Earth 2 #26


Earth 2 #26

Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Nicola Scott
Inker: Trevor Scott
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Artist: J.G. Jones and Paul Mounts (regular cover), Kevin Maguire (variant cover)

Earth 2 #26 ends the conflict with a battle that’s kind of disappointing. Val squares off against evil Superman. Batman and company go up against Bedlam and his Boom Tube. The bad guys lose. The good guys win. And there’s no good surprises.

For starters, the cover is misleading. There is no Power Girl in this issue. Nor does Superman ever zap Val with laser vision. For a while now, we’ve suffered with this hesitant, pacifist Kryptonian who won’t fight the evil Superman. When he finally decides to try and stop him, it becomes a very silly brawl. Superman throws him around, Val slips and reveals his friends are after the Boom Tube, then in trying to stop Superman, he plunges him right at the foot of the Boom Tube. So let’s stop for a moment and take this in.

This six issue arc for the Kryptonian reveals a character with amazing powers. The hero, in turn, doesn’t like violence. He doesn’t know how to fight. He’s reluctant to even participate in stopping a super powered mass murderer from destroying the very world that he’s staying on. Plus he’s too dumb to keep his mouth shut in a fight and almost loses the battle for the world because of it.

Here’s where the disappointment really kicks in. Val beats evil Superman by letting himself be punched. Evil Superman magically falls to pieces. There’s no drama, no twist, no suspense. It’s just a super easy, overly convenient plot point that completely sucks.

And speaking of easy, the Flash darts into Bedlam’s fortress and delivers Queen Marella with the greatest of ease. She is immediately thrown out the roof. Then Bedlam drops out of the sky dead. Bam-bam-bam, the panels hit rapidly with no context. They’re baffling. What happened? Well for “dramatic effect”, you have to wait a page to find out. So there’s a boring page of Bedlam’s mind effects wearing off and the Boom Tube stopping. Three more panels beyond that, we get our explanation: she controlled the fluid in his brain and gave him a stroke. Ta da! I don’t know, maybe some readers will like that, but the whole thing fell flat for me.

Even after all of that, the happy ending is pretty weak. Bedlam recovers from his stroke and disappears with his three prisoners so he can rebuild the Boom Tube. On it’s own, this issue squeaks by with a two out of five metal bikinis. However, as the end to the entire arc, I’d say this was a bad way to end things. So bad in fact that I’d recommend skipping the arc. It’s not a story worth your time or money.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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