Earth 2 28 Review

Posted November 12, 2014 by Henry Varona in Comic Books

Written by: Marguerite Bennett and Tom Taylor

Art by: Alisson Borges, Andy Smith & Trevor Scott, Javier Fernandez, Diogenes Neves & Marc Deering

Publisher: DC Comics

One of the unfortunate parts of major event comics is that a lot of titles become side titles, tasked with telling filler stories to complement the event. The once great Earth 2, which was one of the best books DC had to offer, has now been handed the same hand. While the Earth 2: World’s End book focuses on the giant conflict between the heroes of Earth 2 and the Furies of Apokolips, this month’s issue of Earth 2 proper focuses on the backgrounds of the newly introduced villains. Split into four stories, the book is a solid installment, even if it doesn’t stand up on it’s own. The team of Marguerite Bennett and Tom Taylor gel well together, creating a fun tale that playfully fits into familiar concepts.

The first Fury we are introduced to is Pestilence. As we see her years ago, on her home world of Czarnia, we learned that about the trials she went on, and how she was introduced to the legions of Darkseid. In a similar yet starkly different tale, we find out about the secret history of Famine, a former champion of the Earth 2 Warworld. As we move onto the Fury of War, we see that evil can be bred, and that sometimes the scariest threats show themselves at an early age. Finally, we find out the fate of Earth 2’s Mars, and meet the Fury of Death, who bears a child that very well may cause the end of all things.

Tom Taylor and Marguerite Bennett team up to tell the tales of these four Furies of Apokolips. It really helps having Bennett here, since she can easily connect these stories into the goings on in Earth 2: World’s End. While she follows the story penned by Daniel H. Wilson there, she is able to better control the story here, which I think helps it greatly. It’s weird reading this issue in comparison with Earth 2: World’s End, since that book feels very disjointed and unstable, but this feels so natural. The Furies are all straightforward, sure, but they are very playful with their relations to familiar concepts. I love that we get to see Earth 2 Lobo, because it just makes both this reality and the main reality feel more fleshed out. Finding out that Famine came from Warworld, that War is from Tamaran, and that Death is of Mars makes them all cool. They have more personality and distinction than in that entire series, and this book helped make me a care a bit more about that one.

Artistically, the book is split into four parts, which a different creative team tackling each story. Where the main Earth 2: World’s End book fails to credit each team for their work, DC is wise to tell us who tackles what here. As such, I can tell you that I really liked the art of Alisson Borges, who I had never seen before. Her work is clean and looks like Wes Craig meets Jae Lee. I particularly enjoy her thin inking style. For his part, Andy Smith does great work, making Mongul look awesome and Famine disgusting. Unfortunately, the work of Javier Fernandez and Diogenes Neves is just alright, providing pictures for the words, but failing to really captivate. They also suffer from having weaker content to adapt, so the fault is not entirely theirs.

Overall, Earth 2 28 is a nice complementary tale for readers of Earth 2: World’s End. It fleshes out the villains that have otherwise not been explored, and reminds me that there are so many options for storytelling in Earth 2. My confidence in Marguerite Bennett is restored, though I have to wonder where her voice is in the Earth 2: World’s End title. With a solid plot from Tom Taylor, the issue is a nice distraction from the chaos we are otherwise subject to.

About the Author

Henry Varona

Lover of comics, Legos, and movies, Henry Varona is supremely awesome in every way. He spends his days designing his own comics, and his nights dreaming about Chris Hemsworth and Captain Cold.