Thursday, April 8, 2010
The New World's Finest?
Wonder Con was this last weekend and a lot of the upcoming year in comics was revealed and reviewed there. Specific columns of all the different panels are on the usual sites with Newsarama having a running report of some panels (which they posted live) and Comic Book Resources covering almost all the panels in one way or another.
Unfortunately, there didn't seem to be much said about Supergirl or the Superman titles ... at least in the posts I read. With New Krypton ending and new creative teams taking over the Superman titles, I was surprised not to see more information or publicity.
That said, one comment from the James Robinson panel stuck out to me. Here is the link for the whole article: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=25567
And here is the blurb with a quote from Robinson:
The new lineup, he revealed, will be Dick Grayson as Batman, Supergirl, Donna Troy, Jade, Mikaal Tomas as Starman, Congorilla and Jessie Quick. The membership will remain the same for at least the next two years worth of stories.
He elaborated on each character, explaining that Dick and Kara will be the new "World’s Finest," as Dick takes on a brotherly role to the young heroine as she struggles with the fallout of "War of the Supermen."
I never really thought about Dick and Kara forming a new World's Finest. Dick seems so much older and established in comparison to Supergirl. My gestalt of the 'World's Finest' name brand was one of equal friends, peers, working together. Dick would feel more like a mentor. And that doesn't seem to be what 'World's Finest' means to me.
But maybe I am getting hung up on semantics. Maybe my definition of 'World's Finest' isn't universal.
So I figured I'd run a quick poll.
Who should make up the "new World's Finest"?
1) Batman (Dick Grayson) and Supergirl
The original World's Finest was Batman and Superman. Why not have the Batman be part of the newer version? And with both of them being in the Justice League maybe Supergirl becomes a bigger hero from a world view. They would truly represent the WORLD's finest, not just America's.
We have seen Dick be friends with Kara earlier in her series. And his wisdom of a life as a legacy hero - from sidekick to solo hero to mantle-wearer - would be invaluable information to pass on to Supergirl.
2) Supergirl and Batgirl (Stephanie Brown)
Both are strong young women, working their way through the hero's journey, occasionally struggling with the weight of the legacy they carry. They are the next generation and therefore would be a new 'World's Finest' but with the pedigree to carry that name. It is clear they would be easy friends and would treat each other as equals. Their adventure together in World's Finest #3 showed how well they would operate together.
3) Supergirl and Robin (Tim Drake)
I know I am going to irk the Steph fans but this is who I feel is the 'new World's Finest'.
They both are young. They are both being groomed to carry the symbol of their families into the future. They both have struggled with that legacy. They are both establishing their own destinies and are close to being great heroes in their own right, regardless of their mentors.
They can clearly empathize with each other's lives. I think they would be close friends and good partners. The story in Superman/Batman #62 showed me their potential as the World's Finest heroes. This just feels natural.
4) Supergirl and Robin (Damian Wayne)
Ummm .... I just don't see it.
I don't think they would be easy friends.
5) Superman (Kal-El) and Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Maybe there doesn't need to be a new World's Finest. Maybe that title should only be reserved for Superman and Batman.
So what do you think. If there was going to be a mini-series named 'The New World's Finest' who should be the stars? As always, I'd love to hear why people voted the way they did.