Comic Vine’s Sarah Lima asks what Worlds’ Finest needs to make the series more of a consistent good read?
I think the best response that I saw on Sara Lima’s article was from RDClip who was very spot on about the problems this book has been suffering from (and ones I’ve been addressing all year long):
The best way to improve this series is the get Levitz off writing duty and get a writer that cares about the characters and is passionate about the series. So far, it seems that Levitz is just going through the motions with a boring meandering story with very little in the way of an overall plot. The largest complaint with the writing is that Power Girl has lost almost all the character traits that made her awsome that were developed by writers like Roy Thomas, Geoff Johns and Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.
The sales of Worlds Finest have not been good and I am in fear that Power Girl and Huntress will be without a series again (and this time PG doesn’t have JSA to co-star in)
That pretty much sums it up.
Also, I’m pretty baffled by the number of people who think that replacing Helena Wayne with Helena Bertinelli will be the saving grace of this book.
To begin with, Levitz is already struggling to write a character who had the privilege of being raised by Batman and Catwoman because he can’t get by without reinforcing some kind of cliché or stereotype associated with the fact that Helena’s a woman. It’s lazy and nonsensical characterisation for a character of Helena’s standing.
What makes them think he will have a better handle on Helena Bertinelli who is an Italian-American and Catholic? Given how bad his use of Italian grammar was in the Huntress mini and his use of Italian stereotypes, I’m willing to put money on the fact that his characterisation of Helena Bertinelli would’ve been just as equally horrendous.
I’m not opposed to Helena Bertinelli coming back since she works perfect for the mainstream continuity, but the issue with Huntress should never be a case of ‘one or the other.’ Both women are equally loved and valued by fans, and fans of Helena Wayne deserve to keep their Huntress as much as Helena Bertinelli fans.
Lastly, the problem with the book isn’t the characters. Kara and Helena by themselves have a shit tonne of potential given their rich histories and the legacies that they both inherit. It’s also part of the reason I feel their book should be taking place on Earth-2 and not on Earth-Prime (or whatever they’re calling it these days).
If they had done that from the get-go, Earth-2’s past could’ve easily been further explored in Worlds’ Finest while Robinson focused on the present. Also, in fleshing out Kara and Helena’s past on Earth-2, we could’ve gotten better insight into the women they became as adults and further develop them from there. I would have loved to have seen that!