World’s Finest continues to be a fun title thanks to Huntress and Power Girl’s friendship.
Worlds Finest #3
Paul Levitz has found a formula that works and runs with it. Focusing the book squarely on how Huntress and Power Girl interact with one another is the only reason this book doesn’t feel like another mediocre superhero story.
Don’t be under any illusion, the main story set in the present is uninspired. The whole Radioactive Man rip-off angle doesn’t entertain. It may have hints of a larger problem for our heroines, but it is just another run of the mill story. The fact Huntress can last longer than Power Girl in a radioactive environment is still ludicrous no matter how many times Levitz reminds us that the radiation the villain puts out hurts Karen. But then Huntress and Power Girl begin to interact and you see why the title is so much fun.
The character interaction is so good that it is preferable to the action scenes. In fact the title could easily benefit if Levitz just did away with the present day storyline and focused on our heroines adapting to their new lives. The scene on the London Eye is a joy to read as the ladies discuss visiting this Earth’s versions of people they know. Levitz continues to show a great grasp of their individual voices and their friendship. It is believable and does wonders to help the reader get behind them. However Karen steals the show as she begins her quest for a way home. The fact that she embraces her sexuality doesn’t seem forced and is in fact refreshing as she has been established as a strong female character.
As for the art it is becoming increasingly clear that Kevin Maguire stands out more than George Pérez. Maguire gets the best material to be fair and his pencils are well suited to delivering expressive characters. He can deliver humour which complements the script perfectly. His Karen star just looks more youthful and energetic, which makes the transition to the present day art jarring. Also Maguire throws in a nice nod to Karen’s old costume which will please long term fans. On the other hand Pérez’s work continues to feel like he is phoning it in. His usual dynamic and expressive style seems to be lost here and is replaced with familiar and uninteresting visuals.
So, the book soars when it is dealing with character and Maguire enhances these moments with some wonderful pencils. But the present day storyline continues to hinder the book and it doesn’t help that Pérez isn’t producing anything of note. Its fun but to a point and the jarring shift in tone from past to present stops it from being a must buy title.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|The Characterisation, the flashbacks and Maguire’s art.||The uninspired villain, events in the present and Pérez’s art.|
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