EARTH-2: FUTURES END #1 Preview | Welcome back Sonia Sato.
NICOLA SCOTT | The original Earth-2 Trinity.
I wish this series was better than it actually was. So much wasted potential.
THE TRADE CENTRE | Where my favourite DC Comics ladies hangout.
First person to correctly name all of the trades (including the volume number if applicable!) shown behind Huntress and Power Girl in the correct order (from left to right), and I will buy you one comic of your choice on Comixology! :)
Example of what I’m looking for:
1. Infinity Inc: The Generations Saga. Vol. 1.
2. Infinity Inc: The Generations Saga. Vol. 2.
3. Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock-Knock Jokes.
4. Harley Quinn: Night and Day.
You get the drift! Challenge is open until Friday, 5 September 2014!!!
Go for it! Be number one! ;)
As a woman and as an artist myself, I feel the same way.
Since Futures End month starts next week, here is a list of all the main points you need to know from the weekly series concerning the future of the Earth-2 characters.
To be more specific, this post covers the following story arcs for context on the fate of Earth-2 and its respective characters:
- Cadmus Island (Aka ‘The Earth-2 Story Arc’ on my post).
- Big Barda and Emiko Queen
- Lois Lane
I apologise in advance if this list a bit hard to follow, or if some of the points feel a little all over the place. But do know that these three story arcs intersect with each other.
Obviously there are spoilers if you have not been reading the Futures End weekly.
Thanks! I try to be. :P
I honestly can’t say since I didn’t read much of the post-Crisis DCU outside of Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Gotham City Sirens, which were my regular books at the time.
Other stories I read from that era often involved just those two characters, or the Huntress to learn more about her history following the Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot.
I also read Power Girl’s solo book and Justice Society of America, but that was about it. I wasn’t really that invested in the post-Crisis universe since I didn’t really find it that interesting. I didn’t even read most of the events from that entire era cause they didn’t really catch my interest.
It suffices to say I know more about the pre-Crisis (err, well, the Golden Age/Earth-2) version of Steve than I do of either the post-Crisis or New 52 versions of him.
I have written a lot about this, but in short, it’s been a terrible and trying time to be a Wonder Woman fan. I really don’t feel like the current leadership has any real understanding of her character, what she stands for, let alone respect any of that or her respective mythos. For every step they manage to take forward, they also manage to take three more steps backwards.
Between what was done to the character across TWO universes, I really don’t understand any of the changes that were made to her character, especially to the Earth-2 version.
On Earth-2, Batman still married Catwoman and gave birth to the Huntress just like before. On that same universe, Superman still married Lois Lane and ‘adopted’ Power Girl as their ‘daughter,’ again, just like before. But for some reason, Wonder Woman’s mythos on this world was dramatically changed.
The only positive thing to come out of the New 52 was the establishing of Wonder Woman as the first superhero on Earth-2—which makes sense since she’s an Amazon—and this development has the potential to still tie her to the World War II era like her original incarnation.
What I DON’T understand is why she couldn’t still marry Steve Trevor in this continuity, and why they had to establish her daughter, Fury, as a villain on Earth-2. It was especially a stab in the heart to find out in both the Worlds’ Finest Annual and the Futures End weekly that her father is now Apokoliptian, which makes no fucking sense.
Why on two Earths would Wonder Woman, of all people, get involved with an Apokoliptian? More importantly, why did they need to retcon Steve Trevor as Fury’s father on Earth-2 when they didn’t retcon the parents of either Helena Wayne or Kara Zor-L, except for in the post-Crisis continuity where they both existed as Helena Bertinelli and Kara of Atlantis respectively? I just…I don’t get it. Why ruin a great character like Lyta Trevor (if she’s still called that in the current continuity) for pure shock value?
This was one (among many other offences) that put me off from liking the New 52 version of Earth-2. And honestly, I won’t be sad to see this world go at the of World’s End and have the characters exist on Earth-1. It’s not the Earth-2 I love and care about, complete with the history and mythologies that made it stand out from Earth-1. I just don’t care for this version of Earth-2 at all. In fact, I really do hope it goes away next year and just integrate the Earth-2 characters onto the primary Earth-1 universe. They won’t complicate things much.
That being said, I don’t think the people who make these decisions do it to be spiteful towards their fans. But I do think it’s all symptomatic of a lack of understanding for Wonder Woman as a character, and all of the characteristics that make her a powerful and influential world icon.
Artist: Phil Noto