Soooooo, it’s been what nine months since DC Comics used the events of Flashpoint to reset their universe and wiped out seventy some odd years of history in some cases, and went on blithely with their story lines in others, without a lot of rhyme or reason. It’s been a confusing time for many, as they struggled to figure out where their favorite characters now stand, or who is still exists. Some readers, myself included, used this opportunity as a jumping on point, a new era for new books we weren’t reading before. DC touted it as all new, exciting, a revitalization of a tired brand name, but by issue 8, titles were already being dropped because of low sales. Men of War, Mister Terrific, O.M.A.C., Hawk and Dove, Blackhawks and Static Shock fell beside the wayside, but DC has, in the interest of keeping the titles numbered “52″, introduced and/or announced six new ones to fill the gap. Batman Incorporated, Dial H for Hero, G.I. Combat, The Ravagers, Worlds’ Finest and Earth 2, written by James Robinson with art by Nicola Scott.
Earth 2 is not a new concept to anyone who has read any comic books since the creation of the medium. Multiverse, Omniverse, Parallel Universe, Alternate Dimension, we’ve heard it called all these and more, but the basic concept is simple. There are many universes and we are only living in one. For every Forever Fangirl who sits down in her apartment in front of her Acer Laptop, drinking a Cherry Coke Zero, there is another in another world using a MacBook and enjoying a Pepsi…
… let’s hope she enjoys this book, because me? I didn’t really care.
The book has excitement, and intrigue enough, I suppose. This other Earth is under attack by parademons from Apokolips lead by a supervillain named Steppenwolf. No sooner do you say “magic carpet ride” then Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman fall before the attack, leaving their two young protégés Supergirl and Robin (in this universe Batman’s daughter Helena) alone in the ruins of a nearly destroyed world. But Alan Scott, multi-gazillionaire and entrepreneur, has plans for the remaining heroes of this world. What plans? Well, presumably, we’ll soon see.
Well, maybe you’ll see. I won’t.
Look, don’t get me wrong. DC readers who have been around a while might find this book fun and intriguing. It’s well written, the art is shiny and pretty, but honestly? It’s too early in the DC reboot to start introducing new universes, new characters. Supergirl and Robin are to spin off into the main universe as Powergirl (sans iconic boob window) and Huntress (isn’t there already one of those in the New 52) but come on. Most of us newcomers are just barely starting to get the hang of the main DC continuity, how do you expect us to care about another one? Bad things happened? So what? I don’t know that Batman, that Superman and that Wonder Woman worshiped a Mercury that is not the Mercury I know from her book in the main world.The bottom line is that it’s too soon for me to care about alternate worlds.
A second universe might be fun to explore… but not before I’ve had the chance to settle into the first one. In their rush to bring things back to the way they were before, the wiped out status quo, DC skipped a few important stepping stones to expanding their comicverse, and I think it’ll trip them up.