire comic in this style.