Posted July 7, 2012 by Earl Maghirang in Comics


Reviewing Earth 2 # 3 by James Robinson with art by Nicola Scott

• The all-new origin of ALAN SCOTT GREEN LANTERN – unlike any GL origin that’s come before!
• The debut of the all-new HAWKGIRL!
• And Jay Garrick, THE FLASH, meets his first Super Hero!

An issue after the controversial “outing” of Alan Scott’s sexuality Earth 2 is showing signs of stress and weakness. Yes aside from the controversial change of Green Lantern’s sexual preference the book is slowly losing steam in my book. More on that later.

Unlike the very first issue which opened with a bang and with multiple character deaths, this new issue written by James Robinson was a bit quiet. I get that its important to develop character for a story to have more meat and meaning. But boy the third issue of Robinson’s Earth Two focused more on the overly dramatic birth of the Green Lantern instead of giving us a bird’s eye view of the whole of Earth 2.

I like the fight scene between Hawkgirl/ Hawkwoman and the new Flash but one can’t help but think that this was all contrived to make for a more dynamic interaction between the two team mates.

What’s nice about this is the surprise villain who appears at the end of Earth 2. Now I don’t want to spoil who he or she is but James Robinson definitely shines how the enemy developed. I’m half kidding on that by the way. I like how the book’s baddie appeared as an answer to the creation of Green Lantern Alan Scott but I guess my real problem here was it was very similar to both Blackest Night bad guys Nekron and Black Hand.

The main thing I hated about the latest issue of Earth 2 was the fact that it actually confirmed in its own small ways that the controversy surrounding Alan Scott’s sexuality was something that was built up not to provide a new status quo for the character. Instead the whole thing was just used to generate buzz and hype up the book. After reading this, I simply had to ask “Kelangan ba talaga ng DC Comics na i-expose at gawing issue yung “outing” ni Scott?” Second question was “Why go to all that trouble in the first place?”.

My hopes are definitely dashed after this issue. Too bad for the build up because it could’ve been more if not for the fact that DC Comics. Maybe I’ll give Earth 2 another spin but really, they really have something promising here but problematic scripting definitely hampers this book which I am assuming would be the New 52 JUSTICE SOCIETY of AMERICA book.


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Earl Maghirang