Thursday, February 27, 2014

Worlds' Finest #20 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz, Greg Pak, Scott McDaniels
Art By: RB Silva, Joe Weems
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

New Gammora Must Fall

Alright we're full swing into First Contact, and last issue of Batman/Superman we saw Huntress and Batman tracking down where Power Girl's power problems originated from.  At the end of the issue Superman held onto Power Girl as she appeared to go critical.  Now when they said she was going to blow up, I figured she would actually blow up.  What we see in this issue is that it was an explosion emanating outward from Power Girl and not a bloody mess.  Also I said in the last chapter of this story that the Worlds' Finest Annual shouldn't count as a prelude to First Contact, but I should learn to shut my mouth, because this issue explains why it should.  So let's dive right in.

Explain It!:

We begin the issue by seeing like I said, Power Girl didn't explode in a bloody mess.  But it seems both her power, and Superman's are gone, and the two are falling fast.  Luckily Huntress and Batman are flying by (even though last issue they were in New Gammora, and weren't even in the jet yet when Power Girl was going boom boom), and the Batjet has a net launcher handy.  Once on the ground it appears that Power Girl appears to be fine and powers intact, but Superman is glowing like the freaking sun, and it looks like he might have contracted her power disease.  But before he can go critical as well, Batman's on the scene with his kryptonite ring draining his power away before they become a problem, but he speculates that this will make Supes a normal person until they can solve the problem.  Huntress and Power Girl are shocked that Batman would use kryptonite on his friend, and they realize the large difference between they're Batman/Superman to ours.  Ours aren't that good of friends.

After the crisis is averted Batman tells Huntress to keep Superman in the jet, and for Power Girl to fly him to New Gammora so they can get to the bottom of this.  But once Batman and Power Girl are away though, Huntress and Superman get ambushed by a Iron Man looking dude from New Gammora, that claims to be tracking nanites in Power Girl to this location.  This pisses Helena off, and whoops his ass pretty easily.  Alright so that problem is over, time to make more, so of course Huntress isn't going to listen to Batman.  She's going to take a powerless Superman right into the heart of New Gammora and find the answers for herself.  Why does it seem that everyone in the DCU has daddy issues these day?

When Batman and Power Girl make it to a complex on New Gammora they split up.  Power Girl's going to take the direct route, while Batman will be Batman and go in the sewers and be stealthy about it.  That's what happens when you don't have powers.  You have to look before you leap.  Outside the complex Power Girl uses her x-ray vision, (Oh wow she's lookin') and sees Earth Prime's version of this dude Ken she couldn't save on Earth 2.  She really liked him, but too bad he had to die to help form Supergirl into the hero she became.  Tragedy and superheroes, will it ever end?  This is the thing I was talking about at the header.  We saw all that go down in Worlds' Finest Annual, so I guess technically it is a relevant prelude to this story.  So just like a Kryptonian, she busts a whole in the wall and introduces herself.  Kaizen (Earth 2 Ken) is the president of New Gammora, and tells Power Girl that he's responsible for her power fluctuations.  He explains it was an accident, but the nanites detected that she wasn't from this world, and Kaizen wants to use her to create a bridge to Earth 2.  That's pretty weird for a pickup line, but it seems Power Girl is digging it.  I'll have to remember that one.

But I want to call nonsense, because we clearly saw that Desaad did this to her, so how can there be any conclusion that doesn't lead to Desaad?  Well this is New Gammora so maybe he's still behind this, but how can you trust anyone in New Gammora then?  Especially with this world bridging talk.  Desaad wanted to get back to Earth 2.  Oh hell.  The strange part about this story so far is it makes me feel like I've missed a whole hell of a lot.  Why is no one talking about Desaad?  One other little thing, I have no idea how to spell New Gammora.  Last issue it was Gamorra, now it's Gammora, so take your pick.  Alright back to the story.

So Kaizen shows Power Girl his universal bridge, and down below Batman discovers that Kaizen has used Power Girl's Kryptonian DNA and graphed it onto humans.  In the end  Huntress and Superman wear some silly robes and use assumed names to infiltrate New Gammora, and Kaizen shows his true colors to Power Girl and unleashes his army of Kryptonian Human Hybrids on her.  Somebody better talk about Desaad soon, and doesn't it seem this should lead to John Lane Kent finding a cure to his body rejecting his Kryptonian Human DNA?  So much potential, but it will probably be swept under the rug.  Until next time in Batman/Superman #9.  DESAAD!

Bits and Pieces:

We're finally getting some real answers to Power Girl's fluctuating powers, and it's about time because this has been going on for way too long.  I'm still a bit perplexed on how we go from blaming Desaad for her problems to this story's out of nowhere answers, and jumps to conclusions.  Hopefully all my concerns and complaints will be laid to rest, but I doubt it.  I'm very curious to see if First Contact comes out on top, or is just another flop.  Get the book and see for yourself.


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