Earth 2 #21 (DC)


Rating: 4/5 – Taylor and Scott are the Dynamic Duo of Earth 2.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

Since writer Tom Taylor took over this book, Earth 2 has been on of my favorite series coming from DC.  After learning that James Robinson would be leaving the book and heading over to Marvel, I thought this book wouldn’t be able to find a good voice with a new writer.  I’m so happy I was wrong!  Writer Tom Taylor’s voice on this book has made this series better than it’s ever been and Nicola Scott’s art continues to delight throughout all the changes this title has incurred.

Issue twenty-one of Earth 2 starts a new storyline, as part of the overreaching story that’s been going on for quite some time.  Superman has gone bad and now worships Darkseid, executing his bidding as he takes the necessary steps to transform Earth into the next Apokolips.  This turned Superman extremely violent and in the first few pages of this issue there’s a fantastically brutal scene between Superman and the Atom that Taylor writes to perfection.  Throw in a new “Justice League” that includes Red Tornado (whose internal personality will surprise you), Aquawoman, and a new Batman with an exquisitely designed costume, and you have yourself one extremely enjoyable read.   Artist Nicola Scott does a great job on this issue.  Although this particular issue doesn’t have as many powerful scenes as the last few, she still makes the most of each panel.  She’s one of DC’s most underrated artists, but I’m thrilled to see her continuing on this series with Tom Taylor taking over.

The highlight of this issue is Superman’s battle with the Atom.  It works as well as it does because Nicola Scott choreographs the scene to perfection, zooming in and out with each panel to tell the story.  I hope she’ll be staying on this book for the foreseeable future as she and Taylor are the real dynamic duo of Earth 2.  If you’ve stayed away from this book in the past because it was not the main Earth continuity of the majority of DC’s New52 titles, or if you left after Robinson departed the title, I’d encourage you to give this book another chance.  This is quickly becoming one of my favorite DC books.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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