Down the Rabbit Hole
Several months ago, I predicted the basic outline of a Worlds' Finest comic before I read it and called it just about perfectly. That time, I actually thought about it before I wrote my prediction. This time, I'm going to do the same thing in two minutes without giving it any thought. Let's see how well I do. My predictions are as follows: Power Girl will rescue Helena, Desaad will say things generally evil and torture some people, a threat will pop up from nowhere, Helena will do almost nothing of value Power Girl will not be in danger at any point, the duo will learn almost nothing of importance. and there will be a flashback at some point and it will be irrelevant.
Is Worlds' Finest so bad that I can predict it accurately without giving it any more thought than the time it takes me to type out a few sentences or has it actually changed up the formula just a tad?
In this issue, Kara Smashes and Huntress escapes.
How'd I Do?
Power Girl will rescue Helena? Only partially true. Power Girl made a distraction and Helena rescued herself.
Desaad will be generically evil and torture someone? Yes and yes.
A threat will pop up from nowhere? Well, a parademon did hit Power Girl on the way out of the Boom tube without warning, but that wasn't the kind of out of nothing threat I meant, so not really.
Power Girl will not be in danger? Mostly true. She is stunned at one point, but we've seen characters like Supes and Power Girl go down briefly and rise again a million times, so it's hard to take this as a real danger.
Helena will do almost nothing of value? In addition to rescuing herself (which is only breaking even at best since she also allowed herself to be captured) she beat up one thug and distracted Desaad at a crucial moment, so...I guess she was useful.
The duo will learn nothing? Even on a trip to Desaad's base when the solicit says that the girls will learn Desaad is trapped on Earth Prime, the girls still learn nothing including the thing solicited for them to learn.
There will be a flashback? Nope.
I suppose I failed at predicting this one. For every one I got right, I got one wrong as well, so kudos to Levitz (former editor of Batman and Detective Comics and writer for Legion of Super-Heroes and current writer of Worlds' Finest and Legion of Super-Heroes) for making things a little different. Hopefully, he has dropped that flashback crap for good. It is still pathetic though that the girls can go from issue to issue with these violent encounters without Power Girl ever really being at risk or the Finest ever learning anything of importance.
A new artist, Emmanuela Lupacchino, (former cover artist for Ame-Comi Girls: Power Girl and penciler for X-Factor and current cover artist for Catwoman and Valiant's Archer and Armstrong) has come on board with this issue, and her pencils are far better than any of the previous artists. They are also dripping head to toe with sex. These are very sexy rendering of our two female leads, and I find it difficult to quantify what exactly has been changed in the art to heighten their sexuality in every panel, but Luppacchino has somehow managed it. It's kind of odd that a woman would be the one to bring out the sexiness of the female form and make their sexuality so overt and exploited for the basest of entertainment, but she is very, very good at it.
Let me be clear though, I don't understand what Luacchino does in every panel to make the girls look sexier, but there are some specific things I do detect. For one thing, Helena has gone up several bra sizes in this one issue. She was relatively slight in many earlier issues, but not so anymore. There is also rather overt sexual messaging in Helena's bondage scene with Desaad where Desaad rips away part of her shirt and then waves his large cable in front of her horrified face. Not subtle.
1. Someone misspelled pheromones as "fheremones" in this issue. I've noticed a lot of lettering mistakes in recent comics though I usually don't bother mentioning them.
2. Some thoughts on Helena's Catwoman claws. They pop up about an inch from her form fitting gloves. Is she Wolverine? Where do these go when not out for battle? What are these razor blades made out of if they can cut through steel? Why does Helena pick the second two locks when she can cut through them with more quickly?
3. By electrocuting Power Girl, Desaad both psychically read information from her mind and took away her powers?
This issue still sucks, but it sucks less than some of the others. Making the stupidity pretty is a big improvement, but it's still not enough to earn a recommendation. Save your pennies.