EARTH 2 #15

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Now can someone please explain to me why the 'Hunger Dogs' are called the 'Hunger Dogs', when they always seem so well fed? It doesn't make any sense? Does it? Although it may have something to do with the food given to them by the Writer: James Robinson; the Artist: Nicola Scott; plus the Publisher: DC Comics, in July, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'War Torn'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Whilst loitering around on foreign soil, the World Army and the Three Wonders team-up, and try to kick the living crap out of Steppenwolf's Three Terrors.  
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: No. Not really. But they do try their best.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Yes. Two things actually. Hawkgirl gets captured by Hazard and Melody whilst investigating the mystery behind Sam's murder. Plus Mister Miracle and his wife face off against the might of Fury.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With a Tornado causing a right storm.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Mere moments before Alan Scott took a nose dive; he uttered this garbled phrase...

'Mnoddun Ilfughtu'.

Now can someone please tell me what the f*ck that means? Plus why I feel that it's so pertinent to this adventure?

Huh? What's that you say? Why don't I try to decipher it during my silly summation? OK. Deal.




What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) Considering that the first half of this issue was basically one long fight scene -- which I'm not always a great fan of -- I did enjoy how it relayed this section retrospectively through Jay Garrick's eyes. Personally speaking, I find that its creative little touches like these which make this series much more original and much more innovative. As who needs to read the same old 'Biff! Baff! Boff!' again and again and again?
(+) Now I know that I've mentioned this before, but I've got to say once again, that I do love Ms Scott's artwork on this book. It's big. It's bold. It's dynamic. Plus it has a nice way of conveying both the expansive and the personal in one fowl swoop. 
(+) Oh! So Mister Miracle and Big Barda are searching for Batman because one way or another he can sort out some great mystery that's lurking beneath Earth 2. Fair enough. Great. It's good to know. Beings a big bat-fan myself, I love the fact that this 'Alternate Batman' is somehow the lynchpin to unravelling this epic adventure.
(+) At the moment I'm sitting on the fence where Hazard, Melody, and the Re... coff-coff.. ado is concerned. They seem fine so far. But to be honest with you -- no -- no cigar yet.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) The one thing I wasn't too thrilled about with this singular story, would have to be how it's conceptual narrative was unevenly structured. Half of it was one big fight scene, whilst the other half of it dealt with the two sub-plots. Nah. Not my cup of tea really. Still. I suppose it did its job.  

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to A REAL-LIFE HISTORICAL FIGURE.
LAINIE KAZAN AS BIG BARDA: Did you know that Jack Kirby based in this female fury on this sixties model? Yeah. Straight up.

HARRY HOUDINI AS MISTER MIRACLE: Go on. Have a guess as to why I'm comparing this escape artist to this... errr... escape artist. No. It's not because they both have the same hairline, silly.

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it' -- Margaret Thatcher

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'WAR IS NAUGHTY' BY SPITTING IMAGE: If you're ever thinking about reading this story again, please read it whilst listening to this song. Trust me. It'll give it an.... errr... extra kick, Ha!




ANYTHING Else?
What in damnation does 'Mnoddun Ilfughtu' mean? Huh? Granted, on the surface it does sound like an incantation of sorts. An incantation where Alan (Green Lantern) Scott conjures up a mythical entity from time's past. But then again, it could also mean...

  • How come I look nothing like the Green Hornet?
  • Can someone please make sure my Tivo records tonight's game?
  • I knew that I should have washed my hair before charging into battle.
  • Why on Gods Earth are we called the Second Earth?
  • Is too much green too much green?
  • Please make sure nobody slaps me on the back of my head after I say this senten...
  • Do you pay too much money for your car insurance?
  • How does that song go again?

Alright. That's enough of my b*llocks for this month, folks. All I have left to say is that this instalment of 'Earth 2' was quite good all in all. The art was amazing. The story was sparse yet intriguing. And simply put, I can't wait to see what James and Nicola have in store for us next. 

Say no more.