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October 26, 2005 – JSA: Classified #4

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Story by Geoff Johns
Art by Amanda Conner
Inks by Jimmy Palmiotti
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Rob Leigh

Published by DC Comics | $2.50

Hey kids, I’m back with another installment of Conor’s Pick of the Week!

This week I thought I’d try something a bit different. I’m going to periodically update my review over the course of the next 24 hours or so. I think that it’ll be an interesting experiment and might break up the monotony a bit. It may work, it my not. That’s the nature of experiments, true believers! So check back here through the end of Friday for updates!

12:55am – Well, I guess they really are doing it. The Multiverse is coming back. I’m not sure how I feel about this as I am pretty sure that getting rid of it in 1985 was the best thing DC ever did. It gets a little silly when you have to remember that Captain Marvel exists on Earth-X and not Earth-Ceti Alpha Six. Also, who names these Earths anyway? Back in the day when the JSA (the heroes of Earth-2) would crossover with the JLA (from Earth-1), they would actually refer to their planets that way. My question is, how did the JLA end up with Earth-1? You’d think that at some point Wildcat of Earth-2 would turn to Green Lantern (also of Earth-2) and say “Dude, why are we number two? Why do they get to be number one?” It’s that kind of stuff that gave DC its “goofy” reputation and allowed Marvel’s more realistic superheroes to capture the imagination of comic readers.

9:24am – This getting up early thing sucks.

10:21am – What do we really know about Power Girl, anyway? I mean, besides the super-cleavage revealing outfits and the sassy attitude? I’ll be honest, most of my Power Girl knowledge comes from the old Giffen Justice League books, which aren’t terribly reliable, as that wasn’t long after Crisis on Infinite Earths and everyone’s reboots weren’t quite set in stone (heh) at that point. At one point, I believe, Power Girl was somehow related to Atlan, the underwater Wizard. She was also supposedly from Krypton and was Superman’s cousin. I’m sure at some point they gave her a different origin. I’m not sure, I haven’t really kept up with the character. The point is that she’s been retconned almost as much as Hawkman.

1:21pm – And just as with Hawkman, Geoff Johns is working his “I’ll fix the convoluted backstory” magic on Power Girl. How to fix Power Girl? Combine it with the reemergence of the Multiverse and reveal that Power Girl is the pre-Crisis Power Girl from Earth-2, one of the few people to have survived Crisis on Infinite Earths, although without any memory of her previous life.

4:23pm – I just took a major gamble at lunch and chose a sandwich from the pizza place sight unseen. It had a big bun with what looked like tomato and cheese sticking out and I thought the guy behind the counter said something that sounded like “chicken” but it was hard to say because he spoke in a rather unintelligible fashion. It was in fact chicken and it was quite tasty.

5:35pm – Amanda Conner’s art is perfect for Power Girl. It’s just cheesecakey enough without being exploitative. With a less skilled artist, Power Girl would spend most of the issue bent over.

9:55pm – I really do think that Smallville is in the Top Five All-Time Great Live Action Comicbook Adaptions. It’s just so good.

Conor Kilpatrick
Living on the edge.

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