To my surprise, Earth 2 has been one of the most consistently enjoyable books of DC’s New 52. Granted, it’s part of the “Second Wave” of New 52 titles and has plenty of time to screw up. However, I have yet to read an issue that didn’t utterly satisfy me completely. This issue mainly serves as a prologue to the next story arc, which seems to be where the team finally comes together as a whole, while the World Army deals with the inner turmoil of betrayal and corruption.
We get a welcome look at the personal lives of both Alan Scott (Green Lantern) and Kendra Saunders (Hawkgirl), as they have a conversation with each other in their civilian identities. Well, as civilian as Kendra can be, considering she has wings coming out of her back. Alan is still distraught over the death of his boyfriend, Sam, while Kendra bemoans the fact that she’ll probably never be able to lead a normal life. We learn that Kendra’s Earth 2 origin has some similarities to her Earth 1 counterpart, Carter Hall, with a major difference being that it seems the World Army is responsible for her condition. The original Kendra Saunder’s personality, however, is intact, with only her ethnicity being tweaked a bit. Other than that, this is the Hawkgirl we all know and love, for all intents and purposes. The moments between she and Alan are touching and heartfelt and bring a bit of a humanity to these “wonders,” as they are known on Earth 2. We also are privy to a different sort of conversation in another part of the world, as Terry Sloan and Amir Khan have a bit of a verbal confrontation. It seems Khan knows more than he’s letting on about Sloan and even enlists the aid of Wesley Dodds and his Sandmen to infiltrate Sloan’s facilities. It’s a nice bit of intrigue that puts a whole new twist on the characters. Curiously absent from this issue, however, is Jay Garrick (The Flash), who is only mentioned in passing in one panel. That’s easy to forgive, though, as I know he’ll probably be in the next issue and James Robinson’s writing was so damned absorbing.
Also absent from this issue is artist Nicola Scott, with the more-than-capable Yildiray Cinar filling in for her. While his pencils aren’t as detailed as Scott’s, they’re clean and pleasant to look at. Still, I did miss seeing Scott’s gorgeous artwork and I hope her absence isn’t for too long. Other than The Flash not being in this issue and Nicola Scott taking a break for a while, I can’t really complain much about issue #7. I only wish some of the other characters had appeared. (Where’s The Atom?) This title still continues to impress, however, with Robinson’s refreshingly traditional, yet clever, new take on DC’s Golden Age characters and the beautiful artwork and sleek new costume designs. This issue gets a solid 9/10 from me.