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Earth 2: Society #3 Earth 2: Society #3

Earth 2: Society #3

Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 12, 2015

Cover date: October 2015


Writer: Daniel H. Wilson
Penciller: Jorge Jimenez
Inker: Jorge Jimenez
Cover: John Rouch
Variant Cover: Ethan Van Sciver

Reviewed by: James Lantz

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Lois Lane, Earth 2's Red Tornado looks back on the days when she arrived on the new world with other Earth 2 refugees. She sees both the good and the bad in everyone she encounters and eventually locates a family's missing patriarch. Meanwhile, efforts to build new settlements and cities on the new Earth 2 go well as Val-Zod and Kara Zor-El create Neotropolis. And the Flash helps his mother construct a new home in Midwest City. Now, the metahumans must unite to find Overwatcher Terry Sloan, who has the all-powerful Source Vault. It's unknown what he wants to do with it, but there seems to be a superhuman traitor who sabotaged the main ship that arrived on new Earth 2. Whatever Sloan knows and his reasons for having the Source Vault could change the lives of everyone on new Earth 2 forever.

Red Tornado is among the heroes aiding Batman in his hunt for Terry Sloan. She has her work cut out for her as Power Girl combats Superman. Something has happened to make her not want to see him again. However, there's little time to work out their differences. Wolf-like monsters created by the Source Vault attack the superheroes. Red Tornado destroys some of them while Green Lantern shuts things down and shields the planet. Yet, neither she nor her allies are any closer to having any answers to their questions in their search for Sloan. Will they get any information or find Terry Sloan, or will the Source Vault devastate all life on new Earth 2?

Someone has murdered Terry Sloan. Whoever did it also took the Source Vault from his dead hands. The world's superheroes must find the culprit. Otherwise, all of new Earth 2 could suffer the same fate as its predecessor.

3Story - 3: I find myself on the fence with this issue, this series and much of DC's recent output. On the one hand, all three cases have some good points going for them that make me want to continue reading the books. Yet, there are also some bad aspects that equal, and sometimes overshadow, my reasons for purchasing them. This title is just one of many new comic books from DC that has potential. However, much of that potential is clouded by repetition and somewhat slow pacing. It feels to me like Daniel H. Wilson is making things go at snail's pace, at least in certain points of this and previous chapters, on purpose for the "Waiting for the Trade" crowd. I did like finally seeing Power Girl and the new Superman in more than one panel, and getting more character development in various pages, but perhaps, Wilson's strength as a writer should be focused on a one character book rather than one such as this with so many. The whole mystery of Terry Sloan and the traitor Metahuman do make this worth buying. Just don't expect too much from this first arc so far, or you'll be disappointed.

5Art - 5: I've repeated a million times how much I love the art in this new Earth 2 series. Check this book out for its visuals if for nothing else. You'll be glad you did.

5Cover Art - 5: This one conveys the emotion of what happens to Lois as she tries to help people who hate and fear her. That's one of the most important factors in a cover making one want to read the book for me.

5Variant Cover Art - 5: I'm a big fan of Van Sciver's style, and he gives the Power Girl/Superman conflict an air of tension that makes buyers curious about the comic and the entire series.

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