Earth 2 #12

(w) James Robinson     (a) Nicola and Trevor Scott


** MILD SPOILERS AHEAD **


I really like Earth 2. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the normal ‘New 52’, and James Robinson’s uncanny character development has made this title one of the best DC publishes each month. Earth 2 isn’t solely about the Justice Society, which gives Robinson the freedom to play around with his own , separate pocket of the multiverse. This series is about an alternate version of history where superheroes didn’t become the norm, like on Earth 1 (the main ‘New 52’ universe).

For all it’s good, Robinson’s been dropping the ball, as of late, in terms of pacing. While the first seven issues moved at a deliberate and meaningful pace, these most recent ones felt overly decompressed. Then, with this month’s Earth 2 #12, Robinson has gone the opposite direction and packed as much story as he could into this conclusion issue. I’m not saying this wasn’t a good issue because it was a great issue. It’s just that it was preceded by three mediocre issues. In a way, previous shortcomings now really highlight all the good things about Earth 2 #12.

Robinson’s handling of the multiple plot lines in Earth 2 #12 show that he’s got specific directions for each character; Green Lantern is still trying to uncover the mystery behind his fiance’s death, and gets Hawkgirl to help out, a pairing I wouldn’t have pegged a few months ago. Fortunately, Robinson’s excellent interpersonal dialogue makes their working relationship feel more than just organic: it feels like it needed to happen.

Keeping Jay Garrick’s mom around was a good decision. Having one element that’s more grounded and relatable is arguably essential to superhero comics, yet the technique is employed far less than it should be. Superman has Lois Lane, Batman has Alfred, even Green Lantern Hal Jordan had Carol Ferris before she became a Star Sapphire. The point is, Mrs. Garrick gives these new superheroes perspective they may not have had yet.

One of the best aspects of Earth 2 is the how easy James Robinson makes creating a world look. This isn’t just a team book — this title is about an entire separate universe. The changes and differences between the main DCnU and Earth 2 are important because they are there and the moer Robinson shows us, the better this series becomes.

GRADE
8/10
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