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Written By: Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn Art By: Jorge Jimenez, Tyler Kirkham, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Andrew Dalhouse Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: March 18, 2015
Come Together......... Right Now......... Over Apokolips
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
It's time to breach the dimensional gap once again and go check in on our heroes of Earth-2....... or Wonders if you prefer. In the last issue we saw the would be saviors of Earth-2 come together and fight their way though the barrier enveloping the planet and that Green Lantern really has no idea how to use his powers. Eventually though, Alan Scott came through and punched a hole in the barrier allowing our Superman heroes to get a much needed sun bath and allowing an exit point for Commander Sato and the survivors of the planet to evacuate through. It's all coming to a head as the final issues of World's End are on the horizon. Let's check this out and see if they have a prayer or if all is doomed and Darkseid conquers another world.
Our story begins with everyone in "Atom's Haven" getting ready to get the hell out of dodge now that a exit point has been made and that includes Flash. It's funny to me that it's taken this long to really get some character development going on with Jay Garrick and here we see that since his mother is now safe and vessels are being loaded to leave the world, he's just out. He wants to accompany his mother and live to see another day and even though it's not really "hero" like, I really dig this because we really don't have any motivations behind why Jay is willing to risk his life for others besides for the fact that he can run fast. He thinks he's done enough and now wants to stop fighting and I can totally get behind that as a way to show what kind of hero he is when he eventually steps back up to do the heroic thing. Of course, Hawkgirl gives him a load of shit for acting this way and even when Aqua Woman shows up and asks for help with her people, Hawkgirl snubs him by calling him a coward. Awesome section to the story and it's really about time we got to know these characters more than just what their power set is.
Also going on in Atom's Haven, we have Barda trying to escape from Apokolips now that her armor is gone and Kalibak wants to kill her and it turns out she's not alone. The Fury: War is still alive and she too is trying to make an escape and this part just kills me............ Dick Grayson and Ted Grant aren't allowed to board because the ships are too full and they're only taking women and children. So what does Dick do? Why he asks a stranger if she will take Johnny......... That's right it's Johnny again this issue, if she'll take Johnny for him and then he'll catch up with them when they get to where they're all going. Who does Dick ask? Why it's Big Barda who is still up to no good now that she has War with her and Dick has become the worst father of all time. I'm not sure that just leaving Johnny with Brainwave would have been the worst thing for him at this point and all I get from this is Dick Grayson of Earth-2 is terrible. Don't worry though because while we're still in Atom's Haven we have a wonderful moment where Batman leaves Huntress aboard a ship to watch over Oliver Queen and the Codex that her father left her and through his internal monologues we have a very sentimental section that speaks volumes about Huntress and this new Batman.
In the end, Mister Terrific, Mister Miracle, Fury, Sandman and Terry Sloan get the big ship ready to take on all the survivors even though it's been said that it's impossible and Green Lantern shows us that he's not completely powerless even though he said so before; by entering the ship and BLOWING THE FREAKING DOOR OFF THE BRIDGE OF THE SHIP!!! What the hell is going on with Alan Scott with him just being terrible like Dick Grayson all of a sudden? So Alan enters the bridge of the ship and claims that he has to save the Earth............ Well, first he better pony up the dough to fix that damn door..........Jerk. As the issue closes we see our Superman heroes take the fight to Apokolips and take on Darkseid himself and even though the solicit promised us Power Girl Vs. Darkseid, we only see the two go at it on the final page where Power Girl claims that she's this world's Superman............ That's right kick Darkseid's ass and emasculate Val-Zod at the same time.
That's it for this issue of World's End and I just have to tell you right away that this was the best the book has ever looked. I don't know if it's all due to the colors or what because I don't know shit about art but kudos to the entire artistic team because man was this book magnificent to look at. Really though, besides for Dick Grayson and Alan Scott being idiots in this book, the whole issue was probably the best we've gotten during the World's End run. This is going to be a first for me but I highly recommend everyone get this issue because it actually "Wow-ed" me.
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I'm actually shocked at how awesome this issue of World's End was. I'm in this series for the long haul and even though I try to remain optimistic, I never thought that we'd see this kind of issue out of this series. Besides for two characters being dopey I loved the entire thing and hope that the remaining issues in the series are just like this............ Especially the art, you've never seen your Earth-2 heroes look this good.