Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Earth 2 #4 - A Review

Most of this comic is taken up by a fight with the New 52 version of Solomon Grundy. But everyone's favorite zombie isn't after pants. He's after the new "Jade Champion" a.k.a. Alan Scott, Earth's chosen protector and self-titled Green Lantern. But he isn't alone in this fight. In addition to Jay Garrick and Hawkgirl, another hero - familiar, yet different - is about to enter the fight.

Despite being focused on the action, the real highlight of this issue is the development of the characters thus far. We see that Alan Scott - though still hurting at the loss of his boyfriend - is able to work through his grief to take on his new role as a hero. Likewise we see Jay Garrick, still fresh with enthusiasm, chaffing at the idea that all he can do with his new powers is evacuate civilians. Hawkgirl is still the biggest mystery out of the entire cast but we do see that she is cool under pressure, can handle herself in a fight and is used to giving commands.

As always, Nicola Scott's art is the icing on James Robinson's excellent script. Just one of these creators on a title would be reason enough to pick up this book. Together, this book is a must-read for all fans of the genre. If you aren't reading Earth 2, you're missing out on one of the best new books to come out this year.

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