Thursday, January 24, 2013

EARTH-2 #7

"Heaven Sent"

Writer: James Robinson
Penciller: Yildiray Cinar
Inker: Trevor Scott
Colorist: Alex Sinclair, Dave McCaig, Allen Passalaqua & Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Editor: Pat McCallum


In the aftermath of their battle with Grundy, Hawkgirl attempts to get Green Lantern to reconsider joining with her and Flash as a new team of Wonders, but he is consumed with grief about Sam's death. Meanwhile, as Sloan adjusts to is new position of power with the World Army, Khan joins forces with Commander Dodds to bring down the former Mr. 8...


Page 1:  "- Footage obtained by G.B.C.'s own Lee Travis who, with her cameraman James Wing, was there when -"  In the pre-Flashpoint DCU, Lee Travis was known as the Crimson Avenger, who happened to be the first costumed hero of the Golden Age. His valet Wing How often aided him as a crime fighter, and the two joined both the All-Star Squadron and the Seven Soldiers of Victory. The Crimson Avenger's origin was told way back in Secret Origins #5 by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan, and remains one of my favorite issues of that series to this day.

In the New 52 DCU, Lee Travis is an African-American woman and James Wing is an Asian man; both were seen briefly in Earth-2 #5, covering the battle between Grundy and Earth's new Wonders.

Green Lantern used his connection to the Green to "heal" the Earth, as seen in Earth-2 #6.

"In other news, Global Broadcasting Corporation's owner and C.E.O. Alan Scott was not among the victims of the train crash in China -"  As seen in Earth-2 #2-3.

Page 2:

Yeah, he looks great.  Can't you tell?
Page 3:

Anyone else think that Alan has Nazareth's "Love Hurts" blasting throughout the apartment?

Page 5:   I had previously noted that Hawkgirl's real name was Kendra Saunders and I was mostly right. Turns out that it is Kendra Munoz-Saunders. Not sure if the hyphenated last name is due to her being married or if she has taken both her parents' last names.

Page 6:

Sounds like Kendra went "yada yada yada" through the best part of the story, don't you think?

"A life persecuted is no life at all." Being a gay man, Alan Scott presumably knows all about this. Though Earth-2 seems a bit more technologically advanced in many ways, I imagine that persecution and hate are as prevalent there as they are our own world.

"I told you I'm not interested." In Earth-2 #6, the Flash suggested that he, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl form a new team of Wonders. Green Lantern told them that he didn't need them and wasn't interested; Flash was crushed.

"He had personal stuff to deal with." Anyone else think that this has something to do with his ex-girlfriend Joan Williams, who dumped Jay's ass back in Earth-2 #1?

Page 7:  "Your ring failed you once." In Earth-2 #6, when Green Lantern attempted to fly too far from Earth; Hawkgirl rescued his butt, which she seems inclined to remind him about.

Damn.  Kendra knows how to make a point.  Literally.

Page 9:  "Like foreign nuclear warheads at America's capital?" The World Army, acting on Sloan's advice, fired several nuclear warheads at Washington, D.C. in an effort to stop Grundy in Earth-2 #5.

Pages 10-11:

Khan's not a big fan of Sloan's, probably because Sloan ruthlessly killed everyone under Darkseid's control and reduced those areas of the world into blazing firepits, as seen in Earth-2 #0.

Page 12:  So we know that Wesley Dodds is the Sandman...but who are the rest of the Sandmen?

Pages 14-15:  Mr. Terrific was subdued by Sloan in Earth-2 #2. It seems that, in the intervening time, Michael Holt has been brainwashed to work for Sloan.

Page 16:  "Sloan called Holt by name, but also referred to him as 'Mr. Terrific'." As seen in DC Universe Presents #0, Sloan has known about Holt for quite some time and was instrumental in Holt's decision to become a super-hero.

Page 17:

First appearance of the Red Tornado. First historical appearance in Justice League of America (first series) #64. Powers and real name (if any) are unknown. Unlike the Red Tornado of the pre-Flashpoint DCU, this android has been built to resemble a woman.

The Red Tornado's "sex-change" (do androids really have a gender?) may be a reference to the fact that the original, Golden Age Red Tornado was Abigail Mathilda "Ma" Hunkel, a woman who donned long-johns and a cooking pot to fight crime in her neighborhood. Ah, the Golden Age of comics, when that made sense...

"The Red Tornado. Your scientists never could get it working and perfected." Given that T.O. Morrow, the Red Tornado's traditional inventor, has been seen on Earth-1 in the pages of Justice League, I must wonder who the inventor of this android is. Also, considering that the Red Tornado, for most of his existence, has been a "JLA character," I find it interesting that this character is appearing on Earth-2. Yeah, yeah, I know, Reddy started out as a member of the Justice Society of America, but that was for about a day or so, you know?

Page 18:

Khan can be pretty hardcore when we wants to be...

Page 19:  "But don't worry, it looks like it could be the work of anyone - Steppenwolf, Emperor Lux and his Lone Star Secessionists, even the Neo-Prussians." More on Steppenwolf next issue. Who are the other guys? Just teases or will we actually meet them in the near future?

Page 20:  "- there will be no fair play."   "Fair play" was the motto of both Terry Sloane and Michael Holt, the two men who called themselves Mr. Terrific. The Terrence Sloan of Earth-2, however, doesn't seem to embody this belief in the least.