Wednesday, May 30, 2012

EARTH-2 #1

“The Price of Victory”

Writer: James Robinson
Penciller: Nicola Scott
Inker: Trevor Scott
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Editor: Pat McCallum


Five years ago, Steppenwolf led an army of Parademons to Earth-2, thus beginning the Apokolips War.  Soldiers of the world united to beat back this unstoppable force, and humanity was only freed with the eventual sacrifice of the world’s greatest heroes – Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.  Today, a new evil is coming to Earth-2, and the next generation of heroes including Al Pratt, Alan Scott and Jay Garrick, must rise up to confront it…


Page 1:   Okay, let’s just get a few continuity notes out of the way…

Until it’s explicitly stated otherwise, I am assuming that this issue takes place shortly before the events depicted in Justice League #1.   Thus, Darkseid and his forces invaded Earth-2 before they attacked and were defeated on the mainstream Earth (are we still calling it Earth-1?). 

The evidence for this?  First of all, it seems that super-heroes debuted several years earlier than on Earth-1, proven by the fact that Batman has a teenaged-daughter and Supergirl has presumably been around for a while.  But it seems that Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, along with Robin and Supergirl, are the only heroes on Earth, and they did not form any sort of organized team, at least one that was acknowledged in this issue. 

Second, after Robin and Supergirl enter the Boom Tube at the end of the conflict, they appear on Earth-1.  A headline on a copy of the Daily Planet reads, “Cops Pursue ‘Man of Steel,’” with a photograph of Superman as he appeared in Action Comics #1 underneath.  This indicates that the two heroines arrived before the events of Justice League #1, and have been operating under the radar for the past five years. 

Finally, in Justice League #6, Superman, upon being rescued from DeSaad and Steppenwolf by Batman, says, “The images they pumped into my brain.  The death and torture Darkseid’s spread across a ….Multiverse.  I think I saw…me.”  I’m assuming that Darkseid’s torturer showed the Superman of Earth-1 how his Earth-2 counterpart died in an effort to break him. 

Okay, moving on…

The creepy winged guys are Parademons.  They first appeared in Justice League #1.  This would now be their first chronological appearance. 

“Attacking from out of ‘tubes’ of energy and light.”  Those would be Boom Tubes, the method of transportation for the New Gods.

Pages 2-3:  

First appearance of Superman of Earth-2.  First historical appearance in Action Comics #1.  Real name Kal-L/Clark Kent.  Possesses the standard Kryptonian power set of superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, senses, invulnerability and flight. 

Two things to note.  One, traditionally, the Superman of Earth-2 was named Kal-L, as opposed to the Kal-El of Earth-1.  Although his full Kryptonian name is not stated in this issue, that’s what I am going with until I am proven wrong.

Also, the Earth-2 Superman has been shown in the past to be powered not by yellow solar radiation as is his Earth-1 counterpart; rather, his powers stem from his Kryptonian heritage.

First appearance of Wonder Woman of Earth-2.  First historical appearance in All-Star Comics #8.  Real name Princess Diana of Amazon Island.  Possesses superhuman speed, strength, agility and accuracy as well as the ability to glide on air currents. 

It's unknown if this Wonder Woman has an alter ego to exist in "Man's World" like her Golden Age counterpart did.  

First appearance of Batman of Earth-2.  First historical appearance in Detective Comics #27.  Real name Bruce Wayne.  Possesses a genius-level intellect, a master detective, the peak of human physical condition and a master martial artist with access to high tech equipment. 

Page 4:  Note the differences between the three heroes here.  Superman is concerned with protecting everyone.  He’s consumed by the cries of those he has sworn to defend.  Wonder Woman, however, is overwhelmed by her thirst for vengeance, and just wants to kill as many Parademons as she can.  Batman, meanwhile, is focused on the tower.  He’s the strategist, and nothing will get in the way of his mission. 

Page 5

The circumstances of Lois Lane's death have yet to be revealed.  Also, it is not yet known if she and Clark Kent were married on Earth-2, as they were in the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths Earth-Two.  

“Revenge for a fallen sister…For Amazon Island.”  Note that on Earth-2, Wonder Woman’s island home is called Amazon Island, as opposed to Paradise Island on Earth-1. 

“You took what I was and look what you’ve made me.”  Into a bloodthirsty warrior who’s only thought is of battle. 

Page 7:  

First appearance of Robin of Earth-2.  First historical appearance in Detective Comics #38 (of Robin) and DC Super-Stars #17 (of Helena Wayne).  Real name Helena Wayne.  Highly-skilled fighter, martial artist and marksman. 

Anyone else find it creepy that Superman is admiring Wonder Woman in the middle of their last battle?

All joking aside, he is admiring the fact that she can be so focused despite the loss of her people at the hands of Darkseid’s forces, and he wishes that he could be so clear-headed. 

He might also be commenting on the fact that Wonder Woman appeared in Sensation Comics during the Golden Age of comics, but I somehow doubt that…

Page 8:  

First appearance of Supergirl of Earth-2.  First historical appearance in Action Comics #252 (of Supergirl) and All-Star Comics #58 (of Kara Zor-L).  Real name Kara Zor-L.  Possesses the standard Kryptonian power set of superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, senses, invulnerability and flight. 

Page 9:  

First appearance of Al Pratt.  Historical first appearance in All-American Comics #19.  Sergeant in the United States Army.  I wonder if there’s any significance to the fact that he and his unit “lugging an atomic weapon through the jungle”?

Yeah, probably not…

Page 11:  My main question at this point is how and why did things get so bad on Earth-2?  Darkseid’s invasion of Earth won’t get this far on Earth-1, so what is the key factor in repelling the forces of Apokolips?  Is it the fact that Clark, Bruce and Diana are pretty much working alone?  Are Hal Jordan, Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and Victor Stone that important to turning the tide of the battle so that Darkseid never gets a strong foothold on Earth-1? 

Pages 12-13:  Note that on Earth-2, Wonder Woman and the Amazons worship the Roman Gods; on Earth-1, they pray to the Greek Gods.  If I am not mistaken, the Golden Age Wonder Woman, whom the Wonder Woman of Earth-2 is based on, frequently encountered the Roman versions of the Olympians. 

As for who these Roman Gods are, let’s give a little rundown of those that Mercury mentions, along with their Greek counterparts…

Mercury, messenger of the gods; god of commerce and thieves (Hermes)
Bacchus, god of wine, celebrations and ecstasy; patron god of the art of theatre (Dionysus)
Apollo, god of light, knowledge, music, poetry, prophecy and archery (Apollo)
Neptune, lord of the seas, earthquakes and horses (Poseidon)
Vesta, goddess of the hearth, domesticity and family (Hestia)
Jupiter, king of the gods of Olympus; god of thunder and the sky (Zeus)
Minerva, virgin goddess of wisdom, handicraft, defense and strategic warfare (Athena)
Mars, god of war, violence and bloodshed (Ares)

Who knew Mercury was so self-aware?

Page 15:  First chronological appearance of Steppenwolf.  First appeared in Justice League #6.  An expert military leader and tactician frequently armed with an electro-axe and a cable snare. 

It's nice to see Steppenwolf doing something other than standing around and laughing maniacally with DeSaad.  Like killing people and stuff like that.  

Page 16:  What is that device that the Parademons are attaching to Superman’s head?  Whatever it is, it can’t be good…

You know, because it seems to rip Superman apart and all…

Page 17:  “We’re soldiers, American soldiers, you hear me?  We fight!  We get it done!”  Gotta give it to Al Pratt, he’s got a lot of heart. 

Page 19:  

This scene remind me of when an aged Batman reassures Carrie Kelley with  compliments of "Good soldier.  Good soldier." in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.  

Image from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns hardcover.  

With Batman’s death, all three members of Earth-2’s trinity have (seemingly) sacrificed themselves to save the world.  I saw “seemingly” because, with the exception of Wonder Woman, there aren’t any bodies to be found. 

Page 20:  I’m glad that James Robinson refrained from filling this page with any dialogue.  It doesn’t need it.  Robin’s wordless anguish is enough. 

Page 21:  

Never trust anyone just hanging out in a Boom Tube.  It never ends well...

As mentioned in the editor’s note, Supergirl and Robin next appear in Worlds’ Finest #1, where they arrive on Earth-1 at the beginning of that world’s age of super-heroes.  

Page 22:  

First appearance of Alan Ladd Wellington Scott.  First historical appearance in All-American Comics #16.   Owner and C.E.O. of Gotham Broadcasting Company. 

My favorite thing about Alan Scott is the name…specifically the “Ladd Wellington” part.  It cracks me up to no end. 

“Then will you ask the pilot our E.T.A. to China?”  In the pre-Flashpoint DCU, a mystical “green flame,” really a meteor fell to Earth thousand of years ago, landing in ancient China.  A lamp-maker crafter the metal from the meteor into a lantern, and it was this lantern that, in 1940, came into the possession of Alan Scott, who fashioned a ring from the material and became the Golden Age Green Lantern.

So….I wonder if something similar will be happening to Alan Scott on this trip to China?

Pages 23-24Italy has been ravaged by the forces of Darkseid.  It kinda makes the country look a bit like Apokolips, what with the fire pits and all.   

Page 25:  Along other schools, Lansing, MI is the home of Michigan State University

First appearance of Jason Peter “Jay” Garrick.  First historical appearance in Flash Comics #1.  College graduate with few, if any, career prospects.  Yes, our Mr. Garrick is, for lack of a better word, a slacker.  A loser might be a better, of not more, harsh, word. 

First appearance of Joan Williams.  First historical appearance in Flash Comics #1.  In the pre-Flashpoint DCU, Joan went on to marry Jay Garrick.  Not sure if these two lovebirds have that same bright future ahead of them…

Getting this job at Tyler-Chem is huge for me.”  I presume that this company is owned by Rex Tyler, the hero from a former timeline/continuity/multiverse known as Hourman?  

Man, that Joan really doesn’t pull any punches with Jay, does she?

Page 28:  Mercury returns after five years away.  You know, Mercury reminds me of some Golden Age hero from some other Earth or timeline, now doesn’t he?

“For the Earth is in peril anew...A greater evil still…”  An evil greater than Darkseid, and what, can I ask, is that?  And, could you say, that it warrants being called…a crisis?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


“Team-Up: Green Arrow”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Carlos D’Anda with Ivan Reis & Joe Prado
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb with Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Patrick Brosseau
Editor: Brian Cunningham


As Congress pressures Colonel Trevor to convince the Justice League to expand its membership, Green Arrow begins his quest to join the team.  Over the course of several weeks he attempts to aid them in his quest to win them over, to no avail.  Trevor intervenes, telling him that there’s no way that the League will allow him to join…but Trevor has another team that the archer can be a part of.  The Justice League reflects on their past, particularly the one time they allowed someone else onto the team – J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter, who apparently betrayed them all.  Meanwhile, J’onzz telepathically spies on them from afar, and notes that “They’re not prepared”…


Page 1:  “Why haven’t the Justice League ever expanded membership, Colonel Trevor?”  The question of the issue, boys and girls.

“Like you were with Team 7.”  In the Wildstorm Universe, Team 7 was a military special operations unit whose members were all exposed to the Gen-Factor, a substance that gave individuals superhuman abilities.  They first appeared in Team 7 #1.  Apparently the team now exists in the New 52 DCU, with Trevor having been members.  Others who were also involved with the group are Amada Waller, the head of the Suicide Squad, and Kurt Lance, Black Canary’s supposedly-dead husband. 

“Yes, everyone knows the Justice League are close friends…”  This is the image that the League has projected since they formed, that they are a group of “Super Friends.”  It’s pretty far from the truth.

Page 2Green Arrow, real name Oliver Queen.  First appeared in Green Arrow #1.  Historical first appearance in More Fun Comics #73.  Skilled archer and athlete armed with an arsenal of normal and trick arrows.

Page 3:  

The Justice League are frequently seen as "godlike," even among other heroes.

Page 4:  First appearance of Amazo.  First historical appearance in The Brave and the Bold (first series) #30.  Able to duplicate metahuman abilities, including all of the powers of the Justice League. 

In Justice League #4, mention is made of the A-Maze Operating System created by Professor Anthony Ivo, Amazo’s creator.  Presumably, this system is the basis for Amazo’s programming and abilities. 

“It’s hard to tell exactly how long Amazo’s going to be out of commission, but the nanites are already rebuilding his nervous system.”  Are these the same nanites that Silas Stone injected into Victor back in Justice League #3 so that his son wouldn’t reject the Promethium skin graft that saved his life?  And T.O. Morrow alluded to the fact that these nannies were never tested, and were recovered from…oh, that’s right, he never said from where they were recovered.  And why is that?

Page 5:  “I can boom Professor Ivo’s bad boy wit us to the Red Room.”  As seen in Justice League #7, the Justice League transports via Boom Tube technology that Cyborg downloaded into his system during Darkseid’s attack on Earth.

As revealed in Justice League #3, the Red Room is a S.T.A.R. Labs project that studies technology, presumably alien and human alike, recovered from all across the world. 

“One out of a thousand jumps you malfunction and kick us over to Apokolips until you can reboot.”  Isn’t that an acceptable price to pay for instantaneous travel?

Page 6:  

I like how Green Arrow is so over-the-top he makes Green Lantern look mature and sensible.

Page 7

Green Lantern and Batman have a relationship based on disdain for one another, with a dash of respect thrown in for good measure. 

‘There’s a very good reason we don’t bring other people into the team, Superman.  You already know that.”  Please, tell me Batman, please please please?

“Oh, yeah, Cyborg.  Does he ever.”  Man, this group is a secretive bunch.  Green Arrow refers to the fact that he met a “mer-man once” in Green Arrow #6; this first meeting is mentioned again in a few pages, so look for it. 

Page 8

It's interesting to see the conflict between Green Lantern and Green Arrow given that they were the best of friends in the pre-Flashpoint DCU.

Page 9:  This scene takes place concurrent with the events of Batman #9 and the rest of “The Night of the Owls” storyline running through May’s Batman family titles. 

As Batman describes, the Court of Owls is a centuries-old secret organization of great power and influence that is a part of the very history and design of Gotham City.  Most have discounted them as a myth, but they are very real, at Batman and his allies have recently learned. 

The Talons are the assassins of the Court.  During “The Night of the Owls” storyline, they have been sent out across Gotham City to kill a number of influential figures in Gotham City, including Bruce Wayne himself.  Here, they have targeted a group of A.R.G.U.S. agents which seems a bit contrived, but it’s a story, so I’m just going with it. 

Note that Batman is talking to Cyborg over his communications device and is otherwise preoccupied with not getting killed by a swarm of semi-undead lunatic assassins, so he’s not hanging out with the rest of the Justice League right now. 

Page 10:  

Despite his loner persona, Batman respects his teammates in the Justice League and seems to almost enjoy being a member of the group. 

“Like Aquagenic dermatitis.”  While I find no details on this condition that Aquaman mentions, I presume that it is an inflammation of the skin brought about by contact with water.  It doesn’t sounds like a lot of fun, especially is you’re an Atlantean. 

Page 11:  “Let’s try to act professional around the agents, okay?”  Another reminder that the Justice League isn’t the group of “super friends” that the public assumes they are, and they strive to maintain this carefully constructed image, even around A.R.G.U.S. agents. 

“I don’t even think these men are alive.”  As revealed in Batman #7, all Talons have a significant amount of electrum in their bodies.  This compound of silver and copper seeped into their cells, and then allowed the Count of Owls to reactivate and heal the Talons over and over, essentially making them unkillable killers. 

“They’re monsters then?  So no arguments about the sword?”  Wonder Woman’s only concern is whether or not she can kill the Talons without the rest of the League trying to stop her.

Page 12:  

Oliver Queen was stranded on a deserted island after being thrown overboard his yacht.  Poor guy.  Anyway, to survive on the island, he learned to shoot a bow and arrow and, after returning to civilization, used these skills as Green Arrow.  Apparently, in the New 52 DCU, Aquaman found Queen on the island and aided in his rescue but they didn't seem to part as friends, which is strange given that they're both so personable, you know?

Page 13:  

"Uh...anyone known how Batman got here?  He wasn't with us a second ago..."

I’m going to assume that Batman’s presence with the rest of the League is an artistic error, because it seems like he’s a little busy defending the rest of Gotham City from the Talons to hang out with his “super friends” right about now. 

Page 14:  As the editorial note at the bottom of the page indicates, this scene takes place concurrent with the events of Justice League Dark #9, which involves these mysterious cultists in some way. 

“Stop following us or we’ll pick up where we left off.”  Seems that Aquaman and Green Arrow have more than a mild dislike for one another; I’d say it borders on loathing, but maybe I’m just a bit sensitive. 

Given that Green Arrow arrives back at his lair (is it his “Arrow Cave”?) shortly after his confrontation with the League, I’d say that they confronted the cultists in Arrow’s hometown of Seattle, but I could be mistaken about this. 

Page 15:  “I know them all well enough to see…they’re not super-heroes.  They’re like me!”  I find Green Arrow’s statement to be interesting.  He’s not trying to say that he is like them, superhuman, worthy of the adoration that the Justice League receives.  Rather, he has seen behind the façade, and realized that they are just men and women, albeit with great abilities, that are passing themselves off as gods.  Recall that in Justice League #7, David Graves has realized that he was “right about so many things” but “wrong about others,” a reference to the idea that the Justice League are “gods among men.” 

Please fill us in, Colonel Trevor.

“The League could do so much more if they had a social conscience.”  Right now, the Justice League shows up, saves the day, and retreats back to the Watchtower; they don’t seem to have much connection to the people they save.  What Green Arrow wants to do is bring them down to Earth a little bit.  Geoff Johns has indicated in interviews that the Justice League will be altered by their upcoming battle with David Graves; I assume that this will have more to do with their method of operation than it does a simple roster change. 

Page 16:  “So I have another team you might be interested in giving a social conscience to.”  So what team is this for which Colonel Trevor is recruiting Green Arrow?

Page 17:  

Our first look at the Justice League’s Watchtower.

It resembles the pre-Flashpoint JLA Watchtower a bit.  That headquarters =was designed by Jim Lee, who, I assume, had a hand in designing this Watchtower as well.  

Nothing against Carlos D’Anda’s artwork…but these next four pages by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado are just beautiful.  In fact, Reis is my number one pick to pencil Justice League if/when Jim Lee steps down from the book.  I know, I know, they’re busy making Aquaman look great, but a fan can dream, can’t he?

As for my other top picks to drawn this series, I’d have to go with Stuart Immonen, Olivier Coipel or Paul Pelletier.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

Now, back to the story…

It's interesting to note that the sole alien in the group is the one most receptive to having others join the team.

Notice how the entire League walks behind Batman; it’s as if they are following his lead.  This would make sense, considering the idea that, even though the age of superhumans began only five years ago, Batman has supposedly been active for almost ten years, operating as an urban legend for the first half of his career.  He has the most experience, so it would make sense that they would look to him as their senior member, even though he lacks powers. 

In a way, the entire group is modeled after him somewhat.  They have their secret headquarters, they shun publicity, they’re aloof and remote from those they protect.  Remind you of anyone?

Also interesting to note is that Superman hovers above the rest, his feet never touching the ground.  His “alien-ness” is far more pronounced than with the pre-Flashpoint Superman, who was very much a down-to-Earth Kansas farmboy. 

“Maybe or maybe not, Aquaman, but there are a lot of people out there who could help this team.”  Interesting to see that the one alien in the group is most receptive to the idea of others joining the Justice League. 

“I’m going to agree with Lantern for once.  We have an image to protect.”  One must remember that, in the early part of their careers, most of these heroes were hunted and feared.  Now, because of the League, they are respected and looked up to.  None of them want to give that up, and want to keep their public personas squeaky clean so that the public doesn’t turn on them again.

“We have a world to protect.  That’s our priority, right?”  Flash seems to be something of the moral conscience of the group.  And it’s not the fact that they need to protect the world that is in question, it’s the lengths to which they go to distance themselves from the world. 

“Now I’m going to agree with Batman.”  As I have talked about before, Batman and Green Lantern actually have quite a bit in common, despite their notable differences. 

“We all know what happened when we let someone else onto this satellite and into the Justice League.”  Oh do we?  Please, elaborate…

Pages 18-19:  Oh.  Wow.

That doesn’t look good.

I was going to scan the two-page spread because I think that it's really freaking cool...but my scanner isn't that big.  Alas...

The Martian Manhunter, real name J’onn J’onzz.  First appeared in Stormwatch #1.  First historical appearance in Detective Comics #225.  Possesses superhuman strength, speed, senses, endurance, telepathic ability, able to become invisible or intangible, can fly and shape-shift.  And he also has “Martian vision,” whatever that is.  He’s pretty darn tough. 

“It ended badly.”  Understatement of the year, Bats. 

So…what did the League do to piss J’onn off so darn much?

Page 20:  “The Martian Manhunter’s long gone.”  Not exactly; he’s hanging out with Stormwatch these days, but since no one seems to know much about Stormwatch, the League probably doesn’t either. 

“He still knows everything about us.”  He is a telepath, of course.

“More than we know about each other.”  The Leaguers still don’t trust one another enough to reveal everything; do they know one another’s secret identities at this point?

Prepared for what, Mr. J'onzz?  What's coming that they need to be prepared?


Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gray Frank
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Nick J. Napolitano
Editor: Brian Cunningham


Billy Batson meets his new family, and he’s not impressed.  He only wants to be left alone, and doesn’t adjust too well to a new life of parents, siblings and rules.  Alone in his room, he thinks about his parents, when he notices a strange thundercloud in the sky that seems to be looking at him…


Page 21:  A mysterious, in-the-shadows view of Billy Batson’s new foster family.  I wonder if we’ll recognize any of them?

“That’s his social worker.”  Mrs. Glover, whom we met last issue.

Page 22:  “I think I preferred the subway.”  In past stories, Billy Batson was an orphan living on the streets when the wizard Shazam found him.  I guess Johns is taking a more responsible and modern approach to Billy, making him a foster child rather than some homeless kid that no one notices or even cares about.

“That’s three more years of handling.”  Which makes Billy fifteen years old. 

Page 23:  

Mrs. Glover can't get rid of Billy fast enough.

Page 24:  

Hey, I feel like I've seen these kids somewhere before...

For those of you who read Flashpoint, these five kids, along with Billy, were each given a portion of Shazam’s power.  When they spoke the wizard’s name, this S!H!A!Z!A!M! family united to form Captain Thunder.  It looks like they made the jump from the Flashpoint timeline to the New 52 DCU with Billy.

First appearance (from left to right) Pedro Peña, Eugene Choi, Mary Batson Bromfield, Freddy Freeman and Darla Dudley.  First historical appearance of Mary in Captain Marvel Adventures #18, of Freddy in Whiz Comics #25 and of Pedro, Eugene and Darla in Flashpoint #1. 

Mary and Freddy were, of course, Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr (later CM3 and Shazam) in the pre-Flashpoint DCU.  What the future holds for them with regards to powers and costumes remains to be seen.  

Note that I am assuming that their last names are the same as their Flashpoint incarnations, and if Mary is still Billy’s long-lost sister, I doubt that either of them knows this yet. 

Page 25:  

It looks like Freddy is "helpful" in more ways than one.

Page 26:  Mary is something of the den mother of the family, having been with Mr. and Mrs. Vasquez the longest.

“And this is my rabbit Hoppy.”  A reference to Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, a “funny animal” version of Captain Marvel that first appeared in Fawcett’s Funny Animals #1

“Freddy Freeman here.  Never met a fire alarm I didn’t pull.”  Billy and Freddy seem like two peas in a pod, if you know what I mean. 

“Um, I’m…I’m Pedro and, um…I’m Pedro.”  Pedro’s the chatterbox of the group.

“I only read non-fiction.”  Well, excuuuuuuse me…

“And I’m Darla!”  Whoa, someone needs to get this kid to open up more.

Page 27:  “I’m not your brother.  We’re not family.  None of you really are!”  It looks like Billy Batson has a lot to learn about being part of a family. 

Page 28:  Beware of Mary, Billy…she’ll kick your snotty ass. 

Page 30:  That cartoony tiger is probably Mr. Tawky Tawny, who was a humanoid tiger and a close friend of the Marvel Family that first appeared in Captain Marvel Adventures #79.

Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, Mr. Tawky Tawny…what drugs were those Fawcett Comics guys taking anyway?

I assume that this is a photograph of Billy’s parents at a zoo somewhere.  Notice how Billy’s dad always seems to look like Captain Marvel, as if Billy somehow “chooses” to look like his dad.

But…it’s 2012.  Why is the photo in black and white?  Hell, what kid these days carries around photos at all?  Doesn’t he have an iPhone?  And is that the New 52 DCU version of Tawky Tawny in the enclosure behind them?

Page 31:  “I didn’t mean to make her cry.”  Ah, a glimmer of hope lies within Billy after all.

What is that creepy face in the clouds?  Some sort of cosmic Peeping Tom?