“Power Girl” hits and misses regularly for me. But when it hits, as it does in this issue, it packs a pretty delightful punch.
This month, Power Girl and Superman fight a heard of extinct dinosaurs (and at least one wooly mammoth) set loose on New York City. The issue pushes back and forth in time and nicely ties up the mess that’s been going on with Starrware, Karen’s company. Thanks goodness for that, because it was stressful and uninteresting. Winick also makes an attempt to address the idea that Karen thinks she can be the face of Starrware and run around as Power Girl sans a mask without anyone putting two and two together. And thank heavens someone is at least addressing it… even Clark has the glasses! This issue stands nicely separate from all the Max Lord mumbo jumbo that Power Girl has been drawn into, but it is odd that this issue is about dinosaurs and not Lord, especially after her recent guest appearance in “Justice League: Generation Lost.” Of course the guest appearance cliffhanger at the end makes it all worthwhile, so we’ll leave it alone.
Judd Winick impresses here as he not only continues to do a great job capturing Karen’s unique voice and personality, but also skillfully capturing Karen and Clark’s relationship and chemistry both as cousins and as heroes. Their scenes are nicely nuanced — from Clark’s concern over Karen’s choices while he tries very hard to not tell her what to do; down to their mutual shock that the dinosaurs are making them bleed Kryptonian blood all over everything. It’s all good stuff, witty and sharp and just plain fun. And fun is something that has been too frequently missing since Palmiotti, Gray, and Conner departed and Winick dragged Power Girl back into more continuity heavy stories, so it’s a good move.
Sami Basri’s art has been consistent and reliable for his entire run on the series, and mostly suffers by having to follow up Amanda Conner’s art, which was more emotional and a better fit for Karen’s personality and style. Basri’s art is very pretty and soft, but occasionally flat and stiff, which doesn’t help the fun that sometimes seems to be missing. This, however, is one of Basri’s better issues, as he gets a chance to cut loose with some dinosaurs (always fun) and also do some good character work with Karen and Clark as Power Girl and Superman.