If the Batman’s daughter Huntress is smart enough to steal millions from Bruce Wayne, is it surprising that Batman’s son Robin can catch her out? Helena is appalled that this little snot is wearing ‘her’ colours and using ‘her’ name, whereas Damian is wondering why her fighting style is so familiar.
Away from Gotham, Power Girl is piggybacking an energy detector onto a Galaxy Communications satellite. She’s hoping to find Apokolips waves of the kind attached to the monster she recently fought in Tokyo that may help Helena and herself return home to Earth 2 from Earth 1.
Helena’s immediate concern is putting down the surprisingly dangerous Damian before civilians get caught in the crossfire …
The fight between the Wayne almost-siblings makes for an amusing central conceit to Paul Levitz’s engrossing tale. I’m surprised at how free Helena is with hints as to just who she is – she already knows Damian is ‘Not-Dad’s’ son – but surprise is good. As is the dialogue – I can’t recall if Levitz has written Damian previously, but he should certainly write him again, superbly capturing the assassin prince’s haughtiness.
Wish granted – at issue’s close, Levitz sets up a new mystery that ensures a team-up between Huntress, Power Girl and Damian next month.
Sharing the art duties, as ever, are George Perez and Kevin Maguire; veterans they may be, but there’s a tyro energy to their work, a joie de vivre in slam-bang superheroics that does them credit. The former handles the Power Girl solo sequences while the latter gives great Gotham. Perez’s partner is inker Sandra Hope, whose clean line perfectly suits the pencils. Maguire goes solo with pencils and inks, showing off his trademark talent for animated expressions (click on image to enlarge).
Colouring comes courtesy of Rosemary Cheetham and Hi-Fi, and it works for me, with the Gotham sequences being, unsurprisingly, moodier than the Asia-based Power Girl’s. The opening spread is a bit washed-out, mind – a technical problem, or some subtlety in the art that I’m missing?
Carlos M Mangual makes the most of said title spread to show off some fun display lettering, before settling down to the rest of the book.
I love the vibrancy of the cover, its composition and colouring, though closer examination shows Huntress to be rather the licorice-legged lady. Eat, woman!
World’s Finest #6 is a spiffy addition to DC’s mini-genre of ‘Damian vs …’ stories, as well as a useful chapter in the overarcing story of our heroine’s fight to get back home. Recommended.