War is upon us! Or at least on some alternate version of US over on Earth two. The DC trinity isn’t the evil band of antiheroes fans were fearing them to be, but rather a trifecta of goodness and crime fighting. What’s the difference then? They’re a little more ready to slice and dice than Earth One’s trinity.
Despite their best efforts, the three head honchos of Earth two were unable to sustain their lives in battle, but not before thwarting the invasion plans (or at least delaying them a bit) of Darkseid and his henchmen. Another worry has been laid to rest! This title will NOT be dominated by the big three, but rather by a team of old superheroes, seemingly discovering the fountain of youth…or a Lazarus pit. Alan Scott and Jay Garrick return at the book’s end, but with far less silver hairs.
Alan begins his time on this book by simply commemorating the memory of American soldiers, while looking down in terrifying awe of the fiery pits below his plane. Jay Garrick endures the most, however, when his girlfriend basically rips off his manhood by way of calling him worthless, and leaves him to pursue more “realistic” and “hopeful” aspirations. Of course, Jay gets winded by a Greek God, which will spurn Garrick’s speedy abilities by next month I’m sure.
I’ll be honest with you, I was leaning more on the side of “HELL NO” when deciding if I wanted to pick this title up; me and James Robinson don’t mix! Did you guys read World of New Krypton? If you did, you’ll know why I was hesitant. However, I figured, why not? I can always give it a bad review and never pick up another issue right?
Turns out James Robinson isn’t as bad as I thought he was. Don’t tell you mom and dad though, the upcoming Justice Society is younger than Superman and friends – they just might tip over and die.
But that’s not where the focus lies, it’s just a nice little twist to a stellar comic. It’s the big three that are at center stage. This version of Supes and Wondy might be better than the ones I’m familiar with. Although, Wonder Woman does seem hell bent on killing everything. I think she might say “Kill as many as I can” five times in this issue…
Earth 2′s Superman and Wonder Woman seem to have switched roles, Superman being the philosopher and Wonder Woman acted out the “leap-before-you-look” role. I still like them, it just made to do a double take.
Batman isn’t worth the time he’s put on the pages. He sure packs a wallop before meeting his demise though, and that’s worth the cover price!
The only thing I’m a little “iffy” about is the “young” JSA. The team hasn’t formed yet, with only a brief look at two of its most prominent (or will be) heroes. The Society has always been a league that has commanded respect with its elderly chaps, and now they are young and inexperienced – not something I wanted to see happen in the new 52.
However, there is an appealing aspect of only having ONE Flash per dimension; Earth One has Barry, Earth Two has Jay. I hope it stays this way for a while, I don’t need so many different versions of the same hero skipping around on the same earthly plane.
Nicola Scott always gives me the best artistic boner, (yes, I just went there) never wavering on the detail, but not going to far. The opening page where the parademons swoop down towards land from the sky is breathtaking…makes me wish it was stretched out into a splash page!
James Robinson makes the upset, delivering a comic book completely worth the $3.99 price mark. I promise you all, if you haven’t picked this up, do so…You’ll be happy you did!
9 out of 10 stars