Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Earth 2 #24 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Eddy Barrows
Cover Price $2.99
Release Date: June 4, 2014

Flash Back

Alright you Multiverse lovers, last time we stepped onto Earth 2 we saw Superman take Lois home to his parents, and it might have been one of the creepiest scenes in this entire series.  But that's the creepy, we like two things around here at Weird Science creepy and badass, and boy did last issue deliver.  So for the badass part of our twofer we saw the Parademon assault on the Batcave which lead to the death of Red Arrow, and the nuclear blast that apparently the Batcave has as a safeguard self destruct.  Overkill much?  In the end we saw Green Lantern staying behind with Hawkgirl to make sure the other Wonders made it to safety.  Hopefully we didn't get Green Lantern back just to see him vaporized.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins thankfully with us seeing that Green Lantern and Hawkgirl survived the blast.  But it looks like Alan Scott kept two Parademons alive so they could report their failure.  The stupid Parademons fly off and fall for the oldest trick in the book.  See Green Lantern has a little rescue mission in mind, and since a darkness is preventing him from locating Flash on his own, he'll just follow these dimwits back to their staging area.  It's a good thing too, because we haven't seen Jay Garrick really since Superman broke his ankle and dragged him away.  I was getting a little worried about our other worldly Scarlet Speedster.  

We see that the rest of the group that escaped the onslaught at the Batcave have retreated to Amazonia to regroup with the world army and discuss their next move.  Here we see that Red Arrow is proper dead, and Batman goes off in a hissy blaming Val for not going all Kryptonian on the Parademon horde.  Now if you don't know Val-Zod has been in isolation his entire life on Earth, and really isn't down with violence.  But don't try to tell that to the new Batman.

Back to the meat of the book, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl follow the two dummy Parademons back to Washington DC, where it seems every Parademon and their mama are protecting the area.  Now it's time for a plan, well something that resembles a thing that might be mistaken for plan.  Green Lantern is going to fly into the horde and cause a lot of commotion while Hawkgirl finds Flash.  Yeah not the greatest of plans, but surprisingly it goes off with out a hitch.  Flash is saved from endless torture, and the three fly off.  But Hawkgirl radios Batman to ask for a favor, and whatever it is involves the rest of the Wonders, and the trail of Parademons that the trio are making sure follow.  I'm guessing a massive amount of Parademon murder, but that's just me.

In the end Jimmy Olsen finds a sullen Val-Zod sitting alone.  Jimmy tells him that Red Arrow's death isn't on his hands, and pretty much that Batman's a dick.  Being the inquisitive fellow that Jimmy is in this world he also wants to know what Val is wearing underneath his hoodie.  Now back on Earth Prime this might get you a strange look, or in some places a punch in the mouth, but we're on Earth 2 where simple wardrobe inquiries aren't answered in violence, so Val shows us.  

Oh damn!  He's rocking the shield!  That's it for this month, make sure you're back here in July to hopefully see some Kryptonian on Kryptonian violence, or probably just the set up for it, it doesn't matter it's Earth 2 and it's great, and you'll want to see it.  Boosh!

Bits and Pieces:

Eddy Barrows is on art detail this month, and while normally I might have thrown a tantrum when noticing Nicola Scott missing from the credits, Barrows does this issue proud and represents our Earth 2 heroes in a "I can't find any reason to bitch about this not being Nicola Scott" manner.  Every month this series tends to read really fast, and with the amount of action that Taylor throws at us, it's to be expected, but for some reason this issue seemed faster, and not a lot was achieved in this fast read.  This is my favorite book and with the amount of characters that need to be explored, I have to understand that not ever issue can blow me away.  I'm just getting greedy I guess because I just wanted more from this issue.  Still a awesome read, and I'll continue talk about it to whoever will listen.  Go check it out.


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