EARTH TWO issue 2 REVIEWED!

TITLE: EARTH TWO #2
WRITER: JAMES ROBINSON
PENCILLER: NICOLA SCOTT
INKER: TREVOR SCOTT
PUBLISHED BY DC COMICS
REVIEWED BY JOHNNY DESTRUCTO

“Nope, ok I guess that really IS Jay Garrick’s new costume. Eesh.”

When I first saw the Ivan Reis cover for this issue, as it was released on the internet, I stifled a simultaneous chuckle/gasp. A Chasp. And then later, someone came into my shop and dropped the news that it wasn’t actually Jay Garrick, so I relaxed somewhat. Sadly though, for this issue, it IS his costume and it’s…not great. Though I suppose it IS bestowed upon him by an ageless golden god that is nekkid except for a winged head-dish, so I guess my man shouldn’t be blamed for not knowing the first thing about fashion or superhero costume design.

Other than that, the…ahem…Apokorats and some of the overly earnest dialogue (that reminds me of Kirkman’s style in Invincible), this is a pretty fun book!

We tune in 5 years after the world’s only heroes either died or disappeared, and there have been some interesting changes. A Parademon internment camp? Tylerchem bought out Waynetech? The Statue of Liberty is being replaced by a statue of Wonder Woman? Oh, and there’s a boxing advertisement showcasing a familiar name to JSA fans: Grant.

I had a great time picking out all the little Easter Eggs, and I’m sure there are even more that I missed!

Mr. Terrific fans (who, from what I hear, weren’t please with his solo book) will be happy to see him stranded here on our favorite parallel Earth. Now I’m not sure who Terry Sloan is, but his introduction as MT’s “Moriarty” is pretty bad-ass here and I’m excited to see Mr. Terrific getting used to this new world.

The character we spend the most time with here though is the boy in the silly windshield hat. I really like the fact that this new Jay Garrick didn’t fall asleep and succumb to the apparently speed-giving properties of “Hard Water Fumes”, like the original did, but instead got his powers the Green Lantern route: from a weird looking, glowing dying fella. This is truly a different Jay than we are used to. The scenes wherein a youngster first discovers his new abilities has always been one of my favorites. Watching him discover what it’s like to run at super-speed, figure out if he can run up walls or vibrate though them…it’s always a thrill when written correctly, and I had a smile on my face as Jay went about testing the limits of his new-found quickness. I hope there’s more trial and error ahead.

Another fan favorite shows up here, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. It’s a beautifully illustrated back-lit splash page that I spent more than a couple minutes staring at. Nicola Scott did a bang up job on the sun peaking out behind and through the character. Solid stuff.

Alan Scott is here again, but except for the cliff-hanger ending, doesn’t have much to do but be in love, really. I’m not entirely sure what makes him different than Ollie Queen, or any other billionaire for that matter. His origin is reminding me of Cyborg’s from Justice League. He’s just….there, so far.

I do have a question though, this is an alternate earth, that supposedly has the same people as our DCnU earth, right? I’m curious to see if we are going to see any other familiar names like Hal Jordan or Barry Allen, so on and so forth. Will we see alternate versions of Lex? Kyle? Cassie or Rose? I’m a sucker for slideways characters (which is a phrase that I invented just now because I couldn’t think of another way to say “alternate version” or “parallel dimension”), and I’m hoping we’ll be seeing more and more familiar names.

Overall, another solid issue from Robinson and Scott. If you haven’t jumped on yet, it’s not too late!

When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, fist-bumping his own nethers, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over at www.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here. He is also now co-hosting another Comic Book discussion show on Party934.com alongside Bohdi Zen. They discuss comics and play music, check it out live every Saturday from 4-5pm.

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26 Comments to “EARTH TWO issue 2 REVIEWED!”

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  1. Pink Apocalypse says:

    Please tell me you’re joking about the WW statue. I have a hard time reading emotions through text on the internet.

    You’re joking, right?

  2. JD (Host) says:

    Well, I’m not entirely sure if the illustration is meant to be REPLACING Lady Liberty, but they are definitely in the process of building a WW statue.

  3. JD (Host) says:

    Also, I think your Women In Refrigerators stance can now include…

    *SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!*

    Gay Men In Refrigerators as well.
    ;)

  4. kcviking says:

    This really is a fun book. Love the easter eggs as well, JD.

    Tylerchem? I probably should recognize the name, but I’m having a brain cramp!

    yes, pink…there is a WW statue being built. It’s in lower Manhattan. Only been to NY city once so I not sure if that’s where the S.O.L. is located.

  5. Pink Apocalypse says:

    I am both ecstatic and….well. There’s no other way to say it. Pissed off to the point of rage.

    Earth 2 #2 was a great read. Flash getting a handle on his powers and such is shiny fun. The dialogue between Alan and his boyfriend felt over the top cliche on a romantic level, but at least it didn’t seem cliche on a gay stereotype level. Most of all though, I squealed with glee and jumped off the couch with the reveal of Hawkgirl.

    I’ve been using that new picture of her gunning her way up and away from some zombies as the screen saver on my phone, dying to see more of her and know her story. Her appearance in Earth 2 took me by surprise, and is was dramatic, perfectly-drawn, perfectly-toned, chick-power perfection. I just about fainted. She’s so friggin’ cool it’s overwhelming.

    Then there was World’s Finest #2.

    I tossed it aside in disgust, and then sent an email to my LCS to cancel it from my pull list. Maybe I’ll give it another look, if the ‘artist’ responsible for the flashbacks is ever removed from the book.

    From tentative potential to stupid, pandering, male-gaze porn in two issues. That’s got to be a record.

  6. JD (Host) says:

    oh MY.

    I haven’t read Worlds Finest yet…
    I’ll have to get on that

  7. JD (Host) says:

    Ok, just “read” it. I actually got about halfway through and got bored.

    But why the harsh words about the flash-back art? “stupid, pandering, male-gaze PORN”? Bit much, I think. It was a woman in a bathing suit! It’s not like there were gratuitous ass shots, or her bikini fell off or whatever.

  8. Pink Apocalypse says:

    There’s a philosophy I usually live by: Never bother explaining yourself. It won’t be necessary with your friends. And your enemies won’t believe you anyway.

    You’re right, JD. It’s perfectly fine art to you. Recommend it to your friends.

  9. JD (Host) says:

    oh, no i didn’t say i would recommend the book, I said I got bored half-way through and stopped. That would be a terrible recommendation on my part.

    on your other point:
    “Pink Apocalypse eats doodiepoops and LOVES stupid, pandering, male-gaze PORN!”

    I would explain myself, but…

  10. JD (Host) says:

    Also to your philosophy, my friends and I constantly explain ourselves. Just because they are friends doesn’t mean we can’t disagree or misunderstand them.

    But I suppose sarcastically throwing up our hands instead of explaining is another tactic to use ;D

  11. Pink Apocalypse says:

    As is attempting to re-frame every response negatively, which seems to be your go-to tactic. It’s not sarcasm. It’s exhaustion.

    Immerse yourself in debates where you are completely overwhelmed by a majority that happily, and sometimes angrily, defends the status quo that caters to said majority, and see how much energy you have to continue.

  12. JD (Host) says:

    I work with what I’m given. Maybe the problem isnt with the readers of your comments, but in the way they are written. If you don’t want something to be taken as you write it, maybe dont pick certain phrasing. It’s not like it’s a new thing for someone in a conversation to say “you know what, blank, you’re right” and then storm off. It’s a pretty common tactic. So if your intention is NOT to invoke that, maybe adjust something. We have all been guilty of it. It’s not a big deal at all. But then don’t claim that someone reframes something when it’s how u presented it in the first place.

    You’ve attacked me in the past about my “responsibility” as a reviewer. U as a person on the Internet have a similar responsibility. If you are going to attack an artist for drawing a scene that was written to have a girl in a bathing suit, at least back it up, otherwise ur making the same mistake you hate the Talkbackers for making. “this was gay and it suxx and eff this artist for suxxing”.

    U don’t hear me on the show “re-framing” anything, I happily debate things because it’s fun. In the end, I don’t take any of it too seriously because it’s comics which are supposed to be entertaining. Same thing with debates on the Internet.

    My “go-to” tactic is to debate stuff cause it’s part of the fun of all this, and if you call something “porn” because it shows a girl in a bikini, I don’t think it’s beyond the line of reason to ask why.

    You’re one of my fave fans of the show, and i always look forward to ur comments and emails, so I’m certainly not picking a fight or whatever, again it’s just debate and u certainly give me a run for my money!

    Mostly I’m a fan of that artist because of his very expressive faces and how he’s able to showcase the characters emotions. It’s a shame he’s wasted on that book. I was bored to tears.

    At least we have Earth 2 though!

  13. JD (Host) says:

    Ps. What have you been playing on Xbox? I’ve been emersed in Spiderman Web of shadows for the past week or more!

  14. Pink Apocalypse says:

    All right, you want to do this? Let’s do this.

    First, comparing my opinion to yours simply doesn’t hold water. I’m not stupid, JD. I know you prefer to ‘localize’ your interactions with people to this website, but the fact is, you are a part of a group that reaches a very large audience through AICN. As such, it’s my belief that it means your words, views and weight carry a much, much larger weight than some insignificant talkbacker like myself.

    With maybe the random exception, people couldn’t care less what I think. *Especially* when what I have to say runs contrary to their desired reality, oppressive privileges, or the system that spawns and supports them. For years I never bothered posting, because as Optimus once more or less said, fighting against the sexist sludge is essentially a hopeless battle in certain mediums. It’s made worse when you have the random token female in male-dominated groups performing tricks and sitting on command, when bleating out award-winning phrases like, ‘Well *I’m* a girl and *I* like it, so it’s not sexist’.

    No *real* discussion can take place, because both sides are balanced in education. In short, there’s no possible way someone could take college-level Sociology and/or Gender classes and support what’s going on in media today. Discounting a completely corrupt sense of conscience. And you can’t spell ‘conscience’ without ‘science’. It’s like this:

    ‘The earth is millions of years old. We have extensive studies that all but conclusively prove it, with the exception of some lesser details we have yet to work out.’

    ‘No it’s not. It’s my opinion that it isn’t, because I just don’t see any evidence of that.’

    At that point, what is person A supposed to do? Take it upon themselves to give an extensive crash course in geology, biology and astronomy, to peel back the stubborn ignorance so that person B understands?

    Let’s try it again.

    ‘Modern media is an almost exclusively male-dominated field, that deliberately constructs, circulates and profits from hyper-gendered, hyper-sexualized product that is literally killing women in various ways.’

    ”No it’s not. It’s my opinion that it isn’t, because I just don’t see any evidence of that.’

    What am I supposed to do? Take it upon myself to give every person who claims that a crash course in Psychology, Sociology and Gender studies, to peel back the ignorance so that they understand?

    Any ‘debate’ is dead on arrival. Insisting I ‘prove my view’ is literally demanding that I take the responsibility to educate everyone who has a probem with what I say. And that is an enormous, infuriating logical fallacy…

    http://www.derailingfordummies.com/complete.html#educate

    Stepping back from the larger debate for a moment, in this instance, with World’s Finest?

    Kara looks like a sex doll. And I mean that very literally. She looks like an open-mouthed, inflatable sex-doll. Page 10 is the worst. The bikini shot on page 11 is ok, but page 12 is a titillating porn pose, along with the ‘jumping out of water and whipping hair’ on 13. The absolute worst though, is the stupid sex-pucker expression on page 9. I threw the comic down in disgust with that, because it’s so blatantly, pointlessly sexual. It doesn’t match the conversation, or is justified by the moment, in any way. It’s just awful.

    If you can’t see what I’m talking about, then there’s nothing to do but agree to disagree.

  15. Pink Apocalypse says:

    I ment to say, are *not* balanced in education.

  16. Pink Apocalypse says:

    Upon reflection I also want to add: I’m not angry at you. But I do feel passionate about this topic.

    And I don’t debate it for ‘entertainment’, or consider it a light subject. Comics, yes. But if it crosses over into discussions of sexism, no. Maybe that’s where we’re getting crossed wires.

  17. JD (Host) says:

    haha, jeez, all this from “But why the harsh words?”

    I never called you stupid, nor did I even imply it.

    I like to localize my interactions to this site, because I like to think that this much smaller site could be a place for people who want to actually discuss the show I put out and the reviews and discuss comics in general without trolls and people who think that “this comic sux because I hate it and you suck for liking things that I don’t like” is something worth typing.

    I think you’re putting too much weight behind what I do. We discuss comics for fun, we aren’t drafting a political manifesto.

    Also, you’ll notice that I never “insisted that you prove your view”, I simply asked what you saw as so bad, because I was genuinely interested in your opinion, since you were clearly seeing something that I wasn’t. I looked at those pages and didn’t see what you claimed to be pornographic. Maybe my question somehow came across as negative (sound familiar?) , but I was just asking you to point your microscope at the problems you were seeing, not infuriate you.

  18. JD (Host) says:

    I just saw your other reply. Glad you aren’t pissed, I’m not either, it was just a friendly “oh really, why is that?” type of question because I think that while there IS most definitely a sexist problem in the industry, and truly wish there wasn’t, I know that when I’m sensitive to a certain subject, I can tend to blow things up a little bit and have a heavier reaction that I should. I was wondering if that was the case here, calling a girl in a bikini “porn”, when in my opinion, it was pretty tame. I would be aiming my harsh words at worse offenders, like Zenoscope, or I dunno…..Greg Horn: http://www.themarysue.com/greg-horn-catwoman-sexist/
    ..at which I am extremely flabbergasted and angry about. Have you seen this thing? Unbelievable.

  19. Pink Apocalypse says:

    Yeah, that made the rounds in female geek circles when it first broke.

    ‘Porn’ is slang for me, meaning something blatantly made to cater to a specific demographic. ‘Tech Porn (cutting edge gadget reveals), or Continuity Porn (something any self-respecting geek should be into), or ‘Food Porn’ (my boyfriend watches cooking shows constantly).

    I think you took it more literally than I ment it. It was Male-Gaze Porn. If I thought it was actual pornography (I don’t), I would have just called it porn.

    My bad.

  20. jaydee says:

    aaahh, like how people call Eli Roth’s films and the Final Destination movies “Splatter Porn”. I see.
    Sorry for the misunderstanding.
    See, sometimes explaining, even to people who AGREE with you is a good thing.
    ;) WINKYFACEOMGIMJUSTKIDDINGROFLLULZLHDG:LJASDL:SADHGLH

    Ahem.

  21. Pink Apocalypse says:

    I didn’t say you were a friend, or an enemy. I articulated my philosophy so that *you* could decide that.

    Insisting on an explanation anyway makes you a curious bystander in the larger debate. Nanner-nanner-nannering me for expaining makes you a chuckle-knob.

    La vengeance se mange très-bien froide, piddle-britches…

  22. JD (Host) says:

    Bwah! I don’t know what exactly a chuckle-knob is, but I shall wear that title as a badge of honour (with a U, since that makes it Britishier and therefore Royaltyier) :)

    Ps. I’m stealing Piddle-britches.

  23. Pink Apocalypse says:

    You can’t, I lojacked it.

    But I will let you borrow it whenever you need to. Just fill up the gas before you bring it back.

  24. Pink Apocalypse says:

    Oh, btw….despite some overall reservations about the issue as a whole, I really liked the art and story of Trigger Girl 6. And she’s drawn completely naked.

    Try and figure that one out.

  25. jaydee says:

    I should also mention that I too am dropping World’s Finest.
    And I”m about to read Trigger Girl 6!

  26. jaydee says:

    I’m with you on Trigger 6, Pink!
    Good stuff!!! I just wish it was a full length issue :(

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