By Todd Allen
DC is being a big tease about Earth 2 again. They’ve released Jim Lee’s design sketch for the Earth 2 Batman.
They also have an interesting quote in:
“Who will Batman kill to save his own daughter?” asks EARTH 2 editor Pat McCallum. “Right out of the gate that should tell you we’re dealing with a different kind of Dark Knight here. More ruthless, dangerous…the costume is familiar and yeah, there is a Wayne under the mask, but we’re looking at a man desperate to save the only family he has left. EARTH 2 is about to become a very bad place to be a bad guy.”
Again, the PR run-up makes it look like they’re trying to go even darker with Earth 2, than they are with the relatively dark flavor of the New 52. Now just because this is how they’re hyping it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how it’s going to read.
Here’s the solicitation copy:
EARTH TWO #1
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
1:25 Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale MAY 2 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• First issue of an ongoing series from writer JAMES ROBINSON and artist NICOLA SCOTT!
• Who are the heroes of EARTH 2 – and what befell them?
• Starring ALAN SCOTT, JAY GARRICK and many others!
• You may think you know Earth 2…but this is DC Comics – The New 52, where anything can happen!
• Don’t miss the extra-sized debut issue!
We really haven’t had much by way of premise for this book’s opening story revealed. Just a lot of teasing and hints about how dark and different it’s going to be. When you spend more time hyping the new costumes than the premise of the book, I start to get a little concerned.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.