Earth 2 #21

Earth 2 #21

Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Nicola Scott
Inker: Trevor Scott
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Cover Artists: Ken Lashley and Matt Yackey (regular cover), RC Stoodios (Robot Chicken variant cover)

Earth 2 #21 causes some havoc, but the story doesn’t move very far from where we’ve been stalling. Superman is still destroying the world. The good guys are still in full retreat. No one seems to have a good way to stop the evil incarnation of the man of steel. Thus we get another issue of destruction and the good guys grasping for a plan.

The issue has a nice opening with Atom trying to delay Superman as Sandman uses a portal to withdraw the World’s Army troops. Elsewhere, Batman and company are hanging out in the Batcave and bickering over what they should do next. We get a glimpse of Commander Khan in Amazonia, clinging to the remnants of the World Army as they regroup at their last bastion of hope. Khan makes contact with Aquawoman and, in turn, Batman’s group. Alas, the scene cuts off before we can be filled in on their next plan of action.

All of the character play and skirting around plot movement takes a back seat to the real punch of this issue: the space ark. Taking  a page from the big budget disaster film 2012, the elite of the world have developed a special escape ship in case the world goes to chaos. People of power and wealth clamber to reach the escape ship. The doors close tragically on those left behind. Then the story hits the reader with the most dramatic panel in the whole comic. There’s a show of Superman tearing off the side of the ship like an orange peel causing the occupants of the ship to rain down back to Earth to their tragic deaths. However, the scene was kind of tainted by a bit of narration blatantly making a nod to politics, “And the one percent trickle down.” I get that people are envious and angry at the super rich, but this almost felt like someone taking joy at slaughtering them. Pretty morbid and it totally threw me out of the story.

The issue ends with the bad guys learning about the other Kryptonian. Hopefully the next issue will finally present a plan for the good guys, and something more meaningful from the bad guys aside from wonton destruction. I give this issue a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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