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Subj: Re: Worlds End #25 - Come The End.
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 at 11:54:36 am EDT (Viewed 1085 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Worlds End #25 - Come The End.
Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 at 04:36:23 pm EDT (Viewed 1114 times)

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That is true, Worlds End isn't at all terrible as a read if you take it in the spirit of the slambang summer blockbuster movie you munch popcorn to. Rather the point for me is it is a shockingly poor decision to make for the wellbeing of Earth-2 and fatally cripples it forevermore. To underline the folly of it all I would point out that while the initial launch year of the NEW 52 saw the rapid crash and burn of so many launched books Earth-2 was a rare and very notable exception in that even by issue #15 it had kept an impressive and steady average of 40'000 copies sold per month - it had defied the odds and unlike so many other books actually held onto its launch audience. An extremely impressive feat and testament to the depth and quality of the product offered by James Robinson and Nicola Scott.

The cloud of Robinson's departure was the first sign that a heavy editorial interferece was now in progress and as events have gone to prove Earth-2 became a book written by committee from on high and out went any subtlety in favour of carnage-by-the-month. Note that no one has commented on the silent departure of Tom Taylor, Robinson's successor and proving a very worthy choice even with the restrictions he was undoubtedly working under. One can look at the last six issues of Earth-2 and draw your own conclusions as to why Taylor might have left.

Worlds End takes something that was fresh and vibrant, rich in potential, and throws it away in the manner of a housefire covering for a insurance job... DC Comics make a fast buck out of this but it ruins Earth-2 forevermore. I feel no confidence that DC Comics see Earth-2 as a worthy entity in its own right, they wouldn't do this to the Justice League or Titans but since it is a parallel world anything goes for he JSA. Stock Characters. Of little importance in the scheme of things. And now reduced to something as disturbingly second rate as Marvels Squadron Supreme... this shoddy demotion is simply not worthy of the Justice Society's legend. \(no\)

My biggest disappointment was the sidelining of Val-Zod. I thought what Taylor did with Val-Zod, was very redemptive for what he was doing with Injustice. The arc itself, "The Kryptonian" was better than I anticipated, even the reveal of Brutaal being Bizarro.  I liked the potential of the character, moreso than the rendering of Green Lantern, who is also pretty good, as I'm just a big Superman fan overall.  I was looking forward to seeing a great team book, with Green Lantern as the most powerful member, Batman as team leader, as the cowl would allow him authority he doesn't deserve, and Val-Zod as Superboy (the vorboten word!) learning and coming into his own, and coming to terms with his pacifism and his need to be active at the same time.

Instead I received a weekly series that abandoned much, and water downed what remained.

R. I. P. Kato: A good friend to one who has so few
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