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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (26 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237745
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.4 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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James Robinson is English-born but has lived in California for amost twenty years. He has spent many of those years solely as writer of comics, most noteworthy being "JSA: The Golden Age, Starman," and "Justice League Of America." The acclaimed, award-winning writer has additionally worked in Hollywood, writing the screenplay to "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen," starring Sean Connery, and created the acclaimed young readers comic series "Leave It To Chance." He is currently writing "Earth 2" as a part of the DC Comics--The New 52 second wave.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pink Fluffy Bunny TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
This storyline runs through issues #1-6 of DC Comics' `New 52' title Earth 2, collected as Earth 2 Volume 1: The Gathering HC (The New 52). Just like the New 52's Justice League, this one starts with an invasion from Apokolips, though this battle costs the lives of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, and in the finale, Supergirl (`Karen') and Robin (`Helena') disappear into a Boom Tube and are presumed lost also. Now, five years later, new costumed `wonders' are appearing, and, just like the original Justice League of America - the real original Justice League of America that is - they are new takes on old characters, as we meet a new Flash, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern and Atom, with the same civilian names as their old Justice Society counterparts, but with new costumes and, in some cases, slightly amended powers and greatly amended characters. Let us now skate over the question of why, with so many parallel worlds, we couldn't have had one featuring the original Justice Society of America, picking up straight after the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, for that is a question that old people like me will never let go of, and instead mock the New 52, for this is what is happening here, though no doubt the author of Earth 2 didn't mention that in his proposal for the series...

Those of you who are old enough to remember, or have read the relevant DC Comics Archives, will know that when the real original Justice League of America was created, it was part of an on-going programme of updating the old DC characters from a previous generation, giving them new civilian identities, costumes and powers, in various degrees.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2013
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Parallel Earths have been a major part of DC's continuity on and off since the early 60's (they disappeared for many years after Crisis On Infinite Earths). The first and most fondly regarded was Earth 2 on which heroes first appeared just before World War 2 (as, of course, they did in the comics of the time) and those characters became a firm part of DC's continuity (even after Crisis altered the continuity so that they had always been on Earth 1) and stayed there pretty much until the massive reboot which is DC's New 52 when superheroes only appeared about five years before the timeline of the new 52 comics begins.

So what DC has done is effectively wipe out those much loved (by older comics fans at least) Golden Age characters. Now writer James ('Starman') Robinson has created a new Earth 2 but this time (and there are other differences), the diversion from Earth One's timeline is the invasion by Apokolips when Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman (Earth 2's only superheroes) died saving the world. It's now five years later and new superheroes (or 'wonders' as they are called on this world) are just appearing. This first installment features new Green Lantern, Flash, Atom and Hawkgirl whose alter egos are the same as the original Earth 2 characters so that link remains. They are, however, often very different to their originals -media magnate Alan Scott (GL) is openly gay. They are brought together to fight a new Solomon Grundy whose origin is a bit too close to the New 52's Rot for my liking, but that's a minor quibble.

Writer Robinson produces his best work by far since his memorable run on Starman, creating interesting new characters with a lot of potential.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2014
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What if, like the first story arc of New 52 Justice League, Earth was attacked by Parademons except the Justice League – or Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman anyway – managed to stop them but were killed at the same time? The planet would be saved but the Age of Wonders (superheroes) would be over. And then one day new Wonders started appearing again … That’s the premise of Earth 2.

Earth 2 isn’t among the worst of the New 52 I’ve read and it’s actually not bad in a mindless-entertainment kinda way. James Robinson’s versions of Golden Age characters Alan Scott/Green Lantern, Jay Garrick/Flash, Al Pratt/The Atom, and Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl are mostly enjoyable. You get the broad strokes of their characters and understand their motivations – the bare minimum needed when creating a story. DC have also decided to make Alan Scott gay, probably as a cynical attempt to appear modern and forward-thinking, though I was glad (GLAAD?) to see it didn’t become a major story point like it has in Batwoman where her sexuality is brought up nearly every damn issue. I get it, she’s a lesbian, I don’t care, just give her a decent damn story for once!

Though Earth 2 is an ok book, there are a ton of weird scenes and plot holes that stand out. That first issue alone was nuts. HOW did Superman die again? Wonder Woman gets literally stabbed in the back in the most unimaginative death scene I’ve ever read. And Batman sacrificing himself for humanity? Fair enough but I kinda expected it to be a fakeout and there’d be a panel at the end where Bruce is sat in an Italian café, grinning. And even though there are more than 3 superheroes in Earth 2, once Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman die, that’s it – Supergirl and Robin both die off-page, because the script says so.
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