Summary: The issue begins with a robed Helena Wayne having breakfast in her (expensive) flat in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kara flies in to tell Helena that they should start preparing for their departure back to Earth-2. She hits the shower to get ready to meet with her lawyer who will finalise her will acknowledging Somya’s daughter as the beneficiary to all of her possessions. While Kara finishes getting ready, the two women have a brief conversation acknowledging that their ‘fun’ will end when they return home and that they may be their world’s last remaining hope against Apokolips. Helena no longer feels that Earth-2 is her home anymore since all the people she knew and loved there have since died.
Summary: The issue opens up with the Earth-1 Batman and Superman in the Batcave investigating the Earth-2 heroines Huntress and Power Girl on Batman’s computer. Having by now recalled their adventure on Earth-2 five years ago, Batman and Superman discuss the events that transpired, namely that a demon named Kaiyo ‘The Chaos Bringer’ had caused them to fight their doppelgangers in a ‘contest’ to determine which world Darkseid should destroy.
Realising that their actions on Earth-2 sealed the fates of their Earth-2 counterparts, Superman suggests going back to Earth-2 to rectify the mistakes they made. He also suggests finding Kaiyo, whom they know is residing on their world. Kaiyo who had been listening to the conversation the whole time decides to ‘cut to the chase’ and appears to them both, offering them the chance to change one aspect of Earth-2’s past as a ‘thank you’ for being of good service to her all these years. She makes a point of emphasising that any changes they make to Earth-2’s past will be on them.
Reviewer’s Note: This review is hella late, but you know what? So was the actual crossover event when it was actually released. Between DC Comics constantly delaying the issues—including releasing them out of order—and my working a full time schedule on top of that, I think I can be cut some slack here.
Considering the hot mess the scheduling for this event turned out to be, I did find myself wishing I had done what I originally thought of doing when this crossover was first announced: reviewing it in full upon completion. After all, I did exactly that with the first Batman/Superman story arc that took us to Earth-2 in Cross Worlds, and it actually turned out to be a wise decision on my part considering that those issues got delayed in their initial releases as well. So guess what’s happening with this review? I’m doing exactly what I should’ve done from the go: reviewing it in full.
Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that I already discussed the first half. But I also mentioned in Paragraph 1 of this reviewer’s note that I never got around to discussing the second half because of the aforementioned reasons. I did try to review those issues individually when they were finally released (well, the Batman/Superman one anyway, cause I was only going to summarise the World’s Finest concluding issue), but then it started to feel like a chore to do so. Not only did I find myself addressing the same stuff I had already addressed in the first review, but I also just didn’t feel motivated discuss it further given the actual conclusion that it got. (More on that in a bit).
At least by reviewing it in full, I don’t have to concern myself with needing to come up with details to discuss, because honestly, there wasn’t a whole lot (as you will see) that happened in this crossover that’s been worthy of discussion. It also allows me to keep the plot summary short (cause again not a lot happened), and I can just say what I liked and didn’t like and be straight to the point about it. My review will still be detailed of course, but at least I won’t be stuck on the specifics of the story. This also means I’m not going to (for the most part) readdress everything I already discussed in my initial review. I’m also going to be mostly discussing Greg Pak’s portion of the crossover because—let’s be honest—his writing is tonnes better than that of Paul Levitz. Not only does it give me something different to discuss, but there’s also no point in me flogging a dead horse by repeatedly addressing the same problems I’ve already discussed with Levitz in previous reviews. That being said, let’s now get to the part you’re actually interested in: the review!
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.
In general this annual was both a hit and a miss for me. On the one hand, I thought the first chapter was good in terms of story and character treatment. I particularly loved the interaction between Bruce and Helena, and for once, the dialogue between two characters actually felt natural for a change. Levitz still has an awful tendency for use of clichés, but at least he didn’t use them quite as excessively here as he normally does.
Well, this is my last Mother’s Day post for the day…although it’s no longer that on my corner of the planet but for some of you it is.
Hopefully you guys have spent a wonderful Sunday with your mums, and hopefully you’ve let her know how important she’s been in your life. :)
For the love and honour of her own mother, here’s a pre-Crisis story about Helena Wayne beating up the guy who nearly killed her during her days as Catwoman. :)
Night everyone! Don’t be like me and stay up too late. ^^;
This issue is quite literally the return of both Power Girl’s costume AND personality! This is seriously a must for Power Girl fans. ♥
In comparison with my past reviews, this one is pretty straight forward since there wasn’t a whole lot to discuss here.
On the bright side, Power Girl’s original costume comes back in Supergirl #19 this month. Ironically enough someone used the original Kevin Maguire redesign for Karen’s “Channel 52” coverage.
Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you all had a marvellous day regardless of whether you celebrate Easter or not. :)
Because today is major holiday for anyone who was raised within a Christian faith (Roman Catholic in my case), naturally I had to pick a Huntress story to review for today.
Since Easter is specifically celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, naturally I had to pick something that goes along with the theme of resurrection.
I’ve already reviewed the JSA Annual #1 on New Years Day, so for today’s review, I discuss the final chapter of Power Girl’s trip to the (then) newly resurrected Earth-2 and especially the newly resurrected Helena Wayne.
While she was sadly not the literal resurrection of the dead pre-Crisis Helena Wayne, it was, however a literal revival of the Huntress as Helena Wayne, and as a separate character from Helena Bertinelli who was originally intended to be “a new incarnation” of her character for the post-Crisis Earth.
It is unfortunately a very sad story about loss and needing to come to terms with that loss for Power Girl, but it is also among the best Huntress and Power Girl stories ever told (particularly for this era of comics) that’s filled with a lot of emotion and character growth.
That being said, I’ll see you all again tomorrow for April Fools Day. (Yeah I do have a story ready for that day too, lol).