There are so many great things about this volume of World’s Finest; I especially love its “Silver Age” feel but with a very modern story and art techniques. The new character, Boy Thunder, screams Silver Age trope, but Mark Waid makes it work by adding drama, comedy, and adventure that get you to care about this new kid. Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain are bringing some of the best art in the business that will have to eye each page and hoping for more guest stars. Put them all together, and you have a perfect recipe for entertainment and one of the best comics in shops now.
SPOILERS AHEAD for Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #8!
From the preview, you can see that the original Teen Titans make an appearance that will have you wanting a retro adventure with this group of heroes. It was very refreshing seeing the positive energy coming from a young Wally West and Roy Harper. The two acted as you would expect young boys with skills and superpowers to behave. The interaction feels like they will pop up later in the story, which will be great as I am interested in Wonder Girl’s observation and feelings about Boy Thunder.
Within the story, Mark Waid crafts a story that is just as entertaining as the main one. The inner piece that lures all the characters to Gotham could be its own gripping story but instead serves as the backdrop. Yet it is one heck of a story, and what an excellent way for that villain to trap the city of Gotham and its heroes. Not only does that portion of the story “trap” Batman and Robin, but it also gets Superman, Supergirl, and Boy Thunder to get over there and help save the day. Mark Waid does such a great job with the Super family.
When Boy Thunder is stepping up to help save people, Mark Waid puts him in quite the situation. Boy Thunder has to use his new powers; remember, he is unskilled with his abilities and in a situation that could become deadly if he makes a mistake. The potential for disaster tests Boy Thunder’s grit, and his response is perfect. Mark Waid takes us in an authentic direction and peels layers back that dig into Boy Thunder’s past. I like how this situation can cause a reaction that can be polarizing, which is a fun conversation for fans.
The best part was when all the action was over, how the new Super family came together, and some deep beats between them all. I loved Mark Waid’s use of history about how Superman handled Supergirl coming to Earth by sticking her in an orphanage, and Dan Mora captured her rage about it very humorously. Dan Mora also adds to his list of guest stars in this issue with the original Teen Titans, Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), and villains like the Joker and the Key. Teaming Mark and Dan is one of DC Comics’ best ideas to help showcase their heroes and villains.
Mark Waid, Dan Mora, and Tamra Bonvillain come together to craft an excellent version of the DC Universe that should please any fan. Mark Waid tests Boy Thunder’s grit, Dan Mora continues to add to his draw list of DC characters, and Tamra Bonvillain illuminates the world perfect with her palette.
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