Earth 2: World’s End #1 – #26
Writer: Daniel H. Wilson, Mike Johnson, Marguerite Bennett
Art: Jorge Jimenez, Tyler Kirkham + various artists
Publisher: DC Comics
Released: October 8th, 2014
*Mild Spoilers Warning*
DCU’s New 52 series is coming to a close very soon and with the advent of Futures End coming to a close in a month I heard some mixed reviews about Earth 2: World’s End and the first issues didn’t quite grab me. Futures End’s weekly releases have been a really polarizing story to lead into the end of the New 52 universe, and I really like the Earth 2 series as it’s a really cool take on the DCU lore. With both of those reasons to start reading this weekly series, I decided to pick up all 22 issues at once in order to have the full collection and binge read the Earth 2: World’s End weekly series.This is what I thought.
Everyone dies, and that’s great! Earth 2 was a series in the New 52 that was particularly interesting to read and also very good as a re-imagining of the DCU lore we know and love. Earth 2: World’s End is a fantastic story in the way it pulls you through and drags you along for a brutal ride. The story is about Darkseid invading Earth 2 to consume the planet with Apokolips. The domination of this Earth is inevitable and the attempts at saving the planet are futile at every turn in World’s End. This story involves the culling of the weak from the planet and how everyone deals with the end times, using 4 furies of Apokolips who are named after apocalyptic lore (ie. Wrath, Pestilence, Famine) and ultimate eating the planet from the inside. This all proves to be unstoppable as all forces fight to save their planet. The writing and the story is compelling as we follow alternate Earth versions of well known characters trying to escape the planet as well as simply survive. The art is a mixed bag where you will have really good defined art, and then the art switches to a different style that doesn’t quite suit the story and just throws off the feeling of horrific fear and leaves the book feeling a little cheap? Cheap in the sense that the inconsistency in the art make the book feel pieced together and tonally different from part where the art is more gritty.
There are really cool moments in this comic book, big dramatic moments that really let the heroes on this Earth prove their mettle. You have the avatar of The Blue being a big Kraken type monster coming in to defend the planet, this Earth’s Atom sacrificing himself to create a hole deep in the Earth to keep millions of Earth’s citizens, and the respectable Commander Amar Kahn trying to kamikaze Darkseid in a last ditch effort to blow him and his tower to pieces. Jimmy Olsen evolves into a New God after communicating with a Mother Box, how wild is that!? There are so many amazing moments in this series that the whole book is a wild rollercoaster of emotion. You will feel the entire spectrum of emotions with this read. Things just keep getting worse in every which way that every moment is dramatic.
Speaking of spectrum, let’s talk about light. Green Lantern’s light. On Earth 2 it is discovered that the planet essentially runs of the power of Green Lantern and the council of the Earth (Green, Red, Grey, Blue, and White). The story essentially transcends into the multiverse where the final hope is found on other Earths. Green Lantern is probably my favourite concept in being the key to a spectacle such as this story or in DC One Million for example, as Green Lantern usually represent hope and survival with unlimited potential. In the multiverse it seems that the Green Lantern represents something very key and important, and in the Multiversity: Guidebook there is even an Earth in the New 52 that is simply a Green Lantern (I highly recommend Mutliversity).
I would recommend Earth 2: World’s End to anyone who would like to see evil triumph, and who like weird sci-fi and alternate universe stories. This book is a very special read and I am completely glad that I picked up 22 issues of this all at once before someone else scooped it up (and the next day someone in my shop was looking for all of our remaining back issues.. good timing is always great). Pick this series up whether you can find it single issue or trade. This story is important to what is happening next in the DC Universe concerning the big Convergence event which is currently kicked off with it’s #0 issue, so if you like the sounds of this weekly series then definitely check out Convergence at your local mom & pop comic shop.
~ Tyler Head