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Exclusive: EARTH 2 #18 Variant Cover Reveal

EARTH 2 isn't just about the new Batman. There's also this angry guy that will be causing some problems.

Tomorrow Tom Taylor's first issue of EARTH 2 goes on sale. If you read issue #16, you know it ended with a pretty crazy cliffhanger. That character that was revealed is featured on the variant cover to issue #18.

Check out our exclusive reveal of Ethan Van Sciver's variant cover.

EARTH 2 #18

The new Batman of Earth 2 tries to turn the tide in the war against the forces of Darkseid and Apokolips, but even as new allies reveal themselves the planet trembles before its new rulers.

Written by: Tom Taylor

Art by: Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott

Cover by: Ethan Van Sciver

Variant Cover by: Ethan Van Sciver

Color/B&W: Color

Page Count: 32

U.S. Price: 2.99

On Sale Date: Dec 4 2013

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Posted by TheManInTheShoe

I would have wanted Wildcat or Hourman instead of a new Batman...

Nice cover, though

Edited by Lvenger

I hope Tom Taylor doesn't make Earth 2 into Injustice Mark 2. Even though I'm not a fan of Injustice's concept, I do hear good things about Taylor so there's that in his favour at least.

Posted by flazam

Smooth

Posted by tikhunt

OMG an evil Superman!!! What a unique story idea. -_-

Edited by superior_prime_maybe

I hope the focus doesnt shift from green lantern, flash, atom and all the original cast

Posted by TDK_1997

I hope for a better take on Earth 2 than Robinson's.

Posted by tensor

Earth 2 is really good.If you all been reading from the start it is nothing like injustice

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@lvenger said:

I hope Tom Taylor doesn't make Earth 2 into Injustice Mark 2. Even though I'm not a fan of Injustice's concept, I do hear good things about Taylor so there's that in his favour at least.

this, I'll be pissed if Jay Garrick fades away so we can just have Batman vs Superman.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

Posted by TDK_1997 - November 05, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I hope for a better take on Earth 2 than Robinson's.

This. I all but dropped this title until the last issue came out. Ill give it a reprieve, for now...

Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND

So excited for this! Taylors Injustice was awesome and i'm looking forward to more of his writing.

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Edited by RoastedRay

The injustice comic was really fun I think something that really took away from it was the laughable art. I think he will do an excellent job on a more complete book.

Posted by Onemoreposter

Posted by TDK_1997 - November 05, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I hope for a better take on Earth 2 than Robinson's.

This. I all but dropped this title until the last issue came out. Ill give it a reprieve, for now...

Agreed. I did drop the title after the first issue after the Grundy arc (the one that introduced the Fury I think). Now that Taylor is on though, I need to get back in. Loved his take on Injustice!

Posted by saoakden

Like the cover.

Posted by johnqestion

@lvenger said:

I hope Tom Taylor doesn't make Earth 2 into Injustice Mark 2. Even though I'm not a fan of Injustice's concept, I do hear good things about Taylor so there's that in his favour at least.

This is exactly what this seems like. Superman is useless is all I seem to gather for a guy who claims to love him soooo much. Pretty much the hero that gets mind controlled, quits, runs away, brainwashed and needs others either doing the heroics or while he whines or bullies. This time I think Red Tornado Lois is coming to his rescue.

I also think Taylor needs to stay away big time from Wonder Woman. Hopefully SHE is dead for real and we won't have him writing her like an A class, violent bitch. Fury is bad so he can write her as an A class violent bitch.

Seems to me this title is suddenly about the big 2 again and the other characters are no longer the focus.

Posted by Vaeternus

I'm happy with Taylor on board, personally I think E2 as good as it is was getting a tad dull for a while, Hawkgirl disappeared for how many issues now? Batman of E2 was introduced then disappeared...I like Taylor's style from Injustice if anything can only make Earth 2 better...I'm curious to see who this evil superman guy is and seriously, I want more Hawkgirl and Batman!!

Edited by evilvegeta74

He's brainwashed most likely, that's Darkseid's thing!

Posted by KidChipotle

@tensor said:

Earth 2 is really good.If you all been reading from the start it is nothing like injustice

That's because James Robinson has been writing it. People are saying they're hoping it's not another Injustice because Tom Taylor is now writing Earth-2, who currently writes Injustice. Both stories involve an evil Superman, which is where the concerns come from, that Earth-2 will turn into another version of Evil Superman vs Batman with the JSA members losing the spotlight.

Posted by Imortal18

THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!!! I HATE ALL YOU HATERS

Posted by Queso6p4

That's a pretty rad cover.

Posted by LightningTiger2190

@tensor said:

Earth 2 is really good.If you all been reading from the start it is nothing like injustice

That's because James Robinson has been writing it. People are saying they're hoping it's not another Injustice because Tom Taylor is now writing Earth-2, who currently writes Injustice. Both stories involve an evil Superman, which is where the concerns come from, that Earth-2 will turn into another version of Evil Superman vs Batman with the JSA members losing the spotlight.

I feel like James set Taylor up with the Superman reveal lol.

Posted by joaoanjos

hope they get ride off Superman and Batman. Seriously, i don't want more of those two. I want Wildcat, Hourman, Starman, only one Sandman, Doctor Mid-Nite. Earth 2 got so many good characters, and they keep wasting time with Batman and Superman.

Posted by samyroc

I would have wanted Wildcat or Hourman instead of a new Batman...

Nice cover, though

I definitely prefer having Wildcat or Hourman or Dr. Mid-Nite over Batman anytime.

Posted by Hawkguy

@lvenger said:

I hope Tom Taylor doesn't make Earth 2 into Injustice Mark 2. Even though I'm not a fan of Injustice's concept, I do hear good things about Taylor so there's that in his favour at least.

This is exactly what this seems like. Superman is useless is all I seem to gather for a guy who claims to love him soooo much. Pretty much the hero that gets mind controlled, quits, runs away, brainwashed and needs others either doing the heroics or while he whines or bullies. This time I think Red Tornado Lois is coming to his rescue.

I also think Taylor needs to stay away big time from Wonder Woman. Hopefully SHE is dead for real and we won't have him writing her like an A class, violent bitch. Fury is bad so he can write her as an A class violent bitch.

Seems to me this title is suddenly about the big 2 again and the other characters are no longer the focus.

In an interview Taylor said this wasn't his choice, and that he'd rather not write Superman this way, but it's the direction he was given for this arc and he's interested in having his own little earth so he'll do it while he has to then change things up.

Posted by Darklexeus

I really wonder if this is the Frankstein Superman.

Posted by patrat18

Winning.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

@tdk_1997 said:

I hope for a better take on Earth 2 than Robinson's.

Me too. I liked the first couple of issues, but lost interest at the end.

Posted by Justthatkid

@tikhunt said:

OMG an evil Superman!!! What a unique story idea. -_-

The idea annoys me out of any member of the JL I would hope they would make him the 1 if there is a 1 that's not so easy to corrupt.

Posted by KrazyCrab

It was Robinson who ended his run with revealing brainwashed evil Superman not Taylor and he is going to wrap up what Robinson left behind before he gets to what he wants to do with the series.

Edited by samyroc

It was Robinson who ended his run with revealing brainwashed evil Superman not Taylor and he is going to wrap up what Robinson left behind before he gets to what he wants to do with the series.

And oh boy do he have a some wrap up to do, especially the hawkgirl plot that seem to go nowhere.

Posted by tikhunt

@justthatkid: IKR Superman stands for everything good in the world and he along with Flash would seem like the most incorruptible people on the planet.

Posted by ScarletBatman

I loved the original idea of Earth 2 - a place where the JSA could hang out and save a very unique - and different - Earth. Things went downhill once Batman was revealed. that just smacked of DC wanting to put him in everything. Then Robinson left and that doomed the title. The only way I'd really consider picking this title up again is if it gets back to its core premise and rids itself of the likes of Superman, Batman and etc.

Posted by staypuffed

cover's cool, I guess.

Posted by kazekaine1

sigh more superman and batman. as if detective comics,action comics,superman,batman, batman dark knight,batman and.....,superman unchained , batman/superman wasnt enough. btw did i miss any?

Posted by Superbat420

Still don't think it's superman if you read I believe number 2 when jays talking to mercury, mercury says a greater evil is coming that can take shape or whatever face it wanted

Posted by TypH

never payed much attention to superman, but gotta say I like the look of the evil costume.

Posted by _ANDY_CAN

nice

Edited by Lvenger

@hawkguy: It may have been forced on him but he hasn't gone with a concept I'm wholly enthusiastic about. And which issue of Injustice had the more classic Superman in it? The one where he helped that boy? I can't remember which one it was.

Posted by TheDjinn_SeasonalEvilevent

Don't know how this one is gonna turn out.

Posted by DEGRAAF

so who are these new Batman and Superman of Earth 2?

Edited by RaggedScarecrow

@degraaf said:

so who are these new Batman and Superman of Earth 2?

Superman is Clark Kent only brainwashed by Steppenwolf into serving Darkseid and we don't know who the new Batman is yet. He's been both a criminal and a madman apparently.

Supposedly he's Thomas Wayne but that hasn't been confirmed on panel yet.

Posted by Z3RO180
Posted by Jake Fury

I thought Taylor's first issue was a solid start. Batman was on the cover but none of the focus was lost on the other characters.

Posted by JuliusTakalua

This Herald of Darkseid Superman is AWESOME!!!
He killed a god and has powers of one!!! I think Darkseid gave this supes some powers. The fact that he can mimic Omega Beams is Awesome!!!

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I was much happier with the series focusing ONLY on JSA characters that were NOT Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Do these three have to dominate EVERY DC comic?