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 “Beasts of Burden”: Power Girl has followed the trail of Divine (her raven-haired clone) to a cloaked facility in Vietnam. Professor Anthony Ivo introduces himself and tells PG that she has found the location of the new Cadmus Project. He then sets his menagerie of genetically engineered monsters on her (including a four-armed albino King Kong called “Caspian”) with the expectation that they would stop her getting inside. However, PG just brushes them aside and flies straight through all of Ivo’s safeguards. She plugs s USB transmitter into a computer console allowing Nicco to download their database while she continues to explore. Nicco decides that he has to do something with the mountain on unencrypted intel so he forwards it to the Batcave for archiving. PG discovers that Ivo has even cloned Krypto (Superman’s dog), but the Krypto clone recognises her as a kryptonian and starts helping her. They have the upper hand until Maxwell Lord arrives and shuts down Power Girl’s opposition with his mind control. He then makes her believe that Captain Atom was responsible for Magog’s murder and that it’s her duty to take down the JLI.
Continuity: The Batman that Nicco calls is Bruce Wayne (raised bat-emblem with the yellow oval). Whether this is deliberate or whether it’s an art mistake will have to wait for a following issue. The end of this issue takes place simultaneously with Justice League: Generation Lost #17 and continues in Justice League: Generation Lost #18.
Opinion: Another great issue from Winick and Basri. The emotional turmoil that PG faced last issue is pushed to one side as she does some monster punching. Why do I get the feeling that Anthony Ivo has had way too much fun working for Max. That old scientist must be a real movie buff considering the monsters and Creature Commandos that he’s been manufacturing (either that or he’s a pokemon fan). “Clambake”, the big clone of Krypto, was also fun and I hope they’ll keep him around. This issue finally leads directly into Generation Lost and there is some relief that we’re moving beyond the investigation phase of PG character arc.