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Earth 2 #2 - Age of Wonders Review

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With the Trinity dead, who will save Earth 2 from the impending threat?

The Good

With the news about Alan Scott's sexuality hitting the web, all eyes were on the release of the second issue of EARTH 2 today -- and for the most part, it did not disappoint. The issue opens with Mr. Terrific who had recently landed on what appears to be the island of Manhattan -- only very different. I think the way James writes Mr. Terrific's deduction of where he landed was great, and felt it was a good scene. Nicola Scott does a great job of setting up EARTH 2's Times Square, as well. The flow of the story kicks off really well, and the pacing is consistent throughout the issue. We quickly move to Jay Garrick in a scene between the Earth 2 Flash and the God Mercury in Lansing, Michigan. The exchange between the two characters is brilliant and I felt that the dialogue between the two characters was really powerful. In fact, this was probably my favorite moment in the entire issue. The exchange between the two characters and the passing of the torch from a God to a man with so little confidence was an all-around great moment. It was really powerful and did both characters justice. More importantly, I think James spent just the right amount of time on this scene, and the scene following it where Jay is discovering his powers.

The scene with Alan Scott is nice -- I thought it was a great way to introduce the character's sexuality: by showing him being in love with Same, without talking about the subject -- introducing it this way really made the moment feel natural.

Great art by Nicola Scott as always; she did a fantastic job portraying the emotions of the characters in this issue. Also, what a beautiful image of Hawkgirl! Her appearance is breathtaking, and her new costume is really nice.

The Bad

I admit, I'm not so sure about the end. I'll be disappointed if we are introduced to Sam (Alan Scott's boyfriend), and he is killed off so quickly following Scott's proposal. Again, this can happen in a comic, but it has to be done right. If it does happen, I will want (as the reader) to see a dramatic change in Scott's character, behavior, and outlook on life. Also, if it does happen; I hope that Robinson will reinforce why Sam was so important to Scott in the first place. There are ways for a writer to memorialize a character even in death, and I look forward to seeing if this is something Robinson does with these two characters in this series.

The Verdict

A lot of really big developments happen in this issue, and I love that Robinson is taking his time introducing readers to these characters before he established the EARTH 2 Justice Society. Although it's inevitable, the journey getting there is just as important and it what makes the reader care about the characters. While I'm not sure how I feel about the ending of this issue, I will definitely be back for more. Definitely looking forward to this.

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Posted by TheHood

A FOUR? We're gonna hear about THIS one on the podcast! (Nice review, btw.)

Posted by Alch21

I felt the same way when they killed Uncle Ben. I wanted to know more about the guy.

Posted by DDangelico

Uh-oh , another 4-star review! I expect some fireworks on this week's podcast! LOL JK.

James is lucky (and I'm sure is very grateful) that you are willing to give him your honest thoughts.

Posted by Dusk

As someone who stopped reading comics in the 90's and who has started again digitally with the new 52, I really appreciate this series. To be honest, the old JSA scared me. The characters looked old with tons of history. It was daunting trying to sort it all out. Back then I was an X-Men fanboy. Now this series starts fresh so I can learn and appreciate these characters in a whole new way. I don't have any of the baggage that previous fans have. The writing and art is superb. What really sealed it for me was th death of the trinity. These characters can get a chance to grow and prove themselves without the shadow of the Trinity. I really hope Sara's spoiler "The Bad" section doesn't happen. It would cheapen the end, IMO.

Posted by ObsideonDarman

Spoilers in the deck. Sucks to be a new reader to this series.

Posted by Zabilac

@Dusk said:

As someone who stopped reading comics in the 90's and who has started again digitally with the new 52, I really appreciate this series. To be honest, the old JSA scared me. The characters looked old with tons of history. It was daunting trying to sort it all out. Back then I was an X-Men fanboy. Now this series starts fresh so I can learn and appreciate these characters in a whole new way. I don't have any of the baggage that previous fans have. The writing and art is superb. What really sealed it for me was th death of the trinity. These characters can get a chance to grow and prove themselves without the shadow of the Trinity. I really hope Sara's spoiler "The Bad" section doesn't happen. It would cheapen the end, IMO.

Agreed on all points.

Posted by Bob_Loblaws_Law_Blog

Well aside from the flowery dialogue and the sinning against god it was a solid issue.

Haha :D :P Seriously though I loved it, it's nice to see a gay character that isn't left to the sidelines. Sara makes a good point about Sam though, and just throwing it out there, as far as comic book partners go, Alan Scott did pretty well for himself.

Posted by feargalr

Really enjoying this series, I love that James Robinson is taking his time to develop his world and the characters, course on the flip side thats making me feel like it would read much better in trade.

Posted by Booster_Bronze

I'm interested to see the origin of the JSA here as it helps explain who they are. But the only thing I'm confused about is if the JSA is going to exist already in the 52 universe (Earth one or whatever they're calling it). I realize the JSA CAME from Earth 2, but I'm curious to see if the reboot reset that (I'm willing to bet yes it is). I personally don't care about Alan Scott's sexuality, and I'm surprised that Jimmy Fallon last night did a Pros and Cons bit about having a gay Green Lantern, but he said that he would be DC's first gay character. Besides Bunker in the New 52 and Apollo and Midnighter, I'm sure there have been waaaaay more gay characters in DC's history. Anywho, I enjoyed it so far and I too am dubious about the ending.

Also, was the dude who met Mister Terrific in Manhattan a new character or is he a new villain?

Posted by CircularLogic

@Dusk said:

As someone who stopped reading comics in the 90's and who has started again digitally with the new 52, I really appreciate this series. To be honest, the old JSA scared me. The characters looked old with tons of history. It was daunting trying to sort it all out. Back then I was an X-Men fanboy. Now this series starts fresh so I can learn and appreciate these characters in a whole new way. I don't have any of the baggage that previous fans have. The writing and art is superb. What really sealed it for me was th death of the trinity. These characters can get a chance to grow and prove themselves without the shadow of the Trinity. I really hope Sara's spoiler "The Bad" section doesn't happen. It would cheapen the end, IMO.

Good point about how old they all were. In the old volumes of JSA, it's made quite clear that they were active during World War 2, meaning these guys were pushing 90 back in 2007! I don't think they could have continued much longer anyways, so the reboot has done them well.

Posted by Adnan
@Booster_Bronze said:

Also, was the dude who met Mister Terrific in Manhattan a new character or is he a new villain?


 Jay seems to be shaping up to be a pretty likeable character imo
Posted by Redberry

I really enjoy this issue. Is it me or did something similar happened to Alan before? It has been too long since I read the Golden Age comics that I just can't remember.

Posted by feargalr

Actually can someone answer how Mister Terrific got from Earth 0/1/Prime to Earth 2??

I didn't read that series.

Posted by SolthesunGod

Small typo Sara, you have Sam down as Same.

I like the idea of just blacking out the text for spoilers. To probably review something, particularly a comic you really do need to talk about what actually happened and not talk in a kind of "the part where that guy talked to the other guy when they arrived in that place. I had no idea they would go to that place"....you get what I mean..

Posted by Quintus_Knightfall

Thumbs up on the review.

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Posted by Afro_Warrior

I thought it was a strong issue, i really enjoyed Jay's characterisation so far. Robinson said Jay would be like able and he was definitely right, i'm already loving him. Not at all surprised by what happened with Scott and Sam it's a pretty standard trope that a heroes lover dies during their superhero forming, and it further lends credence to the idea that DC didn't want to make a big deal of Alan being gay. I mean you don't make a character's sexuality a big thing (especially if their sexuality has changed in comparison to previous incarnations) only to kill of there lover

I agree with Babs that the Mr Terrific scene was well written, but am i the only one surprised that Terry Sloane the first Mister Terrific is being portrayed as a villain in his first appearance? It's definitely piqued my interest, but i did not see that coming at all.

A very good issue when all's said and done.

Posted by Booster_Bronze

@Adnan: Ahh cool thanks for the clarification. I'm pretty vague on DC stuff pre-Blackest Night or so.

Posted by zackattack529

THE LAST TWO PAGES ARE PROOF THAT JAMES ONLY PUT THAT CONTROVERSY IN THIS BOOK TO COMPETE WITH MARVELS AND ARCHIES CONTROVERSIAL "GAY MARRIAGE"

PATHETIC DC IS PATHETIC.

Posted by Afro_Warrior

@zackattack529:

Please tell me you're, making fun of other comic fans with that post.

Posted by zackattack529

@Afro_Warrior: why would i make fun of other comic fans while i myself am on a comic website??? and how is that related!?

. im not making fun of anything. im just calling out DC's attempt to get in the whole "gay marriage" thing. kinda convenient this all happens when Marvel had their deal announced.

before this issue came out i knew they were gonna get in on the gay marriage thing soon enough..but that last page where he proposes just did it for me. i didnt thinkj they would do it that quick. but either way when it comes down to it. no one is gonna tell me this is all coincidence

Posted by Afro_Warrior

@zackattack529:

I was hoping you where aping other comic fans who actually believe that making Alan gay is because of the recent press coverage Marvel has been getting as a result of their wedding.

I really don't see how this could be construed as DC attempting to 'get in' on the gay marriage aspect. It was revealed FIFTEEN days ago that Northstar would be getting married. Are you honestly telling me, that you believe DC decided not only to make Alan gay, but also give him a boyfriend, have him propose and then apparently kill off the man Alan loves. All because Marvel are getting some coverage over a marriage? That seem fairly ridiculous to me and i'm not even sure it would be possible.

Posted by feargalr

@zackattack529: So if a straight characters partner dies its perfectly normal, but when a gay characters partner dies it proves some agenda?

Guys can we just start treating this, and all other gay characters as.... wait for it... CHARACTERS

Edited by Redberry

@zackattack529 said:

@Afro_Warrior: why would i make fun of other comic fans while i myself am on a comic website??? and how is that related!?

. im not making fun of anything. im just calling out DC's attempt to get in the whole "gay marriage" thing. kinda convenient this all happens when Marvel had their deal announced.

before this issue came out i knew they were gonna get in on the gay marriage thing soon enough..but that last page where he proposes just did it for me. i didnt thinkj they would do it that quick. but either way when it comes down to it. no one is gonna tell me this is all coincidence

James Anderson stated he wanted a gay character long before working on Earth-2. He comes up with the idea long before Marvel announces the wedding. I don't think it's a coincidence that both events happen so closely to each other since June is GLBT month.

Posted by dangermart

Fine review of a superb comic. Finally, I give a hoot about Holt.

Posted by grifter22

Two issues in and I am hooked. James Robinson may be telling a slow story here but it is shaping up to be great. Scott's art is to be commended as well. So many artists get in the rut of drawing three our four different generic characters, everyone in this book looks different and you can tell a great deal of thought was put into each one.

Posted by hectorsquall

That was a pretty solid issue and Earth 2 is probably one of my favorite series of the New 52 right now. Great art, awesome story, beautiful scenes... I especially liked the part with Jay and even the scene with Mr. Terrific was interesting. As for the ending, even if it was a little bit brutal, it really looked like a nod to Marvel's gay wedding and I couldn't stop laughing. Still, that could be a pretty good set up for making Alan Scott more awesome and interesting than he already is!

Seriously, there's a lot of potential here and it really looks promising. Jay and Alan are some awesome characters and I can't wait to see more of them and the rest of Earth 2. Well done James Robinson!

Posted by Twentyfive

I hope they don't kill off Mr. Terrific. And I want to see Stargirl, and THUNDER!!!

Posted by notarandomguy

FIRST TIME I DON'T READ ANY SPOILERS I'M PROUD OF MYSELF YAAAY!!! :') if you notice, the design is different but this are still my same old characters, I want to see more I hope Earth 2 gets better :D

Posted by RedOwl_1

@zackattack529 said:

THE LAST TWO PAGES ARE PROOF THAT JAMES ONLY PUT THAT CONTROVERSY IN THIS BOOK TO COMPETE WITH MARVELS AND ARCHIES CONTROVERSIAL "GAY MARRIAGE"

PATHETIC DC IS PATHETIC.

Agree

Posted by MostXtremeBrian

@zackattack529 said:

THE LAST TWO PAGES ARE PROOF THAT JAMES ONLY PUT THAT CONTROVERSY IN THIS BOOK TO COMPETE WITH MARVELS AND ARCHIES CONTROVERSIAL "GAY MARRIAGE"

PATHETIC DC IS PATHETIC.

pathetic troll is pathetic

Posted by zackattack529

@MostXtremeBrian: you talking about yourself there bud? im stating my opinion on the review. however you are trolling by adding nothing to the review or my opinion by insulting me. so be gone, type your useless insults elsewhere to someone who cares.

Posted by SavageDragon

Who saw the comic vine ad on the very last page??!!! Wooooo GO COMIC VINE GO!!!!

Posted by colonyofcells

This new earth 2 does seem quite different from the old one. Terry Sloane or Terry Sloan has caught the ozymandias fever. Somebody more dangerous than Darkseid might be Darkseid's granny. Michael Holt might succeed in killing more comic book titles ?

Posted by longbowhunter

I gotta say even though I pretty much hate Jay's Flash get up, I love his rebooted origin. Just like the first issue, it really feels like anything can happen on Earth 2. Bring on the next issue.

Posted by Mercy_

@MostXtremeBrian: Calling somebody a troll because their opinion differs from yours/is controversial is in and of itself, trolling. Please refrain from doing so in the future. Thank you.

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Posted by Friskynesss

Funny, I saw that ending coming :))

...did the guy who Flash saved kind of look like Clark Kent O.O

Posted by InnerVenom123

@zackattack529 said:

THE LAST TWO PAGES ARE PROOF THAT JAMES ONLY PUT THAT CONTROVERSY IN THIS BOOK TO COMPETE WITH MARVELS AND ARCHIES CONTROVERSIAL "GAY MARRIAGE"

PATHETIC DC IS PATHETIC.

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Edited by Dernman

Anyone else notice Fox Way in Earth 2. Funny I don't think turning Alan Scott is the Fox News way. :p 
 
 
First there was Women in a Refrigerator now we have Men on a train. :p   

Ug I can just see someone taking that serious and start a list.

Posted by Redberry

@Dernman said:

Anyone else notice Fox Way in Earth 2. Funny I don't think turning Alan Scott is the Fox News way. :p First there was Women in a Refrigerator now we have Men on a train. :p Ug I can just see someone taking that serious and start a list.

Do you know how many "tragedies" that befall the superheroes' love interest?

I can recall Gwen for Spiderman, Jean for Scott, Sam for Allan.

I can't remember anyone else at the moment. Is the trope really that popular?

Posted by Gylan Thomas

Dude, you've blacked out the whole "bad" part of the review. Seems liek a waste of time. Surely there must've been some spoiler free way of writing that part. If not no sense taking the time and effort to write a run down of the "bad" if you're just gonna black it out.

Just sayin'

Posted by Dernman
@Redberry said:

@Dernman said:

Anyone else notice Fox Way in Earth 2. Funny I don't think turning Alan Scott is the Fox News way. :p First there was Women in a Refrigerator now we have Men on a train. :p Ug I can just see someone taking that serious and start a list.

Do you know how many "tragedies" that befall the superheroes' love interest?

I can recall Gwen for Spiderman, Jean for Scott, Sam for Allan.

I can't remember anyone else at the moment. Is the trope really that popular?

Although it was a tragedy for Scott I would say Jean was more about her character then Scott. As far as the tragedies befalling love interest it's just one of many things that happen to characters that is common.  Heroes live dangerous lives and the people around them get hurt. It would be even more dumb if it didn't.
Posted by Redberry

@Dernman said:

@Redberry said:

@Dernman said:

Anyone else notice Fox Way in Earth 2. Funny I don't think turning Alan Scott is the Fox News way. :p First there was Women in a Refrigerator now we have Men on a train. :p Ug I can just see someone taking that serious and start a list.

Do you know how many "tragedies" that befall the superheroes' love interest?

I can recall Gwen for Spiderman, Jean for Scott, Sam for Allan.

I can't remember anyone else at the moment. Is the trope really that popular?

Although it was a tragedy for Scott I would say Jean was more about her character then Scott. As far as the tragedies befalling love interest it's just one of many things that happen to characters that is common. Heroes live dangerous lives and the people around them get hurt. It would be even more dumb if it didn't.

I agree, I don't think it's fair for people to use "bury your gays" trope. It's true that his boyfriend got killed, but straight superheroes' love interest got killed all the time. It's fair game for Alan to have the same treatment. I kinda like this development. It gives him a motivation to become a superhero. Besides, I would prefer his relationship to develop like any straight couple instead of just sticking a random love interest for him. I know it's cliche, but I somehow want Sam to come back to get revenge on Alan.

Posted by BurnSide

I absolutely love this title! i never knew the old earth 2 characters and this is a fun way of experiencing old characters (in a new, proabably changed way)

the art is amazing and I do love the new flash suit.

Posted by lady_toyano

@Redberry: That would be so heart wrenching, yet i think I would like to see it happen to honestly.

Posted by Beserkerfury

Don't we have enough comics with gay antics?

I was hoping DC would keep the pillow-biting and flower prancing to a minimum.

Edited by kennybaese

This was a great issue. I am curious to see if and how Jade (and by extension Obsidian, I guess, but I only ever paid attention to Jade) is brought back into the universe. Adoption seems like the most obvious way. It's clear that they aren't afraid to really change up these characters, so Jade's powers wouldn't have to be inherited from Alan genetically, but could be passed on some other way. Maybe Alan could create another ring ala Sinestro on the main Green Lantern series.

EDIT: Also, the Reis covers are good, but does anyone else kind of wish that Scott was doing the covers as well? Because her art is delightful.

@GrandHarrier said:

How in your face is the gay-Alan stuff? I'm interested in the title but not terribly interested in reading about gay-Alan's romance.

As in your face as any romance with a straight character and his love interest would be. The panels shown in the interview CV did with Robinson a couple days ago are about the extent of it.

Posted by GrandHarrier

How in your face is the gay-Alan stuff? I'm interested in the title but not terribly interested in reading about gay-Alan's romance.

Posted by Zabilac

I'm calling it right now. Alan's wedding ring is going to become his new power ring.

Posted by dangermart

@Zabilac: Totally agree about the ring thing.

@Dernman I expect Fox Way is a nod to Golden Age JSA writer Gardner Fox rather than the news corp.

Posted by TDK_1997

The issue was interesting and the gay Alan Scott wasn't that bad after all.

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