Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Comic Book Reviews: World's Finest #1 and Dial-H #1

With the month of May ending, I should round out the May issues I've read, so I'm going to do that here!

World's Finest #1

The return of a legendary comic title, this one focuses on Earth-2's Supergirl and Robin, who will operate as Earth-1's Power Girl and Huntress.

This causes a bit of confusion for the DC Multiverse in that this has to establish New Earth as the planet of the mainstream universe. Otherwise, Helena Bertinelli may very well be a creation of Helena Wayne in this new canon.

Anyway, I did enjoy this story, as much of it was done explaining what happened in the five-year interval since they changed universes. Helena is more focused on protecting the world she now resides in, while Power Girl only gains success in order to build a way home.

It isn't until the two's office building burns down that Supergirl becomes Power Girl and she really joins in with the Huntress.

Overall, it's not bad, but it has a fatal flaw: Dependency. World's Finest has the issue of being too dependent on the Earth-2 book, and maybe that is necessary and eventually will change, but the issue feels incomplete.

This would serve much better as a side story. I wouldn't buy it unless you plan on following Earth-2 religiously, as there may be some backstory in this book

Dial-H #1

For those who never saw it, Dial-H was originally a book about a character who would receive a random superpower through the use of a random phone booth. This is the same gimmick and it is amazing.

Nelson Jent serves as the main character in this book and he serves as a very relatable character here. He goes to call the police and is changed into a vigilante who doesn't appear to have any rules.

The tone of this book is dark and both the heroic and villainous characters are disturbing but in a good way. In many ways, it felt like a Tim Burton-esque art performance.

There doesn't really appear to be a long-running storyline (at least in this issue), but it serves as simply a fun read on a month-by-month basis.

If you can suspend your disbelief of a phone booth still existing in 2012, you will be able to enjoy this book. I'll be interested to see how long they can keep this idea fresh.

Maybe they'll return to the 'fans pick the power next month' gimmick.

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