Worlds’ Finest #26

by Alan Rapp on August 18, 2014

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Worlds' Finest #26The Huntress and Power Girl‘s return to Earth-2 begins here. I’m on record as being vehemently against the move. Although the Worlds’ Finest #26 doesn’t sell me on the concept it at least doesn’t lose its way by delving headfirst into a war-torn new world. It’s actually odd, but we see very little of the modern day homeworld of the two heriones in their first issue back home.

Worlds’ Finest‘s best issues have all centered on the friendship between Power Girl and Huntress which continues here and (thankfully) doesn’t get overwhelmed by their new surroundings. I’m still not looking forward to months of New 52 Apokolips storylines (or Desaad‘s return) but at least the core relationship of the book appears to remain intact.

Oddly, the comic also continues the storyline on Prime Earth where Tanya Spears has been apparently tapped to take Power Girl’s place (both in and out of tights). How or why this is possible is unclear. I also wonder how long the comic plans to split focus between two worlds taking several pages away from its established stars. For fans.

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Worlds’ Finest #25

by Alan Rapp on July 15, 2014

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Worlds' Finest #25The twenty-fifth issue of the series sees both the Huntress and Power Girl make their goodbyes before returning to their own Earth. Although the journey back home has been foreshadowed for some time, I’m less than thrilled with the comic sending the two heroes back to a universe I care even less about than the New 52 version of Earth-1. However, given that future solicitations suggest one or both characters will be making appearances in titles taking place on the main New 52 Earth it’s a bit unclear how long their trip home will last.

With at least the next several issues taking place on their hellish homeworld which has fallen to Apokolips and an evil Superman, Worlds’ Finest #25 plays to the series strengths by centering the storyline on the friendship and interaction of our two heroines. The issue works well and even an appearance of the New 52 version of Desaad (adding a bit of action to the proceedings) can’t ruin what works as a bittersweet portend that perhaps the series’ best issues may now have already been told. Worth a look.

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Worlds’ Finest #24

by Alan Rapp on June 15, 2014

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Worlds' Finest #24With Power Girl busy attempting to finish the dimensional device to send the two heroes home (and restore power to the city which her first attempt caused), Huntress is on her own deal with a hostage situation involving a scientist who works for Karen Starr and a Slavic terrorist planning on using the blackout to detonate a dirty bomb.

Keeping the two heroes separate, Huntress carries the main story on her own as we peek in at Power Girl’s attempts to rectify the damage her creation has caused and set up a second attempt in next month’s series finale. As the series is ending I guess it’s settled that the pair will returning to the New 52 version of Earth-2 which disappoints me as I’ve enjoyed the small niche within this world Helena and Kara have managed to carve out for themselves.

Although we don’t get much interaction between the pair, as a penultimate issue Worlds’ Finest #24 works well as the threat to Huntress and the city is far more grave without the safety net of Power Girl swooping in until her bestie already has the situation well in hand. Worth a look.

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Worlds’ Finest #23

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2014

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Worlds' Finest #23Discovering with the right hardware she can indeed open up a portal home, the latest issue of Worlds’ Finest centers around Power Girl doing just that. Selling off the rest of her company to make her gateway, revealing her super-powers to her employees, and throwing all caution to he wind, Karen Star starts the machine and… blacks out the entire city.

As Power Girl is busy trying to restore power to the city (even if she has to fight off the U.S. Military to do it), the blackout helps out a trio of robbers intent on stealing dangerous nuclear material from a reactor at M.I.T. which leads the Huntress to swing into the action.

Although I’m against Helena and Kara returning home to Earth-2, and less than thrilled with the return of Desaad teasing what will likely be a larger role in upcoming issues, Worlds’ Finest provides a healthy mix of both humor and action from the pair of kick-ass heroines that fans should enjoy. Worth a look.

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Worlds’ Finest #22

by Alan Rapp on April 12, 2014

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Worlds' Finest #22With “First Contact” finished, the Huntress and Power Girl are left to bicker between themselves whether the alternate Earth (with an evil Superman) they caught a glimpse of before Helena destroyed the portal was actually their home.

After the two dispatch a group of mercenaries who have their own plans for the New Gammora technology, the comic splits the pair up for Huntress to search for answers and Karen Starr, with her empire now firmly back under her control, to sell it all off to fund the trip home.

As has been the custom of the comic, Worlds’ Finest #22 also throws in some flashbacks as well featuring the Huntress’ first solo mission in the new Earth that doesn’t exactly go as planned (but does allow her the opportunity to dropkick a wolf).

Tying up the loose ends of the crossover and returning the the early structure of the comic, the latest issue gets the heroines back on track (although hopefully not any closer to going home as I’d hate to see them leave for the less interesting Earth-2). Worth a look.

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