Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Earth 2 #2

*This post contains spoilers*

Earth 2 #2 is one of the most controversial comic books of my lifetime. It was published by DC Comics on June 6, 2012, written by James Robinson, and illustrated by Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott. If you want to catch up on the series, check out my review of Earth 2 #1.

Earth 2 #2 begins with a bit of confusion. Mr. Terrific from Earth 1 is transported through a portal to Earth 2. He's confronted by Terry Sloan, a well-dressed man who claims to be the smartest man on earth. He also just happens to be the golden age Mr. Terrific. Sloan sees Mr. Terrific as a threat, so he attacks him. The New 52 Mr. Terrific comic series was cancelled, so it seems like it will be picking up on Earth 2. I think this is an interesting development, seeing the Earth 1 Mr. Terrific facing off against the Earth 2 Mr. Terrific.

In Michigan, Jay Garrick is attending to the fallen God, Mercury. Mercury warns Jay of Steppenwolf and the dangers that are coming to Earth 2. Right before he dies, Mercury transfers his powers to Jay. What are his powers? Guess. No seriously, guess. I'll give you a hint: Jay Garrick, "The Flash".

It's speed. Mercury truly believes that Jay is capable of being one of the greatest heroes and protectors of Earth. Jay is reluctant, but quickly gets the hang of things.

He gets the hang of things so quickly that he actually ends up in Poland without realizing it. I think that this is a great, fresh start to Earth 2 Flash. Jay Garrick was a lost young man. Now, he's given purpose and I think his new position as The Flash is going to bring out a lot in him.

Alan Scott is seen arriving in Hong Kong. There to greet him is his boyfriend, Sam. Here is the moment that everyone was waiting for:

This isn't just some random kiss to get everyone's attention. It is very apparent that Alan and Sam are in love. Alan wants to talk to Sam about something, but Sam wants to take Alan away from Hong Kong to escape all of the craziness of Alan's job. They decide to get away and head to the country where things are quieter and they can enjoy some time together.

On the train, Alan finally gets the chance to talk to Sam about what was on his mind. He takes a ring out and proposes to Sam. Just when he's about done with his proposal, we see the train explode, and the comic ends.

Alan Scott being gay is one of the most talked about comic book news stories that I have ever seen. I have read some opinions stating that it seemed too over the top. I disagree. I think that the reveal was tasteful. It might have seemed more "in your face" than the usual comic book relationship because it isn't seen as frequently. I also think that with the massive hype surrounding this story, it's hard to not completely focus on this one aspect of the comic book. When you analyze the comic as a whole, I think it tells a really fair, interesting story for all of the characters.

Another problem that people had with it was the idea of DC Comics making Alan Scott gay to make a statement as opposed to serving the story of the comic. Even if DC did this just to make a political statement about gay marriage and gay rights, is that so bad? Isn't it a good thing if comics can have an impact on important, real-life issues? Looking beyond the political aspect of Alan Scott being gay, I don't think that it tarnishes the story because this is Earth 2 in the New 52 universe. Everything is up in the air and anything can happen. I think that's exciting.


  1. I also agree with you about alan. What bugged me about the hype of this announcment is that people who have never read a comic were now all of the sudden voicing their opinion about somthing that doesnt even concern them

  2. You know that's actually a good point. I honestly think that if the general, non-comic book reading public is talking about comics, that's pretty cool. But there was A LOT of misunderstanding. Every time I heard a joke about Ryan Reynolds being gay, it made me cringe because in Green Lantern he was Hal Jordan, not Alan Scott. So from a comic book reader's perspective, those jokes aren't even valid.

    So I do agree that a lot of people who don't read comic books were talking about it and just had no idea what they were talking about.