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|
|Artist(s)||Geraldo Borges, José Luis García-López, Tyler Kirkham, Barry Kitson, Kevin Maguire, Scott McDaniel, Jerry Ordway, George Pérez|
|Editor(s)||Mike Cotton, Rachel Gluckstern, Wil Moss, Rickey Purdin|
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 with art 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. It is revealed in the first issue 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|
In other Media
- "World's Finest" is the 16th, 17th and 18th episodes of the second season of Superman: The Animated Series, and the 29th, 30th and 31st of the overall series. Originally, this three-parter aired back-to-back as a movie event on October 4, 1997. The episode depicts the first meeting of Batman and Superman in the DCAU, when Batman comes to Metropolis in pursuit of the Joker, who has offered to kill Superman for Lex Luthor. Superman finds himself out of his depth when matched against the Joker's cunning and unpredictability, while Batman has trouble with the resources Luthor provides the Joker with. Both heroes must agree to overcome their differences in order to put a stop to the Joker and Luthor. In 2002, The Batman Superman Movie was released on DVD. This was the three episodes from the "World's Finest" story arc of Season 2 of Superman: The Animated Series (1997) combined into a feature length film.
- In 2004, a fan trailer for a World's Finest movie was released.
- In the 2009 direct-to-video animated film Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (an adaptation of "The World's Finest", the opening story arc of Superman/Batman), the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight team up to prevent a meteoroid from striking Earth and to take down Lex Luthor, who has been elected President of the United States and has framed Superman for murder. DCAU cast members Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Clancy Brown and C. C. H. Pounder reprised their respective roles as Batman, Superman, Luthor and Amanda Waller. Additionally, Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan from the television series Smallville) voiced the role of Power Girl.
- In 2010, a sequel was released titled Superman/Batman: Apocalypse which is an adaptation of Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner's second story arc, "The Supergirl from Krypton". DCAU cast members Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Susan Eisenberg, and Edward Asner reprised their respective roles as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Granny Goodness. Additionally, Summer Glau voiced the role of Supergirl and Andre Braugher portrayed Darkseid.
- At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Zack Snyder, director of Man of Steel, confirmed the sequel for Man of Steel, officially titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; the movie released March 25, 2016. The film stars Henry Cavill reprising his role as Clark Kent/Superman and many of the first film's cast returned. Ben Affleck joins the cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
- The eighteenth episode of the first season of Supergirl is titled "World's Finest". The episode is a crossover with The Flash and features a team-up of the title characters of both series. Kara Danvers gains a new ally when the lightning-fast superhero The Flash suddenly appears from an alternate universe and helps Kara battle Siobhan, aka Silver Banshee, and Livewire in exchange for her help in finding a way to return him home.
- Issue #18 was reprinted in both Volumes 3 and 4 of the collected editions.
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- Worlds' Finest at the Grand Comics Database
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- Kamen, Matt (December 16, 2014). "DC Comics cancels half its line from March 2015". Wired UK. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015.
- Harvey, James (June 29, 2009). "Press Release for Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Direct-to-Video Animated Feature". World Finest. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
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