Earth 2 Vol. 1: The Gathering (The New 52)

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With the many changes to the DC Universe during the DC Comics: The New 52 event, many readers have wondered what became of the Justice Society of America. In Earth 2, James Robinson looks to answer the question: Who are the heroes of Earth 2?
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With the many changes to the DC Universe during the DC Comics: The New 52 event, many readers have wondered what became of the Justice Society of America. In Earth 2, James Robinson looks to answer the question: Who are the heroes of Earth 2?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This New 52 title does a nice job of exploring cool new ways of introducing us to our favorite DC supers. Set in an “alternate” DC universe, five years after Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and others have been killed in the Apokolips War, a handful of new supers arises to deal with an even greater threat. The entity known as the Grey and his agent, Solomon Grundy, are endeavoring to drain all life from the planet, with only Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, the Atom, and the Flash to stop them. With the excellent line work of Nicola Scott (Birds of Prey, Superman) and the rich color palette of Trevor Scott (Stormwatch, The Authority), the visual is engaging whether the action is muted or full-throttle. What is so enjoyable, though, are the ingenious origins that Robinson designs for Green Lantern and the Flash, and the characters’ own efforts to understand what they have become and how they can save the world. Any origins story like this one will have its awkward moments but Robinson is really good at not lingering in these moments, making this a promising start to the series. (Mar.)
Library Journal
This six-issue return to Earth 2 is a rough ride, beginning with the alternate-universe versions of five major superheroes sacrificing their lives to repel an alien invasion and climaxing with Earth 2’s near annihilation by an inventively apocalyptic reimagining of villain Solomon Grundy. Standing together (barely) against the destruction are no-nonsense Hawkgirl, a postcollegiate slacker transformed into the Flash, an Atom with divided loyalties, and a gay Green Lantern atoning for the death of his fiancé. Writer Robinson wastes no time in establishing this world, efficiently presenting origins as needed and delivering stellar action alongside some surprising, emotionally charged moments. The artwork, by a passel of talented artists, is richly colored, elegant, and dynamic, in the style of Jim Lee, whose character designs appear as extras.

Verdict First, Grant Morrison’s spiffy new Action Comics, and now this? This DC Universe reboot might work out after all. Recommended for all superhero-centered graphic novel collections; suitable for YA readers and sophisticates who can handle the usual comic book mayhem.—J Osicki, Saint John Free P.L., NB

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401237745
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 777,001
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Greek gods, Gay lantern, and very different Hawkgirl!

    This book starts off with Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman and shows you what happened to them on Earth 2. It also shows you what happened to Power Girl and Huntress(New 52 Worlds Finest). It then goes on to show you the main protagonists in the book and introduces how they meet and how some got there powers! The ending is very good and I bought volume 2 immediately!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013


    Great artwork, great characters, and a great story. Oh, and it also features zombies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013


    Awesome story. James Robinson has done a perfect job recreating the iconic heroes of the 30's such as Alan Scott and Jay Garricknalong with new characters and old enemys. Also the Artwork is perfect

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Earth 2 should replace Earth Prime

    This was a well written and well thought out series from what I'm seeing so far. Although I'm not a fan of all aspects of it the overall writing is superb and a great read for anyone fan or not of DC Comics. I would also recommend getting Earth 2 #0 as well it really adds to this story.

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    Posted April 27, 2013

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