Friday, 29 August 2014

Earth-2: Future's End: Things You Need To Know

In preparation for the September Future's End event, here are the important details from the weekly series you need to know regarding the Earth-2 narrative from the five year timeline:

The Earth-2 Story Arc


At some point during Earth-2's final battle with Apokolips, Earth-1 got involved in the war.

 The heroes of Earth-2 were unable to save their world from the destruction of Apokolips and sent their surviving citizens to Earth-1 via vehicles known as arks.

 During the exodus, Big Barda's ship of Earth-2 refugees made it safely to Earth-1, and the remaining ships were seemingly destroyed by Apokolips on their way through.

 We learn from Emiko Queen (Green Arrow's sister) that the ships believed to have been destroyed by Apokolips did make it to Earth-1, but its inhabitants were captured by Project Cadmus and were subsequently imprisoned on Cadmus Island. The island itself is hidden from the rest of the world in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

 Confirmed survivors of Earth-2 include Hawkgirl, Aquawoman, Doctor Fate, Fury, Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Captain Steel, Red Tornado, and Icicle.

 With the exception of Big Barda who evaded capture, all the surviving Earth-2 heroes are imprisoned on Cadmus Island for experimentation.

 Deathstroke and Fifty Sue are also greatly interested in the Earth-2 superheroes, and recruit Grifter to help them identify which ones have powers. Their interest in the Earth-2 heroes has yet to be revealed.

 The Earth-2 heroes themselves do not know what Project Cadmus intends to do with them, though a woman named Rita believes that Cadmus plans to dissect them.

 Hawkgirl learns that Fifty Sue has been scaring the imprisoned Earth-2 heroes with rumours of their dissection and dehumanisation. She tells Rita not to take her seriously.

➤ Mister Miracle keeps a projection of himself present in his prison cell to fool the OMACs while he cloaks himself and spies on the Cadmus team to tip off the other Earth-2 heroes on their plans.

We learn from Mister Miracle that the Earth-2 heroes have been implanted with sensors that feed a stream of their bio-data into Cadmus' database, and the sensors themselves are 'growing.' Exactly what that means hasn't been specified.

➤ The Cadmus scientists themselves do not appear to understand what's really happening with the sensors in the Earth-2 prisoners' bodies, or why they are growing. One of the scientists is attacked by an OMAC before he has the chance to find out.

➤ It is revealed that someone (or something) has been messing with the Cadmus systems, and Deathstroke believes Grifter can identify the culprit using his special power.

➤ Grifter is unable to identify the culprit and posits that whoever is messing with the systems is doing so from the outside, not within Cadmus Island as is popularly believed.

➤ Just as Grifter says that last part, the culprit (not shown on page) releases the Earth-2 prisoners, and telepathically 'commands' them to attack the Cadmus scientists, prompting their escape from Cadmus Island. It is also shown that Grifter himself is not immune to being telepathically influenced. (Brainiac?)

Big Barda and Emiko Queen's Story Arc


 Following the events of the Apokolips War, Barda escaped to Vancouver, Canada where she works as a volunteer at a soup kitchen to atone for her involvement in a war that resulted in massive casualties between Earth-1 and Earth-2.

➤ The rest of the Earth-2 refugees are treated as invaders by the majority of the Earth-1's population and are also imprisoned.

 Native Earth-1 citizens possess (at least in Metropolis) 'Earth cards' to identify them as natural citizens, and to capture any remaining Earth-2 refugees who have evaded capture. It is also learnt that Earth-2 refugees can buy (through a black market of sorts) the identities of their Earth-1 doppelgängers to pass themselves for them.

➤ Emiko Queen locates Barda at the soup kitchen where she volunteers, and recruits her to go with her to Montréal. Her plan is to meet with Lois Lane in Metropolis, believing that she can help them.

 Deathstroke and a clone of Fifty Sue locate Barda and Emiko in Montréal, and attempt to capture them. Emiko wounds Deathstroke and subsequently kills Sue's clone, allowing both her and Barda to escape.

 Weeks later, Emiko and Barda return to Vancouver to meet with Oliver Queen's friend, John Diggle.

 With Deathstroke after both her and Barda, Emiko states that they need to change their plan, rationalising that both Lois Lane and themselves are bound to meet at the same destination: Cadmus Island.

 Barda at this point asks for answers. Particularly she wants to know why Emiko needs her and what her plans have to do with Mister Miracle and the Earth-2 superheroes. Emiko reveals that the same man who is holding the Earth-2 heroes captive is the same one who killed her brother months ago. She plans to go to Cadmus Island with Barda with intent on killing him.

Lois Lane's Story Arc


 The Lois Lane of Earth-1 (now CEO of her own news site, The Fast Lane) receives a mysterious box (presumably from Emiko Queen) containing various items: a red arrowhead, a small green pyramid, a box of matches from the Wounded Duck pub, coordinates to Cadmus Island, and a note telling her to go alone and trust no one.

 The box of matches leads Lois to the owner of the Wounded Duck pub, who is revealed to be the adult Tim Drake who survived the war with Earth-2. Following the death of the rest of the Teen Titans, Tim retired from his life as a superhero and settled down with a woman named Madison.

 Lois then travels by plane to the coordinates specified in her box, and finds herself in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She is unable to locate Cadmus Island--which again is cloaked--and concludes that there is nothing there.

 Back in her office at The Fast Lane, Lois activates the green pyramid in her box, which reveals to her the fates of the Earth-2 superheroes. She witnesses the bisection of Red Tornado and learns to her horror that the robot contains the personality and memories of her deceased Earth-2 counterpart.

➤ Lois tries to recruit the masked Superman (later revealed to be Shazam) to help her understand the clues she was given.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Earth-2: World's End: November Full Solicitations

EARTH 2 #28
Written by TOM TAYLOR and MARGUERITTE BENNETT
Art by ANDRES GUINALDO and MARK IRWIN
Cover by ANDY SMITH and TREVOR SCOTT
On sale NOVEMBER 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With the world around them on fire, the heroes of Earth 2 were met with the worst villains they’ve ever encountered: the Four Furies of Apokolips! But what shocking connection do Famine, Pestilence, Death and War share with the larger DC Universe? Find out here as their origins are revealed!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #5
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by ARDIAN SYAF, GUILLERMO ORTEGO and MIKE ATIYEH
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF
On sale NOVEMBER 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As Earth 2 burns, Green Lantern battles Grundy!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #6
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by ROBSON ROCHA, STEPHEN SEGOVIA, JAN DUURSEMA, JORGE JIMENEZ, EDDY BARROWS, and TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
On sale NOVEMBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Power Girl, Batman, Red Tornado and the new E2 Superman take on the Super Clones of Apokolips!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #7
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by ROBSON ROCHA, STEPHEN SEGOVIA, JAN DUURSEMA, JORGE JIMENEZ, EDDY BARROWS, and TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
On sale NOVEMBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Mister Miracle and the World Army prepare their final assault on Apokolips!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #8
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by ROBSON ROCHA, STEPHEN SEGOVIA, JAN DUURSEMA, JORGE JIMENEZ, EDDY BARROWS, and TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
On sale NOVEMBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Welcome John Constantine to the chaos and fire of Earth 2 – he’ll be right at home! Continued from this month’s CONSTANTINE #19.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Worlds' Finest #26 Review

Title: Worlds' Finest #26
Story: World's End?
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Tanya Spears
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Tyler Kirkham (artist), Scott Kolins (artist)
Publication Date: August 2014

Summary: Huntress and Power Girl have officially returned to Earth-2, though the Huntress is not excited to be back at all. On Earth-1, she made it clear various times that she had no interest in returning to Earth-2, and that this world stopped being her home once all the people she knew and loved died. She really only agreed to come back just to stay with Power Girl, which I have to admit, is kind of sweet. It's not often that the Huntress actually shows how much she values having Power Girl in her life. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Batgirl #34 Review

Title: Batgirl #34
Story: Crash and Burn
Characters: Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Black Canary (Dinah Drake), Huntress (Helena Wayne)
Creators: Gail Simone (writer), Fernando Pasarin (artist)
Publication Date: August 2014

Summary: The epic finale of Deadline (and Gail Simone's run) begins with a yacht in the middle of Gotham Harbour, just as Charise Carnes prepares to set into motion her ultimatum on Gotham's criminal underworld. Also cruising through Gotham Harbour is Batgirl and two allies: her best friend, the Black Canary, and Earth-2 refugee, the Huntress. Together these three ladies are about to put up a fight for the rights of Gotham's citizens, including the ones Charise intends to kill.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wonder Woman Wednesday: Sensation Comics #1 Review

Title: Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1
Story: Gothamazon, Part 1
Characters: Wonder Woman, Oracle, Joker, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze
Creators: Gail Simone (writer), Ethan van Sciver (artist)
Publication Date: August 2014

Summary: Gothamazon opens up with the Arkham inmates 'taking over the asylum' better known as Gotham City. Batman, Robin, and Nightwing all respond to the problem, but the Batmobile is subsequently blown up and the three heroes are quickly taken out of commission before they even get started. It is then up to Barbara Gordon (aka Oracle) to take command of the situation herself, and call in some big guns like Zatanna and the Gotham City Police. Her last recruit is one that she claims 'Bruce wouldn't approve of.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Daniel H. Wilson talks World’s End with Previews World.



At least I feel good knowing things won’t be exploding just for the hell of blowing shit up.

Also, Earth-2 Dick Grayson. ♥

In other news, can media outlets please stop using that women in refrigerators teaser image when discussing this series? I almost boycotted this series as a consequence of offensive marketing.

If not for the fact that subsequent discussions on the story sounded better than the teaser suggested, that would probably still be the case.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

SDCC News: The Future of Earth-2

San Diego Comic Con was this past weekend, and while I personally couldn't attend, fortunately other people did and posted the news online. Since I only care about Earth-2 news, here is what we have to look forward to in the next eight months, courtesy of CBR:
  • Dick Grayson does exist on Earth-2 as a regular citizen trying to survive.
  • The World Army will be an active defence against the impending doom coming to Earth-2.
  • Catastrophic events are on the way that will bridge into the future.
  • It isn't just a story about the end of the world, but also about love and triumph.
  • The characters will be driven by their emotions and relationships to one another.
  • There is strong implication the Earth-2 heroes are going to make a questionable decision that's going to affect their future on Earth-1.

From the Future's End narrative it is known that:
  • At one point, the Apokolips War on Earth-2 was brought over to Earth-1, thus starting 'The War with Earth-2.'
  • The War with Earth-2 resulted in casualties from both sides, including the loss of the Teen Titans on Earth-1 with Tim Drake as the sole survivor. His future self lives his life as a pub owner under a new identity.
  • The survivors from Earth-2 have all been captured and imprisoned on Cadmus Island for experimentation. There is strong implication that they were responsible for bringing the War with Apokolips to Earth-1.
  • Confirmed survivors of Earth-2 are: Big Barda, Mr. Miracle, Aquawoman, Doctor Fate, Hawkgirl, Fury, Power Girl, Huntress, and Red Tornado. All but Big Barda are imprisoned at Cadmus Island. 
  • All Earth-1 natives possess 'Earth ID' cards that identify them as such.
  • Earth-1 Lois Lane is the CEO of her own online newspaper 'The Fast Lane.' She receives a mystery box containing coordinates to Cadmus Island, a miniature pyramid, a red arrow head, and some money. The note with the coordinates instruct Lois to go to the location alone and to trust no one else. (I speculate Red Tornado sent Lois that box).
  • The Future's End Superman covers his whole body in garment and wears a helmet. (I speculate he's Val-Zod from Earth-2).
  • Paul Levitz earlier this month confirmed that Huntress is at a low place in her life and Power Girl tries to be there for her.
  • Levitz further confirmed that both of these heroines are 'in deep trouble' thus hinting at a terrible decision the Earth-2 heroes make that earns them the distrust of the Earth-1 citizens.
All I have to say is whatever happened to the days when a crossover between Earth-1 and Earth-2 meant teaming up to fight against an impending threat?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Batman 75 Special Review: The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne

Title: The Brave and the Bold #197
Story: The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne
Characters: Batman, Catwoman, Robin (Dick Grayson), Batwoman (Kathy Kane)
Creators: Alan Brennert (writer), Joe Staton (artist), George Freeman (artist)
Publication Date: April 1983

Summary: The story begins with an elderly Bruce Wayne sitting behind a typewriter reflecting on his early career as Batman, his adventures with his friends in the Justice Society, and his guardianship of Dick Grayson. He states that all of these individuals have been very important people in his life, but admits that the person who changed his life the most was his one-time adversary and later wife: Selina Kyle, the Catwoman. Bruce then takes us to the moment in his life that forever redefined his life's meaning.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Crisis on Earth-2: Full October 2014 Solicitations

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #1
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by ARDIAN SYAF, JORGE JIMENEZ, EDDY BARROWS and PAULO SIQUIERA
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF and JAIME MENDOZA
1:50 Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 48 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, delves into the world of EARTH 2 for the start of a new weekly series that will see the origins of a world much like the New 52 Earth, but yet so different. A world that saw its greatest heroes die – and new ones take their places. A world where Superman became it’s greatest villain, and a man named Zod seeks to save it, along with Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash and other heroes. A world they can only save from the forces of Apokolips through great personal sacrifice! Death and destruction will follow each week, and you’ll never know who will live and who will die! It all begins with this extra-sized debut issue!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #2
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by EDDY BARROWS, TYLER KIRKHAM and PAULO SIQUIERA
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
On sale OCTOBER 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Huntress and Power Girl returned to Earth 2 to help save it from the threat of Apokolips, but even their combined power isn’t enough to protect against the first of four furies from that deadly world: the girl known as War.

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #3
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by EDDY BARROWS, TYLER KIRKHAM, ED BENES and JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF and JONATHAN GLAPION
On sale OCTOBER 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With Earth 2’s United Kingdom falling under the rule of one of Apokolips’s invaders, Hawkgirl and Doctor Fate race to London. But with Nabu in control, Fate’s motives might not be as pure as they seem.

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #4
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by EDDY BARROWS, TYLER KIRKHAM, ED BENES, JORGE JIMENEZ and PAULO SIQUIERA
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF
On sale OCTOBER 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Aquawoman returns to Atlantis – too late! THE NEW 52

Comment: I can't say that I care for more 'death and destruction' since we got plenty that in the last three years with the Earth-2 monthly alone, Batman Incorporated, events like, Death of the FamilyTrinity War, Forever Evil, and currently Futures End which started its zero issue with a dystopian blood bath of epic proportions. I do, however, like that the individual issues are going to focus on the individual Earth-2 characters who are not Thomas Wayne Batman and Evil!Apokolips Superman. It was admittedly a much needed change following the usurpation of the monthly Earth-2 book by a character who should've stayed in Flashpoint. It also looks like Huntress and Power Girl will still be together in the issues they appear in, so I may end up checking out this weekly after all, even though I don't care for the story. The fact that they'll be written by writers who aren't Paul Levitz gives me hope!

EARTH 2 #27
Written by TOM TAYLOR and MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by ANDY SMITH
Cover by GARY FRANK
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

World’s End is here! Everything the Wonders of Earth 2 have fought for stands to be destroyed. Be here as their powers are tested and hard choices are made!

Comment: Eh. Huntress vs Batman. I can only hope Thomas Wayne Batman will be one of the aforementioned casualties of the Earth-2 weekly and we can finally be done with him once and for all. He certainly won't be missed if they kill him off and will definitely be a better candidate for fridging than the Huntress, whom people do care about. Fridgings are cheap deaths that reduce a character's importance to how they are valued by other characters, so it honestly won't be a bad way to send him off.

WORLDS’ FINEST #27
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by JED DOUGHERTY
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Take a trip into the history of Earth 2 to learn the truth about the deals between Zod and Jor-El!

Comment: Eh. There's already too much Batman and Superman in the New 52 as is. While the Earth-2 versions of Batman and Superman are my favourite versions of the characters, there's already a better Batman/Superman book being published by DC right now. A second Batman/Superman book even if Earth-2 is redundant, especially since these versions of the characters have already been featured prominently in the mainstream Batman/Superman book. Yeah, I'm definitely dropping this book for good in October. I don't care for more meandering stories from Paul Levitz.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Batgirl #33 Review

Title: Batgirl #33
Story: Deadline, Part 2
Characters: Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Black Canary (Dinah Drake), Huntress (Helena Wayne)
Creators: Gail Simone (writer), Fernando Pasarin (artist)
Publication Date: July 2014

Summary: Batgirl #32 saw the protagonist, Barbara Gordon, on the edge of her limits as a superhero after her arch nemesis, Charise Carnes (aka Knightfall), returned to Gotham bigger, badder, and more powerful than ever before. While Charise essentially shares the same goals as Barbara in that she wants to look out for Gotham's best interests, she also has an extreme and ultimately totalitarian idea of justice comparable to that of a dictator. Barbara is especially weary of her persistent use of violence as a way of getting her message across. The final straw for her was the amputating of Ricky Gutierrez' brother's hand to force the former into dropping his lawsuit against Barbara's father, James Gordon, for a shooting incident involving the GCPD. 

Knowing that she has to take things a step further if she is to take down Charise once and for all, Barbara recruits the help of her oldest and closet friend, Dinah Drake-Lance, who operates as Black Canary and the current leader of the Birds of Prey. Barbara fills her in on her case with Knightfall, and Dinah feels that she is embarking on a suicide mission, but agrees to help her out regardless. At the end of this conversation, they gain the support of one more individual, Helena Wayne, who chanced upon their meeting in one of her rare visits to Gotham.