Every Wednesday, we speak with author Daniel H. Wilson for a detailed recap of Earth 2: World’s End, the weekly DC Comics title he’s spearheading about an alternate earth devastated by its prolonged war with Apokolips. In this Blastr exclusive, we explore the issue with Wilson on the day it hits stands and offer a sneak peek at what readers can look for in future installments.
Just when things didn't look like they could get worse for our heroes, they do! Then again, it wouldn't be a comic book without cliffhangers and teases, and Wilson delivers a lot in this issue, which appears to have Barbara Gordon and Huntress at the losing side of the life equation. Meanwhile, Flash runs away from the job, John Constantine takes aim at some new villainous friends and Mister Miracle heads home.
We begin with Alan Scott on cleanup duty after the moon is wiped out. This is an important job, but he’s also supposed to be finding the avatars. Is this a conflicted spot for him to be in?
This is a classic conflict for the most powerful superheroes. Do you choose to win the battle or the war? Will you allow innocent people to die because you’re trying to stop the big problem? Yeah, he’s pulled in two directions.
Since Olsen is the product of the Helm of Nabu and a Mother Box, will we see a paternal relationship between Jimmy and Doctor Fate?
No. This is potentially not even a decision Fate made. It’s hard to tell what’s going on with the helm. In fact, I’m working right now on the monthly, Issue 31, that goes into more detail about what Doctor Fate is up to after this. I think that will come out as #18 of the weekly. But what this is really about is the underlying Mother Box, and what their grand scheme is, who they serve, what they’re trying to accomplish. Really, they’re using different people as actors in this play they’re creating.
Sonia Sato smacks the newly arrived chancellor and scoffs at his suggestion to continue the offense. What do her actions mean for the battle effort?
She has just turned this thing around and realized this is not about a conventional army fighting off, and winning or losing, against a conventional enemy. This is about survival. At this point she has really decided she doesn’t care what these chancellors say anymore and is taking the reins. She is acting now to save the last of the human race, and realizes fighting is not the solution. Hagen comes in with this talk of taking the fight back to them, and she just slaps the sh-t out of him! It is one of my favorite moments, and he’s needed to have the sh-t slapped out of him for a while.
Where could humans possibly go? Where could they evacuate to -- especially since Hornblower marked Earth for death?
Yeah, that’s the question. There are clues that have been laid out, and honestly this is one of my absolute favorite storylines and is going to culminate over the course of the next three or four issues. It is one of the coolest moments of the entire series when they answer that question. Where are they going to evacuate? How can they find a place where you can protect millions of humans when you have so much going on with the planet?
Sloan, Mister Miracle and the rest land on Apokolips to set the nuclear detonators, but they don’t see anyone around. Could you bring a bunch of humans to Apokolips? As Earth is falling apart, couldn’t you evacuate humans to a planet situated where the moon was?
That’s an awesome idea. I don’t think that would work out; I think Apokolips is swarming with its own inhabitants that would make that a pretty tough bet. In this case, they’re using Sloan’s camouflage and avoiding using Boom Tubes so they can land without being detected -- or, at least, they think so. But that’s a hilarious idea; just land all the civilians on Apokolips!
Constantine shows up at the Arkham Base where super criminals are on ice, and he assembles a band of bad guys. Is he enlisting them for the fight?
He showed up here in Issue Seven, and he is a rat on a sinking ship. If you read his monthly, you’ll see his magic isn’t working correctly and he’s trying to figure out why. Most of all, he is trying to get off this place and out of here. He is not looking to save anybody. He is willing to do anything necessary. If you look back through the Earth 2 monthly, you see that Gotham City has been overrun by giant monsters and turned into these lost lands. It is ruined and abandoned, so there is nobody much hanging out there. When Constantine casts his spell to take him wherever his best allies may be on the planet, it takes him here. He ends up cherry-picking these interesting villains, one of whom he ends up killing -- which is also one of my favorite parts. He is setting off all these unpredictable chain reactions that will ultimately have nothing to do with him. In classic John Constantine fashion.
The Flash abandons Hawkgirl to find his mom, and Kendra ends up getting infected by the furies. Are his actions indicative of heroes slowly giving up and pursuing their own needs?
There is kind of a spectrum. On one end you have regular humans like Dick Grayson and Ted Grant. On the other you have super humans, like Alan Scott and Power Girl. Then you have these characters kind of somewhere in between. They are very powerful sometimes but also wracked with human-level insecurities. Flash runs fast enough to vaporize a god, yet he’s really worried about his mom. You have these situations where these characters have amazing powers but are limited because they worry about the stuff humans worry about. That is what we’re kind of exploring with Flash and Kendra.
Speaking of regular humans, did you just kill Barbara Gordon with a giant chunk of the moon?
Miracle and Barda arrive on Apokolips, and look happy to be home. Are they? Is it crossing their minds that maybe they could clean the place up and actually rule Apokolips?
I think it is. They are trying to find their place in the universe, and which side they should be fighting on. Issue 11 is completely devoted to Miracle, Barda and Fury on Apokolips. We really slow down and explore that one storyline deeper, and that’s ultimately what it becomes about. That is embodied in Miracle’s dad situation. Is he a son of Darkseid, a son of New Genesis? Should he fight for humans? Which side should he fight on and is worthy of him? That’s part of what he’s going to explain.
Huntress is presumably dead, and Batman looks like he’s about to snap. And Red Tornado appears devastated when they find Clark’s shield. Are our heroes at a breaking point?
Thomas Wayne is at his breaking point, and when he breaks, he’s going to self-immolate. He is not worried about himself, so it is all too easy for him to turn into a kamikaze style of fighter. He is pushed all the way to the edge, and he has the power to cause trouble. Keeping a handle on him is going to be an issue moving forward for the people who care about him.