World’s Finest 310 – Superman and Batman meet Sonik

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A new hero gets introduced in World’s Finest 310 (Dec. 84), in a story by Joey Cavalieri, with excellent art by Stan Woch and Rick Magyar.

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Will Parker grew up in the slums, but got a college degree.  He volunteers at a youth centre, which a local gangster is planning to buy and shut down.  The kids tend to look up to the hoods, and Parker decides they need a better role model.  Using his technical knowledge, he creates some sound-based devices and a costume, calling himself Sonik.

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His first outing does not go so well. Batman is after the gangster, and Sonik’s attempt to help simply gets both of them caught.  They are placed into a pretty good death-trap, under a bus, but Batman gets them free.  What is Superman doing all this time?  Protecting a foreign diplomat from assassination.  The stories actually are connected, as the mob runs an assassin for hire service.

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Superman does show up at the end, helping Batman and Sonik take down the head of the mob.  Sonik reveals his identity to the kids.  No point in being a hero if they don’t understand that he is one of them.  In a nice closing touch, Bruce Wayne buys the building, creating a much better youth centre.

Sonik returns later in the year.

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