‘Earth 2: World’s End’ #25: how far we’ve come

CoverEarth 2: World’s End #25
Written by Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, & Cullen Bunn
Art by Scott McDaniel, Eddy Barrows & Eber Ferreira, Robson Rocha & Guillermo Ortego, Eduardo Pansica & Dan Green
Colors by Andrew Dalhouse
Published by DC Comics

So it’s come to this, the penultimate issue of Earth 2: World’s End and what is soon to lead in to DC’s much hyped Convergence event. Does it surprise anyone that this issue is bad? Of course not! If there’s one thing that can be said about World’s End, it’s that it’s consistently awful.

A fascinating note is how every entry in this tale states “story by Daniel H. Wilson” but after nearly six months of this story it’s impossible to say what the story was. This entire issue is little more than a glorified fight scene. Val Zod, Power Girl, and Red Tornado simply slam into Darkseid. There’s little to no moments for character development as most of the cast is put on the sidelines and in some case turned into cannon fodder. The interesting new villain characters introduced with the pointless cross over with Constantine amount to nothing but another character to kill off with not even a line of dialogue. Then again, why bother raising simple questions about continuity from months ago when this issue can’t even keep in line with what happened last week? One would think a team of four writers and countless artists would have remembered simple things like story progression. The crew made up of Mr. Miracle, Fury, Sandman, and Terry Sloane accomplishes what they should have done months ago and none of them evolve in any sense. What was even the point of bringing back the character of Fury if all she does is sit around awkwardly on the sidelines? It’s amazing how the series has almost reached its end point and has so many loose threads and superfluous characters dangling so carefree.

What is to say about the art that has not already been said? It’s terrible, by far the worst sin of the entire book. Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, Eduardo Pansica, and Dan Green have all failed spectacularly at their jobs. All that is asked of them is no more than five pages a week and none of them can deliver anything that is pleasing to look at. They perform basic continuity errors, stretch their characters out until they are unrecognizable, and has settings so poorly defined one would think this entire story is taking place in an orange/red vacuum. Several pages of this book are taken up by two-page spread fight scenes with little dialogue. There are entire scenes where the art team is expected to carry the full weight of this series and the attempt is pathetic. Maybe in some other world, this book has fantastic art that can somehow redeem the sloppy writing but it’s certainly not this one.

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What else could have been expected from one of the worst books DC has put out in recent memory? This entire series is garbage, a waste of time, energy, effort, and money. To worsen the wound is that this defilement of Robinson and Taylor’s fantastic mythos isn’t even done once Convergence arrives to put everyone out of their misery. Earth 2 will live on in Earth 2: Society written by Daniel H. Wilson and drawn by Jorge Jimenez, hands down the worst picks out of the World’s End creative team. There’s only one more issue of this filth and chances are, it will be just another waste.

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