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Written By: Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn Art By: Scott McDaniel, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, RB Silva, Walden Wong, Eduardo Pansica, Marc Deering, Jorge Jimenez, Tyler Kirkham, Andrew Dalhouse Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: February 4, 2015
The Next Phase
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Last issue of World's End, we had the Fury Death sorta give birth to her spawn....... appropriately known as Deathspawn and I say sorta gave birth because the monster actually ripped out of her. Instead of another Avatar fight though, the monster simply went into the ground and apparently went after the parliament themselves. Besides for that though, the rest of the issue went pretty smoothly for our heroes. New baddies, the proto-furies were introduced and quickly beaten by Red Tornado, Batman reenacted the OD scene from Pulp Fiction and jogged Huntress's heart back to beating by injecting her with venom....... So yeah, pretty decent issue of our heroes not getting their ass kicked. That might not last too much longer though because on the final page we saw that Kalibak is on Earth and you know how he loves giving out a good ass whooping. Let's check out this issue and see if our Earth 2 heroes can continue to win against the forces of Darkseid......... Yeah, we already know what happens, but let's pretend we don't.
Our issue begins on a sentimental note as Batman and Huntress get to know each other and travel to France after being extracted by the World Army. Don't worry though, even with the sweet sentiment, this part does have a reason. Jimmy Olsen somehow finds a will or a note from Bruce Wayne that if anything ever happened to him that Helena should find Oliver Queen because he's holding something of great importance for her. So yeah, looks like we'll have another Red Arrow on Earth 2 soon and possibly even though this might have been apparent to everyone from his appearance in Futures End that Oliver Queen of Earth 2 was the mysterious other Wonder that we didn't get to see during James Robinson's run...... Maybe this is just me forcing the issue but it's possible....... Just where he's been though during the end of the world kind of makes me question that idea.
Elsewhere, Mr. Terrific is trying to come up with a way to give ordinary people the power of gods by doing experiments with Fury and Power Girl and Val Zod help out the World Army by reinforcing Atom's Haven so that the sanctuary doesn't go tumbling down on the good people of Earth 2, who are possibly possessed by evil. Also Jimmy Olsen is working on a way to hijack Terry Sloan's inter-dimensional ship so that everyone can abandon Earth if it comes to that. Oh and it looks like it just might come to that......... Remember, we're acting like we don't know what happens to Earth 2! Keep the mystery alive! Even though the fire pits around Earth are supposedly going out, Darkseid is ready to start terraforming Earth and after making sure that Apokolips's fire pits were lined up with Earth's, he sends down an object that looks like a huge version of the puzzle box from Hellraiser into the fire pits........... So yeah, possibly hell on Earth but we could get a cameo from Pinhead at least.
In the end, even though the cover and the solicit suggest that this was supposed to be a Avatar heavy issue, we get a small segment where the Avatars start being injured and dropping over. Green Lantern has The Green teleport him to the Parliament enclave where he sees Deathspawn about to kill The Green......... and that's all we get of our Avatars.
That's it for this issue of World's End and like last week, I don't really have a lot against this issue. It still has some problems like characters that don't have a lot to do still being featured as a sort of filler but the majority of the book didn't make me yell to the heavens "WHY?!"...... So that counts for something, especially when dealing with this series. This is probably a dick thing to say, but I'm attributing this lack of hate due to Cullen Bunn being added to the writing credits....... I have no idea what kind of involvement he had, but it seems like a good enough reason as any. While the artwork is good, the first section with Huntress and Batman and the last section with the Avatars was by far some of the best artwork I've seen in this series and I was kind of upset that the entire book couldn't maintain that level of eye awesomeness..... That's a thing right? So yeah, not a bad issue and with last week's not bad issue, I'm starting to have hope for this series. Maybe that makes me a big dummy, but I'll choose to stay optimistic, especially with these characters that I love so much.
Bits and Pieces:
There's a chance that this series may not be completely hopeless after all. While not exactly a great issue, it's definitely a step in the right direction and with last week's decent issue, this series might pull itself out of the gutter yet. Stay hopeful all you Earth 2 lovers, things might have just been darkest before the dawn and this weekly series might become something that we were happy to read. All we need now is for the rest of the book to look like the first section with Batman and Huntress.