Power Girl and Huntress finally deal with Hakkou, but its their personal lives that are interesting.
Worlds Finest #4
The dual narrative structure of the title continues to showcase the artistic differences between George Pérez and Kevin Maguire. It also highlights the fact that one element of the book is superior to the other and therefore makes the constant temporal shifts within the plot seem jarring.
The book works when Kevin Maguire is on art duties and Paul Levitz’s script deals with Huntress and Power Girl coming to terms with their new Earth in the flashbacks. Maguire’s art is expressive, playful and vibrant. His pencils are the perfect match for Levitz’s charming script. Letviz seems to really get stuck into fleshing out the characters in these flashback scenes and this does wonders for the book. This journey the two heroines are on in the years leading up to the present day confrontation with Hakkou are a joy to read. They pop off the page and are the more compelling aspect of the book. Shame then that the flashbacks only occupy a measly six pages.
The rest of the book deals with the final conflict with Hakkou. Forgetting for a minute that the giant radiation creature is reminiscent of Radioactive Man, he is still a uninteresting antagonist. His dialogue is stilted and cliché, his character design is pedestrian and as the opening villain to the first arc he fails to impress. Levitz doesn’t seem to really care for the present day fight as much as he does for the flashbacks. Although the interplay between Huntress and Power Girl is always strong, the rest of the plot just falls flat. It isn’t helped by the fact that Pérez has seemingly lost what once made him one of the great comic book artists of his day. It is as if he is just going through the motions. His action is dull and visually uninspired and his character work inconsistent, with Power Girl herself seemingly having a different face on every panel.
So, although one part of the book works it highlights the problems with the parts that don’t. It is a sorry state of affairs as the flashbacks are excellent. Perhaps now that Hakkou has been dealt with Levitz can focus on something more interesting and hopefully this will give Pérez material he can sink his teeth into.
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