‘Earth 2: World’s End’ #17: too little too late

CoverEarth 2: World’s End #17

Written by Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, & Mike Johnson

Art by Scott McDaniel, Robson Rocha & Guillermo Ortego, Eduardo Pansica & Paul Neary, Jorge Jiminez, R. B. Silva & Walden Wong

Published by DC Comics

If there’s one way that World’s End in any way thematically follows Earth 2, it’s that the world is perpetually on the verge of complete destruction. The ungodly battle between the Furies of Apokolips and the Earth Avatars might be over but that doesn’t mean anyone, even the audience is spared. Now the heroes face the unironically named Deathspawn, a monster with the power to kill the very heart of Earth 2. Big Barda leads an assault into the last remaining human outpost with an army of “proto-Furies” naturally they’re an army of faceless minions that have never been foreshadowed in anyway, because that would involve effort. Trouble’s already brewing in the human safehaven as people once again start fighting for little to no reason. It strikes up far too many similarities to the atrocious Dick Grayson scenes and the artwork is just as bad. That being said, if there’s one thing that is genuinely good about this issue, it’s the interaction between Power Girl, Lois Lane, and Huntress. One thinks this is the doing of Marguerite Bennett as she cowrote the excellent Earth 2 #27 which featured much of the same. There’s an honest sweetness to their dialogue and one that should be more common in comics. If this series spent half as much time displaying the bonds between its female leads as it did making up powers on the fly, it might actually be enjoyable.

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As per usual, the art is terrible, this time all across the board. It’s impossible to name a single artistic highlight this week, plain and simple.

Despite some great moments from  the female cast, Earth 2: World’s End continues to be a total dud. Nothing but a time filler for when Convergence kicks off. Everything is so scattershot and lack luster, it’s neigh impossible to care about the fate of these characters.

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