Cover for Worlds' Finest #1 (July 2012).
Art by George Pérez.
|Publication date||July 2012 – May 2015|
|No. of issues||33 (#1–32 plus an issue numbered 0), a Worlds' Finest: Futures End one-shot, and 1 Annual|
|Main character(s)||Power Girl|
|Written by||Paul Levitz|
Worlds' Finest is a comic book published by DC Comics, a reimagining of the classic World's Finest Comics, with a similar name but a differently-placed apostrophe. It was announced in January 2012 and launched in May 2012 with a July 2012 cover date. The series was part of a second wave of The New 52 reboot and was one of six titles replacing previously cancelled titles.
Written by Paul Levitz and drawn by George Pérez and Kevin Maguire, the series stars the Huntress and Power Girl. In the first issue, the two heroines are established as being from Earth 2, where they used the codenames Robin and Supergirl, respectively, and having accidentally been exiled to the main DC Universe.
The Huntress, the daughter of Earth 2's Batman, has maintained a heroic identity for some time. The first issue reveals that Helena Bertinelli has been dead for a long time and that Helena Wayne has been using her identity, as seen in the 2011–2012 Huntress miniseries. Power Girl, in contrast, has functioned solely in her civilian identity of Karen Starr, as a billionaire industrialist using her ownership of Starr Labs as a cover to try to discover a way for them to return home. After a Starr Labs subsidiary in Japan is destroyed, Karen adopts the superhero identity of Power Girl to fight alongside the Huntress.
The two eventually succeed in returning to Earth 2, and with issue #27 (Dec. 2014) the series began to feature the Superman and Batman of Earth 2 as the main characters. The series was cancelled as of issue #32 (May 2015) which went on sale in March 2015.
|Title||Material collected||Date Published||ISBN|
|Worlds' Finest, Vol. 1: The Lost Daughters of Earth 2||Worlds' Finest #0–5||April 2013||978-1401238346|
|Worlds' Finest, Vol. 2: Hunt and Be Hunted||Worlds' Finest #6–12||November 2013||978-1401242763|
|Worlds' Finest, Vol. 3: Control Issues||Worlds' Finest #13–18[Note 1]||June 2014||978-1401246167|
|Worlds' Finest, Vol. 4: First Contact||Worlds' Finest #18–21,[Note 1] Annual #1, Batman/Superman #8-9||December 2014||978-1401250980|
|Worlds' Finest, Vol. 5: Homeward Bound||Worlds' Finest #22–26, Worlds' Finest: Futures End #1||June 2015||978-1401254209|
|Worlds' Finest, Vol. 6: The Secret History of Superman and Batman||Worlds' Finest #27–32||December 2015||978-1401257767|
- Issue #18 was reprinted in both Volumes 3 and 4 of the collected editions.
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