Royal Nonesuch has your review of the new jumping-on point for POWER GIRL, published by DC Comics!
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Written by JUDD WINICK • Art and cover by SAMI BASRI
Power Girl dives headfirst into the next chapter of her life on Earth with new series writer Judd Winick (JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST) and artist Sami Basri (THE SHIELD)! And what events will draw her to her former JLI teammates from JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST?
DC Universe 32pg. Color $2.99 US
POWER GIRL #13, with the new regular creative team of Judd Winick and Sami Basri, is a well-executed jumping-on point for new readers of the comic. Winick is able to work in not only the title character's origin and backstory, but he provides good recaps of recently past goings on of the DC universe, and how they relate to what's going on there today. Although there is some work done here with a plot that figures in Maxwell Lord and the return of the OMACs, this is mostly an issue about Power Girl herself. Kara Zor-L, aka Karen Starr, is the real star of this book. Winick does a great job of integrating all the sides of a complicated and multi-layered life. It's hard being a superhero and a civilian identity, and that point is driven home very well here.
Winick's narrative balancing act pairs off well with the artwork of newcomers Sami Basri and Sunny Gho. Though is lacks the dynamic weight of predecessor Amanda Connor, it still boasts great composition and storytelling. The figures all feature dead-on body language and the colors are bright without being garish while utilizing proper contrast. Overall, the art has that plastic-y, fluorescent lighting look of a Daniel Acuña, but it isn't as overbearing. Basri and Gho do some interesting things with composition and color, particularly near the end of the issue, when Max Lord enacts his ultimate plan.
POWER GIRL #13, as a comic with a new creative team and new direction, needed to fulfill a few functions, and it does so rather handily. The issue needed to (re)introduce the character, and fit her into the make-up of the DCU at large. Now that the book under this team has been established, it will be interesting to see where it goes from here.