Earth 2 #23

Earth 2 #23

Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Nicola Scott
Inker: Trevor Scott
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Cover Artists: Gene Ha (regular cover), Mike and Laura Alred (variant cover)

There’s a lot packed into Earth 2 #23 as Lois Lane (aka Red Tornado) deals with Superman and everyone else fends for their lives. The legions of parademons are joined by apokorats and a humongous warhound. Yet there’s even more than that. Evil Superman goes to visit his parents, the Batcave is overrun, and the Green Lantern makes his return from the dead. There’s action, a little humor and nice artwork throughout.

The issue starts with Lois reasoning with evil Superman. It makes sense that if anyone could calm him down, it would be her. But I can’t help but feel it’s a little off. This Superman has killed millions of people on Earth 2. He’s leading the army of Apokolips. Heck, his eyes are all burnt out and permanently glowing a sinister red. However, Lois is able to make him seem almost normal. He stops killing people, he protects Lois, and he even takes her to see his parents. He does sneak in an attack on the Batcave, but for the most part, he doesn’t seem all that evil in this issue. Is there hope for him yet?

In the last issue, we were introduced to the Green Lantern and his resurrection. He makes a showy appearance here, putting his powers to full effect. That said, Tom Taylor is playing his card close to the vest and doesn’t give readers much of an idea of what’s in store. The Green Lantern’s powers can hold back mobs of parademons, but is he really a match for Superman?

The artwork is bright and colorful through Earth 2 #23. Everywhere there is glistening lighting effects making everything look shiny and new. The characters are represented well from the emotion on their faces to scenes of action. And when the Green Lantern comes into play, his color dominates the panels. Nevertheless, the standout panel is when Superman and Lois are standing at Ma and Pa Kent’s door step. It’s kind of cheesy and funny and just plain memorable.

There’s a little bit of everything in this issue making it a smorgasboard. As mentioned before, the artwork is very bright and colorful and all the characters look very iconic and superhero like, but it doesn’t stand out all that much from other superhero comics. In fact, there’s almost an oversaturation of color that keeps any one panel jumping out from amongst the others. Likewise the story covers a lot of ground from funny to serious, from reuniting Superman and Lois to the death of a superhero. Yet none of those points is focused on too much as so much is happening. It lessens the emotional impact a little. As such, this issue isn’t the greatest thing ever, but it’s still a lot of fun and very enjoyable. Plus it’s leading toward a confrontation between Green Lantern and Superman that could very well deliver the epic material this issue is lacking. Who will win? Until we find out, this issue will have to do. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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