I review Earth 2 #15 by James Robinson, Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott, published by DC Comics.
Earth 2 #15
Story: James Robinson | Art: Nicola Scott | Inks: Trevor Scott | Colours: Pete Pantazis | Cover: Juan Doe | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $2.99
Dr. Fate, Red Arrow, The Flash, Green Lantern and The Atom all fall victim to the Hunger Dogs of Apokolips as the war against the forces of Steppenwolf continues!
And welcome to the last of my DC Comics review for this website for this week, as The Movement #4 didn’t arrive at my LCS. It’s Earth 2 #15, which sees Robinson’s story reach its penultimate outing in a very awesome fashion, made all the more enjoyable by the jaw-dropping artwork provided by Nicola Scott.
This is one of my favourite DC titles right now, and Earth 2 #15 proves to be amazing. The characters and the story is superb, and whilst the issue itself feels somewhat small in comparison to the others that I’ve reviewed this week (I don’t know why, it just does). One of the book’s greatest strengths is that it’s set in a parallel universe, where anything can happen, and I’m really enjoying seeing how Robinson develops this book. The forces of Steppenwolf are preparing for war, with the World Army, in what looks set to be a very interesting showdown, whilst the Wonders, namely Atom, Flash, Green Lantern, Red Arrow, the Sandmen and Dr. Fate find themselves up against the Apokalyptian Army. Robinson handles the vast amount of characters included well, and concludes in a strong fashion from the cliffhanger that we were presented with last issue.
The story has been very strong each issue and #15 is no exception. We see an advancement of plot and things are building seemingly to what looks set to be an awesome conclusion for #16. Whilst this issue is text heavy, readers of the series will no doubt be used to Robinson’s writing style by now and this should be no different.
This issue’s art is superb, with Nicola Scott providing several incredibly awesome scenes that are really brought to life by Trevor Scott’s inks, and with Earth 2 #14, these two really work well together. The Juan Doe cover is pretty strong as well, and fits in nicely with #14’s.
The amount of depth that the series has in this series is awesome and this is easily among the Top 10 of DC’s books on stands right now. With only one issue to go though I wonder how Robinson’s going to be able to tie up all these plot threads, and It’d be interesting to see which ones, if any – are left dangling.
The episode itself develops the characters pretty well, too – we get a nice focus on Flash as a complex and interesting character, and the Wonders are all very rootable and interesting in their own way. Whilst I would like to see more of the Earth 2 Batman, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen straight off the bat, and if I chose to stick with this series when Tom Taylor comes on board it’ll be interesting to see where and how it develops, and if it can match up to Robinson’s work.