COMICS: EARTH-2, Building A World After BATMAN, SUPERMAN And WONDER WOMAN Fall
James Robinson is quietly crafting a magical, parallel New 52 in the pages of Earth-2. With the first arc centered around Solomon Grundy coming to a close, find out what's next as Dr. Fate gets set to make his debut.
Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman have fallen in a globe encompassing struggle with the forces of Darkseid and Apokolips. Their protege's Supergirl and Robin are trapped on the main New 52 earth and now operate under the aliases of Power Girl and Huntress. Enter new 'Wonders' to protect Earth-2.
THE NEW GUYS:
Dr. Fate's debut is on the horizon. Red Tornado, Citizen Steel, Wildcat and Eclipso (Alex Montez) and other classic JSA affiliates have all been either name-dropped or glimpsed in the background. Add a reintroduction of Steppenwolf and a new character named Fury who looks a lot like Wonder Woman and we're knee-deep in comic book goodness. Which is quite the accomplishment, considering the mixed reaction at the time of the title's announcement, especially concerning the decision to de-age some fan favorite characters. But it turns out Robinson has stayed very true to who these characters originally were. Remember, when Alan Scott and Jay Garrick were first introduced they weren't old geezers, they were young guys in their prime. Going back to some of those original stories, Robinson has captured a lot of their spirit and even some very specific detail as far as occupations and personalities. So where is the title headed for its second act?
"My run on Justice League that I did just before this was a bit more, you know, "superheroes punching each other." And I think it was not the kind of comic I do well. So this is really me trying to marry the big, epic superhero stuff with smaller, more human stuff. And one of those things will be the battle of wits between Amar Khan and Sloan, with these various elements of the World Army.
But then at the same time, after issue #8, which is the next issue with Steppenwolf and Fury, we begin a four-part of "Tower of Fate" arc. And that will introduce Dr. Fate to the Earth-2 and show magic and all that fantastic stuff again.
Issue #8 is all about Steppenwolf, and Steppenwolf realizing there's one country in Earth-2 that he needs to be in for political reasons that make sense for him in terms of the big storyline. It's a solo story between Steppenwolf and Fury. So it will show them, it will introduce Fury for the first time, and it will reveal aspects of the past and who Fury is. It's an interesting world, with a science fiction feel, but in the midst of it you have this eloquent alien barbarian and Fury, his sort of his aide de camp, just tearing through it and being savage and violent.
The next arc will show the man who will become Dr. Fate, it will establish whey he doesn't want to be Dr. Fate, and why it terrifies him actually.
We'll also integrate Wotan into the DC Universe. He's one of Dr. Fate's archenemies, and we'll keep elements of what he was like in the past while making him fresh and interesting. But it will also focus a little bit on Jay Garrick and aspects of who he is as he finds his way as a hero, and we'll meet his mother, who's a fun character to write. And we'll also see a World Army officer who will be a huge aspect of the future of Earth-2, although his involvement at this time will be small."
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