Tuesday, March 29, 2022

War For Earth-3 #2 Review

Ending The War That Never Seemed To Get Started

Written By: Robbie Thompson, Dennis Hopeless
Art By: Kieran McKeown, Dexter Vines, Ariel Olivetti, Julio Ferreira, Brent Peeples, Matt Herms, Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: March 29, 2022

It's the end of our War For Earth-3 series, where previously we saw Amanda Waller and her Multiversal villain army invade the world of moral opposites to take it over and have a place to escape the coming darkness of Earth-0 and hot on her heels was Rick Flag and his Suicide Squad looking to bring The Wall down for all her previous indiscretions. It's just too bad that beyond this initial concept that things have really gone off the rails with each tie-in installment feeling like it comes out of nowhere in what it's doing, adding characters that don't make sense and ultimately glutting a mini-event that felt overcrowded, to begin with. Let's jump into this issue and see if the newly added Titans can help turn the tide against Amanda Waller and ultimately save Earth-3 from not only Amanda Waller, but the Crime Syndicate as well. Let's check it out.

In all our tie-in issues to this series, it felt like we were doing very specific things, like trying to get the Phantom Zone projector, getting the Cosmic Treadmill, and in our previous tie-in, getting the Titans from our normal Earth to come and help and fight against Amanda Waller's forces. Ultimately though, all of these elements to the story don't come to anything as the Phantom Zone projector is broken for no reason, only for the Yorick character to build a kind of new one, the Cosmic Treadmill doesn't come up at all in this story and the Titans don't do anything in this story except deciding to go home because of their student stowaways, so everything that we've dealt with kind of feels useless when we actually get to this finale. Previously we saw that Talon only faked Owlman's death but this element doesn't playoff at all and even when characters do die in this book, they just continue on as ghosts for some reason like everyone has the powers of Deadman and with all these smattering of ideas, this War For Earth-3 just feels like someone threw ideas at the wall and whatever stuck got in this story whether it made sense or not....... I'm looking at you Harley Quinn of Earth-8.

Beyond the many mistakes in this issue and inconsistencies..... and the nonsensical situations, this War For Earth-3 doesn't do much in what it felt like it promised with the covers, the setups, and ultimately, the characters that you wanted to see do things were pushed aside for Mirror Master, Ambush Bug, Harley Quinn from Earth-8 and the ongoing battle of taking down Ultraman and by the end of our mini-event, Rick Flag's complete vendetta against Amanda Waller feels weird because he really didn't do anything and I'm just left wondering when and where Lor-Zod and Cheetah will get out of the Phantom Zone. Such a weird story that felt like it didn't do much of anything overall.

All in all, while there are many artists on this final issue of the War For Earth-3, I think that the book looks really good overall, but the story that I was looking forward to and couldn't wait to get ended in such a thud, where we're at the final chapter of our story and it never really felt like we got going in the first place. Yeah, things definitely changed in this story from when it was originally solicited, and maybe that caused things to get rushed and thrown together willy nilly, but by the end of this issue, everything just felt like a hodgepodge of random ideas thrown together whether they made sense or not and because of this everything suffered by the end where every character used feels less for how they were used and how they acted and that's a shame for how much hype I had going into this story. With the Suicide Squad canceled, I don't know if we'll see anything come of this mini-event going forward beyond just setting things up for Dark Crisis but without an ongoing book to continue this story thread, this really feels like an odd place to leave things.

Bits and Pieces:

While the premise for this story seemed like it should have been pretty badass, every step of the way after the first chapter just dug this story into a deeper hole of nonsense as nothing really felt like it was needed and at times..... didn't even feel like it made sense to the story. The art is decent here but this was a very disappointing finale to a very disappointing mini-event.  


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