Hello everyone, and welcome to the first installment of my new weekly series of articles called Issue One Reviews. As you can guess by the title, this series will feature my thoughts on the first issue of a comic book series. I’ll talk about if the issue is accessible to new readers, if it has potential, and if I will be keeping up with the series. I will try to review new series, however if none are coming out that week, then I might take a look back at an older one. The first comic I will be reviewing isn’t from this week, but it is a recent title and part of DC’s new 52’s Second Wave. Today I’m looking at Earth 2.
The issue begins with a flashback to five years ago when the Apokolips War began and we are promised that this battle was Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman’s last. We then hear Superman’s inner monologue, where it is revealed that Lois Lane is dead. He feels guilty for her meaningless death. Diana then reveals that all of Amazon Island has been destroyed, including all of her sisters. A new Robin, Batman’s daughter Helena Wayne, arrives in a Batwing and saves Batman from being attacked. We then cut to Supergirl watching the skies over a group of soldiers who are transporting a nuclear weapon as a backup if Batman fails. We then see a meeting that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman had before the fight, where Batman explains that he needed time to plant a virus inside the tower that is supplying energy and instructions to the invaders from Apokolips. Back at the battle, Mercury arrives to tell Wonder Woman that the gods are dying. Before running off, Mercury gives Wonder Woman, whom he calls daughter, his message of thanks. Diana becomes enraged at the thought that the soldiers of Apokolips killed her sisters and Amazon Island and the gods. Because of this, she bites off more than she can chew by attacking a large group of the invaders. In her anger, she misses the fact that Steppenwolf (leader of this invasion) is behind her. Superman calls out to her, but he is too late. Steppenwolf stabs Wonder Woman. Supergirl loses communication with Superman and leaves the soldiers. Once she leaves, the soldiers begin to get attacked by the invaders. Batman makes his way inside the building and reveals to Robin that his virus activates the self destruct and he will die in the tower. Supergirl arrives and is told by Robin that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have all died, but not before winning the battle. It is then revealed that Alan Scott has been telling the story. He’s on a plane watching a new documentary about the event which he himself narrated. Jay Garrick is then seen seeing his newly ex girlfriend off. Before leaving, she tells him that he was fun to be young with, but now she has to grow up. Later that night, Jay is sitting, drinking, and looking at the stars when he sees something that he thinks is a shooting star. However, it crashes and it is revealed to be the god Mercury.
Earth 2 Issue 1 surprisingly packs a lot in for its first issue. Nothing feels rushed and the three main heroes get a satisfying final sendoff. We also get to see some of the differences between this earth and the regular one. This issue really surprised me, and in a good way. I was expecting a typical Elseworlds type story about Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. However, the idea of exploring the characters of Jay Garrick and Alan Scott seems like a really interesting one, especially considering that in this book they are young and not old like they’re typically portrayed. Since this is the first issue of a new series set on a different earth, no knowledge of continuity is needed. However if you’re looking to get into comics, this might not be your best choice. It’s not that the book is bad, it’s just not a book in the normal continuity. However, if that kind of stuff doesn’t matter to you, then pick up this book, because I know I will.