A brand-new story arc begins here, and wild ideas from the creative team will keep the World’s Finest alert. I am excited Dan Mora is back as he brings the dynamic art style that helps to establish a classic DC Universe. In this issue, the creative team hits the ground running with a new tragic character, sets up for a heroic meeting, and sprinkles in elements that could potentially change the DC Multiverse.
SPOILERS AHEAD for Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #7!
Starting the issue off, we get the origin of David Sikela, who might be adopting the code-name Boy Thunder. I enjoyed how it was a homage to the origin sequence that Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely crafted in All-Star Superman. That helps me get invested in the character, especially when we discover he is from a parallel Earth and finds what he has lost by being on this Earth. The moment was captured perfectly with a full-page panel of David and Superman in a firm embrace, followed by a Batman feeling sorry for all this kid has suffered. Just hit right in the feels.
Waid makes sure to add Robin to this mix. Despite the book’s title, this isn’t just a Batman/Superman book – World’s Finest includes Robin as well. I can see a hint of Tom Taylor’s Nightwing where Dan Mora draws a shocked and depressed David with Robin sitting next to him. That moment of seeing Robin being a kid with David shows why Dick Grayson is vital to the greater DCU as he can make connections with people, which showcases why he is such a great leader for the next generations and beyond. Mark Waid and Dan Mora give Batman, Superman, and Robin some incredible human moments in this issue.
The wild part you might miss on your read-through is the use of some pretty fantastic language like parallel Earth, Multiverse, and Hypertime. The mention of these words has me very hyped for what could come from this storyline. Last arc, some seeds were planted that led to Batman vs. Robin, so could these mentions lead to another mini-series that explores more? I hope so! Honestly, this is wishful thinking, but I would love a history of the DC Multiverse by Mark and Dan.
This issue was a great return of the original creative team. I know this could be related to similar stories of Superman being a father figure with Christopher Kent in Last Son or even Jonathan Kent in the current continuity, but the significant difference here is he doesn’t have Lois to share parenting with and is still trying to keep a secret identity. I can’t wait to see how Superman will handle helping a super-teen, Robin helping David be a kid and enjoy his powers, all the while Batman hunting down the hunch that something is probably wrong.
The blockbuster team is back, crafting quite a tale with a superpowered teen crashing into the lives of the World’s Finest. Mark Waid conveys to us that each hero has such humanity, and that is what makes them heroic. Dan Mora captures the iconic feel that each hero brings to the story, and together they remind us that DC Comics can be fun and exciting.
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