Jae Lee returns with this issue, and so does the spectre (not ‘The Spectre’ as in the big green vengeance guy) of Earth-2, as Batman and Superman meet up with their alternate reality relatives, Huntress and Power Girl for the first time in the new continuity. I’m still kind of mad that those two stole the title ‘World’s Finest’ from it’s rightful owners, but it’s a crossover that makes sense, and this was a good comic.
Greg Pak begins in the Bat-Cave, where Batman has Huntress imprisoned. She tells him that she is his and Catwoman’s daughter from an alternate reality, and that she and Power Girl travelled to this dimension after Darkseid attacked and killed all of the heroes there. Batman doesn’t want to believe her, but his wiped memories of the first arc of this series resurface slightly, and he does begin to trust her, but not before he decides to knock her out and run some tests. Batman is such a gloriously paranoid dick, I love it. Batman’s tests prove that she is a Bruce Wayne’s daughter, so now Huntress can explain why she’s come to her ‘dad’ for help, and it’s because Power Girl’s powers are getting out of control. She’s on the beach, going crazy and releasing blasts of energy. Huntress and Batman head off to stop her, but they do tell her they are coming, which leads to a fun bit where Power Girl is mad at her friend for teaming up with Batman, because he might be an evil alternate universe version. To us readers, the New 52 is the main universe, but for these characters, it is an alternate reality, so it was cool to have that perspective. And to be honest, the New 52 Batman is kind of evil compared to the more traditional Earth-2 version!
Batman decides to not to inform Superman that a fellow Kryptonian is freaking out somewhere, but of course, it’s hard to keep a secret from Big Blue, and he flies to the rescue. I loved that splash page of Superman coming into save the day, with cute bulldog in hand. A great moment of subtle humour, perfectly sold by Jae Lee’s art, which is fantastic throughout, he really makes these characters look iconic and larger than life. June Chung’s colours also deserve praise, as panels featuring Batman and Huntress are far darker than those focusing on just Superman and Power Girl, that really sells the difference between the characters, acting alongside Pak’s narration.
Superman is able to stop Power Girl’s rampage by slamming a rock onto her, and he takes her out to the middle of the ocean where she can unleash her excess energy safely. Meanwhile, Batman and Huntress work out where the source of Power Girl’s problems are coming from, a country called ‘Rheelasia’ that is under the control of a certain Kaizen Gamorra. I may be wrong, but isn’t that a character from the old Wildstorm Universe? I think he was actually the villain of the first arc of the Authority, although the New 52 version looks different, he’s not an old man for one thing. Bats once again decides not to tell Superman this info, and Huntress doesn’t fill in Power Girl either, because apparently, the Earth-2 version of Gamorra used to go out with Power Girl! Very interesting indeed. As Bruce Wayne and one of his random hook-ups, Batman and Huntress are able to infiltrate one of Gamorra’s parties, and sneak around, with Huntress discovering something big, and at the same time, Superman and Power Girl are close behind, which is bad news, as Gamorra plans to ‘detonate’ her. Power Girl panics and flies off into space to explode on her own, but Superman isn’t going to let that happen, and he flies off after her, and when she explodes, he’s right there with her. That’s certainly an intriguing ending, but it’s not exciting enough for me to want to pick up the issue of World’s Finest that will continue the story.
This was a solid comic, with fantastic art from Lee, and I like the fact that, despite the memory wipe ending, Pak hasn’t forgotten the previous storylines, and I continue to love the way he contrasts his title characters, it’s just annoying that once again, this book can’t really stand alone. I haven’t read Earth-2 or World’s Finest and I’d like a story that didn’t rely on those books.