It’s odd that Worlds’ Finest keeps running away from its biggest strength – the relationship between its two leading ladies. Although we get some nice moments with Power Girl and Huntress together, most of this issue is set aside to give us separate adventures for them both.
From Power Girl we get another story of her trying to find a way home for both Helena and herself. This one involves a super-accelerator and a robot from another dimension. And the comic continues the trend for Power Girl to lose most of her clothing for another issue. For Helena, we get an evening out at a Take Back the Night rally where the Huntress is called upon to stop a sniper from… doing something (the comic makes no attempt to give us a reason for the man’s actions).
Although neither story is bad, all of the best parts of Worlds’ Finest #5 come in the conversations between the two women between their stories and at the comic’s beginning as the heroes continue to test Kara’s powers to see how they might work differently in their new home. For fans.
I was surprised at home much I enjoyed the first issue of Worlds’ Finest which reintroduced Huntress and Power Girl as heroes from Earth-2 stranded in the New 52 DC Universe.
Although the second issue isn’t bad, it’s certainly has to be considered a disappointment. Sure we get a few more flashbacks to the ladies early days on a new Earth (but even these are rather bland), and I certainly liked the idea of how Power Girl fuels Starr Industries (by mining rare minerals such as Dysprosium from deep in the ocean), but neither battle between the pair and the radioactive Hakkou, who destroys a large section of a Starr development site for unclear motives, is all that interesting.
Issue #2 feels a less focused than the first issue, and Hakkou is yet another throwaway New 52 villain (whose motives and ties to Apokolips are sketchy at best). Hit-and-Miss.
Of all the comics scheduled in DC’s Second Wave (the six new titles taking the place of the first six casualities of the New 52) the one I found the most intriguing was Worlds’ Finest which centers around two DC heroines with complicated histories. I’ve got to say I enjoyed almost everything about this first issue from writer Paul Levitz with art by George Perez and Kevin Maguire.
Early on its made clear the Power Girl is the Supergirl from Earth-2 (which keeps to the most recent history of the character pre-New 52) and the Huntress in indeed Helena Wayne, the daughter of Earth-2’s Batman (although she’s recently been using the name Helena Bertinelli, the Earth-1 Huntress pre-New 52, as a cover). Through an accident both have found themselves trapped on a parallel Earth which already has a Supergirl and Robin (the identity we’re told Huntress used on her world).
Worlds’ Finest is missing the grim 90’s feel which has been far too present in most of the New 52 titles. It’s fun! And, aside from an unfortuante new costume for Power Girl, it’s really well done.
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