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Written By: Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn Art By: Scott McDaniel, Tyler Kirkham, Jorge Jimenez, Eduardo Pansica, Marc Deering, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, RB Silva, Walden Wong, Matt Yackey Cover Price; $2.99 Release Date: February 11, 2015
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Last week started what seems like the final leg to our story, Darkseid is ready to pursue terraforming the Earth and to do that he sent down a whole bunch of what looked like to me to be giant puzzle boxes from Hellraiser and if I learned anything from those movies, it's that you don't want anything to do with those things. Besides for the impending doom and all that, we had some interesting stuff going on with our main characters like Huntress and Batman getting to know one another and them finding out that Bruce Wayne left something of great importance for Huntress but it was being held by Oliver Queen....... Who they now need to find. At the end of the issue we saw our Avatar heroes feeling the affects of what happens when the parliament is actually attacked and before Deathspawn could finish the job, The Green transported Alan Scott to the parliament enclave as the Earth's last hope. Let's see if Alan can pull it off and what the rest of our heroes are going to be doing with those strange ass cubes that Darkseid sent down.
Our story begins with Green Lantern showing us yet again that in this war he isn't very useful. While yes, he did stop Deathspawn from killing the Green and the rest of the parliament, he wasn't able to hurt Deathspawn at all and possibly even energized him as he broke though the parliament enclave and entered the Earth's core.......... which we learn is certain doom and instead of going after the monster we find out that Alan Scott isn't powerful enough on his own and needs to get the other Avatars back up and fighting while Deathspawn gets Earth 2 ready to become the new Apokolips. I wish Alan Scott was able to do more.
Outside of the Avatar's plight, Jimmy Olsen counts down to liftoff as Mister Miracle, Mister Terrific, Fury and Sandman blast off into space to try and commandeer Terry Sloan's hidden ship that could take all the survivors of Earth 2 to safety......... well at least away from the planet. Wouldn't you know it though, the ship had defenses and as soon as our hero's rocket got close, it was destroyed completely and we had one of those moments that we always cringe at during a movie where we see people surviving in the vacuum of space. Yeah, the New Gods were carrying Mister Terrific and Sandman towards Sloan's ship, but I'm still calling shenanigans because they just went through a explosion and I'm supposed to believe that after that they can also survive in space......... Nope.
In the end, Power Girl and Val-Zod get their hands on one of those terraforming cubes that Darkseid is sending down and find out that it's pumping vitamins and nutrients into the Earth as if it was preparing Earth to be devoured and Batman and Huntress make their way to New York to break into Terry Sloan's computer system to see if he knew where Oliver Queen might be hanging his hat. The search is put on hold though when they look outside and see that with Apokolips coming closer to Earth, it's fire pits are scorching the surface of the world.
That's it for this issue of World's End and it's............ well it's puttering along. Nothing really interesting happened in this issue. Just more doom and gloom and our heroes trying to fulfill their individual plans and not really making much progress. Even though not much went on in this issue, I'm going to continue to be optimistic that this series won't fall into old habits because the writing wasn't bad here, it just didn't do much and for a series that's been bad for so long, that's a hell of a compliment. So it's a so-so issue with art that was pleasing to the eye. I'll continue to look forward to this series as it comes closer to the end and we find out if reading World's End was worth it or not.
Bits and Pieces:
For a issue that has a lot of stories going on, not a lot happens here. Just plans not working out for our heroes the way they would've liked them to. It's not a bad issue, it's just not really moving forward at a pace that readers of this series wish it would. Luckily though, it managed to stay out of the terrible category that it was in for so long.