Earth 2 is coming

#1 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

The teaser for the forthcoming Justice Society of America Annual arrived, and it’s big. The Alex Ross art showcases some very familiar faces to long-time readers of the DCU. For some of the newer readers, though, they may not catch the significance of some of the cameos. Let’s do a quick run-down:

First: Earth-2. What?: Even the newest readers know about the DC Multiverse. At one point, there were many, many parallel worlds. Earth-1 was the DCU mainstream prior to the original Crisis on Infinite Earths; Earth-2 was the world that was the home to the Justice Society of America and Infinity Inc. (mostly comprised of their children and wards). After Crisis, five Earths and their universes (1, 2, X, S, and 4) merged to become one consistent DC continuity.

(See my Elseworlds page for details about Hypertime and the Multiverse http://www.comicvine.com/elseworlds/46699/)

After the events of 52, the Multiverse is again divided; one of the worlds, apparently, is again Earth-2.

Power Girl is significant here because of her complicated history. In fact, I once did a lengthy bit of coverage on it here

Essentially, Power Girl was Earth-2 Superman’s cousin, and lived on Earth-2 prior to the merge. Post-Crisis, it was deemed that Superman would be the only Kryptonian, and much was done to give Power Girl a different origin. By the time Infinite Crisis rolled around, Geoff Johns and the gang, knowing that the Multiverse was coming back, simply decided to reveal that she was still good ole’ Power Girl from Earth-2. As Buckshot might say, “She is who we thought she was!”

Extreme Top Right: Just behind the “Johns”, we see Hawkgirl. Granted, at that point, the blurring effect of the image’s edge comes into play, and we can’t see if that’s the present, “New Earth” Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders) or the original Earth-2 Hawkgirl. The original Hawks were reincarnated from an Egyptian prince and princess, fated to live through their tragic love story throughout history. The image looks to me like the "New Earth" Hawkgirl, but maybe someone with sharper eyes can clarify that?

Extreme Top Middle: The winged fellow there is Northwind. One of the founders of the original Infinity Inc. Northwind was the son of a human father and a mother from a race of bird-like people that Hawkman and Hawkgirl had befriended. Northwind was close to the Hawks and had a bit of siblingesque rivalry with their son, Hector Hall. On “New Earth”, Norda (his real name) has undergone a mutation to take on a more Hawkish appearance, perhaps suggesting the Hawkgod who appears in Kingdom Come.

In Mid-Air, left to right:

  • The original Dr. Fate, Kent Nelson

  • The original Starman, Ted Knight

  • An elderly Johnny Thunder and the original Thunderbolt of Johnny Thunder

  • The original Hawkman, Carter Hall (wearing the cowl that he adopted later).

Johnny Thunder is a bit incongruous. He was still somewhat vital by that point (witness JLA #219-220 and Crisis); I'm curious to see why he would appear aged.

Standing, left to right:

  • Fury II, Lyta Trevor-Hall

  • The original Wildcat, Ted Grant

  • The Silver Scarab, Hector Hall

  • The adult Robin of Earth-2, Dick Grayson

  • Nuklon, Albert Rothstein

  • Power Girl

  • The Huntress of Earth-2, Helena Wayne

  • Dr. Midnight (Beth Chapel of Infinity Inc; yes, she spelled it differently)

  • The original Atom, Al Pratt, in his second outfit.

Okay, deep breath... It’s important to remember at this point that these aren’t all necessarily the characters that we knew as the Earth-2 heroes back in the day. Many of those heroes have aged or changed identities or died on post-Crisis or “New” Earth. However, they do appear to be a revitalization of the characters as they appeared on Earth-2 in the DCU circa 1985.

That is further supported by certain pieces of evidence:

  • Hector is Silver Scarab and not Dr. Fate III

  • Dr. Midnight is still alive (she was killed by Eclipso in his series in the early ‘90s)

  • Starman and the Atom are still alive (having died in the James Robinson Starman series and Zero Hour respectively)

  • Nuklon has his original appearance and mask (he later become Atom-Smasher)

  • The original Star-Spangled Kid (later known as Skyman). It is his arm framing the left side of the picture, covered in stars.

  • The glowing bright green hand seen just next to Hawkman's head (belonging to Jade i'm guessing, Alan Scott's daughter)

  • The background is a bit weird, being dark in parts and light in others. I think it is The Spectre, standing gigantically behind them all, his body turned to the left, and the dark parts are his cape (you can see what seems to be his collar just above the word "Geoff")."

The question then becomes: what will the JSA of the present DCU do when confronted with these past versions of themselves, their children, or friends long dead?

M

#2 Posted by Mighty Thorion (797 posts) - - Show Bio

Or, is this the "present" JSA, somehow back on Earth two following the events of the upcoming ultimate/final Crisis? and how will they retcon all the characters you list above without making things more complicated than they were before?

#3 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

no, they're the Earth 2 characters, i pointed them all out :D

M

#4 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

Power Girl is just going to get even more confusing now...

M

#5 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll put money on it...

Power Girl's origins change more often than i eat a homecooked meal...

it's going to get complected again, trust me :p

M

#6 Posted by theCeruleanGestalt (1148 posts) - - Show Bio

Seriously, I'm not making this up right now but...I have had a suspicion that Power Girl is actually from the post-Infinite Crisis Earth-2. :P

#7 Posted by theCeruleanGestalt (1148 posts) - - Show Bio

Methos says:

"Power Girl is just going to get even more confusing now...M"

Lol not necessarily. :P

#8 Posted by Nighthunter (28582 posts) - - Show Bio

ok that looks like a kickass story lol

couldn't think of something better for the annual

#9 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

Rothstein, Pratt, Nelson, Yz...

wow, some of my favorite characters seem to be returning to DC, does this mean they'll have prominent roles now?

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#10 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

Cosmic Sentinel says:

"Please be Jade, please be Jade, please be Jade......"

I'm saying the same thing :D

It might be just wishful thinking, but i can't think who elses hand that could be

M

#11 Posted by Cosmic Sentinel (3749 posts) - - Show Bio

Please be Jade, please be Jade, please be Jade......

#12 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

aztek_the_lost says:

"does this mean they'll have prominent roles now?"
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#13 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

It's an Earth 2 story... not a normal DCU storyline

M

#14 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

oh, so this is just a one-shot thing...and then these characters will never be heard from again

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#15 Posted by Nighthunter (28582 posts) - - Show Bio

I wonder if Powergirl and Kingdome come superman will stay in that earth....

#16 Posted by Waver (93 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome, I love Helena Wayne Huntress and Alex Ross.
Post Edited:2008-04-16 04:31:59

#17 Posted by Gottheit (3473 posts) - - Show Bio

Is that Dick Grayson?

BTW, there's a comic shop here named Earth 2.

#18 Posted by Blazing Eagle (280 posts) - - Show Bio

me too

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