I'm holding off on Worlds' Finest #21 until Batman Superman #9 comes out. Any idea if it's safe to read WF#22, or will that spoil the crossover thing?
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Issue #22 picks up right after the crossover event.

You can however read the 8-page ‘Huntress Year One’ flashback story in the middle of the issue since it only details a Helena Wayne’s official outing as the Huntress. No details from the crossover bleed into that story.

Also, Helena cut her hair short for her first year as the Huntress (allusion to the Birds of Prey Huntress played by Ashley Scott?) and we see the first version of her Huntress costume before it evolves into the version we see now.

You also can’t go wrong with Yildiray Cinar art for the Huntress flashback story. (Honestly, I wish he would’ve drawn the whole issue. No offence to RB Silva, but Cinar has a better handle on anatomy and his art looks better in general).

Someone at DC Comics has clearly been reading this blog lately, or at least they read my Happy Never After post where I talked about DC’s relationship-phobia in New 52, specifically their unwillingness to allow their characters to marry or have otherwise healthy relationships.

It turns out that will soon change because starting in 2015, Earth-2’s Helena Wayne and Kara Zor-L will be doing a whole lot more than just returning home and reuniting with their respective families (what’s left of them anyway). They may also become ‘something more’ according to Earth-2 writer Tom Taylor and Worlds’ Finest writer Paul Levitz.

Exactly what that means, they won’t say. But they do hint that it could be ‘something a little more than just friendship,’ and it could turn out to be ‘what fans have long been suspecting.’

Details at Eleven.

MOMENT OF TRUTH | Kara learns what really happened to her cousin.
TOGETHER FOREVER | Til death and DC reboots do us apart.

The sad part is there was a time when that was true. Those were dark times. :(

/Don’t miss that about the post-Crisis continuity at all.

Worlds’ Finest #21

This is definitely Part 4 of the crossover, aka the conclusion.

I’ll talk about that happens in this issue in three weeks when we get Part 3.

Still baffled DC released these two issues out of order, but what can you do? At least when Marvel released Hawkeye issues #15 and #16 out of order there were two separate story arcs going on within their pages it didn’t really matter which order you read them in? :/

Worlds’ Finest #21 Preview: First Contact Part 4. (For real!)
I have no idea what the eff is going on in the preview, but I do know Huntress sums everything up quite nicely in this panel. And I do mean, it sums up EVERYTHING!
I really do hope DC has a good reason for delaying Part 3 until 16 April, but are still giving us the conclusion this month. (Cause that makes a whole lot more sense, right?)

Worlds’ Finest #21 Preview: First Contact Part 4. (For real!)

I have no idea what the eff is going on in the preview, but I do know Huntress sums everything up quite nicely in this panel. And I do mean, it sums up EVERYTHING!

I really do hope DC has a good reason for delaying Part 3 until 16 April, but are still giving us the conclusion this month. (Cause that makes a whole lot more sense, right?)

WORLDS' FINEST #21 | Things to expect next week on 26 March 2014.
'No clear shot at portal machinery—and would that close our way home? Is it even home?' -Helena Wayne
WORLDS' FINEST #21 | Things to expect next week on 26 March 2014.

'No clear shot at portal machinery—and would that close our way home? Is it even home?' -Helena Wayne

So how did First Contact fair in sales last month?

13. Batman/Superman #8
85. Worlds’ Finest #20

Looking good so far! I still wish the story wasn’t a continuation of Paul Levitz’ story, but glad to see it did good!

At least Helena got along better with Clark than Kara did with Bruce.

At least Helena got along better with Clark than Kara did with Bruce.

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.

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