Daily Archives: May 1, 2013
So I noted earlier that one of my favourite books of the New 52 turned a year old this month. That book being Earth 2, the tales of the Earth in the second universe over from the world the majority of the DC books take place on. So, after 12 issues of this book (13 counting #0), I decided to count down my 5 Favourite Moments of the book that tells of a world without Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman around to defend it, thus leading to the rise of new heroes: The Justice Society.
This is the point where I realised to just what degree this comic was AWESOME. Alan Scott, media mogul, just went through a horrible train explosion, having to endure the loss of his boyfriend as he was just in the middle of proposing, suddenly presented with the chance to avenge his love and to protect the world from the coming dark. As such, he is transformed into the Green Lantern, protector and champion of The Green, and possibly Earth’s mightiest hero…well, until this guy showed up…
Khalid Ben-Hassin, a Ph.D, is made to face his destiny, thus wearing the Helmet of Nabu and merging minds with the ancient wizard to become Doctor Fate. This led to possibly the best first-time reveal for a character in their costume in resent times. I just love how everything reflects off the golden armour, it’s so shiny. XD
This was a pretty cool way to beat Grundy, hurling him to the moon where the Grey couldn’t reach him and he couldn’t do any more damage. I’ve since come to understand that this method has been used on him before in comics, however it hasn’t been used since the Golden Age. In fact, that makes it all the more appropriate that it was used here.
So yeah, during the fight with Solomon Grundy in Washington, D.C., Wesley Dodds and the Sandmen have to go in and extract President Lightfoot before she can be lost in the conflict. And because this is an alternate universe and because how could they possibly resist, President Lightfoot is, in fact, a woman. Seriously, I’m Canadian, and I STILL am waiting for the day there is a woman in the White House…You know, not counting Hilary Clinton. BAZINGA!
Because it’s Mister Miracle and Big fucking Bardna in a post-apocalyptic Gotham with giant monsters fighting! All arguments invalid! 😀
Anyway, that’s my 5 Favourite Moments From Earth 2. Hope you enjoyed, hope I’ve encouraged people to check it out, and feel free to mention your own favourite moments from the book below. Ja né!
Say, it’s Wednesday, isn’t it? Guess that means I should take a minute to talk about…
We got some kickass comics this week, including one that’s brand spanking new one, completely new and fresh characters to it. So, let’s start off with Detective Comics #20…or is it #901, if last month’s was the 900th? I dunno, should I count it as #901? Lemme know in the comments. But anyway, here’s #20 of the current numbering system.
So the reign of Emperor Penguin is pretty much over at this point, which I think is a bit too soon to end it. Still, seems as though he may be looking to make a comeback. Long story short, Ignatius Ogilvy seems to have transformed himself with a modified Man-Bat serum, some stuff he obtained from Poison Ivy that makes his skin under his fur coated in a bark-like coating, and some sort of variation of Venom. He’s not as strong as Bane, mind you, but this transformation gives him an edge over Batman who never considered Emperor Penguin that big a threat for the amount of time that he’s known of him. However, a recently pardoned Penguin, of all people, aids Batman due to their mutual desire to bring Ogilvy down. Following Ogilvy’s arrest, Cobblepot decides to return the rights of the Children’s Centre to Bruce Wayne and renaming it the Martha Wayne Children’s Centre, feeling that putting himself out there made him a target and that he must return to the shadows for now. In the meantime, though, Ogilvy is sent to Blackgate Prison, quickly making a name for himself by brutally killing ‘The Boss’ of the prisoners, renaming himself Emperor Blackgate.
Earth 2 #12, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, EARTH 2 IS ONE YEAR OLD!
In fact, note to self: Do a Jyger’s Favourite 5 of favourite Earth 2 moments. But anyway, not really that much to talk about, other than Doctor Fate taking down Wotan in the skies over Boston while Flash and Green Lantern (who got involuntarily pulled there by the ring, it seems) run interference to keep the World Army from getting involved, then they go back to Alan’s to hide out, only to learn that the World Army has declared war on the country Steppenwolf is running. However, what is a bigger story to me, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl follow a trail of clues they gathered regarding Sam’s murder to a container at a dock in Macau, said to contain a clue as to why Sam was murdered…the contents of which being a bunch of dead Parademons. LONG dead, from the looks of things. It seems that Sam’s murder has more to do with the long-running plot of the story than originally met the eye.
And finally, we have the first issue of Gail Simone‘s The Movement. And since this features a brand new cast of characters…
Anyway, lemme just fill you in on some of the details, since I want you guys to go out and buy this comic yourselves: The story takes place in Coral City. The cops in this story, as well as pretty much every single bureaucrat in the city, are corrupt as shit. A murderer is running around town cutting people’s eyes out (comic is rated T+, btw). A group called The Movement are recording and unveiling the shady dealings of police officers under the guise of a hacker group called Channel M, while also investigating the murders, and pretty much keeping the cops out of everywhere from Tenth to Twentieth Street, proclaiming it as theirs. I’m not sure if The Movement are supposed to be good guys or anti-heroes, but either way, there’s a definite sense of the 99% conflicting against the 1% in this story. Not quite sure where it’s headed, but I’m definitely interested enough to keep buying and see what happens.
Anyway, that’s all for today. This Saturday, I will be going to GameZilla for Free Comic Book Day, so I’ll be sure to buy something there. And next week, if the schedule on the DC website is accurate (God, I hate months with 5 Wednesdays, they always do something weird with the schedule those months), I should be getting Batman #20, Batman and Robin #20 (Batman and Red Hood), and Justice League of America #3. Ja né!