By Todd Allen
Looks like this really is Earth 2’s “New Costume Week.” I’m going to go out on a limb and guess Superman and Alan Scott/Green Lantern are going to appear in the next two days, although Jay Garrick/The Flash was mentioned in the solicitation.
First up, Kevin Maguire’s Helena Wayne as Robin:
Now, technically, the Huntress is on going to be on… um… the version of Earth where the current version of Justice League and Batman are set. [If the graphic novels are Earth One and the Justice Society comics is Earth 2, could somebody at DC PLEASE let us know what the new 52 universe is supposed to be called?] But this would be her costume when she was Robin.
“Helena Wayne has been taught how to be the perfect Robin,” said James Robinson, writer of EARTH 2. “Assured as a detective, fighter, scientist, pilot and all around crime-fighter she’s been groomed by Batman to be the perfect caped manhunter (or should we say manHuntress) when she grows up.”
“Before coming to the main DCU Earth and taking up the mantle of Huntress, Helena Wayne fought crime alongside her father as the Robin to his Batman on Earth-2!” said WORLDS’ FINEST editor Wil Moss. “But how did she come to be on this Earth? And why did she decide to become Huntress? You’ll get some clues in next week’s HUNTRESS #6, but for the real scoop, pick up WORLDS’ FINEST #1!”
That’s a departure from the original, where Helena was sneaking around as the Huntress behind her father’s back and Dick Grayson was an adult Robin, although if you were going for a 1950s progression-type feel, that would make sense. “Main DCU Earth” — get a real name for it.
Then we pop back to the Earth 2 book, so get ready for the grimness to come back. Jim Lee on the Earth 2 Wonder Woman.
Now, as a native Iowan, I can assure you that metal tipped boots are preferable if you’re going to stick your foot up someone’s… getting back to the official PR:
“Due the events that open the saga of EARTH 2, Wonder Woman is already the last Amazon of this world and she is determined to avenge her sisters…at whatever cost,” said EARTH 2 writer James Robinson.
“How did Wonder Woman come to be the last of the Amazons?” asks EARTH 2 editor Pat McCallum. “It’s one of the mysteries we’ll be getting into with the series. While there will be recognizable faces and settings on EARTH 2, don’t for a moment think you’re on familiar ground. Do that, and you let your guard down…and then you’ll end up like the rest of the Amazons.”
I suppose we should note that McCallum is laying it on considerably thicker than Robinson. So Batman’s ready to kill somebody to save his family and Wonder Woman’s “determined to avenge her sisters…at whatever cost.” Are we seeing a trend in the hype? I do see that the Worlds’ Finest hype has a different tone to it.
All this “ready to kill” business does jibe with the “alternate” cover to Earth 2 #1 (the “normal” cover hasn’t been released to the best of my knowledge).
The official PR keeps using the tagline “With the addition of a parallel Earth that features prominently into both EARTH 2 and WORLDS’ FINEST, the developing narrative will encompass new heroes from distinctly different backgrounds, building on the shared universe in some surprising ways.”
They’re trying to surprise us. If you’re squinting at the PR and saying “what,” then the plan is working.
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.