Review: Earth 2: World’s End #1

E2_WE_1Earth 2: World’s End #1 kicks off DC Comics third weekly series, taking us to Earth 2 which features heroes and villains that are familiar, but different. Daniel H Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, and Mike Johnson provide writing duty, while Adrian Syaf, Sandra Hope, Danny Miki, Jorge Jimenez, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Paolo Siqueira and Cam Smith provide art.

Earth 2 has already seen its greatest heroes sacrifice themselves – and has had new ones take their place. It’s a world where Superman became its greatest villain and a man named Val-Zod seeks to save it. Huntress and Power Girl have returned to their home to help battle the ever-present threat of Apokolips, and you’ll never know who will live and who will die!

This double sized issue is a fantastic primer to catch you up with what you might have missed in the various series taking place on Earth 2. It shows how Earth 2 became occupied by nefarious forces of Apokolips, and also ties together long-lingering questions and mysteries for longtime Earth 2 and World’s Finest readers.

I stopped reading the various Earth 2 set series a while ago. They were always solid, but I only had so much time to read, and something had to give. So, with a new weekly series, I got a chance to check out what I’ve been missing, and the answer is…. some awesomeness.

This first issue packs a lot in one single issue. Not only does it catch up new readers on everything that’s happened, but also sets the coming story into motion. It’s a great entry point for folks who might not be familiar with what’s happened, and for those who are long time fans, there’s probably enough here for them too. Cramming that all in is impressive to do, and very smart of everyone involved.

That packed in story is backed up by some awesome art. The duties here are split up among many but the style is awesome, with some fantastic visuals that really keeps the pace going and is a feast for the eyes. It’s a great combo of the two.

Death and destruction, invasion and war will follow each week, and whether you’re a hardcore Earth 2 regular or not, you won’t want to miss this fantastic new series.

Story: Daniel H Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, and Mike Johnson Art: Adrian Syaf, Sandra Hope, Danny Miki, Jorge Jimenez, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Paolo Siqueira and Cam Smith
Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review