Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Earth 2 #2
Artist: Nicola Scott
Company: DC Comics
To get it out of the way, as this cover, when it was first solicited, bugged me. The design for the new Jay Garrick felt overdone and not as sleek as a speedster should. I will now travel back in time to 3 months ago and smack myself with a Iron Gauntlet, as in practice, the design works. The helmet still throws me a bit, as the Mercury Helmet has been the one defining attribute for the character for so many years, but Scott's look gets put through its paces and doesn't flinch.
Now that that is out of the way, let's talk story. Robinson amps up the fun and cool factors with this second issue, which in many ways one-ups the first. Serious and clever, the story here focuses mainly on
the creation of this world's Flash. Robinson's Garrick is a very approachable character. The self doubt that he feels is something that a lot of people can relate to and in making him our eyes and ears for this new and ever changing world seems like an apt choice. The way that he gains his powers here, in a lot of ways, is reminiscent to how Hal Jordan originally got his ring. Jay meets this Alien/God and is asked to take up power for the betterment of mankind, to shield it from an oncoming darkness. It's a great scene and the dialogue isn't cheesy.
Speaking of beautiful, that's a word that I might use to describe Nicola Scott's artwork. Her line work straddles that imaginary line of detailed/hyper detailed, but never strays into the land of so detailed that it becomes distracting to the story that's being told. In that regard, she and Robinson really have a good vibe going. The pacing that they've set it methodical and character driven, yet it always zooms forward. Scott's pencils remind me a little of George Perez in many ways. Her handling of Jay Garrick's powers definitely stand out here though, giving him not simply super speed, but allowing his movements to feel almost more gymnastic based. It's a great visual, and certainly one that is not regularly associated with The Flash.
Robinson and Scott bring the excitement. This is a new world, a new sandbox to play in, and there doesn't seem to be any rules that are set in stone. That's an exciting prospect for a creator and so far, it's definitely working to their advantage.