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Subj: World's Finest #6.... Helena Opening Up?!
Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:00:43 am EST (Viewed 430 times)
World's Finest is a book I like but one very hard to talk about. Paul Levitz as a writer is good on character, light on plot. So while we're now six issues in and had a decent opening storyline with Hakkou the living nuclear reactor the talking points are still pretty small - Power Girl is obsessed with finding a way home to Earth 2, Huntress is happy enough where she is.
Helena Wayne's position is easy to empathise with after we saw the fate of her parents and the uncertain outcome of the War, she just wants to move on with life and not be reminded of all that emotional pain. Power Girl on the other hand is the exact opposite in motives and personality, so outgoing and sensual she's essentially a throwback to the peace and love movement of the 60s! On a surface level she's the same Kara of old, beneath the veneer though this is NOT the hard as nails self fiercly independent woman we had before last years revamp, it's a somewhat different character altogether.
So this issue is Helena meeting Bruce Wayne's Son Damien, a nasty piece of feral work she takes an instant dislike to, a natural reaction where Damien is concerned! There's good chracter study here as you might expect and while Damien ends up beating and nearly killing Helena he comes out of it with no credit whatsoever. He's just a nasty piece of work who should be sent to a specialised school, not roaming the streets with Batman. The highlight of the issue is unquestionably Power Girls greeting to him however! Brilliant moment illustrated by the superb Kevin McGuire.
Additional subplot is the return to the mystery Apokaliptian who made the crossing with the duo, Power Girl installs specialised sensor tracking to an earth sattelite or two to try and detect the particular energies such a being might use, but we see some form of Boom Tube technology rip it away from the satellites...
The book ends with a somewhat impprobable moment, Helena preparing to tell all to Damien feels unnatural and out of character, even though Damien had begun to deduce Helena's secret (Daughter of Bruce Wayne) and may have reported her strangeness to Batman it is very hard to think she'd want to willingly tell all to a vicious immature nutcase like this, she has no reason whatsoever to trust him with this.
Overall a good read, this is an undemanding book and I can understand why it wouldn't be appealing to some because of it, but being uncomplicated doesn't mean it's bad. There's a place for books like this and Firestorm, I'm glad the book has the support of some fine artists and strong sales.
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