When DC first announced that it was reintroducing characters from the Justice Society, I got excited. When I saw Jay Garrick getting set up to become the new Flash in the last issue, I got really excited! When DC announced his costume on the cover of this months issue, I got… less excited.
I was a huge fan of the original Flash costume, and seeing the big change to this sort of Ant-man-eque suit with the helmet, I wasn’t to enthused. But after reading this issue I am really into Jay Garrick as the Flash again! There is such a great conversation between him and the messenger god, Mercury, as he gives him his new powers. Then, we get to see him figure his powers out and ride along as his forgets his woes and has an absolute blast, getting the hand of his new abilities.
We are also getting more introduced to Alan Scott, the Green Lantern, that DC announced was going to be a gay character a couple weeks ago. I must admit I am digging his origin just as much. There is such a great nod to the original Green Lantern’s start, though I won’t give anything away for those who haven’t read it yet. If you’d like to know what I mean after you’ve read it, you can read my spoiler-ridden review to find out. The fact that he is gay this time around doesn’t really change him as a character as much as people thought. I’m not really sold on his costume though; at least, not until I see a purple cape!
Bottom Line: Fantastic issue! Surprises, Action, Dialog, Art; all get an A+
Starting Point: If you’d like to pick this book up as a starting point for reading Earth 2, here is what you need to know:
Earth (not the one in all the other DC comics) has just suffered a massive world war against the armies of Apokolips! We won. but not at the expense of our greatest heroes. Superman,Wonder Woman, and Batman all sacrificed their lives ending the war. Now the earth is about to need new heroes; and Jay Garrick, Alan Scott and others are about to take the mantle, starting with Jay Garrick a young football player who meets a dying god…
Pick up Earth #2 to keep going!