Friday, March 20, 2015

Earth 2: World's End #20 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

I get most of this issue.  The Parliament and their avatars combine their essences and powers, infusing them into Alan so that he can fight off Darkseid's son before he destroys Earth's core.  (At this point Apokolips appears to have broken into pieces and seems to be reforming around Earth.)  It's a little unclear what this union means for Alan, since he apparently comes to possess the spirits of Grundy, Sam, and Yolanda.  But, we'll worry about that if Earth doesn't die.  Meanwhile, Helena successfully downloads some sort of encrypted map, and she deciphers it thanks to the practice she got tracking down Riddler with her father before Darkseid invaded (the first time).  It leads them to Ollie Queen and his underwater base.  Finally, Terry Sloan is revealed to be alive and well on his ship, and the heroes are going to have to work with him if they want to find a way to activate it and save Earth's population.  It all still feel like we're spinning our wheels, but it's more or less clear.

The only part of the issue that I don't get is the Dick story.  Since we never were really introduced to Constantine and his team, I never realized that they were "criminals."  However, Dick calls them that here, and it seems to fit.  Apparently, his son is with the one named Brainwave, and he's apparently controlling the minds of thousands of people.  Maybe?  It's unclear.  All we learn is that one of the "criminals" talks about "what happened" being "wrong" and owing Dick an explanation, so it doesn't sound like we're going to get a happy ending when it comes to Dick's son.  But, at this point, I don't get why we're seeing this story at all.  It's long ago outlived its purpose of showing us how "normal" people were coping with the events happening around them.  Now, it's just some weird plot that seems to be burning up time that could be better spent on some of the more essential -- and still unclear -- stories.

** (two of five stars)

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