This is the new comic series of the week. Most weeks, I review a comic series I’ve never touched before and evaluate it both on its quality and how easy it is for new readers. I know it’s kind of cheating since this is a number one issue, but this is the first time I’ve read anything of either Huntress or Power Girl.
This issue goes hand in hand with Earth 2, but it also stands well on its own. While Huntress did have her own miniseries recently, this issue serves well as an introduction to both characters. I don’t know about previous versions of the characters, but here they are Supergirl, from Earth 2 (an alternate universe), and Bruce Wayne’s daughter Helena, also known as Robin on Earth 2. They are stranded on the main new DC Universe after the events of “Earth 2” and they’re searching for a way home.
This was a good issue. It establishes the characters and where they came from very well and as a new reader, I’m not the least bit confused. More than anything else, World’s Finest 1 is more a story about the friendship between two stranded people than anything else. It appears that by the end of the issue, they decide to stay in this new universe as they’ve already been there for five years. There isn’t much action – this is more of an establishing issue that promises action for the next one. If there are any complaints, it’s that the first page feels a little … off.
The artwork is excellent throughout. There were two artists in this issue. George Perez handled the current timeline while Kevin Maguire handled the flashbacks. Perez’s pages look realistic, with plenty of background detail. This is especially noticeable with the fire damage in the middle of the issue. Maguire’s are simpler, but they excel at visual storytelling and he even throws in a quick fight scene. While the two artists’ pages look different, their similar enough that I didn’t notice the difference in my first reading.
While this is a good book, I have to wonder if it’s a bit too soon for Earth 2. The new DC Universe isn’t even a year old yet and we’ve already been introduced to two alternate universes (Earth 2 here and Earth 23 with Action Comics 9.) I thought part of the point of the new DC Universe was to make things simpler for a while. That’s not to say this comic suffers from this, that’s just my opinion.
I still recommend this book, but most people reading this already know whether they’re interested in this series or not. If you are, it’s worth it. If not, your loss.
Action Comics 9
Grant Morrison is a very creative writer. More often than not, he embraces the stranger aspects of the comic book industry and still makes them compelling. While I’m still new to comics, I’ve read plenty (but not all) of his work. I’ve read All Star Superman, his New X-Men run, and this series from issue one. While sometimes his work can be a little strange or even bizarre, this is the first Grant Morrison comic I read that I didn’t like.
Earth 23’s Superman is black and the president of the United States. Even with his Life Model Decoy-ish robots covering for him at the Whitehouse, I still find it hard to believe that he can both be superman and the president without anyone figuring it out. He doesn’t even wear glasses as the president, and even if he did, someone would figure out this highly public figure is Superman’s secret identity.
It seems this world is mostly similar to the main DC Universe except most of the superheroes are black. That’s not a problem; in fact it’s kind of neat. Lex Luthor makes an appearance as well, as a bit of a crazed genius who hates Superman to the core. There’s also a Lois Lane, Clark Kent and a Jimmy Olson from yet another alternate universe, a universe where everything carries the Superman logo. The issue’s villain is a robot from that universe, which has been hunting Kent, Lane and Olson through a series of universes with Supermen that failed to stop the robot.
The artwork is good enough. While Earth 23 looks lots like the main DC Earth, it still feels different enough to feel like an alternate Earth. What few shots we see of the multiverse traveler’s earth looks vastly different than either of the Universes, right down to the Superman logo.
Because this is an alternate universe story, you don’t need to know anything from the previous issues in this series. I’m not sure what else to say. It’s not that this issue was bad, it was just weird. I didn’t like it, but that doesn’t mean nobody will (most reviews I’ve read on the internet were very positive). Perhaps this issue is more for people who have been reading DC comics much longer than I have. If what I’ve described interests you, check it out.