World’s Finest spins straight out of the events of Earth 2, continuing the story of Supergirl and Robin as they find themselves stranded in an alternate reality. It doesn’t take long for the two of them to figure things out, settle down into new identities and take on new personas as Powergirl and the Huntress (as this universe they’ve found themselves in already had a Supergirl and a Robin).
The story here takes place 5 years after Kara and Helena were stranded in the standard new 52 DCU, so they’ve had plenty of time to adjust to their new surroundings and get used to the lay of the land. We see a series of flashbacks in which the two of them adjust to their new home, but there isn’t a whole lot to be said that wasn’t pretty much a given anyway. There is a series of explosions in a lab owned by Kara (who has set herself up with a new identity as a wealthy media mogul to cover up her own plans to find a technology that can transport herself and Helena back home), so the pair set off into the burning laboratory to investigate before being attacked by a mysterious stranger as the issue comes to a close.
I really wanted to like this book, but its mediocrity is simply astounding. As a companion title to Earth 2, I can see it being kind of enjoyable, but if I hadn’t read Earth 2 beforehand I don’t think I would have enjoyed this title even half as much as I did (which really wasn’t much to begin with). Paul Levitz script feels pretty weak, and while there are a couple of interesting moments, the issue certainly takes its time getting to them. While I generally love George Perez’ artwork, it doesn’t quite feel like it fits this title very well. That is in no way to imply that Perez’ work is bad in this title, because it isn’t, but it just feels out of place.
Fans ranted for months about wanting to see Powergirl and Huntress back in the DCU, and now that we’ve got them they feel so different from the incarnations fans are used to that it’s hard to enjoy them. While Huntress is characterized well (and while I love the idea that Huntress was the Robin of Earth 2), Powergirl is the exact opposite and feels like a boring, bland character that exists solely to show gratuitous T-and-A shots of. While I personally couldn’t really get into this title, I can certainly see why some fans might want to stick it out and see where Levtiz and Perez go with it. World’s Finest is certainly the most ‘hit-or miss’ title of Second Wave so far.