“The Kryptonian, Part 5”
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Tom Taylor
Pencils: Nicola Scott
Inks: Trevor Scott
Colors: Pete Pantazis
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Covers: Andy Kubert & Alex Sinclair (regular cover), and Walt Simonson & Laura Martin (Batman 75th Anniversary Variant)
Review by Scott Keys
I mentioned before how awesome this book has been since Tom Taylor took over, and Earth 2 #25 really feels like the culmination of everything he’s been building toward! Each month since his takeover of this title, Earth 2 has steadily moved up the read pile, to it’s ultimate spot on top, and boy did this issue deliver! What was so awesome about it? Let me tell you!
First of all, Taylor has done an excellent job of character development. Alan Scott (Green Lantern) seemed more like a novelty when this book launched, but Taylor has turned him into the BAMF we all know he can be! Kendra (Hawkgirl) is a very strong, confident female lead, Jay (The Flash) has been putting on a clinic with his power set, and really set himself up as a very strong leader, and he’s setting up Val-Zod (Superman?) to be the new hope for Earth 2. Also gotta love the Thomas (Batman) and Jimmy banter! The old curmudgeon and the young whipper-snapper going at it is utterly hilarious. That’s just the character stuff, we haven’t even touched the action and drama yet, but I’ll save that for the art department.
Scott, Scott, and Pantazis do a superb job of world building, action, and drama in this book! Val looks like the reluctant hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders in the beginning, but the confident Superman we need by the end. The way Green Lantern is using all of his willpower to stave off an alien invasion, single-handedly, while Queen Marella (don’t call her Aquawoman) drowns all of the Parademons was a sight to behold! The Flash’s scene with Beguiler was fantastic as well, with Jay getting his first glimpse of the Speed Force, maybe?
You want drama too? How about a brain-washed Superman killing his own father at dinner for bad-mouthing Darseid? The emotion on his face as he tells him that he loves Lois, even as she tells him that “You’re NOT Clark!” got me, I won’t lie. As Darseid’s forces try to pull Earth through a Boom Tube, we get another glimpse as to how powerful GL really is, as he is holding Earth in place. Of course, Clark shows up to stop him, only to set up the battle we’ve been waiting for… Superman vs Superman!
If you want a super-hero book done right, Earth 2 is the book for you! Taylor, Scott, & co. do an amazing job of telling a compelling, action-packed story, while still developing the characters and giving them all ample “screen time” to flourish and grow. I couldn’t be happier to have this book on my read pile each month, I just wish it’d come out more often! Earth 2, in my opinion, is DC’s strongest “team” book, and somehow, it gets better every month!
Art: 5 / 5
Story: 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
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