Mild Mannered Reviews – Earth 2: Society Annual #1
Earth 2: Society Annual #1
Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 31, 2016
Cover date: October 2016
Writer: Dan Abnett
Penciller: Bruno Redondo And Diogenes Neves
Inker: Juan Albarran and Ruy Jose
Cover: Bruno Redondo
Reviewed by: James Lantz
In a moment between Earth 2: Society #15 and 16, Richard Grayson is wondering if he should continue to be Batman as he speaks to his son John, who was believed to be lost during Apokolips’ attack on the original Earth 2. As you may recall, the Ultra-Humanite turned John Grayson into the Humanite Firepower. The genetically altered boy fought the Ultra-Humanite’s control leaving Grief to hunt him down three hours ago. The Huntress defeated Grief before bringing John to his father. Batman and son discuss the future of the Grayson family and what the Dark Knight will mean for it and the salvation of New Earth 2. Whatever is decided, one thing is certain… John and Richard Grayson’s lives will never be the same again.
John Grayson tells his father that the Ultra-Humanite changed him and other children who thought their parents were dead. He gave them special powers and promised to be a father to all of them. The Ultra-Humanite’s army of soldiers was sent to steal the Pandora Vessel. If the Ultra-Humanite gets a hold of it, it will mean disaster for New Earth 2. However, John Grayson has faith that the world can be saved because his dad is Batman, and the Caped Crusader will just be one of many who will fight to protect everything and everyone they hold dear in Earth 2: Society #16.
Story – 4: We have an issue that focuses solely on the Batman family in spite of its connection to the monthly book. Excluding the Huntress fighting Grief, much of this story is character moments and background information. Does it deserve to be in annual? I’m still not 100% sure of that, hence the point taken off of my rating. Did that affect my enjoyment of the comic? Not completely, no. Did I like the book? Yes, I did, but some things in it could have easily been covered in previous chapters or issue #16. Then again, maybe I’m just too picky. However, Earth 2: Society is still one of the more entertaining titles DC Comics is releasing lately since Dan Abnett took on the writing chores.
Art – 4: The art is impressive from both artists, but there are moments in Batman and Huntress sequences that look a bit off to my eyes for reasons I cannot fathom.
Cover Art – 5: This is an amazing cover. ‘Nuff said.
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