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Nicola Scott was interviewed in the same Word Balloon episode that had the interview with Greg Pak. She talked about the secret origin of the Earth 2 series. I’d suggest listening to the podcast because the following was said in a light manner. Without that it could sound pretty harsh and it really didn’t come across that way. I found the pitch for 1960s JSA really interesting. It sounds kind of like JSA meets Mad Men. Anyway here is Nicola Scott on the the creation of Earth 2:


I was asked if I would like to do the job in June the year before it started and I don’t think I actually started on it until maybe January or February. I can’t remember when it was now. Now when I was first asked about it, it was going to be a 1960s JSA book where the heroes were all in their 40s and i think part of the reason why I was offered the job was because, you know, it would all be about the fashions and the trends and all that kind of stuff and they thought well maybe a girl would be good for that. So that is possibly why I was offered the job in the first place. That’s not quite being fair to DC but I think it’s probably one of the ingredients. And the idea continued to evolve as they were you know nutting it out and getting closer and closer. Eventually it got to the point where the idea got bigger and they knew - you know it turned into what it turned into. And I don’t know but I think there might have been a little bit of,  Oooo we already attached Nicola to this book and suddenly it’s a big boy book but a big boy book was kind of what I asked for. I said I want a testosterone book I want to see if I could draw one.

Weather DC thought that or not, there is no question that Nicola is kicking butt on the series.

Nicola Scott was interviewed in the same Word Balloon episode that had the interview with Greg Pak. She talked about the secret origin of the Earth 2 series. I’d suggest listening to the podcast because the following was said in a light manner. Without that it could sound pretty harsh and it really didn’t come across that way. I found the pitch for 1960s JSA really interesting. It sounds kind of like JSA meets Mad Men. Anyway here is Nicola Scott on the the creation of Earth 2:

I was asked if I would like to do the job in June the year before it started and I don’t think I actually started on it until maybe January or February. I can’t remember when it was now. Now when I was first asked about it, it was going to be a 1960s JSA book where the heroes were all in their 40s and i think part of the reason why I was offered the job was because, you know, it would all be about the fashions and the trends and all that kind of stuff and they thought well maybe a girl would be good for that. So that is possibly why I was offered the job in the first place. That’s not quite being fair to DC but I think it’s probably one of the ingredients. And the idea continued to evolve as they were you know nutting it out and getting closer and closer. Eventually it got to the point where the idea got bigger and they knew - you know it turned into what it turned into. And I don’t know but I think there might have been a little bit of,  Oooo we already attached Nicola to this book and suddenly it’s a big boy book but a big boy book was kind of what I asked for. I said I want a testosterone book I want to see if I could draw one.

Weather DC thought that or not, there is no question that Nicola is kicking butt on the series.

CBR has a preview of Earth 2 #21 by Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott, and Trevor Scott.

CBR has a preview of Earth 2 #21 by Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott, and Trevor Scott.

In case you missed it. Robotman a.k.a Robert Crane made his first new 52 appearance in Earth 2 #17 by Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott.

Robotman first appeared in Star Spangled Comics #7 in 1942. He was created by Jerry Siegel and Leo Nowak. For some good Robotman stories check out Roy Thomas’ All-Star Squadron

Thoughts on Wednesday’s Books

So these guys are pretty creepy. And Bedlam looks nothing like the original.
Earth 2 #15

Well, this is the first time I found Katana interesting. How is her series?
Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger #11

What did you think of Wednesday’s books?

CBR has a preview of Earth 2 #15 written by James Robinson with art from Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott.

CBR has a preview of Earth 2 #15 written by James Robinson with art from Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott.

Newsarama has list of parallel universes they want to see added to the DC Multiverse. One of the earths is the original Earth-Two. A place where the JSA characters live in their original form. I’d like that. I’d love to see and Earth 2/Earth-Two crossover.
One earth I always wanted to see was a ’90s earth. I think Grant Morrison is doing something like that in Multiveristy. I’d love to see a Justice League comprised of Steel, Azrael, Artemis, Dark Flash (Walter West), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), hook-arm Aquaman, Green Arrow (Connor Hawke), Damage, Zauriel, Oracle, Tomorrow Woman, Aztek, and Bloodwynde in a Phantom Stranger like roll. 
What other earths would you like to see?

Newsarama has list of parallel universes they want to see added to the DC Multiverse. One of the earths is the original Earth-Two. A place where the JSA characters live in their original form. I’d like that. I’d love to see and Earth 2/Earth-Two crossover.

One earth I always wanted to see was a ’90s earth. I think Grant Morrison is doing something like that in Multiveristy. I’d love to see a Justice League comprised of Steel, Azrael, Artemis, Dark Flash (Walter West), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), hook-arm Aquaman, Green Arrow (Connor Hawke), Damage, Zauriel, Oracle, Tomorrow Woman, Aztek, and Bloodwynde in a Phantom Stranger like roll. 

What other earths would you like to see?

Thoughts on Wednesday’s Books

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Hey look, that guy has the last name Terrill. Do you know who also had that last name? Raymond Terrill also known as The Ray. I wonder if we will see Earth 2 version of The Ray since there does not seem to be any plans for the last round of Quality characters set on the main earth. Earth 2 Annual #1 was not the first time a World Army character shared last name with a Golden Age legacy character. 

In Earth 2 #1 a character with the last name Harper appeared as part of Pratt’s unit. I was hoping James Robinson could be setting the stage for Jim Harper the Guardian. Speaking of characters with the last name Harper, we also go the first mention of Red Arrow in this issue (Although his last name will probably be McQueen). It sounds like The Atom will have previous relationship with the Red characters. I can’t wait to see how that plays out. 

Oddly enough Red Arrow was not the only character with the name of Roy in the book. We were introduced to Henri Roy and his Son Henri Roy Jr. I’ve never heard of either before but as we have seen Robinson has been mixing and combining previous versions of characters to great effect. Henri Roy and Henri Roy, Junior could be new versions of Henry King and Henry King Junior also known as Brainwave and Brainwave Junior. Trading King out for Roy could be a nod for Brainwave Junior’s creator Roy Thomas.

UPDATE: Thanks to HelenaWayneHuntress and impossibilly for pointing out that roi in French means king. Roy=Roi=King

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Hey look, Stargirl’s costume and cosmic staff have changed again. In this issue she is no longer wearing something that looks like a cosmic converter belt but a regular belt and her cosmic staff is back to the pre-New 52 gold. With all of the focus DC has put on the new character designs I would think things like fluctuating costume designs would not happen. One thing is for sure, Stargirl has long pants in the new 52. (Justice League of America #4)

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If you didn’t read Justice League last week, the Shazam back-up is definitely great. A very big revelation about Black Adam.

What did you think of your comics this week?

MTV Geek covered DC Entertainment’s evening with Grant Morrison, where they showcasing original artwork by Yanick Paquette from the upcoming graphic novel, Wonder Woman: Earth One an the Shazam issue of  Multiversity entitled “Thunderworld” with art by Cameron Stewart (above in black & white (the color is from 52 #52)). Morrison described the issue of “Thunderworld” as:

It’s told, I guess, almost in a Pixar kind of way, as if this forty-page story was the first movie in a big franchise.

Multiversity will be a 40-page nine issue run, with the first and last issue, acting as bookends. Morrison will be using the meta-structure set up in The Flash #123 “Flash of Two Worlds” where Barry Allen could read about Jay Garrick’s adventures in comic books to set up what he calls “the most terrifying threat anyone’s ever created in a comic. I don’t do hyperbole.”

One issue will have a story featuring Doctor Fate and Lady Blackhawk characters. Judging from the description below it sounds like it will be taking place on Earth 20, seen in Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1.

The second story will be a pulp adventure tale, using both old pulp characters and repurposed characters who could easily fit the mold, including an Indiana Jones by way of John Constantine “Doc” Fate. Also present will be Lady Blackhawk, the Atom and the Immortal Man in a story set in the year 2013 after a world war has decimated the human populace down to two billion people. 

The details described below on the Freedom Fighters issue sound pretty crazy. I wonder how different this world will be from the on that appears above in one panel of 52 #52.

After that, readers will be due for a trip to Earth-10 (formerly Earth X in the pre-Crisis world) home of the Nazi superheroes that helped defeat the Allies in World War II. The issue, which Morrison gleefully revealed “opens with Hitler on the toilet reading Action Comics” and yelling about Superman. Morrison reveals that in this world, Superman’s rocket landed in 1938 in Nazi-occupied territory and Hitler raises the child. Everything in the story (which Morrison compares in scope to Shakespeare and HBO epics) will evolve from that point, with Superman realizing, in his twenty-fifth year of life, the precise nature of Hitler’s evil and realizing “who the baddie is”. Deciding instead to take down the Nazi regime and create a utopia, Superman won’t stray too far from how he’s been raised, with Morrison promising sweeping Wagnerian architecture and a melodramatic world. He promises the story will delve deep into Superman’s inner conflict; he’s created a Utopian society that looks perfect but “is built on the bones of the dead” and has to come crumbling down. At this point in the story, in 1956, Morrison will re-introduce the Quality characters known collectively as The Freedom Fighters, this time making them both literal and figurative enemies of Hitler. Uncle Sam, the last remaining vestige of America, will again form and lead the team. Quoting Emma Lazarus (“Give me…your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”), Morrison teases a team featuring a version of Dollman who’s a Jehovah’s Witness, a homosexual Ray, a gypsy Phantom Lady and an African version of Black Condor in what Morrison calls “the return of the oppressed.” Thematically, the story will deal with a society under siege by terrorists who are in the right, and the regime they’re striking against knows it.

The coverage of the evenings events are pretty detailed and they go into a lot more. It’s a good read. I just picked out the JSA related material. I’d suggest reading the full article.

August Solicits

EARTH 2 #15
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by JUAN DOE
1:25 B&W Variant cover by JUAN DOE
On sale AUGUST 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Dr. Fate, Red Arrow, The Flash, Green Lantern and The Atom all fall victim to the Hunger Dogs of Apokolips as the war against the forces of Steppenwolf continues!

WORLDS’ FINEST #15
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art and cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale AUGUST 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Power Girl and Huntress find that a major player from Apokolips is stuck on Earth just like they are! How will their next move affect Earth 2?

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #3
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by JAE LEE
1:25 Variant cover by PATRICK GLEASON
1:100 B&W Variant by JAE LEE
On sale AUGUST 7 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.
It’s a showdown that could shatter two worlds when Batman and Superman battle the Superman and Batman of Earth 2!

EARTH 2 VOL. 2: THE TOWER OF FATE HC
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by NICOLA SCOTT, TREVOR SCOTT, EDUARDO PANSICA, YILDIRAY CINAR and TOMAS GIORELLO
Cover by NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
On sale OCTOBER 2 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US
In these stories from EARTH 2 #0 and 7-12 and a story from DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #0, the World Army has begun rounding up the Super Heroes of Earth 2, but for what dark purpose? In an attempt to avoid capture, Dr. Fate and Kid Flash find themselves in the powerful magical realm of Nabu, and Wotan, the protector of Nabu, seeks Dr. Fate’s assistance in obtaining a secret locked deep within a tower…
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

DC Comics has a sneak peak at the Earth 2 Annual #1.

DC Comics has a sneak peak at the Earth 2 Annual #1.