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FTN reviews Earth 2 #5

October 9th, 2012 by Christopher Williams Comments

Written by James Robinson

Pencils by Nicola Scott

So, we are back to the heroes of present day Earth 2 after Zero Month. The Grey has released Solomon Grundy on the world to devour it so they can start over with a new world. The World Council is in shambles trying to react to the threat and the only ones on the ground standing in Grundy’s way are The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and World Council agent; The Atom.

I can’t say how much I love this book. Seeing them as youthful rookies is a refreshing take on these Golden Age characters. That out of the way now, the story that we get here is pretty intense. It’s a teetering on the edge of doomsday experience and it really serves to ratchet up the tension here. The World Council is scrambling to find answers while the heroes battle with Grundy on the ground. Seeing the state of panic in the Council being interspersed with the action made every battle scene that much more significant. The Council is considering nuking Washington DC, all the while the clock is ticking down for Earth and we’re just hoping our heroes can pull some kind of rabbit out the hat.

Just when all hope seems lost, that’s when Green Lantern pulls that rabbit out. Sort of. He’s not sure his plan will work, but come on, we know it will. Right? He leaves his body using his powers of the Green to confront the Grey on a sort of astral plane if you will. (Calling Professor Xavier, Jean Grey? Anybody?) Once there the Grey makes an interesting proposal to Alan Scott in what almost felt like a Cyclops moment. Of course we will have to wait a month to find out what happens.

We also got some great action panels after The Atom turns on the other heroes per order of the Council. Seeing Flash get some confidence about him was a nice touch. His power doesn’t inspire the type of bravado one would associate with a Superman, but nonetheless, he jumps into the fray head first after an instant of hesitation. Seeing him work his way around a giant sized Atom were easily my favorite panels of the book. The art for this book has been some of the best and underrated in the New 52, it really deserves some praise here. The inks and colors by Trevor Scott and Alex Sinclair have been top notch. I was never big on JSA, but this book has me rethinking that. I’m hoping in the future we will see them take on the team name as well. If you aren’t reading Earth 2 you might want to make some room on your pull list. It keeps getting better with each issue.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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Christopher is self-billed as the World's Coolest Nerd (meaning he wears glasses and is clumsy, but he never earned good marks in school). He loves all things Star Wars and superhero related such as comics, books, cartoons and movies. He's a husband and father who somehow manages to keep up with his pastimes since his day job mainly consists of sitting around a store with not much to do. He's very outspoken and wants to share his opinions with the world, or at least his fellow nerds. You can follow him on Twitter @AUDone44.