Hmm, no sign of Perez. Wonder if this is the new art team?
WORLDS’ FINEST #13
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by ROBSON ROCHA and WAYNE FAUCHER
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale JUNE 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As DeSaad’s Hellhound hunts Power Girl and Huntress, the duo must struggle with how far underground they’ll have to go before they can turn the tide and take the fight back to the man who’s been impersonating the missing Mr. Terrific.
Not sure what the thinking is but the cover and solicit for May’s Worlds’ Finest shows and says the “classic” Power Girl costume is back.
As Power Girl returns to her classic look, DeSaad wreaks havoc on her tech empire—and PG and Huntress find themselves hunted by the talented torturer from Apokolips.
I just hope there isn’t some kind of cosmic adjustment required that will bring back the “belly window” costume for Helena.
The winner of the previous non-canon tournament was Blue Beetle and Booster Gold.
Today’s match is:
Barbara Gordon and Dinah Lance!
Huntress and Power Girl!
Voting closes at 8:30 PM EST
You can see the entire list of contestants here. As a reminder canon and non-canon were decided by whether the relationship and or couple was played out on the pages of DCU proper. If a relationship occurred in both DCAU and DCU, the DCU version take precedence. So with that out of the way on to the voting!
In this corner
Power Girl and Huntress!
And in the other corner
Hal Jordan and Sinestro!
Voting is open until 8PM EST.
Yesterday’s match of Batwoman vs. Poison Ivy was won by Batwoman!
In today’s match we have a woman who looks for answers versus a woman who beat the truth out of you.
In this corner a woman who has a lot of strength and attitude. Oh, and really big boobs.
And in the other corner a woman who asks a lot of questions, like, “why aren’t I in comics right now?” “Maggie Sawyer???”
You can vote in this match here!
Hornets. My God.
Hey, it looks like Kara may have found a costume that doesn’t fall apart!
WORLDS’ FINEST #8
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by KEVIN MAGUIRE, GEORGE PEREZ and SANDRA HOPE
Cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE
1:25 B&W Variant cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE
On sale JANUARY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Power Girl and Huntress have been searching for a connection to their world, Earth 2, for years, but now they’ve kicked a hornet’s nest of trouble — and the hunters become the hunted!
Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s portrait of Power Girl “Breezy Day” from a few years ago gets posted a lot. I was okay with it; it’s fun and at shows the functionality of the boob window. I included it in the history of the boob window (which by the way I don’t hate)
The artist has recently redone the piece. Below is the original followed by the new version. The artist notes why he updated the piece
I love the concept of it but I am not very happy with the quality, mainly due to her face and her left arm.
I like the second version. Power Girl is staring directly at the viewer and the look on her face is more confident which is how Peej should be.
I wish that Power Girl would show up in Worlds’ Finest.
What say you?
Pissed off Wonder Woman by Kate Beaton is one of my favorite takes on the character.
And today on Twitter, Beaton is posting her takes on some other women of DC.
Power Girl and
Those of you who bemoan the loss of the iconic boob window of the pre-52 Power Girl were thrown a tiny (well not exactly tiny - this IS Power Girl) bone this week. Apparently with all the money she’s spending on research Karen Starr is still unable to find a uniform that doesn’t self destruct in battle (and in apparently, as in this case, only in certain places). As a result in this week’s issue we see this
As far as the rest of the issue I’ve decided that while I like the relationship between Kara and Helena (however you choose to read it) and Kevin Maguire’s take on the two in the early years, it is working against some boring villains and some just not quite right art by Perez.
Still this issue did have a couple of things (beyond a salute to the boob window) that were fun. Let’s take a look.
Nice, they’ve got Garcia-Lopez and Jerry Ordway on art.
WORLDS’ FINEST #5
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by GEORGE PEREZ, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ and JERRY ORDWAY
Cover by JERRY ORDWAY
1:25 B&W Variant cover by JERRY ORDWAY
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Power Girl and Huntress attempt to get back home to Earth 2 – but is the Boom Tube just a one-way trip?
• The secrets of Power Girl’s abilities revealed.
• Featuring artwork by the legendary Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Jerry Ordway!
USA Today has an interview with the Paul Levitz of Worlds Finest about the book and what readers can expect coming up:
The new issues also feature an aspect that fans are really enjoying: the relationship between Huntress and Power Girl.
As they deal with assorted dilemmas, Levitz is slowly revealing more about the women’s backstories — in issue 3, Maguire’s stuck in “a lovely moment of fan service” for dedicated longtime readers, and a zero issue drawn entirely by Maguire in September flashes back to when the two first met as Robin and Supergirl.
Levitz also teases to the fifth issue, a “light one-off” featuring Power Girl at the CERNparticle accelerator in Switzerland and Huntress in Boston Common at a “Take Back the Night” event. “They’re seeing different ways to deal with their displaced status.”
They will also have Helena reacting to the fact there is a Robin on this Earth. I can’t wait for that. I will jump for joy if she refers to him as a “boy Robin”
Here’s the preview
(Source: USA Today)
According to Perez, this was done for the Pittsburgh Comic Con. I’m going to have a very hard time adjusting to this Power Girl costume. Perez weighs in on the mixed reaction:
The new design for Power Girl is not mine, although I did tweak it little from the newest set of designs DC sent me. Unfortunately DC didn’t make a final decision on the costume until after the solicitation art (the cover for the first issue) had to be sent to the printers. Seems SOP at DC these days, I’m afraid. I am glad that this new costume is being greeted with more positive responses than the first one.
I know this may be a surprise for some people but I wasn’t an avid hater of Power Girl’s boob window. (It was the Huntress "Belly Window" that drew most of my wrath in costuming). Not that it wasn’t problematic at times, but that was mainly due to the artist who was drawing it. In the hands of Sami Basri or Amanda Conner? It was fine. In the hands of another artist? Grotesque.
True, it was not always her costume as seen in the image below. But it was her most popular one. (I wrote about the history of the window last year and it is still one of my most popular posts.)
So why the tolerance if not a bit of fondness for the boob window? I think because it fit her personality. From the day she first popped into comics, filled with, as my grandmother used to say, piss and vinegar Power Girl was one of the more direct, combative and pugilistic female characters in comics. Her boobs, like her, were in your face and pity the fool who mocked her.
Whenever I saw Power Girl show up with that window, I always felt there a little “here you go fan boys - nothing subtle for you.” That’s why Amanda Conner’s take on Power Girl made the character so popular (including winning the character/artist tournament I just ran). Conner got that the window was a way to take the sniggling and ogling that goes, for some, hand in hand with superhero comics and mocked it. Sure Empowered does that too, but this was DC with its bigger, ahem, audience. And again, that sense of mockery was only there with artists who got it. Not all did.
So now she has a new costume for Worlds’ Finest:
Last night I asked one of the book’s artist Kevin Maguire, who was discussing the new costume, who designed it:
"Connected to the Earth-2 Superman design." That made me even a bit sadder to see it go. For all the problems of the boob window, it gave Power Girl her own iconic look. I’m a sucker for costume iconism. Sometimes it is the only continuity the character has. It’s one of the reasons I don’t totally hate Wonder Woman’s "bathing suit". And while the Power Girl costume drew on the same colors as Superman’s, it was her own.
So like so many other things in the new 52, we have another thing disappear. The boob window has been boarded up. The view wasn’t always pretty, but I am, like many other things I’ve lost this year, sad to see it go.
Yesterday’s winner for Donna Troy was Phil Jimenez. A great choice. Today it is Power Girl artists. The nominees are:
One vote per person, voting is open until 8PM EST.
This morning DC announced a new title Huntress and Power Girl. Debuting in May, Worlds’ Finest, will be written by the current Huntress writer Paul Levitz. Levitz was the co-creator of the original Earth 2 Huntress and the speculation that this Huntress was connected to that Huntress was pretty much confirmed today. Both Power Girl and Huntress will be trying to get home to Earth 2 in the new title. (Earth 2 is now the title of the JSA book that Robinson and Scott were previously announced for.)
These are great characters and a book headlining female characters is always cause for celebration. DC is assigning two top artists to the book and here is a look at their takes on the characters.
George Perez drew both characters in Crisis on Infinite Earths (which is where the original Huntress died) and here’s two commssions of the characters he’s done:
Kevin Maguire has drawn Power Girl in Justice League International but he got a chance to draw both of them in an issue of Superman/Batman # 27 as seen below. And these are the original World’s Finest here - Superman and Batman have been transferred into the bodies of Huntress and Power Girl.
That’s a great art team, but I will miss Marcus To’s Huntress. I’ll also miss Helena Bertinelli as a character if this is indeed Helena Wayne. That said I am will be very interested to see how they handle Catwoman and Batman in Earth 2. And to see any interaction between Helena and Batman and Catwoman in the new 52.