Credits: Written by Judd Winick, art by Sami Basri, coloured by Sunny Gho, lettered by John J. Hill. The associate editor was Rachel Gluckstern and the editor was Mike Carlin.
Synopsis: Power Girl, in her civilian identity as Karen Starr owner and CEO of Starrware Industries, has had her hands full with corporate matters. One of her scientists, Nicholas, who is trying to get her to approve an increase in lab space for his Nanobyte processing units, gives her a pair of ear rings that include a miniaturised cell phone. Her Head of Finance has vanished and the bank is sending in four executive finance officers to investigate. However, before she can act on that Superman announces that Maxwell Lord, the JLI’s rogue ex-director, is still alive. Power Girl’s plan to ambush a group of mercenaries at the JLI’s Moscow Embassy is scuppered when Booster Gold suddenly appears and starts a fire fight with them. The exasperated Power Girl then follows up a second lead on her own. She encounters a warehouse of OMACs in Northern China, but they break off from the fight when Maxwell Lord makes a global telepathic broadcast and erases everybody’s, including Power Girl’s. knowledge of his existence. She returns to New York, but in her absence the banks’ officers have revealed that Starrware’s accounts have been cleaned-out by her missing Head of Finance.
Continuity: This issue takes place concurrently with Justice League: Generation Lost #1.
Opinion: This is Judd Winick and Sam Basri’s first issue and so far they’re doing a pretty good job. There is definitely a more serious tone to the issue than during Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Amanda Conner’s amazing run, but the jump isn’t so great that you feel like you are reading another book entirely. The strength of the old art team was Amanda Conner’s excellent linework. While Basri’s linework isn’t as good as Conner’s linework, it combines with Sunny Gho’s colours to create a visual style that is just as strong. I love the old-school concentric circles mind-control motif that is used when Max actually makes his broadcast. The integration with Justice League: Generation Lost, which Winick also writes, is very tight. So tight in fact that you suspect that Maxwell Lord is behind Starrware’s money troubles (especially as the next part is trailed as “The Lord Hath Taken Away”). He did the same thing to Kord Industries, but the subsequent investigation cost Ted Kord (alias the Blue Beetle) his life . The subplot of the Nanobytes is interesting because in Generation Lost #4 Max talks to a scientist about Nanobyte genetics research. It may just be one of Judd Winick’s favourite buzz words, but the connection could play out.