Earth 2: Society #8 and #9 from DC Comics -
New Earth, same problems. A territorial dispute between two of the newly formed settlements of this new Earth is bringing the world to the brink of the first all-out war on the planet. Fossil fuels barely exist on this planet, and the scramble for resources has begun. In New Gotham, the lack of resources has given birth to a black market for a power cell built by Nimbus Solutions that is more dangerous than it is expensive. Batman (Dick Grayson) gears up to take on the corrupt corporation with the help of Red Arrow (Oliver Queen) and Ted Grant. Meanwhile, Superman (Val Zodd), Powergirl (Kara Zor-El), Flash (Jay Garrick), and Captain Steel (Henry Heywood, Jr.) try to keep the peace, look for natural resources, and fight the weird hybrid creatures popping up all over the planet causing havoc. Green Lantern (Alan Scott), the god-like protector of the planet seeks to create a planetary alliance, and cement it by writing the first planetary Constitution with the help of Red Tornado (Lois Lane). But none of this may matter much longer - Hawkgirl (Kendra Muñoz-Saunders) has stumbled upon the secret dwelling of the Amazons...And their leader, Fury (Wonder Woman's daughter), has already decided to unify the planet...Under Amazonian rule!
This series just continues to enthrall and astound me. Around every corner there is a great new character, or a great old character in a new role. This is the DCU shaken, not stirred, and it makes for a smooth, sophisticated, immensely enjoyable refreshment. The foundation is set for new and exciting storylines and adventures the likes of which we have never seen before. Dan Abnett is on fire - every character's voice is unique, every motivation distinct - this is a masterclass in universe construction. And Jorge Jiménez's artwork? Full on gorgeous, bolstered by Alejandro Sanchez's lavish colors. I simply have to have it, month after month.
RATING: 10 out of 10.