This is the first DC Comic to react to the death of Damian Wayne, the most recent Robin, in Batman Incorporated #8.  Be warned, however, that that’s basically tacked on.  To be fair, I think Damian’s death was kept under wraps, but the majority of this issue actually deals with Power Girl and her vendetta against Michael Holt.  Though the duo of Huntress and Power Girl make some headway on Kara’s quest, we discover that someone close to one of these ladies is actually working both sides and is it possible that Michael Holt has NOT been vanquished to Earth 2?!  (Uhhh… I’m gonna say not and that this is a trick of some sort.)

This issue was okay.  I believe this is the last issue that will feature the artwork of the sublime Kevin Maguire.  Maguire has never been great at keeping up with a monthly comic.  His work is beautiful and clean, which presumably requires a lot of time and attention.  It’s simply lovely, but I’ve made no secret of the fact that it’s never meshed with the art of this book’s other regular illustrator, George Perez.  Both are among the best in the business, but they are not complimentary to one another.

That said, he slips in some lovely moments.  He’s famous for his facial expressions and those are fantastic here.  I absolutely loved the panel showing Power Girl in bed in a sexy negligee and very unsexy white athletic socks!  The sequence of Huntress trying to hack into Holt Industries is just excellent and the scene featuring the revelation of a possible traitor is perfectly dramatic.

The dialogue on this book is excellent, but the story over all isn’t.  It’s okay… but it could seriously be better.  I’m just a critic.  I know that comic writing is a delicate balance.  You’ve got to have a gripping story PLUS natural-sounding, quippy banter.  The banter is great here.  The plot needs some punching up, though, but it’s certainly not the worst I’ve ever read.

The art and dialogue push this past the average mark, but it’s far from perfect.


Written by Paul Levitz
Art and Cover by Kevin Maguire