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JSA : Classified #3

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2005
By: Michael Bailey



"Power Trip: Part Three of Four"

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Amanda Conner (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


Plot: Power Girl seeks out the Huntress to discuss her recent problems. Things get worse as Psycho Pirate attacks the Justice Society and then Power Girl herself. As he takes her captive, he promises that she will finally understand that he is trying to help her.

Commentary: I am not ashamed to admit that I am confused.

Not really confused. Not, "Would someone please explain this to me using the smallest words possible?" confused. I'm confused in that way that I haven't figured out what is going on and really like that I haven't because it makes the story that much more exciting.

See, Johns seems to be dancing around the fact that Psycho Pirate is one of the few characters who remember the Crisis. Well, supposedly remembers is a better term I guess. The writers who have worked in the DCU since the Crisis have made a real mess with how that event fits into the current continuity. Some say it didn't happen. Some say it did. Some say it happened this way. Others say it happened that way, and while I am not the continuity nazi, I used to be, and this does make for something that results in two Excedrin Migraine tablets, a glass of water and a nice, dark room.

The thing is, I feel the confusion is intentional. I think it is what Johns wants the readers to feel so we can better empathize and connect to Power Girl. If this was his intention, he succeeded because I am now a bigger Power Girl fan than I was before this story started.

The introduction of Huntress to the story made for a nice fan moment. The uncertainty Power Girl feels as to why she sought out the Huntress was great for those of us who know that in the old Earth-2 days the Huntress (Batman and Catwoman's daughter) was good friends with Power Girl (Kara Zor-L). Beyond that I thought that Huntress was an interesting choice for Karen to talk to considering how Helena feels about most of her fellow costumed heroes. She was the right choice, though, because if anyone can understand feeling confused about their relationship to an icon, it would be Helena.

The ending of this issue gave a few hints to what is actually going on. It would be very interesting if all of what has been happening to Karen is a plot from Luthor and the Psycho Pirate. This is a common theme in Johns' writing: to have a really outrageous concept be explained in a fairly rational way. To me it seems that Johns is trying to use Power Girl's confusing origins to lead the reader into thinking that the multiverse is either coming back or is going to be revealed to the heroes to give the Psycho Pirate some sense of vindication. In reality, though, it could all be a plot by Luthor and Psycho Pirate to use her for their own purposes. The questions Luthor asked pretty much point to this, but the Psycho Pirate's comments in his conversation with Luthor and later with Power Girl could mean that he is trying to prove that things were once very different.

Either way, it makes for a page turning comic.

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti's art work continues to be great. The style is not as clean as I usually like, but the enthusiasm and character is there. I especially liked the panel where Power Girl is flying along with the Huntress swinging at her side. It had an old school feel that made for a nice piece of art.

In The End: I have no idea what is going to happen. I have my theories, but I also know I could be dead wrong. In any case this has been a very exciting story that really plays into the "can't wait for the next issue" feeling that DC has been fostering for the past year. I also loved the cover to this issue. For those of us who have been following most of the titles, this was a nice little joke that shows that DC is able to poke fun at itself.



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