decoyelite's Earth 2 #15.2 - Where the River Ran Red review

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Origins introduced on a Monday

Spoilers for this issue are in this review so look out if you plan on reading it. I'm reading all the villain month issues to give the new reader perspective. I know that Grundy here is pretty different from the pre-Flashpoint version I'm used to and I know that last we saw he was on the moon so this should be interesting.

The Good:

I can't describe how much I love the simple genius of how Grundy got off the moon. Seriously it's a great way to start an issue even if a tad cliched. I also was surprised about how similar to the classic Grundy this version was. Sure he had new powers but his personality was almost completely the same, simple and violent. This issue did a lot of showing off his powers and brute force and I found the action really enjoyable.

The Bad:

Grundy of all people goes with the traumatic life cliche here, but at least it's not a childhood. Still it reeks of "bad things happened so he became evil" stuff that I didn't enjoy very much. Also his name was literally Solomon, which I find to be a tad bit strange. Maybe it was a more common name back when he was a human, but it still feels off especially when Grundy usually has a different human name. There's some bits I could nit pick but they were more silly than bad.

Overall: Pretty good issue had a fun time reading it. Grundy fans might want to look into this one as it better connects the new version with the older version and Earth 2 fans should certainly check this out to see how Grundy got back and his origins, even if they're a tad bit bland. Although if you've really convinced yourself to hate this Grundy I suggest staying away.

12 Comments
Posted by TheAcidSkull

i hated this oohh so very much.

Posted by DecoyElite
Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull: Wow, really?

Yeah, it was generic as hell and took the pleasure out of the origin.

I liked the idea of Grundy being a rich a$$ before he became this way, like him being a monster way before he actually became one.

a greedy rich killer. that's what grundy was , but no, now he's some guy who avenged his wife and recited the Nursery rhyme for no reason.

Posted by DecoyElite

@theacidskull: Ah, I see your point. I wasn't aware that an origin had been sort of set up with him before this outside of the pre-Flashpoint one.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull: Ah, I see your point. I wasn't aware that an origin had been sort of set up with him before this outside of the pre-Flashpoint one.

that;s the thing, his origin has been a mystery, and the pre-flashpoint one he got was actually really good, then the new 52 happened.

Posted by DecoyElite

@decoyelite said:

@theacidskull: Ah, I see your point. I wasn't aware that an origin had been sort of set up with him before this outside of the pre-Flashpoint one.

that;s the thing, his origin has been a mystery, and the pre-flashpoint one he got was actually really good, then the new 52 happened.

Well that sucks. WELP. At least how he got off the moon was great.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull said:

@decoyelite said:

@theacidskull: Ah, I see your point. I wasn't aware that an origin had been sort of set up with him before this outside of the pre-Flashpoint one.

that;s the thing, his origin has been a mystery, and the pre-flashpoint one he got was actually really good, then the new 52 happened.

Well that sucks. WELP. At least how he got off the moon was great.

It was an Okay issue, i just hated it lol. It just seems a that a lot of these Villain issues are Mediocre at best, only a few are good.

Posted by DecoyElite

@theacidskull: Most are pretty average. But I guess it's better than being terrible.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull: Most are pretty average. But I guess it's better than being terrible.

yeah, though still, a lot of missed potential

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

Great review, though I don't like the new Grundy so will probably avoid.

Posted by DecoyElite

@johnkmccubbin91: Thanks. Yeah, although this issue does make new Grundy more like old Grundy at least.

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

@decoyelite: That's not so bad, but I'll probably still avoid it unless I get the omnibus by any chance (which I doubt due to the price).

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    I was really Hoping that this would turn out to be good, and i mean seriously, i was REALLY hoping that grundy would get proper treatment, but of course, my expectations were utterly trashed. I'll Cut to the chase , i did not enjoy this, not even a little, it was very generic and quite frankly bad. I've always liked grundy and i've enjoyed his small mini-series that explored his origin, which did a much better job, but of course the New 52 has to cheapen everything.This was not an origin story, ...

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