Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Earth 2 #16 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 2, 2013


So do you remember those two awful Villain's Month issues of Earth 2?  Well I don't care if you liked them, they were awful.  Now you got me all off track.  Oh yeah shitty issues.  Well this makes up for all of it.  Hell this makes up for all of Ann Nocenti's Green Arrow issues, and I don't care if that doesn't make any sense.  This issue is awesome.  Dig it.

Alright now remember last issue when Earth 2's wonders were all down for the count?  Well that's still going on but we dive right into the World Army staging their big attack on Steppenwolf.  Big mistake.  We're reintroduced to Steppenwolf's Hunger Dogs.  Beguiler, Bedlam, and the big badass Brutal.  The three of them take down the World's Army pretty much by themselves.  But we're told specifically that Brutal did most of the damage.  But don't worry Mr. Terrific, and the head of the World Army Amari make it out alive with jet pack action.

Okay back to the wonders who are finally coming to, the hero's regroup as Dr. Fate heals everyone, and decide to get back into the fight.  But Sandman gets orders to rescue survivors, and off they go.  All the wonders find people and get them to safety, but Green Lantern has other plans.  Revenge!  Green Lantern takes the fight directly to Steppenwolf, and isn't doing to bad until he's hit from behind by Brutal.  The two big bads have a stomping contest on Green Lantern, and I'd call it a tie.  Poor poor GL.

All right dig this hero lovers.  Steppenwolf moves to a reporter with a camera he spots behind some rubble, and tells the world that he first came to this world and killed it's heroes for Darkseid, but his passage home is lost, and he now conquers for himself.  He is Steppenwolf, your master.  Obey him and live, resist and die.  Okay true believers get ready..... Suddenly Brutal cuts him in half hot dog way.  Holy Shit!  Energy from the ground erupts and burns the armor off his body, and it's revealed that Brutal is the long thought dead Superman.  "Hail Darkseid!"   I'm still giddy.  In the end we see the world split with energy, and we're left thinking we're fucked.  Wow.

Bits and Pieces:

This has continually been one of my favorite titles since it came out.  Even with this I wasn't really concerned with James Robinson leaving the book.  It had to happen sooner or later, but after reading this issue I can't help but scream out "Don't leave me James Robinson.  Please!"  But to compose myself, this is a hell of a way to leave a title with a bang.  Nicola Scott's artwork has yet to disappoint, and is one of the things I most look forward to when reading comics.  This issue is just a nerdgasm, and anyone who hasn't been reading Earth 2 needs to start now.  So run to the comic shop, and pick up the back issues just so you're up to date, so when you finally get to read this issue in order you'll know what the rest of us know.  This is one of the best issues the New 52 has to offer.



  1. Yes this issue was CRAZY, I was kinda wondering whether Supes was actually dead...I believe I faintly remember seeing him chained up in that issue with Desaad maybe???

    Anyway with the Omega Beams and all im gonna assume tgis Supes is Amped by Apok Tech...Hell Alan is supposed to be his Earth 2 Super protector replacement yet he keeps gettin rofl Stomped!!!

    I suppose hes still relatively new with the ring but Dammit start reality warping or Something!lol

    1. I don't think it matters who you are. Compared to a raging Superman your going down. James Robinson knocked this out of the park, and left the next writer in a tough spot to top it.