Review: Power Girl Bomb Squad

Published on July 19th, 2011

It’s the week of San Diego Comic Con! For comic book fans, it’s like Christmas and Columbus Day combined! But today is only Tuesday, so we’ll have to put our excitement on hold while we enjoy this week’s edition of Trade Tuesday. This week we’re going to take a look at Power Girl: Bomb Squad from Judd Winick and Sami Basri. This book collects issues 13-18 of the most recent Power Girl ongoing series. With taking over a book from the team of Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Amanda Conner; Winick and Basri have some pretty big shoes to fill.

powergirlbombsquadIn this trade, Power Girl has a lot going on. If being a full-time super hero with responsibilities to the JLA and the JLI teams wasn’t enough, she also has to keep her personal life as Karen Starr going. Which wouldn’t be such a problem if she wasn’t the head of a huge corporation that has gone bankrupt after the head of finances stole all the company’s money and disappeared.

So, she’s got to use every trick in the financial book to keep the company afloat, while fighting off several monsters that are trying to destroy New York. And let’s not forget the evil Power Girl clone that she’s got to get rid of (you know the clone is evil because she has black hair). Luckily, Power Girl has Batman and her tech guy, Nicco (who has figured out that Power Girl and Karen Starr are the same person) to help her out.

I won’t say that this is as good as the first 12 issues of the series, but I will say that this was an enjoyable comic to sit and read. I’ve read a few books from Winick and I’ve noticed that he likes to do multi-layered stories, which I think makes everything a little more interesting. In Power Girl he sets up this storyline with Max Lord who has been behind everything in Power Girl’s life. She also has no idea because he’s used his telepathic powers to make almost everyone in the DC universe forget that he exists. The way that Winick wrote these six issues is really cool because it starts out as a few separate short stories, but in the end everything comes together.

Basri’s art is pretty nice, but sadly it’s just not as good as Conner’s, but then again, whose is? I do really like the way he draws Batman and he’s definitely got a unique style that stands out. Basri definitely put his stamp on this book and made it his.

Sadly, there’s no extras for this trade. It’s a real shame because they could have at least pout some sketches or notes in to make this trade worth getting for collectors. But, if you haven’t already read these issues, fifteen bucks for 6 issues is not a bad price. Amazon is selling it for an even better price at around ten bucks. So why not pick up a copy for yourself, sit down, and have a fun time reading it?

Ken Zeider