Monday, July 15, 2013

World's Finest #14 - A Review

If there's a book that has gone downhill faster than World's Finest, I'm hard pressed to think of it at the moment.  Once blessed with two great artists - the legendary George Perez and Kevin Maguire - this series now has a single art team after months of rotating through several.  Sadly, the team of Robson Rocha and Wayne Facher is the worst of all possible combinations. 

Rocha's figures are unique in that they manage to be awful in different ways from panel to panel.  On one page, Power Girl can be drawn as a neckless mass of muscle while later sporting a neck so long one might think her part giraffe! Noses, eyes and even the basic shapes of faces are rarely consistent from panel to panel  Facher is similarly inept, half-inking some figures and foreground details while leaving everything else on the page undefined.  There are some points where, if I didn't know any better, I'd swear Facher used a black Sharpie marker tooutline the individual characters!

The malaise of the series' artwork seems to have infected the writing.  Nothing much happens in the on-going plot until the final pages.  Paul Levitz seems to be in a holding pattern, as if padding things out for the inevitable trade paperback collection or just biding his time until cancellation or a crossover with Earth 2 - whichever comes first.  Honestly, if it weren't for the fact that Previews promises a new art team next month, I'd consider dropping the book here and now.  As it is, this book is still on thin ice.

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