TONE POLICING | Power Girl will show you her fist if you go there.
Special Note: As I touched upon in my review for Batman/Superman #8, there have been many flaws throughout Paul Levitz’ run of World’s Finest that resulted in a lack of build-up for this story. Many of those flaws have already been discussed in past reviews, including the one I did for Batman/Superman #8. As such, I don’t see the point of addressing those same problems again for this issue.
While the first half of issue #20 is admittedly better than what we’ve seen of Levitz’ past work on this book, many of those same aforementioned flaws remain present here. As such, there are major inconsistencies in characterisation between Pak and Levitz, and there are even forced, last-minute developments that are literally as old as a month ago. The only improvement Levitz made here was better execution of plot.
Lastly, the MAJOR plot point that ruined this issue for me was the complete mischaracterisation of Power Girl in the second half of the story, which was so ungodly out-of-character for her, it ultimately factored into my decision not give a full review for this issue. Even the way her part played out didn’t feel like a natural course of action given the build-up that led to her spoilery scene, which made it feel contrived in a rather irritating way. Even with the current characterisation of Power Girl in the New 52, it still didn’t make sense. You will see what I mean when you get to that part of the summary.
Without further ado, this summary is for everyone who is currently reading Batman/Superman and doesn’t want to drop the book because it’s tied to another book they’re not currently reading. I still recommend buying the book since Pak’s issue is still solid with great character moments and excellent artwork from Jae Lee.
Spoilers ahead obviously, so don’t click on this yet if you intend to read the Worlds’ Finest instalment of this crossover.
I’m conflicted about this one.
On the one hand, it was surprisingly good for the first half with a few minor issues. But then, Power Girl’s characterisation in the second half was so ungodly out of character, it legitimately pissed me off to the point where I have a feeling I’m going to go off on a tangent if I begin to discuss that part of the narrative.
I’m also tired of addressing the same problems I’ve already addressed a 1000x over with Levitz’ piss poor characterisation of Power Girl in general.
So, help me out here, guys. Should I review it? Yes or no? If ‘yes’ I’ll do my very best not to go full force on that part of the narrative, and if ‘no,’ I’ll just post a summary.
Summary: In the prelude issue of Worlds’ Finest #19, Huntress and Power Girl separately made the decision to seek the help of the mainstream Batman and Superman in an effort to help stabilise Power Girl’s fluctuating powers. That issue ended with Huntress breaking into the Batcave and Batman capturing her, which is where issue #8 ofBatman/Superman picks up.
Do you feel that making her Supergirl in the New 52 has hurt her character in the last three years, or helped her?
USA Today has an official preview for Batman/Superman #8 out tomorrow, along with an article.
This preview isn’t different from the one I saw two weeks ago, but at least they’re higher quality scans. :)
Every Power Girl story illustrated by Amanda Conner is collected in one volume that includes JSA CLASSIFIED #1-4 and POWER GIRL #1-12! Don’t miss these stories featuring the Psycho-Pirate, Ultra-Humanite, Vartox and some very sexy alien marauders!
I saw this cover and I am IN LOVE. I want this as a print, PLEASE!