Earth 2 #25

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Earth 2 #25

Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Nicola Scott
Inker: Trevor Scott
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Cover Artists: Andy Kubert and Alex Sinclair (regular cover), Walt Simonson and Laura Martin (Batman 75th Anniversary cover)

Stuff finally starts to kick into gear in Earth 2 #25. There’s lots of action, some plot points moving forward, and big confrontations set into play. When it’s Kryptonian versus Kryptonian, who will win?

Storywise, quite a bit of progress is made in this issue. I’m going to go into full spoilers, so fair warning. Hawkgirl and Green Lantern ambush their pursuers with a giant aquatic sneak attack. This in turn leads to some big, spacious scenes. Flash gets to show off his powers, too. Meanwhile the Val reveals his backstory and why his suit has a big “S” on it.

Then there’s Superman hanging out with Ma and Pa Kent and Lois. I don’t quite get the evil Superman. Is he really evil? If so, why is he pretending to be his old self? And if he is partially the good Superman, then how can he kill Pa Kent? Pa did make me laugh with his last few words. Unfortunately the truth sometimes gets you killed.

On top of all that, Bedlam has some super beam that’s moving the world. Green Lantern utilizes his ridiculously overpowered abilities to stop the Earth. Evil Superman intervenes. Then Val shows up and the issue ends.

A few things to note. The artwork is better this time and some pretty cool things happen which allows the artists to flex their muscles. I like that the moved forward in this issue, however there are a few things that bothered me. Number one, Pa Kent’s death. Why? Was it for the shock value because, as is, it didn’t help to define who evil Superman is right now. He already terrorized everyone in the entire world destroying monuments and millions of lives. Killing his adopted father in a temper tantrum doesn’t make him any more evil, just less credible and relatable as a villain. Number two, Val putting on Dr. Fate’s helmet and miraculously (ie. way too conveniently) deciding to finally step up and be a superhero was really cheesy. I know Tom Taylor can do better than that, so it was tough to see the story cut corners like that just to speed things along rather than taking the time to actually tell a story.

With good artwork and a story that gets somewhere, I give Earth 2 #25 a four out of five metal bikinis. Those shortcuts and murky character questions don’t get a free pass, but it still wasn’t too bad.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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