Review: Earth 2, Vol. 5: The Kryptonian by Tom Taylor

Earth 2, Vol. 5: The KryptonianEarth 2, Vol. 5: The Kryptonian by Tom Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Other than the weird-ass issue at the end with Mr. Terrific in the future, I really enjoyed volume 5!

Spoilers Ahead, you Crybabies!
Like, for real, I’m spoiling everything.
Unless you’ve already read this turn back now.

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In the last volume we met Val-Zod, a Kryptonian who had been hidden away by the government, after his spaceship landed on Earth.

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He an agoraphobic pacifist, originally raised by Superman’s parents on Krypton, after his parents were killed by the government for trying to warn people the planet’s doom (or something like that). He was much older than Clark when he was shot into space, and had a strong bond with Supes parent’s, who taught him to believe violence was never the answer.

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But that doesn’t seem to be very helpful in the current situation!
Batman, who we learned in the previous volume was really Thomas Wayne, is especially enraged over Val’s refusal to fight.

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Jimmy Olsen (techopath with photographic memory) & Lois Lane (revived as the new Red Tornado) have both befriended Val, and are working with him to try to figure out a way to use his abilities, without compromising his principles. Because he may the only one on the planet strong enough to defeat Darkseid’s newest minion…Superman!

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Meanwhile, Hawkgirl & Green Lantern (brought back to life by the Earth’s energies) execute a daring rescue mission to save Flash from Beguiler (lackey of Darkseid, with the power of a god).

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Without backup, even Green Lantern can’t hold her off when she comes for Garrick. And neither Alan or Kendra trusted the World Army enough to tell them about their plan to save Flash.
But who needs an army when you’ve got Aquawoman?!

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Oh, hell yeah! Best part of the whole book! My liver-spotted hand made a fist, and I pumped it in the air when she popped outta the water like a banshee!
Suck it, Aquafamily haters!
*does awkward shimmy, throws back out, hobbles off stage*

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OK, ok. Back to the story.
When Red Tornado & this dark version of Superman finally meet up, she tries to talk some sense into Clark, and it works. Sort of.

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Lois is desperately trying to figure out what the hell happened, or if this thing is even actually her husband.
After a trip to Smallville backfires spectacularly, Val is left with no choice but to face him head on.

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Except..STILL A PACIFIST!
Again, not entirely helpful. right?
Well, it seems if you stand still and let someone beat themselves against you till they crumble to dust, it doesn’t count as violence.
Huh.
Whatever works!

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Nice little reference to Bizaro Superman in this, by the way.
I was impressed with this entire storyline, and I’m excited to see what happens next. There is a next, right?
Someone please tell me there’s more!
Because I’m obviously too lazy to Google the answer to that…

Even if you didn’t care for this one when it first came out, I’d still say these last few volumes are cool enough to warrant you giving it another shot.

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Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2: Volume 1

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2, Vol. 1Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2, Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Damn Tom, three in a row. Tom Taylor’s Injustice: Gods Among Us title gets it’s hat trick with this, the third volume in the series. Never woulda thought a series based on a video game set in an alternate reality could be better than the DC universe’s “actual” reality (the New 52). Now that I think about it, comparing it to most of the New 52 isn’t saying much, but shit is this GOOD. I’m actually wishing this was the New 52, but DC doesn’t have the balls for that. After the first collection I remember thinking “no way Taylor can keep this up past the first volume”. Ate those words. And now he continues to write the series that’s neck and neck with Snyder’s Batman competing for my favorite ongoing DC title. Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2: Volume 1 is really that good.

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Release Day Review: Earth 2, Vol. 4: The Dark Age by Tom Taylor

Earth 2, Vol. 4: The Dark AgeEarth 2, Vol. 4: The Dark Age by Tom Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

There are a lot of books that I like, but don’t love. And, usually, I’ll say something like, “I have hope that this title will get better.“…but I don’t really mean it.
Once a title starts on that downward slope, it takes a lot to get it back on track.
And Earth 2 was one of those titles.
I thought the first volume was pretty cool, but volume 2 started sliding down a bit, and then by volume 3?

Awww. Too bad. It coulda been a contender!

So when I got this sucker from NetGalley, I wasn’t all that thrilled to start reading it.
But wait! Is Tom Taylor writing this now?! I love Injustice…so maaaaaybeeee?
And guess what?
Earth 2 is one of those rare unicorn comics that actually managed to leap up from mediocrity, and make a stunning about-face!
This volume made for some damn fine reading!
Everything about the tone of the book changed, and by doing that, it pushed it back into Wow! territory.

In this world, the biggest and the baddest of Earth’s heroes died fighting Darkseid, and now the second-stringers are stepping up to the plate. We’ll call them, The Leftovers.
Some of these heroes peaked 40 years ago, and some of them are still around, but not widely known. And then you have characters like Mr. Terrific, who used to belong to our world, but got swapped out. Kind of like Power Girl and Huntress were thrown into our Earth via Boom Tube explosion?

But, apparently, not everyone originally thought dead on Earth 2…is dead.
This is the volume that answers the Who the hell is the new Batman? question.
I’m honestly up in the air about how I feel about the backstory on that one. I liked it, but something didn’t sit right with me.
Whatever. Guess we’ll see where that goes.
Red Tornado’s introduction was awesome, and so was Jimmy Olsen’s!
These characters are so totally warped from their original incarnations, that I was blown away by it!
And speaking of being blown away…
Aquawoman!
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Any of you who know me will not be surprised that I stood up and did an awkward fangirl shimmy, when this lovely lady was introduced!
*screaming like a tween at a [insert No-Talent-Boy-Band name here] concert*
I love you Arthur! I’ll have your merbabies!
*holds lighter in the air…sways*

I really don’t want to spoil any of the plot, so I’m not going to give any details out, but I will say that the twists and turns were spectacular.
If you’re a fan of Injustice: Gods Among Us, I’m not kidding, you’re going to want to get your hands one Earth 2 ASAP!
I would, however, recommend that you also go back and read volumes 1-3, since this is a continuation of those stories (albeit, a better on). It’s not like they’re some horribly crap books, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting through them.
And it would probably be very confusing to read this, without knowing what had already happened.

Highly Recommended!

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Release Day Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you, NetGalley!

4.5 stars

I was understandably worried that this would suck…or at least not live up to my expectations.
I mean, Injustice has been the on a short list of Must-Read titles for me since I managed to get my grubby paws on the first one.
After the shocking ending of Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 2, I’ve been wondering if this title could keep the momentum going.
The deaths of several major characters, plus that thing that happened to Batman at the end?
How the hell is Taylor going to top that?!
I had no idea.
Fortunately, Taylor did.

The last two volumes focused on the roles that Batman and Wonder Woman were playing in Superman’s decision making process. No, they certainly weren’t the entirety of the cast, but they were heavily featured.
Take them out of the equation, and what power players do you have left?
Well, with Wonder Woman out of commission for a while, the role of sympathetic partner in crime falls to Hal Jordan. He believes in the world that Clark is trying to create, even if he has some doubts about the way it’s being created. The end justifies the means.
And while you’re inside Jordan’s head, you can see where he’s coming from.
I know, right?! Taylor is gooooood.
Exhibit A:
The U.S. senate/congress is getting ready to pull one of their We-Can’t-Agree-On-Shit-So-We’ll-Shut-Down-The-Government things.
Supes says NO. That’s unacceptable to him, and he sends Hal and Flash in to sort it out.
Jordan has some reservations about telling the United States government how to run things, and tells Superman that he doesn’t think this is within his jurisdiction.
Superman replies that he has the entire space sector 2814 within his jurisdiction…and the United States falls within those bounds.
And you know what?
I was cheering Hal on as he shut those monkeys in, and told them to *Do Their Fucking Job.

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