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Earth 2 #5 - Welcome to the Grey

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Alan Scott must choose between two of of his great loves, which will it be?

The Good

So far throughout this series we've seen Hawkgirl, The Flash, and the Green Lantern meet and interact while still remaining slightly weary of one another.So far, we have been given a small look at the background of these characters. Now, we finally get to see these characters together playing on the same team and working toward a common goal.

One of the things that really stood out to me was the very subtle way that Alan Scott takes the initiative as the leader of the team. It's something Robinson has certainly been setting readers up for; listing Scott's accomplishments, citing his work ethic and giving us evidence of his sort of "type A" personality. Everything we've seen the last four issues of this series has been setting us up for this very moment: when Scott takes charge as the leader of the new team. Robinson doesn't do this in an in-your-face sort of way; he does it nonchalantly and with a lot of finesse. Scott takes charge not because he is Green Lantern, but hecause of his personality and the character we've seen in previous issues. It makes sense that he should be the leader; the one to command this new group of "wonders." However, Scott is also met with a challenge. Fighting for the protection of the planet is something that means a lot to him, but so is his love for Sam, his fiance who died in a train accident. It will be interesting to see the decision he (Alan Scott) ultimately makes.

These characters, while very different, work really well together. This issue serves as a great introduction to this new team. Nicola Scott's art is also fantastic in this issue; she's really perfect for the book.

The Bad

Can we talk about the Atom's costume? It's just a really goofy looking costume and I just could not take him seriously.

The Verdict

I won't say this was Robinson's best issue. I think it was really great, but not his best. While the pacing was good, and the way he managed to balance the two ongoing stories was good, I didn't feel like I cared much about Terry Sloan's character. I just don't find him interesting in this issue. I really liked the introduction to Amir Khan, however, and I am definitely looking forward to seeing how this Council plays into the politics on Earth 2. Readers also get a little bit more information about Hawkgirl. Since the start of this series, her character hasn't really been the focal point of the book; so it was nice to see Robinson slip in a bit of information about her character in this issue as well as establish a prior relationship between her character and the Atom. I am definitely looking forward to seeing this team come together, and I think this is a great start to the creation of a new team.

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Any chance James is gonna be on the podcast this week?

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Hmm, well I have to say I think the Atom's costume is actually the least silly one present, it isn't hyper stylized but then again it is quasi-military and they tend to be more practical than flamboyant.

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Oh and great review btw. :-)

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Man i cannot wait to read this issue. Its one of my top dc books i read every month.

Didnt mind the 0 issue but its nice to carry on with the main meat of the story.

Also........WHERE'S MICHAEL HOLT!!!!????

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For me this was by the far the best work I've seen Nicola Scott do so far. The pages were stunning. I thought there was great development with all the characters. I really enjoyed this.

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So still no constructs in sight. Alan Scott has become a green superman sigh. Not even an energy blast? C'mon Robinson. Give the people what they want!

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awesomeness on a stick

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And still only one person other than I, has noticed that Alan Scott is wearing Kyle Rayner's GL symbol on his chest

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Been enjoying Earth 2 and I'm looking forward to reading this issue.

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I wonder if James is going to complain about only getting four stars, especially since the only criticism of the book is Atom's costume? Should be fun.

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People should definately pick this up. The spreads were just gorgeous. Especially this one.

Is this spoilery an image to put up? If so I'll take it down.

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Another 4. I'm starting to think Sara's just doing this to rile James up on the podcast. J/K, :P

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Earth 2 is a great series and this issue stands up to that.

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I like The Atom's costume....

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I love the world he's building here

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@SolthesunGod: that would be a big DUH

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still gotta check this one out...

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Anyone catch the Ted Grant/Wildcat reference?

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@KnightRise: Yes sir.

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I thought this was a great issue. The "wonders" seem to work very well together and I can't wait to see what will happen next.

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Grundy seems more like Nekkron then Grundy

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What choice? His lover is dead so where is the choice?

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I haven't been able to get the issue yet, but I remember liking the Atom's costume last issue and thinking it was pretty cool. And I thought I remembered reading a lot of positive stuff about the Atom's new costume on the Internet.

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@Deranged Midget: And with Dodds and the "Sandmen", the possible JSA is coming together nicely.

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A very good issue really like this series so far. Liked the Sandman design as well as the heroes together.

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@KnightRise: Don't forget Red Tornado and Commander Steel!

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@johnny_spam: It's definitely a unique way of doing so.

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Is it just me or is Alan Scott's costume look realy gay?.....oh wait, Never mind.

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@SmashBrawler said:

@KnightRise: Don't forget Red Tornado and Commander Steel!

Somehow I did O_0. Waiting on Hourman, Dr.Fate, and Dr.Mid-Nite, and for Power Girl and Huntress to come back to Earth-2.

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Don't know why but I think of Scorpion from MK when I see The Atom's costume.

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@KnightRise: Well, Fate was semi-confirmed in issue 3, and I've heard rumors from SDCC that Hourman is showing up at issue 8. Also, Wildcat is apparently joining the party as well, but he's going to be changed drastically.

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There's a real life Amir Khan. He's a british boxer. Coincidence?

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Good art, but a slow issue in my opinion. They definitely could've moved the main plot along more.

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I am very cautious when it comes to Robinson after his run on Justice League and the Cry For Justice saga *shudder* that spawned the need for the New 52...

but I've been really enjoying Earth 2 and Nicola's interiors and Ivan Reis' covers have been worth it just for pure eye candy! I love the way Nicola draws great human anatomy for males and females and includes all that detail! That spread is drool worthy! And they really make the very "meh" designs for Jay, Kendra, and Alan very cool. I don't know how well other artists could pull them off. I'd be totally in love with the Alan Scott look if it weren't green on green. Maybe add some black? Idk now i'm just being picky

I'd also like to commend the colorist, i don't know who he is but he does a great job making this book look extra beautiful!

Can't wait to pick this issue up!

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Not a bad issue. Amir Khan and the World Council present a different dynamic than I was expecting at the start of the series. The new 52 seems keen on government working in tandem with superheroes. The costumes in this title still kill me. Hideous!

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Jay Garrick is awesome! The Atom and Sandmen seem cool and I like the differences of Earth Two Green Lanterns powers. Not a fan of how similar Sloane is written like Ozymandias. The secret vote to send missiles and Sloane's line...we get it, he's "not a comic book villain."

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@longbowhunter said:

Not a bad issue. Amir Khan and the World Council present a different dynamic than I was expecting at the start of the series. The new 52 seems keen on government working in tandem with superheroes. The costumes in this title still kill me. Hideous!

I know what you mean. Alan Scott could have imagined any costume he wanted and he chose to look like a peter pan who inadvertently grew up...

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Nicola Scott is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists. This book is already among my top Super Hero books out right now. Always a treat.

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A solid issue in whats becoming one of my favorite monthly titles.

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So basically this is a five.

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@KnightRise:

I didn't get the reference! Where was it?

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I'm liking this 'Amir Kahn' character. I hope we'll see more of him.

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Thought it was great! Loved the hints throughout as to who else is being retooled for this universe! (I do agree, however, that Hawkgirl's background is sorely lacking. We've SEEN the origins of the guys, and even had a six issue series devoted to one, but for the only female we get info through other characters. It's not the Silver Age after all!)

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I just picked up the issue 2,3,4, and 5. I have to say that I really enjoyed reading the story. Babs, I'm sorry I kinda liked Atoms costume.

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so his costume in this is ridiculous,but his pre new 52 costume was awesome...ok.

I hope that people will like the new 52,It is so fu*king stupid why they don't like it.All of their arguments and complaints are weak.They are just afraid that their characters that they've grown to love are gone,but if they actually take a look and stop letting their ignorance blind them,they would see that they are there.There are a billion things that were wrong with the old universe,the reboot had to happen.

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Nice issue ... Sloan's characterization might parallel how Earth 2's Alexander Luther might have developed if a (Alien) Superman had not been around. Sloan could be Earth2's savior/benefactor ... Just as long as you agree with ALL his visions/plans for a Earth under HIS guidance. From what we saw in previous issues, Sloan was part of the Force that saved the Earth2 ... But I also felt that it took the Power (Superman), the Warrior Spirit (Wonder Woman) and The Dark Knght Detective to keep Sloan's Super-Ego "enhanced" Plans (to save Earth2) in check. You might also say that E2Terry Sloan might be James Robinson's answer to why Vandal Savage is now based on Earth 1 (Prime or New 52 lol). Terry Slone wants to Save his Earth and as the last remaining original Wonder ... He thinks he's earned the right to do it His Way. If he has to kill the new JSA to get the future he wants (or any one else) ... Just means there will be less people for him to argue with his vision of Earth 2.

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I wonder if that really is Sam or if Grundy is trying to trick Alan.