The cover of Worlds’ Finest 4 asks “What is this monster’s connection to Earth 2?” Well, our heroines have been fighting him for four issues now, and all I can say is, we have no idea. But I suppose that’s getting ahead of things.
Again, the vast majority of this issue is Power Girl fighting Hakkou, while Huntress offers suggestions or deals with crowd control and/or rescues. The fight rages through Tokyo harbor, where Hakkou has grown to Godzilla-size, and is finally defeated by the combination of Power Girl’s might and Huntress planning. The pair then flee as the military tries to arrest them.
We see a few more flashback scenes, mostly dealing with PG and Huntress trying to find their places in this new world, and fighting a small gang of street thugs. I can’t quite work out why Power Girl looks so different out of costume, since she doesn’t have a mask. Odd quirk of Perez’s art, I suppose. The scene of Helena researching Batman and Catwoman while in bed wearing a Batman t-shirt was amusing.
One thing I don’t really get may sound like a nit picky detail, but it did strike me as very odd. They redesigned Power Girl’s costume for this reboot, and many fans miss her old one. We’ve heard various arguments about why it was done, many geared towards trying to not make the outfits as sexist. That one falls apart this issue, as does PG’s costume in many places during the fight. I’m hoping this will lead to a new costume for Kara, as this newest one is just horrid.
So, four issues in, and: we have a lot of unanswered questions. Why is Power Girl less powerful on this Earth? Why is Huntress seemingly immune to Hakkou’s radiation, but it effects Power Girl? Why does Hakkou look so much like the Anti-Monitor? How have PG and Huntress stayed hidden from the world’s heroes, especially with Kara using her powers at whim (and seemingly out of control) in the first issue and several of the flashbacks?
I wanted to love this book, and with Paul Levitz writing Huntress, I thought I would. So far, it’s more a matter of mild fondness and some curiosity. I had such very high hopes for both Earth 2 and Worlds’ Finest, and so far I confess to feeling a bit disappointed in both.