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Subj: Re: How do you get back to the original concept?Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 at 12:39:20 pm EST (Viewed 1448 times)
Reply Subj: How do you get back to the original concept?
Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 at 11:26:36 am EST (Viewed 1449 times)
The key to the revitalization of the Earth 2/Justice Society concept was that you had Darksied instead of Hitler as the main impetus of the JSA. It was the Darksied War and the fall of the trinity that gave rise to the Justice Society and the world building of the Earth 2 to be this weird steam-punk, after disaster reality.
What was also neat was reinventing these Earth 2 characters with a sensibility towards the New Gods and New God tech. It felt more cosmic, less pulp.
So how you would get back to the Earth 2 concept that was such a neat seller in the first place?
My thought would be to bring in Infinity Inc and sort of merge them with Young Justice and give them the Legion of Superheroes mandate:
100 years from now, while this new earth as settled along familiar lines, we have a new generation of Superheroes taking the mantle of older members in sort of a membership to a new UN Sanctioned team. These young heroes are called Infinity Inc and are representatives of each of the new countries.
Red X from Gotham
Kent Shakespeare from Metropol
Cassandra, Agent of F.U.R.Y. from New Olympiad
Impulse (Bart Ognats) from New Dehli
The Green Flame (Kai Ro) from New Tibet
Redwing and Northwind from Feitheria
The Spectre (Gretta) from Germany
Nuklon (Albert Rothstein) from Greenland
Arrowette (Paula King-Brooks) from Britannia
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (Sylverster Pemberton and his A.I. known as S.T.R.I.P.E.) from Central America
Neptune Perkins (Kaldur'ahm) from Atlantis
I don't know how you get back to the original dynamic of 2011 in a plausible way, I don't know if it can be done. To go that route of restoring Earth-2 to the Robinson template you would either need to take a stand saying the last two and a half years never happened and the book is now going to pick up from somewhere around the Earth-2 #14 mark where Wotan lies defeated and Alan Scott begins to have the idea of bonding as an official group, or... bin the current series and restart as an alternate Earth-2, one mimicing the Robinson template but perhaps reflecting some of the classic elements such as what was done with Jay Garrick in the Flash television series recently.
I do believe the book is in decline. I do believe something radical will have to be done to save it. But whether it can recover at all given the heavy vandalism inflicted and the indifference with which DC look on the series Is another question.
The current set-up has Earth-2 annihilated and consumed by Apokalips. Only around two-million survivors, now moved to another planet in another solar system and possibly another universe. This world orbits Two suns - one red one yellow. The recovering society and their choice in cities is like nothing you will see on earth. And if the book stopped next week I doubt it would be such a terrible thing at this stage - it needs to go away. Go away and come back with a whole new plan.
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