Sunday, December 8, 2013

Earth 2 #18 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 4, 2013

Arkham Underground

When last we left our golden age modern heroes, Superman was killing everyone, and the new Batman was making his way down to the Arkham Command Center's sub basement.  Apparently the World Army has what they call The Black Basement, where they keep the worst of the worst in stasis pods.  Batman intends to let some of the prisoners out to fight against the newly terrifying Superman.  So let's hop the dimensional turnstile and see what's going down.

Explain It!:

So Arkham Command is in ruin.  But there is a lot of evacuating survivors still in there.  Not wanting any of the survivors to get crushed, or heat visioned by Superman, Flash decides he's going to be a distraction, and chucks a rock at Superman's head.  Not my idea of a good time.  Let the chase begin.  Remember all those races between Superman and The Flash in the normal universe, where they almost always ended in a tie?  Well we won't even get to a tie here because Flash isn't fast enough for Superman's Omega Beams.  That or the craziest damn heat vision I've ever seen.  How the hell does Superman have Omega Beams!?  So Flash is down.  But Superman isn't done with him yet.  Superman has never seen powers like Flash's, and thinks that they might be useful for Darkseid.  But to take Flash out of the game, he crushes his ankle.  Oh god.  At this point Superman's taken down pretty much everyone.  Green Lantern hasn't been seen in a couple of issues, Doctor Fate was seriously taken out last issue, and now Flash is down for the count.  Boy I sure hope Batman has a plan.  Speaking of let's go find out what he's up to.

Down in the Black Basement Batman is trying to smooth talk Major Sato out of pressing the detonator to the explosives in the room.  But like a fanboy in highschool he strikes out with the ladies.  So he takes the more Batman approach and knocks it out of her hand, and is about to say "I'm Batman", when Red Tornado shows up to even the odds.  But for some reason Batman appears to be stronger than a robot, and then takes a bullet to the head, and all is well.  Well gang, we have a mystery.  But back to the matter at hand, Batman opens up the first stasis tube, and we're shown; Aqua Woman.  Next we see that the occupant of the second tube is Jimmy Olsen.  Who apparently has the ability to breach any data using technology.  Jimmy uses Major Sato's cellphone to check on what's been going on since he was put on ice, and finds out that right then around the world, Parademons are invading earth through the fire pits.  So this rag tag team must get prepared for the new invasion.  But we have one stasis tube left.  Batman walks over to the Joker's tube, and Major Sato pleads with Batman not to let him out.  Batman takes her gun from her, and blasts away at the tube killing Joker.  Boosh.

Bits and Pieces:

I feel really redundant praising this title month after month, but it's all I can really do.  This title is fantastic, and I find the more I read, the more I care about this universe's characters more than the normal DCU.  Tom Taylor was given a book when all hell broke loose, and is doing a great job moving the story along, and making us care about the characters at the same time.  So bring on Earth 2 month where we get 52 titles revolving around this universe.  Not likely but it's a nice daydream after reading this issue.  So go on and get it already.


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