New 52 Comic Review – “World’s Finest” #21
Picking up where last issue left off, this Earth’s evil Ken has opened a portal which supposedly leads to Earth 2, home for Karen and Helena.
Karen is none too pleased with the idea that this Ken is kind of a douchebag, and physically attacks him while sprouting… I wanna say bad poetry, maybe?
But Ken turned the table by having a Rita Repulsa moment.
And we get this delightful panel of responses and unimpressed expressions from our heroes.
Fed up, apparently because her dating life hasn’t been the greatest, Karen is determined to barrel through and punch Darkseid into the sun, and Batman just kind of sits it out, noting to himself that overconfidence must be a genetic trait in Kryptonians.
No, really. He just kind of observes and is catty from afar.
And it’s kind of awesome.
Karen lets it slide, though, turning her aggression towards evil Ken and sending him through the portal in a pretty awesome backbend.
The Bat-folks discuss the possibility that that wasn’t even their home, Helena saying that the existence of one alternate Earth suggests the possibility of millions of Earths. Or, y’know, maybe “Infinite Earths?” Like, if one is in crisis, maybe the others…
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
The point is, Superman just checked out his cousin.
And so, the girls decide to chance it in a world where, although it’s now comprised of 95% fire and corpses, there are no cousins or pseudo-dads trying to check you out or take you apart.
But before they’re quite finished throwing up deuces, Ken has returned, this time having gotten even bigger.
Now, Power Girl is kind of at the heart of this nonsense, despite this being a team-ish book, and she knows it. And, understandably, the bitch wants some answers.
So, if Ken is from this Earth, but working for ssomeone on Earth 2, and he has orders to bring Karen back, and his orders aren’t coming from Darkseid, who could be the one pulling the strings? Well, I’ve give you three guesses.
Now, this is actually an interesting development. Not exactly an unexpected one, but still an interesting one, nonetheless. Clark wants Karen back. According to Ken, it’s because he loves Karen. But Clark is supposed to be completely in thrall to Darkseid! Does this mean that there is still some of the same, good old Clark Kent deep down in there? Or that maybe that Clark isn’t buried as deep as we’d hope? Is there hope for Earth 2, then?
Man, I might have to pick up the Earth 2 book again…
Anywho, despite not being heavily featured in this issue, there are not nice Bat-People moments here. Like this one, as they team up to take out a set of parademons.
And then their celebration of the victory.
But Earth 2 Superman is still a thing. And he’s waiting just beyond the portal. And smiling. And while it’s not the nicest smile, he is still Kal-L, and Earth 2 is still home, and Karen is still hurting, and that bitch looks like she might just be about to take that man’s hand.
But thank the Lord for your girl friends, because the Huntress is still there to keep her homie from going home with the wrong man.
Now, you’d think that the sad thing here was Karen’s willingness to follow yet another guy who is probably going to turn out terrible for her. Or just the simple fact that Kal is evil now. Or maybe it’s that the artwork seems to have taken a shit for a few panels because, seriously, what is with their faces here?!
But, no, the real issue? It’s that Karen done fucked up.
That’s right! It was their Earth. I mean, we all know it, but the characters do, too, now. And it’s a terrible realisation for, oh, so many reasons. Not the least of which is that they have no means of recreating the technology to get them back, even if they wanted to.
Which, y’know. They do.
But it’s not all terrble! Because Ken is going to get his come-uppance!
And Clark’s displeasure with his minion also probabyl means that this isn’t over.
Not too sure if the crossover is meant to continue on from this point, but the girls now know for certain that not only is their Earth still in existence, but it’s been laid waste to.
Will this make them more liekly to establish the lives on Earth Prime and, more importantly, to accent their lives here? I mean, especially now that they’ve made a connection with the doppelgangers of their primary male role models?
Or will seeing their world in a shambles lead them to realise that their home needs their help, thus renewing their fervour to find a way back?
Eh… Probably a mixture of the two.
And we’ll be checking in to see how it goes.
Posted on April 7, 2014, in Comic Review, DC Comics, Uncategorized and tagged Batman, Bruce Wayne, clark kent, crossover, dc comics, earth 2, earth prime, helena wayne, huntress, kal-el, kal-l, kara zor-l, karen starr, new 52, power girl, Superman, world's finest. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.