After discovering the creature masquerading as Michael Holt is actually Darkseid‘s right-hand man Desaad, Power Girl finds herself under attack from all sides as warriors from Apokolips destroy various Starr facilities around the globe, Boom Tube-ing in and out without a trace, and Karen Starr herself is attacked in the press as her carefully created celebrity persona begins cracking around the edges.
Once again we get three artists whose styles only sort of work well together giving the art of issue #12 the kind of inconsistent look readers have come to expect from the series one-year run. It appears we’re going to get much more Apokolips and Desaad for the foreseeable future. I’ll admit this doesn’t excite me, but the Kara/Helena relationship at the heart of the comic continues to be its real focus.
An interesting note, Power Girl here appears in her classic costume (as well as the crappy New 52 version in flashbacks) that was reintroduced in the latest issue of Supergirl. I’m happy to see her back in her classic costume, but I did expect some explanation or acknowledgement of the change.
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How are Apokolips weapons in the Congo, money stolen from Wayne Enterprises, and the attack on Starr Enterprises by soldiers working for Mr. Terrific all related? That’s what the Huntress sets out to find in this latest issue of Worlds’ Finest.
After artist Kevin Maguire returned last month to give the comic the first cohesive look in it’s almost full-year run, the artist is absent as three separate artists fill-in giving the comic the kind of haphazard look fans have come to expect.
The Huntress takes center stage here as the entire comic, aside from another somewhat unnecessary flashback to the early days of the pair being stuck on an alternate Earth, takes place from her point of view. It’s a good choice that showcases the character’s detective skills before she heads off to a party with Power Girl, looking for answers from Michael Holt.
I don’t know what’s happened to Mr. Terrific (or really care, for that matter) but the appearance of Desaad in the comic’s final panel means the Apokolips storyline is heating up again. For fans.
After the attack on her island by members of Holt Industries last month, Power Girl decides to give her former boyfriend a little payback using her powers to create natural disasters around his most valuable facilities including even causing a small earthquake which accidentally gets a little out of hand.
As Power Girl cleans up the mess she started from spreading any further, the Huntress does some digging on her own and finds out that Michael Holt is Mr. Terrific. The celebration of the successful mission will have to be put on hold as the Huntress learns of Damian‘s death and barely gets away before Batman finds her crying at Robin’s grave.
After missing for several months Kevin Maguire is back, and for the first time in the series’ near year-long run he’s the only artist on display giving the comic a much more cohesive look than usual. I like the idea of Power Girl being far more hot-headed and mischievous in using her powers than either Superman or Supergirl while pointing out what the ramifications of that would look like. The scenes with Huntress grieving over Damian are also handled with care. Worth a look.
When Karen Starr‘s private island is invaded by a group of masked thieves it falls on a wounded Huntress to suit up and stop them from stealing her best friend’s technology.
The main story works well, but the flashbacks to earlier adventures of Helena and Karen are only slightly tied to the new tale and don’t add anything of significance other than to take up several pages which could be used for the main story. And once again it takes several artists to take over half the artist duties from the missing Kevin Maguire. The result of which are better than last month but still more mixed than I’d like.
Things do pick up in the end with the arrival of Power Girl and the reveal of who the thieves are actually working for. Although the prospect of Mr. Terrific showing up doesn’t do much to excite me, it is a nice twist and it looks like the comic is finally ready to deal with Karen Starr’s relationship to the hero whose pretty much disappeared from the New 52 since his book was cancelled. For fans.
Despite delivering the cover this month, the art of Kevin Magquire is nowhere to be found inside the pages of the latest issue of Worlds’ Finest. Up until the issue the art duties had been split equally between Maguire and George Perez. Although Perez is on-hand to draw most of the Huntress‘ storyline in this issue, Power Girl‘s art has been handed over to a pair of other artists giving the latest comic a somewhat mismatched look.
When Helena is wounded by an assassin looking to cash-in on Ibn Hassan’s bounty, Power Girl takes it on herself to have a little talk with Hassan and force him to reconsider the billion dollar death mark he put on her best friend.
Despite having two separate artist working on the Power Girl story it actually works better than the Huntress intro that does little more than set-up Kara’s quest to keep her friend safe. It also reminds us just how powerful (no pun intended) Power Girl is when she isn’t fighting radioactive monsters from Apocalypse. For fans.
The children of Batman team-up to take on a werewolf. Seriously, what’s not to like? The Huntress, Damian, and Power Girl team-up set out to discover who (other than Helena) has been siphoning off huge amounts of cash from Wayne Enterprises.
As Power Girl heads to the Congo, where she runs into child soldiers armed with Apokolips weaponry, Damian and the Huntress come to an understanding while fighting off a pack of wolves, the bitter cold, and a werewolf while teaming up to do their own investigating.
When the comic introduced Damian last month I wondered if the plan was to allow Helena to step into the big sister role a character like Damian sorely needs (which was filled by Stephanie Brown before the New 52 reboot). I really enjoyed the two together, including Damian’s promise to keep her secret – even from Batman. I hope we get to see more of the pairing in the future. Worth a look.
- Title: Green Arrow – Vendetta
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Despite Diggle’s (David Ramsey) objections, Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets romantically involved with Helena (Jessica De Gouw) and begins training her to be a crossbow-wielding Starling City vigilante known as the Huntress. Together the pair take down another name on Oliver’s list, a crack dealer who works for Helena’s father, but his influence, which isn’t helped by an awkward double-date with Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Merlyn (Colin Donnell), can’t stop her from starting a gang war by killing the leader of the Triad to weaken her father (Jeffrey Nordling) and make the mob boss pay for the death of her fiance.
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- Title: Green Arrow – Muse of Fire
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“Isn’t the man in the hood fighting to set things right? Why is your vendetta more valid that mine?”
Starling City gets a little crowded on the vigilante front when an armed assassin on a motorcycle kills a business man (John Cassini) in broad daylight while he was talking with Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson). Not-so-surprisingly the death of the businessman with mob connections to the Bertinelli crime family coincides with Oliver‘s (Stephen Amell) attraction to a young woman named Helena (Jessica De Gouw) harboring her own painful past and dark secret. That’s right boys and girls, it appears the Huntress has come to Starling City.
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Battle of the Bat-Brats! While breaking into a Wayne Enterprises facility to steal a paltry few million dollars to continue her own pursuits the Huntress runs into this world’s Robin – Damian Wayne.
The comic’s main story (with art by Kevin Maguire) features the children of Batman battling over Gotham as an angry Damian starts to think that there is more to this thief, who seems to have the moves of both Batman and Catwoman, than meets the eye. The back-up story (with art by George Perez) features Power Girl “borrowing” a satellite from Morgan Edge (there’s a name I haven’t heard in awhile) to search for dangerous Apokolips energy signatures, like the monster they fought over the past couple of issues.
The Helena/Damian story works better than Power Girl’s tale which really isn’t given enough time to develop. That said, we are give the brutal one-note Damian though most of the story, at least until his curiosity at Helena’s true identity gets the best of him. I will be interest to see if Helena becomes the New 52 big sister stand-in for Stephanie Brown to teach him a little humility and humanity. Worth a look.