Review: Earth 2 World's End #1
Written by Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, and Mike Johnson
Art by Various
Since the future is already ending, why not end some worlds too? For good measure, make it a weekly book because the world needs more of those, right?
I think that this issue’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness. What I am talking about is the intro. World’s End knows that this issue will be a major jumping on point for a lot of people as far as the Earth 2 universe is concerned, so it spends an extremely long time to explain the entire Earth 2 Universe to the reader. Since I am new to all the Earth 2 stuff, this was a godsend. I had no idea how the Trinity had died, or how Huntress and Power Girl were flung to a different world. I could not tell you how confused I would have been if this issue just assumed that I already had a working knowledge of what has happening because I didn’t. Sure, I knew the names of all the old Golden Age heroes but that is about it.
The art in this issue isn’t bad. Of course there is a revolving door of artists on this book just like with Future’s End, but World’s End doesn’t suffer from the homogenized art that Future’s End has to endure as much. There is enough stylistic flair here where I can tell a person really did draw this! The art is good and has some interesting layouts. That’s about the best I could expect from a weekly book like this.
Yeah, that intro helps out new reader a ton, but it goes on for way too long and will totally piss off anyone who has been reading Earth 2 proper. The intro basically just gives the reader a streamlined version of every major event that has occurred on Earth 2. This simultaneously gave me all the information I needed and destroyed any want on my point to go back and read some Earth 2 trades. What is the point? They already told me the whole thing here. This intro has to be a special kind of torture for those who read Earth 2 because this recap goes well beyond the halfway point of the book so really they only get ten pages or so of new material that while not bad isn’t really that great either. I don’t really think I can get a good feel of this book until it actually starts telling its own story in the next issue.
World’s End was an interesting book. Unlike another major event book that came out this week, this issue actually gave some back story to its events so new readers can understand what is happening. Unfortunately, that back story fills up over half the issue and totally ruins the Earth 2 title proper which will most likely anger those who have been following the book since the beginning of the New 52. The art was pretty good for the most part. I just don’t think we will get a good feel of this series until the next issue where it will actually tell its story instead of recapping a story already told in another book.
Story: 3 out of 5
Art: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5