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"If this is our last day before going to war, do you mind if we enjoy it?"

"If this is our last day before going to war, do you mind if we enjoy it?"

EARTH-2 FULL OCTOBER SOLICITATIONS
In a better world, you know who would be at the centre of an Earth-2 major event cover? Huntress and Power Girl. The real second generation World’s Finest team of Earth-2. Not the characters DC wants me to accept as the second generation World’s Finest team. Not gonna happen.
That being said, looks like World’s End will be the only DC book I’ll be getting in addition to Sensation Comics starting in October, and I’m getting this just for the Earth-2 characters actually getting their own individual stories. It’s unfortunate that the only time the other Earth-2 characters get to have the spotlight it’s in a doom and gloom Crisis on Infinite Earths 2.0 narrative and not in their own damn book. Sigh.
Let’s hope the story is actually tonnes better than than what the initial teaser implied.
On that note, I’m wondering how many people are tired of DC saturating their brand with Batman at this point? I mean, I get it. Batman sells. But you know what else is true? That too much of a good thing can also make you sick. 
And I’m already getting there myself. 

EARTH-2 FULL OCTOBER SOLICITATIONS

In a better world, you know who would be at the centre of an Earth-2 major event cover? Huntress and Power Girl. The real second generation World’s Finest team of Earth-2. Not the characters DC wants me to accept as the second generation World’s Finest team. Not gonna happen.

That being said, looks like World’s End will be the only DC book I’ll be getting in addition to Sensation Comics starting in October, and I’m getting this just for the Earth-2 characters actually getting their own individual stories. It’s unfortunate that the only time the other Earth-2 characters get to have the spotlight it’s in a doom and gloom Crisis on Infinite Earths 2.0 narrative and not in their own damn book. Sigh.

Let’s hope the story is actually tonnes better than than what the initial teaser implied.

On that note, I’m wondering how many people are tired of DC saturating their brand with Batman at this point? I mean, I get it. Batman sells. But you know what else is true? That too much of a good thing can also make you sick. 

And I’m already getting there myself. 

Summary: The issue begins with a robed Helena Wayne having breakfast in her (expensive) flat in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kara flies in to tell Helena that they should start preparing for their departure back to Earth-2. She hits the shower to get ready to meet with her lawyer who will finalise her will acknowledging Somya’s daughter as the beneficiary to all of her possessions. While Kara finishes getting ready, the two women have a brief conversation acknowledging that their ‘fun’ will end when they return home and that they may be their world’s last remaining hope against Apokolips. Helena no longer feels that Earth-2 is her home anymore since all the people she knew and loved there have since died.

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EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #1Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSONArt by ARDIAN SYAF, JORGE JIMENEZ, EDDY BARROWS and PAULO SIQUIERACover by ARDIAN SYAF and JAIME MENDOZA1:50 Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTEOn sale OCTOBER 8 • 48 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED TDaniel H. Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, delves into the world of EARTH 2 for the start of a new weekly series that will see the origins of a world much like the New 52 Earth, but yet so different. A world that saw its greatest heroes die – and new ones take their places. A world where Superman became it’s greatest villain, and a man named Zod seeks to save it, along with Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash and other heroes. A world they can only save from the forces of Apokolips through great personal sacrifice! Death and destruction will follow each week, and you’ll never know who will live and who will die! It all begins with this extra-sized debut issue!
EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #2Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSONArt by EDDY BARROWS, TYLER KIRKHAM and PAULO SIQUIERACover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTESOn sale OCTOBER 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED THuntress and Power Girl returned to Earth 2 to help save it from the threat of Apokolips, but even their combined power isn’t enough to protect against the first of four furies from that deadly world: the girl known as War.
EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #3Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSONArt by EDDY BARROWS, TYLER KIRKHAM, ED BENES and JORGE JIMENEZCover by ARDIAN SYAF and JONATHAN GLAPIONOn sale OCTOBER 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED TWith Earth 2’s United Kingdom falling under the rule of one of Apokolips’s invaders, Hawkgirl and Doctor Fate race to London. But with Nabu in control, Fate’s motives might not be as pure as they seem.
EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #4Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSONArt by EDDY BARROWS, TYLER KIRKHAM, ED BENES, JORGE JIMENEZ and PAULO SIQUIERACover by ARDIAN SYAFOn sale OCTOBER 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED TAquawoman returns to Atlantis – too late! THE NEW 52

Guys! More death and destruction awaits! Cause we clearly didn’t get enough of that coupled with brutalising imagery with the Earth-2 monthly alone, plus Futures End, Forever Evil, Trinity War, Batman Incorporated, Death of the Family, or even weekly digital comics like Injustice: Gods Among Us which centres on the fridging of a woman to drive the plot. I can already predict what the first casualty of World’s End is going to be: Big Ben over in London for standing up to Apokolips. :P
On the bright, that’s the most Helena Wayne and Kara Zor-L I’ve seen on a comic book cover about Earth-2. They’re actually ready for action and aren’t looking disempowered like they have been on most of the covers of their own book….when they still had one. 
Also it looks like the individual issues will focus on individual Earth-2 characters that aren’t Thomas Wayne Batman and Superman! Gee, I may check this out after all, even though I don’t care for the story. But more focus on the Earth-2 characters is something I’m up for, which was much needed following the usurpation of their own book by a Flashpoint character who frankly…should’ve stayed in the Flashpoint universe.
It also looks like Huntress and Power Girl will still be together for the issues they appear in, so I’ll definitely be buying those issues at least. The fact that they’re being written by writers who aren’t Paul Levitz might mean they might get real characterisation after all. I can only hope none of them choose to follow Levitz lead when it comes to Power Girl….cause dear Zod, Levitz’ New 52 Power Girl is not Power Girl at all. That’s Alicia Silverstone’s Clueless character being passed off for Power Girl. 

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #1
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by ARDIAN SYAF, JORGE JIMENEZ, EDDY BARROWS and PAULO SIQUIERA
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF and JAIME MENDOZA
1:50 Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 48 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, delves into the world of EARTH 2 for the start of a new weekly series that will see the origins of a world much like the New 52 Earth, but yet so different. A world that saw its greatest heroes die – and new ones take their places. A world where Superman became it’s greatest villain, and a man named Zod seeks to save it, along with Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash and other heroes. A world they can only save from the forces of Apokolips through great personal sacrifice! Death and destruction will follow each week, and you’ll never know who will live and who will die! It all begins with this extra-sized debut issue!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #2
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by EDDY BARROWS, TYLER KIRKHAM and PAULO SIQUIERA
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
On sale OCTOBER 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Huntress and Power Girl returned to Earth 2 to help save it from the threat of Apokolips, but even their combined power isn’t enough to protect against the first of four furies from that deadly world: the girl known as War.

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #3
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by EDDY BARROWS, TYLER KIRKHAM, ED BENES and JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF and JONATHAN GLAPION
On sale OCTOBER 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With Earth 2’s United Kingdom falling under the rule of one of Apokolips’s invaders, Hawkgirl and Doctor Fate race to London. But with Nabu in control, Fate’s motives might not be as pure as they seem.

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #4
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by EDDY BARROWS, TYLER KIRKHAM, ED BENES, JORGE JIMENEZ and PAULO SIQUIERA
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF
On sale OCTOBER 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Aquawoman returns to Atlantis – too late! THE NEW 52

Guys! More death and destruction awaits! Cause we clearly didn’t get enough of that coupled with brutalising imagery with the Earth-2 monthly alone, plus Futures End, Forever Evil, Trinity War, Batman Incorporated, Death of the Family, or even weekly digital comics like Injustice: Gods Among Us which centres on the fridging of a woman to drive the plot. I can already predict what the first casualty of World’s End is going to be: Big Ben over in London for standing up to Apokolips. :P

On the bright, that’s the most Helena Wayne and Kara Zor-L I’ve seen on a comic book cover about Earth-2. They’re actually ready for action and aren’t looking disempowered like they have been on most of the covers of their own book….when they still had one. 

Also it looks like the individual issues will focus on individual Earth-2 characters that aren’t Thomas Wayne Batman and Superman! Gee, I may check this out after all, even though I don’t care for the story. But more focus on the Earth-2 characters is something I’m up for, which was much needed following the usurpation of their own book by a Flashpoint character who frankly…should’ve stayed in the Flashpoint universe.

It also looks like Huntress and Power Girl will still be together for the issues they appear in, so I’ll definitely be buying those issues at least. The fact that they’re being written by writers who aren’t Paul Levitz might mean they might get real characterisation after all. I can only hope none of them choose to follow Levitz lead when it comes to Power Girl….cause dear Zod, Levitz’ New 52 Power Girl is not Power Girl at all. That’s Alicia Silverstone’s Clueless character being passed off for Power Girl. 

FUTURES END 09 | Power Girl and Fury in their respective futures.
FUTURES END 09 | Power Girl and Fury in their respective futures.
SEXUAL OVERTONES | We all know none of this happened by accident.

Panel 01: Helena made to look like she’s checking out Kara’s butt.
Panel 02: Helena still has her eyes fixed on Kara while she hits the shower.
Panel 03: Close-up of Helena’s lips.
Panel 04: Sherlocking Kara’s towel. (Too bad this isn’t Buckingham Palace).
All the panels: Cue in Helena’s tongue.

WORLDS’ FINEST #25 PREVIEW | I think I just died myself.
WORLDS’ FINEST #25 PREVIEW | I think I just died myself.

Reviewer’s Note: This review is hella late, but you know what? So was the actual crossover event when it was actually released. Between DC Comics constantly delaying the issues—including releasing them out of order—and my working a full time schedule on top of that, I think I can be cut some slack here.

Considering the hot mess the scheduling for this event turned out to be, I did find myself wishing I had done what I originally thought of doing when this crossover was first announced: reviewing it in full upon completion. After all, I did exactly that with the first Batman/Superman story arc that took us to Earth-2 in Cross Worlds, and it actually turned out to be a wise decision on my part considering that those issues got delayed in their initial releases as well. So guess what’s happening with this review? I’m doing exactly what I should’ve done from the go: reviewing it in full.

Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that I already discussed the first half. But I also mentioned in Paragraph 1 of this reviewer’s note that I never got around to discussing the second half because of the aforementioned reasons. I did try to review those issues individually when they were finally released (well, the Batman/Superman one anyway, cause I was only going to summarise the World’s Finest concluding issue), but then it started to feel like a chore to do so. Not only did I find myself addressing the same stuff I had already addressed in the first review, but I also just didn’t feel motivated discuss it further given the actual conclusion that it got. (More on that in a bit).

At least by reviewing it in full, I don’t have to concern myself with needing to come up with details to discuss, because honestly, there wasn’t a whole lot (as you will see) that happened in this crossover that’s been worthy of discussion. It also allows me to keep the plot summary short (cause again not a lot happened), and I can just say what I liked and didn’t like and be straight to the point about it. My review will still be detailed of course, but at least I won’t be stuck on the specifics of the story. This also means I’m not going to (for the most part) readdress everything I already discussed in my initial review. I’m also going to be mostly discussing Greg Pak’s portion of the crossover because—let’s be honest—his writing is tonnes better than that of Paul Levitz. Not only does it give me something different to discuss, but there’s also no point in me flogging a dead horse by repeatedly addressing the same problems I’ve already discussed with Levitz in previous reviews. That being said, let’s now get to the part you’re actually interested in: the review!

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BATMAN/SUPERMAN #12 | Things haven't been right for a long time.
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #12 | Things haven't been right for a long time.