Review: Earth 2 #17
Superman has returned to Earth 2, murdered Steppenwolf and is now the herald for Darkseid, and that’s only the first three pages. Do you really need any more reasons to be reading Earth 2?
Last issue was the final for writer James Robinson, and he went out with about the most shocking ending of any comic book this year. When Robinson announced he was leaving, I admit, I was worried about the book and it’s direction after the writer's stellar run. However, most of those fears were alleviated when it was announced Tom Taylor (Injustice: God’s Among Us) was taking over and that the art will continue to be handled by the amazing Nicola Scott.
So how does Taylor kick off his run? With an opening panel that is no joke. Superman, with all the fire and brimstone he can muster, calling out, “All hail, Darkseid,” and returning the new Batman to literally destroy anyone in his way. One thing that Taylor has proven with Injustice is that his characters are clear in their declarations, and Earth 2 is no different. Superman’s destruction of the world army makes Steppenwolf’s battle look like a slap-fight. There is only one detective who knows what it’s going to take to defeat Superman, and on Earth 2 his bat symbol is red, but his determination and ability are equal to our Dark Knight.
The only remaining vessel of the World Army is also the prison of the world’s most dangerous and unpredictable villains. It’s up to Batman to make sure they are fighting on his side but that will be no easy task. The one major spoiler from this issue was online the week prior to the issue’s release, and I won’t spoil it here for those who might not have seen it or if this is their first go round with Earth 2. Needless to say it’s another major shock to the system, and by the end of the issue the ramifications will ripple through this arc. It’s like no other re-imagining of a character that I have ever seen, short of Superman’s, and Taylor is pulling no punches with the direction he is taking this book.
The one constant has been Nicola Scott’s art, and she is running wild here. From Superman’s all out assault, to Batman’s reemergence and Dr. Fate’s battle, it truly is a sight to behold. Her action, motion and detail is so spot-on and equal to the punch Taylor uses in his writing. This is a great issue and an outstanding beginning to Taylor’s run on Earth 2. Robinson’s work was left in excellent hands, and if you haven’t been reading this book before and you like to see your heroes and villain’s in a new and twisted light -- then get this immediately.