Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Earth-2: Society Annual #1 Review

Title: Earth-2: Society Annual #1
Story: Legacy
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), "Dick Grayson," John Grayson
Publication Date: August 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: Helena Wayne has rescued John Grayson from Grief, the Ultra-Humanite's deadliest assassin. As John recalls the Huntress' fierce fight to liberate him from the Ultra-Humanite's control, he details to his father how the Ultra-Humanite exploited his fears and loss of family to turn him into one of his destructive agents. "Dick Grayson" then reflects on Earth-2's past battles and how they particularly resulted in the deaths of two Batmen: Bruce Wayne, the original, and his father Thomas. He also thinks about his place in that legacy and whether or not he actually deserves it.

"Dick" thinks about how all the Waynes have a natural skill and ability to them that he lacks, and questions whether or not he has what it takes to succeed them. He even thinks about whether or not he still needs Batman now that he has his son to live for again, and is no longer driven by rage or loss. Through words of encouragement from his son, "Dick" finds a new reason to continue on as Batman. If he no longer needs rage and loss to motivate him, desire to keep his son safe from harm is all that he needs to keep going. Deciding to put on the costume one last time, he joins the Huntress to attend an emergency Justice Society meeting to protect the fate of the world against the Ultra-Humanite. He doesn't know if he'll die in the process, but he knows he'll try to stay alive for his son.

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EARTH-2 SOCIETY ANNUAL #1
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by BRUNO REDONDO & DIOGENES NEVES
Cover by BRUNO REDONDO
Earth-2’s Batman is Dick Grayson. Does he have what it takes to be a true Batman and follow in the legacy of Bruce and Thomas Wayne before him? Or will he only ever be a stand-in? Beyond anything else, he has one overriding goal...to find his missing son. Is that a job for the Batman...or is it something only Dick Grayson can do? The Wayne legacy is at stake. This is an epic turning point in the history of Earth-2’s Batman.
AUGUST 31 | RATED T | $4.99 PRINT | DIGITAL

NOTE: Though the solicitation names Dick Grayson as the successor to Bruce Wayne's legacy on Earth-2, the story actually centres on Helena Wayne and Dick Grayson and how they fit into that legacy. On a similar note, Dick is not correctly represented in this solicitation as he is not an actual member of the Wayne family in the New 52 Earth-2 continuity, and therefore not an actual successor to that legacy as the solicitation is implying. Helena is the only legitimate successor to her father's legacy in the established continuity (also acknowledged in the annual story), and Dick's place in that legacy is only facilitated by his relationship to Helena. In the current continuity, Dick made the decision to become "Batman" because he learned other Dick Graysons in the multiverse were close to Batman, not because he actually knew Helena's father. This was one of the storylines explored in the Convergence miniseries of 2015.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Earth-2: Society #15 Review

Title: Earth-2: Society #15
Story: A Whole New World
Characters: Fury (Donna Troy), Huntress (Helena Wayne), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Hawkgirl (Kendra Muñoz-Saunders), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Flash (Jay Garrick), Val-Zod, Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Sonia Sato, Doctor Fate (Khalid Ben-Hassin), Captain Steel (Henry Heywood Jr.)
Creators: Dan Abnett (writer), Angel Hernandez (artist), Tony Harris (artist)
Publication Date: August 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: "Dick Grayson" has reunited with his son, John, but John is under the control of the Ultra-Humanite. John recognises his father's face and wants to be back at his side, but the Ultra-Humanite will not accept betrayal and seeks to destroy John. "Grayson" is powerless to run after his son and capture his abductor and pleads with Helena Wayne to recover his son.

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EARTH-2 SOCIETY #15
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by TONY HARRIS & ANGEL HERNANDEZ
Cover by JORGE JIMÉNEZ
A new menace rises to threaten the fragile order the Wonders struggle to maintain. Emboldened by Green Lantern’s loss of power, the Ultrahumanite emerges from the shadows with an army of super-powered slaves. His goal is nothing less than reforming Earth-2 in his vision, utilizing the Amazonian technology that Fury had hoped to use to rebuild a better world.
AUGUST 10 | RATED T | $2.99 PRINT | DIGITAL







Friday, 5 August 2016

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #294 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #294
Story: By Dusk's Dying Light...
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Alfred Beagle, Harry Sims
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Joe Staton (artist)
Publication Date: July 1982
Available In: Print

Summary: Edgar Stenville is dead and Helena Wayne is racing against the clock to save the life of a man who's been a part of her life since birth: the family butler, Alfred Beagle. Speeding through Gotham's interstate roads on her way to the New Stratford Repertory Theatre (where Alfred is being held captive), Helena thinks about what she feels like doing to the thugs who are holding Alfred hostage.