Posted by G-Man (34583 posts) - - Show Bio

EARTH 2 is a place where anything can happen. In the very first issue we saw Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman all get killed. As new heroes such as Alan Scott and Jay Garrick have surfaced, we've recently seen the return of Superman (although he's really really evil now) as well as a new Batman.

If you read last week's EARTH 2 ANNUAL #2, you know who this new Batman is. The story continues in this week's EARTH 2 #20 (we had an exclusive preview HERE) and we had the opportunity to talk to Tom Taylor to find out what we can expect in the series.

COMIC VINE: There's always a gamble in how long to keep a mystery like the identity of a new character. What made you feel that now was right time to reveal Batman's identity?

TOM TAYLOR: I guess there's no real time to reveal an identity like that. There's no right time to lift the big reveal out of the box. It helps to know who the man is behind the mask to really identify with him and feel for him. Hopefully we achieved that with the annual.

CV: What was it like playing around with Batman's origin to tell a different one?

TT: It was awesome. It's absolutely fantastic. It's about as good as you could imagine. I was a kid, living in Melbourne, Australia, and I played with my Batman toys. I probably dressed up as Batman and pretended to be him. And then I got to create an origin for him. Things don't get much better than that.

CV: I really loved the 70s feel to it. Seeing Thomas in the 70s.

TT: Yeah, there's nothing better than a Batman with sideburns.

CV: Will we see what he's been doing since it was thought he was dead and his training after Bruce died?

TT: Hopefully there'll be time for that in the future. For the moment, EARTH 2 is on such a roller coaster and the annual was really our only time we could stop and really focus on a character, like we did. From now on, it's all war, all the time. For a little while. And then we'll see what happens.

CV: Do we know what happened to Alfred?

TT: No we don't, yet. He might still be alive somewhere…we'll find out.

CV: Will this Batman continue to have a big role in the series? How will he fit in with Alan Scott, Jay Garrick, etc without completely stealing the spotlight?

TT: Well, EARTH 2 is already a giant book. I'm sure there are now more characters than there are pages. So there's going to be times when the spotlight's going to be on set of characters and other times it'll have to be on others. I think he can co-exist on this entire world with these other great characters without dominating too much.

CV: What about Lois and Jimmy? I'd imagine they'll run into Superman eventually?

TT: It would seem that way…It seems that if you have Lois on the planet and suddenly an evil Superman is resurrected, they should probably come together at some stage. I wouldn't put money on it but I'd say the chance is good.

CV: Hawkgirl met this Batman while investigating Alan Scott's fiancé, Sam's death. Batman mentions Kanto, the assassin of Apokolips. Will we soon find out more about Sam's death?

TT: Sam's death probably won't be coming up soon because of what we're involved in at the moment. But it will be answered, without a doubt. We can't leave that hanging.

CV: Earth keeps getting trashed. Is there going to be much left of Earth for Batman and the other characters to have further adventures?

TT: I'm glad you've noticed that because that's kind of how I feel. It's like, "Man, things just keep blowing up. We've got to tone that down somehow." So hopefully, someone who's, perhaps, in tune with the Earth, will come back at some stage. And hopefully play a part. Who knows? Maybe they could something about that.

EARTH 2 ANNUAL #2 is now on sale. EARTH 2 #20 is in stores today.

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#1 Edited by RaggedScarecrow (854 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been fairly impressed by this book and by Taylor. He's managing to tie up some of the loose plot threads left by Robinson while also managing to tell his own story. I do wish we got more Green Lantern, but I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of him very soon.

#2 Posted by Mucklefluga (2565 posts) - - Show Bio

"I think he can co-exist on this entire world with these other great characters without dominating too much." That's great to see. I want most of the focus on the originals like Jay & Allen.

#3 Edited by HolySerpent (12547 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorite series. i just wish they had to books that contribute to earth 2.

#4 Edited by hart7668 (2294 posts) - - Show Bio

This makes me want to pick up Earth 2. Actually, Imma do that now

#5 Posted by hart7668 (2294 posts) - - Show Bio

Wait, I just moderated my own comment. Daheck?

#6 Posted by frozenedge (1240 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm glad they aren't going to have Batman eclipse the original characters like everyone already assumed was going to happen once he was introduced.

#7 Posted by Anabyss (16 posts) - - Show Bio
#8 Posted by mak13131313 (564 posts) - - Show Bio

One of my favorite books. I look forward to this every month.

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#9 Posted by Daring_Doodads (32 posts) - - Show Bio

I stopped reading after James Robinson left even though I enjoy the Injustice comic. Recently read the second annual and thought it was really good so going to have to pick up some back issues and give it another chance.

#10 Edited by LCazT1996 (532 posts) - - Show Bio

I need to catch up... I haven't had the money to continue reading it since the end of James Robinson's run. But soon enough I'm gonna be picking up a bunch more books. Gonna catch up on Earth-2, just started reading Aquaman at the start of Jeff Parker's run, and I'm gonna be reading Flash and Superman when the new creative teams (Venditti/Jensen/Booth and Johns/JRJR respectively) come on. So...much...money...

Update: OH! And Detective Comics in April.

#12 Posted by jackbensley777 (653 posts) - - Show Bio

is this new batman from earth 2 thomas wayne? sorry i dont read the comic lol

#13 Edited by HolySerpent (12547 posts) - - Show Bio

@anabyss: That book is about earth 2 Characters living on earth one.. Although I contemplated on buying it

#14 Posted by RaggedScarecrow (854 posts) - - Show Bio

@holyserpent: We already have two books, Earth 2 and Worlds' Finest. There's also a rumour, courtesy of BleedingCool, that we might be getting an Earth 2 weekly series, but that's unconfirmed for now.

#16 Edited by HolySerpent (12547 posts) - - Show Bio

@holyserpent: We already have two books, Earth 2 and Worlds' Finest. There's also a rumour, courtesy of BleedingCool, that we might be getting an Earth 2 weekly series, but that's unconfirmed for now.

That book is about earth 2 Characters living on earth one.. Although I contemplated on buying it

#17 Posted by wbr17 (352 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm glad they aren't going to have Batman eclipse the original characters like everyone already assumed was going to happen once he was introduced.

Well, we just read a batman focused interview that should be about Earth 2, so i really think batman already eclipsed the original characters.

#18 Posted by JeanRalphio (1842 posts) - - Show Bio

@hart7668 said:

This makes me want to pick up Earth 2. Actually, Imma do that now

Trade?

#19 Posted by RaggedScarecrow (854 posts) - - Show Bio
@wbr17 said:

@frozenedge said:

I'm glad they aren't going to have Batman eclipse the original characters like everyone already assumed was going to happen once he was introduced.

Well, we just read a batman focused interview that should be about Earth 2, so i really think batman already eclipsed the original characters.

Well to be fair the Batman-focused annual did just come out and the interviewer couldn't talk about what happened in today's issue yet without possibly spoiling things. Plus, Batman and his impact is what everyone is talking about in regards to this book, yourself included. I'm sure if you checked around you'd find there were just as many interviews about the New Alan Scott and Jay Garrick, so I don't see this as Batman eclipsing the other characters. It's really more of Taylor establishing his newer creation alongside the original ones (imo).

#20 Posted by wbr17 (352 posts) - - Show Bio

@raggedscarecrow: Yes, we are talking about batman in a book that shouldn't have him around. That's his major power his popularity lol

No problem with the interview but with the choice of giving him 2 annuals. IMO it's look like he is slowly eclipsing the others as always.

#22 Edited by RaggedScarecrow (854 posts) - - Show Bio
@wbr17 said:

@raggedscarecrow: No problem with the interview but with the choice of giving him 2 annuals. IMO it's look like he is slowly eclipsing the others as always.

That's one way of looking at sure, but you could also see it as his influence being quarantined outside of the main narrative.

Actually, I wonder how Batman would read if you read the title from start to finish, excluding the annuals. It would be interesting to see just how crucial those annuals are to both the core narrative and Batman's character. I'll have to tradewait the third volume, but I'd be interested to see if anything changes.

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#24 Posted by JeanRalphio (1842 posts) - - Show Bio

@hart7668: Cool,I think I'm going to catch up on it too. I can get the whole run for less than the price of 2 trades. I'm stoked,my lcs is having its 40th anniversary this month and all back issues are a dollar.