Tuesday, February 12, 2013

World's Finest #9 - A Review

Worlds Finest #9 didn't impress me much on my first read-through.  On the surface, not much really happens to advance the on-going saga of two heroines trapped in a world that is not their own.  It occurred to me, on my second read-through, that this was likely by design and that there was more than met the eye to the extended action sequences that make up most of the book's pages.

This is a gorgeous book, with the legendary George Perez taking the lead as our action opens.  Recovering from her recent injuries on her best friend's private island, Huntress finds herself and Power Girl's home under attack.  Unsure if the armed mercenaries have come for her or are after the billionaire Karen Starr, Helena doesn't hesitate in running defense.  We then cut to a flashback scene, ably illustrated by Cafu, where we see our heroines shopping - clothes for Karen and "hunting" gear for Helena.  The final chapter where Karen comes home to find things in disarray is illustrated by Yildiray Cinar, whose excellent work has been most recently seen in Earth 2.

The script by Paul Levitz is enjoyable and adheres to the Stan Lee standard of treating every story you write as if it were going to be someone's first issue.  No previous exposure to World's Finest is necessary.  This issue does a great job of establishing the personalities of both our heroines as well as their skill in kicking butt.  Indeed, it's only flaw is that some of the action here is repetitive for long-time readers and nothing is done to advance the on-going plot of the book until the final page.

World's Finest #9 would be a good jumping-on issue were I certain it was representative of  the book's quality in the immediate future.  That's not to say this is a bad comic.  Far from it.  Yet the continual shifting of the book's artistic contributors do leave it feeling somewhat disjointed visually and the upcoming departure of George Perez has me worried about the future for this book.  Today, though... today it is a great book and well worth the reading.

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