By: Cynthia Ayala
Hey there readers! Here is part two of this week’s comic book review. In this issue we are covering the less than thrilling Worlds’ Finest #24, that follows the girls into two different story arcs Red Hood and the Outlaws #32 that gives some charm to the usually stoic Starfire and Batman and Ra’s Al Ghul #32 that brings a close to the Hunt for Robin story arc and delivers a brilliant fight scene. Hope you enjoy!
Worlds’ Finest #24 (RELEASE DATE: Jun 11, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
I Must Be Going Part 2
It’s like reading a little piece of home wrapped up in thirty-two pages. I’m a Bostonian, so I’m going to be a little more picky as I evaluate this latest issue.
Over all, this really is a good series and Levitz has done a great job reinventing the characters with solid origins. There’s just one big problem in this series: the stories are failing.
In this last issue, the two girls are separated from one another, doing their own individual tasks. Now, Power Girl’s story is believable, reliable and written well. She’s broken protocol and revealed her identity to her company on order to build a portal back to her earth, Earth 2. Now, while her story arc has substance, the only thing that really makes it come alive is the arrogant smart aleck attitude that has made Power Girl so amazing in the New 52.
Huntress, on the other hand, her story is nothing but fluff. In the previous issue of this arc, her storyline isn’t written well, in fact, her narrative reveals very little about her actual mission that has landed her at M.I.T. (a place that doesn’t have a sign that says M.I.T. – come on artists, do your research, I grew up there). Instead, her mission is quickly distracted by a girl in danger for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and this issue follows Huntress as she takes on this new mission to save the girl. While it is action packed and her personality shines as well, it’s obvious by the writing and the cheesy dialogue near the end, that this is nothing but a fluff flipped issue.
Ever since the ‘FIRST CONTACT’ arc, the writing has been incredible lackluster. Right now, the only thing this comic has going for it is the vibrant characterization.
WRITER: PAUL LEVITZ
ARTIST: SCOTT McDANIEL
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Red Hood and the Outlaws #32 (RELEASE DATE: Jun 18, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
Red Hood and the Outlaws
Oh Starfire, you are the sex symbol in the DC Universe aren’t you. It seems like, as the years pass, Starfire has less and less clothing. It’s not just me right? Don’t get me wrong, I’m no prude, but I am a firm believer that more skin doesn’t always say sexy, it says slutty.
But that’s an argument for another day. Here, in this latest issue, the team are taking down some terrorists with nuclear war heads. What better team could pull this off than these three? Now, while this was mainly a narrative based issue, it had a lot going for it, especially in regards to Starfire who has, up to this point, had this stoic holier than thou personality. Here, there is actually a lightness to her character, something that has been lacking up this point. She was very personality and charming and her dynamic in this team fits, not that it hasn’t always fit. Given that her character has such a strong sex appeal, it’s often nice to see her charming fun side every now and then, and with Roy especially, she has such a vibrant air to her when there is a lot about her shrouded in mystery.
So with that in mind, it as a very good issue because for once, I actually liked Starfire.
Other than that, it help together well and the lead in to the next issue that will, once again, be Stafire-centeric, is sure to open a world of possibilities for her character…I hope.
WRITER: SCOTT LOBDELL
PENCILLERS: RB SILVA & RAFA SANDOVAL
INKERS: WAYNE FAUCHER & JORDI TARRAGONA
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
Batman and Ra’s Al Ghul #32 (RELEASE DATE: Jun 18, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
The Hunt for Robin | Dark of the Son
I want Ra’s to succeed! I want Damien back! Sorry, this makes me very excited.
Anyway, we can expect to see Talia in the near future as her body was successfully dipped into the lazarous pit, as for Damien, well Batman got there in the nick of time (darn!). But this whole arc has led to the climatic showdown between the Demon’s Head and the Great Detective.
And let me tell you, it was quite the showdown. These two have been at it for years as Ra’s as constant delusions of grandeur as he tries to take the fate of man and put it in his hands. But right now all the man wants is his family…unfortunately for him, that’s what Batman want’s as well.
So with Frankenstein facing off against the League of Assassins, Batman and Ra’s are fighting one on one and neither of them are holding back. Really, this little review here is going to center around that because through this story arc, readers should have been expecting it, and it’s meets expectations. The presentation, the writing that went into designing the scene and the artwork really brought it to life and gave readers what they wanted from this arc. Additionally, it sets up a strong premise for the ‘ROBIN RISES: OMEGA” issue that may or may not bring back Damien on the deadliest place there is: Apokolips.
Intrigued yet? I sure am. This has been a great series, and with each issue, Peter Tomasi keeps making it better.
WRITER: PETER J. TOMASI
ARTISTS: MICK GRAY & PATRICK GLEASON
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS