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James Robinson is finally getting to talk about Earth 2, and while he’s not giving much away.
The comic, which Robinson is launching in May with artist Nicola Scott, will tell the story of heroes first emerging on the alternate Earth. It will focus on heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, and Flash — but the people wearing those costumes may not be the same as the more familiar heroes on the main DCU Earth.
Robinson revealed that:
- This is a complete reboot of the Earth 2 concept.
- Earth 2 has a “five-year jumping on point like the main DCU Earth” for its superhero story.
- The story of issue #1 begins with a few characters (including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman) who are “gripped” in a dire situation. But then an “event” happens, and “out of that conflict,” some familiar faces begin to “take the mantles of superheroes in the future.”
- Jay Garrick is the “everyman” through which readers are introduced to the world of Earth 2. While the name Jay Garrick may be familiar to older DC readers as the elderly Golden Age Flash, in this comic, he’s younger, as seen in our exclusive art for the cover of Earth 2 #2.
- Alan Scott and Al Pratt are also key characters in the story of Earth 2.
- Robinson said: “It isn’t the Justice Society. It’s Earth 2. So it’s going to be a whole world of different characters.”
- The comic also introduces different versions of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, but Robinson said Earth 2 is an “ensemble” book, and doesn’t just focus on the Trinity
- The first issue also includes Helena Wayne as Robin, and Karen Starr as Supergirl, before they somehow end up on the main DCU Earth as Huntress and Power Girl (as seen in the current Huntress mini-series and May’s World’s Finest).
- The differences between the main DCU Earth and Earth 2 are not traceable to one easy explanation (such as, “they lost the war”).
- Fans of Wally West and Donna Troy should not expect to see them on Earth 2, because Robinson said he doesn’t know what the plans are for those characters.
- Although Parademons show up on the first variant cover to Earth 2, don’t expect to see Darkseid
- DC and its writers have a tough time figuring out what to call the main DCU Earth. Robinson originally used terms like “Earth One” and “Earth Prime,” but Newsarama inquired with DC editorial and was told that Robinson should have used “main DCU Earth.” This is the second time a DC writer accidentally used the wrong name for the main DCU Earth in an interview with Newsarama.
DC Comics is relaunching their entire line of comics this September with 52 new #1 issues. The Michael Show Podcast has been bringing you the news as it breaks. Now that all 52 #1 issues have been announced, let’s put them all together. A few of these issues I did not report on until now but you can see the first issue cover below:
1) Justice League of America #1
2) Aquaman #1
3) Captain Atom #1
4) DC Universe Presents #1
5) Firestorm #1
6) Flash #1
7) Green Arrow #1
8) Justice League International #1
9) Mister Terrific #1
10) The Savage Hawkman #1
11) Wonder Woman #1
12) Green Lantern #1
13) Green Lantern Corps #1
14) Green Lantern: The New Guardians #1
15) Red Lanterns #1
16) Batman #1
17) Detective Comics #1
18) Batman and Robin #1
19) Batman: The Dark Knight #1
20) Batwoman #1
21) Batgirl #1
22) Catwoman #1
23) Birds of Prey #1
24) Nightwing #1
25) Batwing #1
26) Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
27) Swamp Thing #1
28) Justice League Dark #1
29) Animal Man #1
30) Demon Knights #1
31) Frankenstein: Agent of Shade #1
32) Resurrection Man #1
33) Vampire #1
34) Voodoo #1
35) Hawk and Dove #1
36) Legion Lost #1
37) Legion of Superheroes #1
38) Static Shock #1
39) Teen Titans #1
40) Blue Beetle #1
41) Stormwatch #1
42) Blackhawks #1
43) Men of War #1
44) All-Star Western #1
45) Deathstroke #1
46) Grifter #1
47) OMAC #1
48) Suicide Squad #1
49) Action Comics #1
50) Superman #1
51) Supergirl #1
52) Superboy #1
A new era of DC Comics begins as the longest-running monthly comic of all time releases its first issue #1 since 1938.
This September, New York Times bestselling writer Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) joins with sensational artist Rags Morales to bring you tales of The Man of Tomorrow unlike any you’ve ever read before in ACTION COMICS #1. This momentous first issue will set in motion the history of the DC Universe as Superman defends a world that doesn’t trust their first Super Hero.
The first Action Comics #1 is now the most sought-after comic book of all time. This September, one of comics’ most imaginative storytellers will make history again in Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ ACTION COMICS #1.
What is Superman’s startling new status quo? How does it affect his friends, loved ones and his job at The Daily Planet? Find out in SUPERMAN #1, written by legendary comics creator George Perez (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, NEW TEEN TITANS and WONDER WOMAN) and illustrated by Jesus Merino.
Supergirl’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman and none of his affection for the people of Earth. Writers Michael Green and Mike Johnson (Smallville, SUPERMAN/BATMAN) will team up with artist Mahmud Asrar to give a new take on the teenager from Krypton in SUPERGIRL #1.
They thought he was just a failed experiment, grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon. SUPERBOY #1 will be written by Scott Lobdell with art by R.B. Silva and Rob Lean.