Earth 2 #22

Earth 2 #22

Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Nicola Scott
Inker: Trevor Scott
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Cover Artists: Andy Kubert & Brad Anderson (regular cover), John Kerschbaum (MAD variant cover)

Earth 2 #22 is a little bit of a jumpy issue and went way too fast. There’s a brief introduction to the Alan Scott Green Lantern, two sets-ups with the good guys and bad guys, and then a run of action that ends on a cliffhanger. The story moves the plot ahead a little more, and amps up the action toward the end, but it goes quick. In the end, this one feels like it’s missing something.

To start things off, we get three pages of the Green Lantern. It recaps his last, devastating encounter with Superman, brought to life with some brutal imagery of his beating and death. Yet there’s also rebirth. The wasteland of skulls is a pretty haunting backdrop. I could have done without the naked Green Lantern though, but it is an interesting homage to the Terminator movies. There’s the bone ridden landscape and the naked muscled guy bursting out of a blast of light. Sadly, the Lantern intro doesn’t play any part in the rest of the issue, which I think was a missed opportunity. It would have been nice if he got a page at the end showing how he was going to fit back into this storyline. The excellent cover by Andy Kubert and Brand Anderson had me stoked for some Lantern-parademon action. Alas, readers will have to get a rain check on that one.

What we do get is a return to the main plot thread: Val the Kryptonian. Lois befriends Val and tries to help him learn to use his powers. This ends up with a little test flight and some serious action. Superman shows up with a cloud of parademons and they begin attacking everyone. Val takes a nose dive into the earth while Hawkgirl gets torn up by parademons. Then, to Superman’s surprise, he looks up and sees Lois.

Amid all that, there’s a couple other story points worth noting. Val talks a little bit about how he escaped Krypton’s destruction. The scenes between him and Lois go a long way in helping to establish his character. He still isn’t much, but if he can manage to figure out how to fight, that could quickly turn around. Elsewhere, Superman learns Batman isn’t completely gone and decides to make him enemy number one. Meanwhile his scientists continue to work on their warp portal.

All that said and done, the end comes before the story felt like it was done. The introduction with Green Lantern, and the cover starring him, feels out of place with the rest of the issue. The Lois and Val storyline was a nice bonding moment and a good build up for both characters, but the cliffhanger leaves you wanting more. I think this issue could have been better if the Lantern intro was left out and a couple more pages were given to Lois and Val. Or, they could have added a page after the cliffhanger showing Green Lantern on the hunt for Superman, providing a nice bookend for the issue. As is, it feels incomplete, thus I give it a three out of five metal bikinis. Hopefully the next issue will deliver on that Lanter-parademon fight and include some juicy drama between robot Lois and evil Superman. They’re certainly quite the pair now.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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