Credits: Written by Judd Winick; art by Sami Basri; coloured by Sunny Gho and Jessica Kholinne; lettered by John J. Hill; edited by Rachel Gluckstern (associate) and Mike Carlin; cover by Basri and Gho.
Synopsis “Snow Job Part Two”: Batman (Dick Grayson) continues to aid Power Girl in her search for the mastermind who stole money from her company and created the C.R.A.S.H. android. They raid the arms dealer who was trying to sell C.R.A.S.H. when it went live (back in PG #14) and he tells them that it was briefly stored in Antarctica. They knew this was connected with the purchase of massive thermal generators (implying somewhere cold), but they needed to narrow the search area down. Power Girl’s superspeed/x-ray search of the ice cap finds a man-made structure hidden beneath the ice. However, she’s ambushed by a super strong masked combatant as she approaches the base. Nicco’s remote sensors can’t get a lock on his physiology, but whoever it is they’re as strong as Power Girl. She finally manages to pull her attacker’s mask off to reveal that “he” is actually a dark-haired female just as Nicco radios her that the woman is a kryptonian.
Continuity: C.R.A.S.H. stands for “Cybernetic Re-Adaptive Simulant Humanoid”.
Opinion: Well I didn’t see that one coming – another excellent twist by Judd Winick. I’m writing this review after I’ve read the next issue so I (and possible you dear reader) know who the raven-haired kryptonian is. However at the time my mind was racing with who she could be – a survivor from Kandor, one of Zod’s crew escaped from the Phantom Zone, another Mutliverse refugee. The fight with Divine (she get’s named next issue) was the opening sequence for last issue so it’s almost two issues of re-sequenced drama before we’re back in sync. This works really well and gives a boost to what could have been a very procedural/non-action investigation. It seems that Dick Grayson gets his best solo outings as Batman in Justice League titles. Both James Robinson and Judd Winick manage to retain that sense of joy and flair he had as Nightwing whereas most of the Bat-titles tend to over do the Bruce Wayne Batman impersonation.