By Todd Allen
What is James Robinson’s and Nicola Scott’s Earth Two comic really about? The official line is, it was originally to be titled Justice Society. We know that Worlds’ Finest is about the Earth Two Power Girl and Huntress (who is confirmed as the daughter of Batman and Catwoman, per the original concept of the character) getting trapped in whatever DC is calling its main dimension. But I don’t think anybody’s ever said Earth Two was necessarily going to be where the superheroes started out in World War II. Like most people, I’d just been assuming that was what they were talking about, and then DC releases an alternate cover for the first issue:
I’m looking at an armored Wonder Woman splitting a skull with her sword and an armored/ridged shoulder Batman thrusting some sticks through a couple more heads and it feels like I’m looking at a lost Flashpoint cover.
DC has been pretty quiet about what’s actually going on in Earth-Two. There’s going to be some menace that brings the worlds together. There’s going to be an extra-dimensional issue of Action Comics leading into it, which is interesting as one of the possibilities is this leads into Grant Morrison’s long-promised Multiversity mini-series/Event. I’ve heard it suggested the sticks indicate that this is Robin/Nightwing/Dick Grayson having picked up the Batman Mantle. Maybe. Is Earth-Two going to be the Grim’N’Grity version of the “normal” DC universe? Maybe. When all you get is teases, all you can do is speculate.
The only thing that’s certain, that cover is all about killing the parademons, so Darkseid is likely the villain for the first arc.
Past that, I’m wondering what this is really going to be about and if this is going to be something very different from the traditional Justice Society. If I were the sort of person who pre-ordered his comics, I’d probably be pulling my order and waiting for a little more information before making a decision.
Then again, maybe this variant cover’s primary purpose is to get us all riled up.
To be continued.
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.