REVIEW - Earth 2 #4
Title: A Confluence Of Wonders
Writer: James Morrison
Penciller: Nicola Scott
Inker: Trevor Scott
So Earth 2, what have you got In store for us this month? Well aside from the introduction of what appears to be a new villain, we’ve got some brilliant action scenes and a few new plot twists. Although these are gripping and give the comic some credibility, the comic does have some things that just don’t seem to work, making Earth 2 #4 not necessarily a bad comic, just not an amazing one either.
The comic begins perhaps leaving you a little confused, but quickly enough you can establish the events depicted are from the Apokolpis war seen In issue #1, and were treated to the introduction of a new character, known as Atom. Surprisingly, despite not knowing a thing about this character known as Atom beforehand, Morrison gives the reader a great insight into his origin within a limited number of pages. There are some questions left unanswered about him, as he seemingly seems to just sort of appear from nowhere and exploding before collapsing. He is then taking in by the World Army, and then quickly skipping ahead 10 years we find he has joined their ranks and become one of their top operatives. From here we discover he is on a mission to eliminate Grundy as seen in issue #4, and then Morrison cleverly interweaves Atom into the current storyline and into the lives of our current heroes.
Our next scene with Flash and Hawkgirl, not so great. Our heroes are confused from the dieing plant-life around them, and then eventually with Hawkgirl clinging onto The Flash, they race off to America to find the source of the decay, and therefore our villain: Grundy. The whole scene just feels.. off. The dialogue between the two heroes feels forced and in places hard to follow, especially Flash’s annoying habit to contract almost every word he says. Also, some things just don’t add up. Hawkgirl states they simply have to follow the decay and it will lead them to the source. Lets remember our heroes are in Poland, and Grundy is in America. The decay sure doesn’t seem to go in a straight line either, so the fact our heroes simply follow the route of decay just doesn’t seem right. Also, in order to get there really fast, Hawkgirl holds onto The Flash as they zoom off towards America. Again, how is Hawkgirl able to hold on? There is an attempt to address this, as Hawkgirl suggests The Flash’s body energy is keeping her falling off. Again, it just doesn’t add up. How can The Flashs body energy prevent Hawkgirl from losing grip and falling off or even withstand the speed? It just seems thrown together and rushed in order to get to the action.
The action fortunately enough, Is better. I was a bit confused with the fact Hawkgirl uses a crossbow in the battle rather than the duel pistols seen on the cover, but it is a small issue for me. Grundy seems a formidable opponent, especially with the fact he can just regenerate if injured, even if the Green Lantern does manage to punch him in half. The artwork is brilliant here, with the bright vibrant colours seen in issue #1 noticeable as well as the well drawn actual fight scenes. You have to feel a little sorry for The Flash though, as he discovers hes not made to fight, so instead has to settle rescuing civilians in the area. I sure hope The Flash discovers some sort of way he can help in battles aside from aiding on the sidelines, as despite his somewhat annoying dialogue at times he is my favourite character in Earth 2 at the moment.
The comic ends quite dramatically with the Atom dropping from the sky and suprisingly increasing his size dramatically before landing and stomping on Grundy in the process. Shortly after, Atom seizes Hawkgirl and here is where more questions are quickly put across to the reader. We discover Hawkgirls real name is Kendra, and Atoms is Al. These 2 characters clearly have some past between them, and I’m eager to learn what this is. With the final panel showing an over sized Atom threatening The Flash and Green Lantern while holding onto Hawkgirl, things aren’t looking to good for our heroes. Unfortunately, your gonna have to wait 2 months to discover what happens next due to next months new 52 #0 issues, in which were treated to in Earth 2 #0 to learn more about the Holy Trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, which I’m really looking forward to.
Earth 2 #4 does have some problems, but is still an enjoyable comic if you can overlook some things that don’t really add up and some dodgy dialogue.