Earth 2 #24
Taylor, Scott, Scott
I will most certainly be SPOILING!
While I don’t particularly remember the Flash being abducted, I did love the opening scene of this issue, with the hot headed speedster making wide cracks in the skeletal face of the Beguiler. Last issue involved a nuclear blast and the destruction of the Batcave. We knew Green Lantern was going to save Hawk Girl, but I was shocked that he also saved a pair of parademons as well. While Alan is using the pair as bait, the few that escaped the cave are joining up with the commander.
There is a surprising amount of drama involved around the death of Red Arrow, which feels a little disconnected as he wasn’t around very long. The Dark Knight is immediately harsh to Val, because being the most powerful of them, he didn’t join in the fight. Jimmy Olsen opens his mouth and starts throwing around a lot points about how unfair Batman is being. While I’m sure it is supposed to feel like a moral high ground speech, but Olsen comes off sounding more like the naïve child that he is than anything. The funniest moment is Jimmy Olsen taking charge of the whole thing:
“Seriously, I was thinking about being your Robin. But for that to happen you and I are going to have to have a serious talk about your attitude.”
Back with Green Lantern and Hawk Girl, they have followed the two parademons to Washington and due to the darkness that Alan senses, he believes that the Flash is here. Now, if you are familiar with the older wiser Alan Scott from the JSA, you are still trying to wrap your head around this Green Lantern’s reckless attitude. His plan, if you can call it that, is to hit the base as hard and as loud as he can. Then he will keep the attention of the troops while Hawk Girl sneaks inside and saves Jay Garrick.
Hawk Girl infiltrates as expected and successfully frees the post torture Flash from his table. Flash mentions the Beguiler in hushed frightened tones, but we see that Green Lantern has such an easy time with her that she barely graces the page during their encounter.
Hawk Girl comes up with a plan and radios in to Batman to get it underway. This time, Green Lantern, Hawk Girl, and Flash will be the bait. Out of the combat, with Val and Jimmy alone to talk, Jimmy is trying to make the kryptonian feel better. They talk a little bit, and Jimmy changes the subject to what Val has underneath his hoodie. The symbol of the house of El, the symbol for hope, is a surprise to us all.
I didn’t really dig the strange and abrupt introduction of the Beguiler, but everything else about this issue was worth reading. I wanted to learn more about what was going on with Red Tornado, as she is stuck with Darkseid Superman. Since I wanted it so bad, of course it didn’t happen. The Val reveal wasn’t too surprising, but I enjoy how they are bringing him into being a Superman by degrees. I just can’t wait for SOMETHING to finally wrap up.
My rating 4 / 5