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Review: Earth 2 #1

Posted By: Wonder Worlock
Thu, 05/03/2012 - 15:49

If you thought the relaunch of the DCU was shocking in September, wait until you see this relaunch of the parallel planet Earth 2 (Justice Society, et al) and the heroes therein, many of whom are Golden Age DC heroes who no longer exist in the world of the New 52.

Whew! Was it me in the forums who was glad Earth 2 was coming back? Pardon me while I eat my words, lol.

No, no, Earth 2 #1 (why is that hard to type?) is a fine read, really. It is just the exposition about today’s New 52 heroes and how their Earth 2 doppelgangers differ that takes up most of this mag. Although I fussed at Geoff Johns for stretching out the teaming of the Justice League, all this in one mag is, well, too much. And it shows.

Not that James Robinson doesn’t spin a fine yarn here, especially if you are a fan of the current Justice League. This is an awesome companion book to that title as well as being something that I think will be refreshing. But the path to that refreshment seems awfully heavy handed in this first issue.

It is a great pleasure to see the art of Nicola Scott and Trever Scott, who kept this long history lesson flowing in an entertaining manner. The Apokolips war scenes were awesome, as was the emotional expressions of the characters. While it didn’t exactly fill our action quotient, it is a good start and a welcome change of pace.

Right now, this is definitely a pick-up title just to see where it might be going. I don’t know if it will hold on, but it certainly will be interesting to see where it winds up.

Earth 2 #1 is definitely recommended fare.