So before I jump into this review just letting you guys know that tomorrow I should be posting another review on either JLA/Avengers or Salvation Run depending on which one I decide to read. Both have their strong suits and i'm leaning towards JLA/Avengers but only time will tell. Anyway let's get into today's review, JLA: Earth 2 written by Grant Morrison with artwork by Frank Quitely. I decided to check this out after hearing about the upcoming Justice Leage: Crisis on Two Earths animated film based on JLA: Earth 2.
So basically, JLA Earth 2 is a story about how there's an alternate earth where things are very different from the earth we've come to know and love. Whereas our heroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman have become beloved Icon's, in this alternate earth our heroes are villains, and villains are subsequently heroes. So the story begins with Alexander Luthor from the Anti-Matter Universe comes to our earth looking for the heroes. This "Lex" is very different from our Lex Luthor and this shows by him giving a ton of money to one of Lex's employee's and telling her to take a nice vacation. Anyway Alexander eventually contacts the JLA and asks them for help on his earth against the Crime Syndicate of Amerika. The Crime Syndicate consists of evil doppelgangers of the JLA Superman/Ultraman, Wonder Woman/Superwoman, Batman/Owlman, Green Lantern/Power Ring, and The Flash/Johnny Quick. Although they never show up apparently Aquaman and Martian Manhunter's evil twins are Barracuda and White Martian.
The differences between these evil twins are very different yet similar to our originals. Ultraman is actually a human who is upgraded with a Superhuman body when it space and is actually an earthling at birth. Now he uses his powers to kill people who stand up against him, looking over the city, listening to conversations and blasting up risers with his heat vision. Superwoman is actually Lois Lane who loves to physically and emotionally abuse Jimmy Olsen, also she dates, hates and cheats on Ultraman with Owlman. Owlman is not Bruce but Thomas Wayne Jr. turns out that fateful night Martha and Bruce Wayne were killed instead of Martha and Thomas. Thomas Sr. becomes the police commissioner and Gordon is actually a crime boss. Owlman lashes out against the police and everyone else as a villainous murderer. Johnny Quick uses synthetic speed to run quickly which he injects into his veins, so in other words he's a Junkie and last but not least Power Ring is your typical big stupid jock.
Final Rating: All in all I'd rate this a 0 but because I like some of the differences in character's like Earth 2's Flash being a Junkie and Gordon being a crime lord I guess I could at least give it a little more of a push. So I give JLA: Earth 2 a solid 1/10. If you think I'm being harsh I would say go read it but I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Avoid this comic at all costs!!!
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