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A JSA versus JLI pie fight! Happy Pi Day!

This scene is from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Season 3: Episode 10, “Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth”

Earth 2 has seen a bunch of additions to its cast over the past couple months. Who would you like to see get the the new Earth 2 treatment next? I have omitted any characters or legacies that have already appeared. An example would be, Green Lantern, has appeared so he, Jade and Obsidian are not on the list. 

What JSA Member/Legacy would you like to get the Earth 2 treatment?

Earth 2 has seen a bunch of additions to its cast over the past couple months. Who would you like to see get the the new Earth 2 treatment next? I have omitted any characters or legacies that have already appeared. An example would be, Green Lantern, has appeared so he, Jade and Obsidian are not on the list.

CBR spoke with James Robinson about the first issue of All-New Invaders. He had interesting things to say comparing the JSA to the Invaders.

I’ve always loved Golden Age characters, and I really enjoyed Roy Thomas and Frank Robbins’ “Invaders” series for Marvel. Thomas was very true to the continuity at DC Comics, but sometimes that Golden Age continuity can be very contradictory, or because it was more simplistic, it doesn’t make sense to modern viewers. At Marvel, he established that the Golden Age comic books published by Atlas Comics were fictional depictions of those Marvel characters, so he had a little more creative leeway with what he was writing in “Invaders.” The stories were a little more mature and he could do things like bring in an African American Human Top or an Asian Golden Girl, whereas in the 1940s, they wouldn’t have done that, obviously.
That always interested me, and the other thing is, it was one thing to tell a Justice Society story in the 1960s when the JSA were like sexy 40-year old guys.They all looked like Paul Newman or Robert Redford. But the origin of characters like the Fantastic Four, which took place in 1961, has moved in time with us as books have been published. World War II, though, is a locked point in history. If someone fought in World War II when they were in their 20s, they’re now at least 90 years old.
That’s obviously a problem with the Justice Society, and often led to their stories feeling like a passing of the baton to a younger generation of heroes. But with the Invaders, the five main characters — Captain America, Namor, the Human Torch, Toro and the Winter Soldier — kept some degree of their youth, for one reason or another. The characters are approximately the same physical age as they were back then. I find that very interesting. There isn’t a sense of a group of elder statesmen passing a baton. I’ll be incorporating them into the ongoing universe as modern Marvel characters, but at the same time, they have this past history together, so I’m portraying them as a band of brothers.

Characters like Captain America and Namor have been on opposing sides of the fence at times, like in the ’70s, when Namor was a bit more hostile to the human race and Captain America was in the Avengers. Even with that in the past, there is still a camaraderie and bond between those characters. World War II will always be a part of these characters, but at the same time, this will be a modern Marvel comic.
It’s fine to refer to the past and World War II, but the problem with the Invaders can be that every story hangs on something from the past or Nazis. You have Neo-Nazis, or it revolves around Baron Blood or some villain from the past that they have to get back together in order to fight. So in our first arc, there is a key moment in the War that brings these guys together to fight the modern day carryon from that, which is the Kree. They’re looking for a device that the Invaders captured in World War II, but then it goes into the Kree and the cosmic Marvel Universe for five issues. We’re referencing Jonathan Hickman’s recent “Infinity” storyline. It’s a modern Marvel book.
In terms of why I find the Invaders appealing, they allow me to revisit the 1940s or the Golden Age again, but it really feels like a different look and feel than my work at the pre “New 52” DC, where there was a Golden Age and Golden Age Justice Society members.

I can’t wait to read this when I get home tonight! I also hope Marvel and Comixology throws us an Invaders sale this Friday!

CBR spoke with James Robinson about the first issue of All-New Invaders. He had interesting things to say comparing the JSA to the Invaders.

I’ve always loved Golden Age characters, and I really enjoyed Roy Thomas and Frank Robbins’ “Invaders” series for Marvel. Thomas was very true to the continuity at DC Comics, but sometimes that Golden Age continuity can be very contradictory, or because it was more simplistic, it doesn’t make sense to modern viewers. At Marvel, he established that the Golden Age comic books published by Atlas Comics were fictional depictions of those Marvel characters, so he had a little more creative leeway with what he was writing in “Invaders.” The stories were a little more mature and he could do things like bring in an African American Human Top or an Asian Golden Girl, whereas in the 1940s, they wouldn’t have done that, obviously.

That always interested me, and the other thing is, it was one thing to tell a Justice Society story in the 1960s when the JSA were like sexy 40-year old guys.They all looked like Paul Newman or Robert Redford. But the origin of characters like the Fantastic Four, which took place in 1961, has moved in time with us as books have been published. World War II, though, is a locked point in history. If someone fought in World War II when they were in their 20s, they’re now at least 90 years old.

That’s obviously a problem with the Justice Society, and often led to their stories feeling like a passing of the baton to a younger generation of heroes. But with the Invaders, the five main characters — Captain America, Namor, the Human Torch, Toro and the Winter Soldier — kept some degree of their youth, for one reason or another. The characters are approximately the same physical age as they were back then. I find that very interesting. There isn’t a sense of a group of elder statesmen passing a baton. I’ll be incorporating them into the ongoing universe as modern Marvel characters, but at the same time, they have this past history together, so I’m portraying them as a band of brothers.


Characters like Captain America and Namor have been on opposing sides of the fence at times, like in the ’70s, when Namor was a bit more hostile to the human race and Captain America was in the Avengers. Even with that in the past, there is still a camaraderie and bond between those characters. World War II will always be a part of these characters, but at the same time, this will be a modern Marvel comic.

It’s fine to refer to the past and World War II, but the problem with the Invaders can be that every story hangs on something from the past or Nazis. You have Neo-Nazis, or it revolves around Baron Blood or some villain from the past that they have to get back together in order to fight. So in our first arc, there is a key moment in the War that brings these guys together to fight the modern day carryon from that, which is the Kree. They’re looking for a device that the Invaders captured in World War II, but then it goes into the Kree and the cosmic Marvel Universe for five issues. We’re referencing Jonathan Hickman’s recent “Infinity” storyline. It’s a modern Marvel book.

In terms of why I find the Invaders appealing, they allow me to revisit the 1940s or the Golden Age again, but it really feels like a different look and feel than my work at the pre “New 52” DC, where there was a Golden Age and Golden Age Justice Society members.

I can’t wait to read this when I get home tonight! I also hope Marvel and Comixology throws us an Invaders sale this Friday!

CBR interviewed Tom Taylor about starting his run on Earth 2. Here is what he had to say about Doctor Fate.

Another character that I like is Khalid Ben-Hassin, the Doctor Fate of Earth 2. I was watching to see what you did, and you swiftly allowed Superman to open up a can of whoop ass on him — and he turns into a babbling mess. Are there some clues within his gibberish of what’s to come, or was he truly just babbling nonsense?
Absolutely, yes. There really is. He’s not just rambling. Sometimes he might be, sometimes he won’t be, but a lot of those words are going to have some meaning moving forward — some soon, some much, much, much later.
We had to do that to him. For me, it’s a bit of a short-hand. Superman’s vulnerability is magic. It made sense to me for Superman to come back and immediately, the first thing he does, is stomp on the head of the magic user, repeatedly.

CBR interviewed Tom Taylor about starting his run on Earth 2. Here is what he had to say about Doctor Fate.

Another character that I like is Khalid Ben-Hassin, the Doctor Fate of Earth 2. I was watching to see what you did, and you swiftly allowed Superman to open up a can of whoop ass on him — and he turns into a babbling mess. Are there some clues within his gibberish of what’s to come, or was he truly just babbling nonsense?

Absolutely, yes. There really is. He’s not just rambling. Sometimes he might be, sometimes he won’t be, but a lot of those words are going to have some meaning moving forward — some soon, some much, much, much later.

We had to do that to him. For me, it’s a bit of a short-hand. Superman’s vulnerability is magic. It made sense to me for Superman to come back and immediately, the first thing he does, is stomp on the head of the magic user, repeatedly.

The Hollywood Reporter, reports the CW is developing a drama based on Hourman.

The Hollywood Reporter, reports the CW is developing a drama based on Hourman.

CBR has a look at the bonus material in the JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull trade paper back,that is out tomorrow.
I hope we get a second mini from these guys with more JSA.

CBR has a look at the bonus material in the JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull trade paper back,that is out tomorrow.

I hope we get a second mini from these guys with more JSA.

Crave Online spoke with Nicola Scott about her work on Earth 2 at NYCC. She explained how her and James Robinson worked out the ending of James’ last issue.

NS: He said “I think we should really devastate Steppenwolf, but if you want to keep him around, that’s up to you.” “I think we shouldn’t kill Green Lantern, but if you want to kill him, that’s up to you.” He really left things open. So Tom and I and the editor got to discuss really what we wanted to do and how we were going to do it. We were all in agreement to get rid of Steppenwolf, but we had to figure out how to do it. He’s been lurking in the shadows for a year and half, and this was his big moment. He kind of won, at least until the last panel. Tom and I did that panel and we knew he couldn’t just be a body on the ground, he’s a New God. So we decided to hit him with everything, split him in two, and his body will cause a massive chasm in the planet. Let’s just wipe Russia off the map.

Crave Online spoke with Nicola Scott about her work on Earth 2 at NYCC. She explained how her and James Robinson worked out the ending of James’ last issue.

NS: He said “I think we should really devastate Steppenwolf, but if you want to keep him around, that’s up to you.” “I think we shouldn’t kill Green Lantern, but if you want to kill him, that’s up to you.” He really left things open. So Tom and I and the editor got to discuss really what we wanted to do and how we were going to do it. We were all in agreement to get rid of Steppenwolf, but we had to figure out how to do it. He’s been lurking in the shadows for a year and half, and this was his big moment. He kind of won, at least until the last panel. Tom and I did that panel and we knew he couldn’t just be a body on the ground, he’s a New God. So we decided to hit him with everything, split him in two, and his body will cause a massive chasm in the planet. Let’s just wipe Russia off the map.

DC Comics has revealed it’s new Earth 2 line of toys in time for New York Comic Con! The line includes The Flash, Green Lantern, the new Batman, and Wonder Woman.

These products and others will be discussed at New York Comic Con during the DC Collectibles official panel on Friday, October 11 from 11:15am – 12:15pm ET in Room 1A10. 

DC Comics has a preview of Earth 2 #17. This is the first issue written by Tom Taylor. It looks like he is picking up right where issue #16 and Justice League #23.1 Darkseid.
Above is Doug Mahnke’s variant cover.

DC Comics has a preview of Earth 2 #17. This is the first issue written by Tom Taylor. It looks like he is picking up right where issue #16 and Justice League #23.1 Darkseid.

Above is Doug Mahnke’s variant cover.

The Future of Earth 2 and the Legion of Super-Heroes

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The last few scenes of the final issue of Legion of Super-Heroes potentially could have big changes on the Earth 2 Universe. After the jump will be my SPOILERISH thoughts on the potential ramifications.