Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Batman/Superman #8 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Greg Pak
Art By: Jae Lee
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

When Worlds' Collide.

So we're finally getting into the first chapter of the First Contact, after the two preludes.  Well one prelude, the second had nothing to do with this and I'm pretty sure they just slapped on the First Contact name to sell extra annuals for Worlds' Finest.  So as you might know Power Girl has been out of control since Desaad put a whammy on her, and Huntress has finally broken down, and gone to ask Batman for help.  I'm assuming that you're halfway aware of what's going on in Worlds' Finest, and will know that Huntress has had some qualms with meeting Batman since he is and isn't her father at the same time, so it's kind of a big deal she's finally catching up with dear old not dad.  At the end of last issue we saw Huntress breaking into the Batcave, and being trapped within a energy cage.  Let's see if it all works our.

Explain It!:

We begin where we left off, Batman staring at Huntress in a cage.  Huntress tells him her whole story, and strange enough Batman believes her.  But it's not like Batman to take unnecessary chances, so he tranqs her and checks her DNA.  When the test is finished and all is made clear, we see that Huntress has come to, and has escaped her cage.  Now we can get down to business.  Huntress activates the Batcomputer, and locates Karen going out of control in some remote Asian village.  Since it seems to be take your daughter to work day, off to the Batjet.

On the way Helena keeps asking if they can just call Superman to come and help, but Bruce is reluctant to call the Man of Steel for his tendency to leap without looking.  But with all the ruckus Karen's making, I guess Big Blue showing up was inevitable.  Sometime we're going to find out that Clark's been playing dumb this whole time and has bugged the Batcave, because it's just like Supes to show up and block Karen's heat vision right before it saws a young boy in half.  Superman reaches out to help Power Girl, but she's freaking out pretty bad right now and Superman takes one to the jaw.  Being the boy scout that he is, he figures there's only one way to calm her down.  He smashes her into the ground with a giant boulder.  That's right.  Superman hits women.  

Okay so follow me here.  Somehow Batman and Huntress figure out that Power Girl's problem leads back to the nation of New Gamora.  Just like that, I don't get it, but I guess a suitable explanation is..... It's Batman.  Alright off to New Gamora, but this will take a delicate touch, so the two go to a Presidential Ball that seems like it was going on at just the right time.  Convenient.  If our heroes keep having luck like this than Karen's problem will be fixed in no time.  So Bruce and Helena attend a ball, and Helena creates a misdirection so she can go check out a restricted area.  There she learns that Power Girl is set to explode.  So much for luck, but still convenient, because when they get the word to Superman it seems like Karen is about to explode.  Of course Karen overhears the conversation, and swats Superman down and proceeds to fly towards space.  In the end Superman goes against Batman's pleads and holds Karen as she seems to be going critical.

Bits and Pieces:

This story is what I've been waiting for since Worlds' Finest began, but the end result just seemed trite.  Explanations and answers are too convenient, and all the issues leading to this seem unimportant now that Batman and Superman are involved.  The whole book just seemed insulting in it's simplicity.  To add to that I'm not a fan of Jae Lee's art, but I know a lot of you out there are, so I'm not going to get into that, it just doesn't seem to fit for the issue, and comes off empty, and confusing at times.  But it's his style and a loved one at that so don't let that bother you, the story was the biggest problem with the book.  Hopefully Worlds' Finest will do better in continuing First Contact.


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