It’s not weird and zany and it doesn’t go all round the insane asylum - it’s straightforward superhero storytelling at its finest. JLA: Earth 2 pretty much ignores all of that. Morrison's writing is usually a grab bag of "love it or hate it" and but this graphic was just a middle ground of indifference on my part. Imagine! Dan RasplerTony Bedard. The plot was really interesting and I couldn't really put it down (it helps that it was so brief). Case in point: JLA: Earth 2. Green Lantern becomes Power Ring, a coward with a ring that controls him. A truly dark and wonderful take on the JLA story. You can check out the cover and solicitation for the issue below. The Justice League cannot save the antimatter Earth as the populace largely accepts the Crime Syndicate as a legitimate entity to their Earth. The DC Universe is largely responsible for superhero comics’ reputation as a baffling and utterly inscrutable place. 3 #2 Justice League … The art? So what are we to make of JLA: Earth 2? As those familiar with DC already know, the Crime Syndicate (Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Johnny Quick, and Power Ring) come from Earth-2 (at least at the time of this DC continuity), are the evil counterparts of the JLA, and rule their world with iron fists. Sh I can't get over how disturbing the evil twins of the Justice League are. Alexander Luthor hails from the anti-matter universe and implores the Justice League to help him overthrow their evil selves. When the Justice League arrives on the scene to investigate the dead people, the Justice League discover that all of the dead people have their hearts on the wrong side of their bodies and their money shows Benedict Arnold on the national portraits. However to the “real” Justice League of America and the audience, our Earth is Earth-Prime and Earth 2 is the home of the Crime Syndicate, the “evil” Justice League headed up by Ultraman, Owlman, and The DC Universe is largely responsible for superhero comics’ reputation as a baffling and utterly inscrutable place. A great dark gem of a graphic novel based on a modern twist of a classical comic book concept, the superheroes' evil doppelgangers from a parallel world, and reintroducing in DC comics the multiverse cancelled by the Crisis on Infinite Earths event. Case in point: JLA: Earth 2. Not counting on Owlman's master schemes of having counterplots to almost every situation ever possible, the Crime Syndicate travel to the Justice League's Earth and commit carnage in hopes of conquering that planet. Creative Team: Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Flash and the Martian Manhunterwould go on to form the Justice League of America. Reprints. The plot was interesting and Morrison handled it well. Justice League Endless Winter #1 came out this week with a bang. Though I must admit a bit of confusion as to who Owlman was. It's even, dare I say, simplistic? The second issue with the pacing has to do with reader engagement. and plot twists that seem to game the logic of these "morally flipped" worlds. Remember the mirror universe episode of Star Trek where Spock had the goatee? 2 #13 Justice League Vol. * Wonder Woman: Superwoman As they do, they finally realize this world isn't like their own. 96 pages left me wanted 96 more, and then 96 more after that. This is a prestige format graphic novel. BUT to more recent comics readers who joined DC when they rolled out their infamous New 52 line and who read the event books Trinity War and Forever Evil, the Crime Syndicate is from Earth 3. Marvel did it with Firestar, and here Lois Lane is basically Earth 2 Wonder Woman, not Diana. I think my biggest problem with this comic wasn't the writing or story-line but rather the mediocre art. This might be my favourite Justice League book which isn’t saying much as I’ve pretty much disliked every one I’ve read! Ever. It was pretty good, and kept my interest. fortunately, his more self-indulgent tendencies towards bizarro metaphysics have been somewhat tempered and the narrative is clear and fun. It is however, a shame that I read Forever Evil before I read this. Can the JLA stop their most powerful foes to date? Earth 2 Alexander Luthor travels to Earth-Prime where he discovers the Justice League are good. The re-vamp of the CSA (Crime Syndicate of Amerika) was extremely well-done (Owlman rocks! The book is an enjoyable stand alone read. Top 5 Reviewers' Consensus : Short and to-the-point, JLA: Earth-2 is uncommonly sedate for a Morrison comic. Obviously, the Justice League will comply the request, but they don't suspect that this mission won't be any easy at all for reasons beyond of their comprehension. Here Alexander Luthor discovers a way to travel from his anti-matter earth to the matter earth of the JLA; his desire to beg the JLA for help in stopping the evil rule of the Crime Sy Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews However to the “real” Justice League of America and the audience, our Earth is Earth-Prime and Earth 2 is the home of the Crime Syndicate, the “evil” Justice League headed up by Ultraman, Owlman, and Superwoman. Can anything stop this so-called "JUSTICE LEAGUE," or will the stable, perfect evil of the Earth 2 fall victim to the tyranny of law, righteousness and freedom? Justice League Dark #19 Justice League Dark #20 Justice League Dark #21. 1991-1999 JSA was the main Earth… Earth 2 is the super hero version of that, after a fashion. January, 2000 It's also a really quick read. In JLA: Earth 2, the "big idea" and revelation is that the two worlds are so completely different, that "right" and "wrong" themselves are inverted. Although as a young boy Bruce Wayne lost his parents to a gun-wielding robber, as his vigilante alter-ego Batman, he took firearms into his war on crime. Maybe it's an elseworld story? Quitely at this point in his career just couldn't draw a female that didn't look like a communist athlete from the 80's. Required fields are marked *, Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I (The History of England, #2), Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, Notre-Dame: A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals, Thomas Edison: A Life From Beginning to End, The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II, After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000-5000 BC, Girt (The Unauthorised History of Australia #1), JLA: Earth 2 (Jla (Justice League of America). Some of the "opposite" stuff is clever, creative (how each of the Crime Syndicate came to their powers); some of it is just plain terrible (US history, bobbies with guns, Jimmie Olson, high-tar cigarettes advertising). This guy should trademark the term as a description for his writing style. Its fun and well done. These heroes became embroiled in a war with Apokolips when Boom Tubes brought Steppenwolf and his Parademons to attack and conquer. Since, originally, be Excellent reading! On a world that is based off evil is right the Justice league come to fix things. So besides the ugly art and the dumb as fuck idea to put this in a graphic novel costing 15 bucks but only half of it being a actual story the rest being just pages of random sketches, it wasn't all that bad. He manages to travel manages to travel to our universe seeking the help of the JLA to defeat the Crime Syndicate and overthrow their tyrannical rule on his Earth. In terms of what did work with the book, I'd have to largely agree with the top reviewers; Quitely illustrated this book beautifully, and the plotline was largely entertaining. Owlman 1.4. This team would go on to gain over eighty members and has easily become the most recognized superhero team in the world. On a world that is based off evil is right the Justice league come to fix things. A comic arc that could have been great was dragged down by poor art. An excellent mirror universe episode of the JLA. Almost flu 3.5 stars Something similar happens once the League head to Earth 2 without all its members feeling the need to go and a couple stay behind to protect the Earth if things go awry (as they are wont to do). The jumps between times, places, and plot points can be absolutely dizzying. Morrison really perplexes me how he can write such great stories, then throw something absolutely bizarre at you the next time out. [Side note/nitpick: I know that this is not Morrison’s fault, but why is Batman’s counterpart Owlman? Morrison & Quitely are at their best here. "JLA: Earth-2": It is shown that the anti-matter universe has its own Earth that has its own Crime Syndicate (a Qwardian version of the Crime Syndicate was referenced in Justice League Quarterly Vol 1 8). The concept of an alternate earth has a long history in comics, and even in the pages of the JLA, where Earth 2 was originally a home for the silver age versions of the DC characters. DC Database is a FANDOM Movies Community. WHEN IN EARTH-2... They were led by the Ternion of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. This is a pretty straight-forward story by Morrison, in that you can read it - and, most importantly, understand it - without ingesting peyote or other perception-altering substances. As they do, they finally realize this world isn't like their own. Still a good story so you'll enjoy it. I am also not quite sure how, or fo I should probably start by stating my shock at this book. It's basically what I expected, but things are a bit more convoluted. ...but I want to explain thie little "mess" since nowadays there is the quite popular "Earth-2" titles published during the "New52" and part of the "Rebirth" era, but that it's about the formerly known "Earth-2" before the Crisis, just with a new angle. I just went back and re-read this one, as it' s been on my shelf for about a decade, a remnant from my younger days as a hard-core comic fanboy. But then didn't Crisis on infinite Earths do away with the Multiverse. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. 1: E is for Extinction, We3, and All-Star Superman, Vol. With it, I discovered both Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, frequent collaborators who would produce some of the best comics over the following years (I'm thinking of, among others, New X-Men, Vol. And while Frank Quitely isn't my favorite artists, I thought the artwork was well done and helped convey the story in a fast paced manner. Not quite blocky, maybe more like stumpy? overall this is a lot of fun. Can anything stop this so-called "JUSTICE LEAGUE," or will the They are the world's gravest super-villains: Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Power Ring and Johnny Quick--the legendary Crime Syndicate of Amerika! Luthor is the only "good guy" on this earth. Nothing has ever seriously threatened the global corruption they proudly enforce, but now a twisted mirror image of the CSA has arrived from the flip side of reality. The characters aren't simply the opposite of one another for the exception of Lex Luthor and Superman/Ultraman. In the evil world Bruce and his mother died and Thomas Wayne became the commissioner. Swayed by Luthor's desperation and the plight of the antimatter Earth's populace, several of the Justice League members travel to the antimatter Earth. I would recommend this to any DC fans. 1 History 2 Story Arcs 3 Issues 3.1 Annuals 3.2 One-Shots 4 Notes 5 Trivia 6 See Also 7 Links Earth 2 Writer: James Robinson and Artist: Nicola Scott. The Flash 1.4. Talk about hot and cold. It's the mirror-mirror episode of Star Trek with the Justice League. Welcome to Earth 2. First of all, don't get confused for the title of the this story, JLA: Earth-2, since it was published in the interim way after the "end" of other parallel Earths during the famous Crisis on Infinite Earths, but quite before the new "explosion" of hypertime and then an official re-introduction of parallel earths during the "New52". Evil wins over good on this antimatter Earth and people's hearts are on the other side of their bodies. And the only rule you do get some kind of understanding of, spoils the fun by calling too much obvious attention to the villain-hero dynamic. It's also a really quick read. That's why I can recommend this book. Grant Morrison was one of these, though one who was rather unique. Book Info: This collection contains JLA: Earth-2 issue #1. I said it out loud and the earth didn't stop spinning or anything. Almost fluffy by Morrison's standards. Of them all Ultraman and Owlman were my two favorite characters. However to the “real” Justice League of America and the audience, our Earth is Earth-Prime and Earth 2 is the home of the Crime Syndicate, the “evil” Justice League headed up by Ultraman, Owlman, and The … EEEK! Brainiac 1.2. Totally accessible. So Morrison basically has a free hand to do whatever he feels like. There are tons of curious little warping such as this one. I love how Morrison doesn’t feel like he has to use every member of the League every time (take note Geoff Johns!). Top 5 Reviewers' Consensus : Short and to-the-point, JLA: Earth-2 is uncommonly sedate for a Morrison comic. But just for a little taste of what I'm trying to get at: how do you think it would be possible for civilization to exist in any way resembling our own (if at all) in a universe where treachery trumps loyalty, discord trumps cooperation, and civil unrest defines the ideal state? The Justice League attempts to right all of the infinite wrongs in the alternate Earth, while the Crime Syndicate attempts to dominate our planet. JLA: Earth-2 Your email address will not be published. Read Throne of Atlantis here. The dialogue was fine too. The Crime Syndicate's personal fulfillment for open control cannot be fulfilled on the Justice League's Earth as exemplified by Owlman's vendetta against his father Thomas Wayne, who is dead on Justice League Earth. An original graphic novel Morrison wrote in the middle of his JLA run. Started pretty well then kinda just petered out from midpoint. While his ideas are always great, and he even writes some decent dialog with amusing pop culture references, the flows of his narratives were almost always lacking. Remember the mirror universe episode of Star Trek where Spock had the goatee? She's playing Owlman and Ultraman off each other, and I think she hates both of them (but feels more lust for Owlman). Evil Green Lantern is a sycophantic coward. The Crime Syndicate: Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Power Ring, Johnny Quick (evil twisted versions of the Justice League), rules in a merciless way over the whole population of their Earth, and the last "superhero" left alive is Alexander Luthor, whom decides to crossover to Earth-1 and ask for help to the Justlce League to return to "Earth-2" and fighting against the super tyrants there. Featured Characters: 1. Once there the Justice League confronts the Crime Syndicate members and trap the Crime Syndicate in a prison on the Moon. Writer Andy Schmidt and artist Kieran McKeown will launch DC’s new Crime Syndicate mini-series on March 2 to tell the origin of the evil Justice League from Earth-3! Morrison really perplexes me how he can write such great stories, then throw something absolutely bizarre at you the next time out. The opening scene sees Superman, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash saving a falling plane full of dead people (they were pre-dead - the game is afoot!) Flash becomes Johnny Quick, who gets his super powers from an addictive drug. Use the ones who’ll be most effective - think tactically, not in terms of numbers. There are a few good laughs, that come not at the expense of the anti-world gimmick. 96 pages left me wanted 96 more, and then 96 more after that. It's the Justice League versus the Crime Syndicate! _JLA Earth 2_ is the post-Crisis re-introduction of the old Earth-Three Crime Syndicate of America. Colourists in Crisis on Multiple Earths (DC, 2002 series) #3 ([September] 2004) in Showcase Presents: Justice League of America (DC, 2005 series) #6 ([April] 2013), #6 ([April] 2013) in Justice League … Both teams decide to return to their source Earths. It had a very nineties look to it, if that makes any sense. Season 2 of the Flash revolves around breaches to Earth 2 being open so I decided to read about Earth 2. There is little detailing in anything, close-ups, costumes, backgrounds... it is all just bland and unmemorable. 1: E is for Extinction, We3, and All-Star Superman, Vol. Besides the action, it’s just interesting seeing how strangely Earth 2 looks with corruption and evil everywhere, familiar characters turned upside down, etc. When it comes to the fast pacing, the implications this presented were two-fold. Back in the late 1990s, I was heavily into the wave of British and Irish writers who were dominating a lot of the comic book scene - Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, and others. If you do, this one is a pretty fun one. The residents of Evil Universe refer to their world as being composed of antimatter (to them wouldn’t it just be matter?) Two of the last remaining Wonders, Robin and Supergirl were taken from the world, when the… It might go without saying, but that's exactly the problem with Earth-2. But. Admittedly, although I'm probably twisting Morrison's approach a bit, it never really becomes clear what logical rules govern this anti-matter universe, and that becomes problematic when the feasibility and effectiveness of the plot depends on this very understanding. Filled to the brim with smart ideas and cool concepts, and yet pretty tame and coherent by Morrison’s standards (although I almost always find these kinds of books to be his best, the ones where he restrains himself from going too deep into the crazy and psychedelic). It reads a little like Squadron Supreme in that the evil versions of the JLA have set themselves up as the rules of the A rocket crashes in the countryside and out climbs... Lex Luthor? At any rate, I had fun reading this. ), the alternate-Earth reality was well thought-out and the plot twist at the end was very clever. I think I would have liked this more with better art...maybe? I mean, the bad guys are bad because they're from the bad world, where evil always triumphs! His arrival accidentally causes a commercial plane full of antimatter Earth people to die when they emerge on DC Primary Earth. The amazing original graphic novel from the ALL-STAR SUPERMAN creative team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely is back in a new deluxe edition hardcover, that includes a gallery of … Ultraman Other … He tells them about the Crime Syndicate and they return to Earth 2 to help make Lex’s world a better place. The concept of an alternate earth has a long history in comics, and even in the pages of the JLA, where Earth 2 was originally a home for the silver age versions of the DC characters. Though I would advise reading it before Forever Evil to get the most out of it. The only downside is that the final act felt a bit jumbled and I’m not sure how much sense it made, but maybe I just missed something. I've had this book since 2001, I've lost count of how many times I've read it, and it still blows me away. It's just one of those things you have to see to believe. I feel that Crisis on Two Earths Justice League movie (which I suspect this is based on) explains the situation a lot better. 2). I just never expected to say something like that about anything Morrison wrote. You can tell exactly h Superman et al travel to an alternate universe where everything is reversed. Season 2 of the Flash revolves around breaches to Earth 2 being open so I decided to read about Earth 2. Everyone is wrinkled looking- even the kids and are those bags under everyone's eyes? That’s great! I enjoyed this Morrison tale of good and evil. There’s so much wrong here, starting with that Wonder Woman crotch shot around page nine. It was interesting, kind of fun, but little pointless. "JLA: Earth-2": It is shown that the anti-matter universe has its own Earth that has its own Crime Syndicate (a Qwardian version of the Crime Syndicate was referenced in. A new variant cover for Future State: Justice League #2, courtesy of Kael Ngu, showcases the roster in all of its glory. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Super Template Action! It's so bad it's almost good. Of course, he only has one small graphic novel to do it in, so this is not the sort of crazy, sprawling, epic that you might expect out of Morrison. I could write an essay on all the ways this shit doesn't make any sense. All joking aside this really is an easy read. Textless The Crime Syndicate, the evil JLA, is something to behold. The Crime Syndicate’s history at DC Comics is a long one, going all the way back to Justice League of America #29 in 1964. There's a reason this was turned into a DC animated movie. It just made me embarrassed for her...seriously, why bother giving her clothes at all?? JLA: Earth-2 is a one-shot with a cover date of January, 2000. The Justice League swaps places with their anti-matter universe counterparts - evil versions of themselves known collectively as "The Crime Syndicate of Amerika" - and the two groups deal with their inverse places by acting as they only know how. Breaking down yesterday's new Justice League trailer, director Zack Snyder confirmed that there are indeed more Kryptonians on Earth than just Superman, referencing that teaser in Man of … His style could probably be called "cartoony", but I love the fine details and the use of negative space that is present in so much of his work. They (bloodlessly, because comic book) slaughter their critics. It’s not quite as “meta” in its plot as some later stories (like Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis), but it’s definitely in there. Otherwise distinctive, his talent is notable but not yet necessarily praise-worthy. Then I had to determine where exactly that new place was. While it would've stood out as new back then, after 12 books of The Boys to *really* explore the arrogant depravity of super-powered beings, this feels like a half-hearted effort at illustrating where they could just as easily go wrong as right. I think any Morrison fan will love this story, as will anyone who likes a good Justice League tale. Wonder Woman Supporting Characters: 1. I wasn't ever bored while reading but I also didn't finish this in one sitting either. The Justice League was founded with seven members, so every year … Johnny Quick 1.3. Illustrator: Frank Quitely It's a interesting take on things and I enjoyed that part. The new Justice League trailer gave us a better look at director Zack Snyder's vision as the filmmaker returns to finish his project with renewed support on HBO Max. in Justice League of America (Federal, 1983 series) #9 ([June 1985]) in DC Comics Classics Library: Justice League of America by George Perez (DC, 2009 series) #2 ([June] 2010) in Crisis on Multiple … I think I would have really enjoyed discovering the Crime Syndicate for the first time in this book. I really liked this. On to the story. Cover Premise. I enjoyed the alternate world idea. This guy should trademark the term as a description for his writing style. And the good guys are...oh, you get the picture. The book is an enjoyable stand alone read. The story is not an unusual one for comics. And although its hurried narrative can be, at times disorienting, the art's fantastic, and the story manages to be edgy, fun, and keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. 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