Honestly, this one leaves me speechless. Herald at least will be proud, since Levitz managed to write the definition of Mary Sue to perfection.
This...is...bad. There's really no way around it. This issue reads like really, really bad fan fiction. Worse, it reads like boring fan fiction. The least he could do would have been to put steamy sex scenes in it to liven the crappy writing, plotting and characterization up, but no, not Paul Levitz, Boring but clean is his way.
As for the Nu...er...Power Girl, I don't mind that she's black, since I completely dismiss her. She's also basically a totally new character. Did classic PG ever command the Enterprise after saving the universe with the power of her sheer awesomeness? I think not. Of course, the classic PG hasn't been around for a few years, which is another reason I don't care about the coloring change. Basically, this series never happened. It was a bad trip after smoking shredded copies of the Mr. Terrible series---but then you'd have to expect some horrible side effects from doing that...
Worst thing though is Levitz seems to know he's writing a Mary Sue, and hams it up as a F*you to the fans, his final farewell and F*off.
Which wouldn't surprise me if true. Par for the course with this management team at DC, and their pet writers. "Eat shit and die" as a corporate philosophy is certainly novel, so we'll have to sit back a while and see if customers/fans of DC really enjoy being told to suck and blow...Dan Didio...is good customer relations. Because at this point the message to fans seems clear.
Achilles is the kind of evil that hollows out a volcano for a lair, and sends killer robots after his enemies.---Lord Simian