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Comic Book: Earth 2
The new generation of wonders.
Mercury: I am a dying god, and the task ahead needs living heroes.
Jay Garrick: Wait! Heroes to fight something even greater than Apokolips? How... how can we? Mercury... sir. Earth simply doesn't have any. Back in the war, we had Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman too, our "Trinity of Wonders". Now... the Age of Wonders is over.
Mercury: Then let a new age begin.

Earth 2 is a series from DC Comics starting in 2012 as part of the New 52. It reboots the DC Multiverse's Earth-2 world, the one based on characters from The Golden Age of Comic Books. In the new version of this universe, the Power Trio of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have died protecting the Earth from the Gods of Apokolips, while sidekicks Robin and Supergirl have vanished without a trace. Earth is left without costumed heroes, but Jay Garrick, Alan Scott, Kendra Munoz-Saunders (Hawkgirl), Khalid Ben-Hassin (Dr. Fate), and Al Pratt represent a new generation of heroes. A dimension-hopping Mister Terrific (Michael Holt) is also in the mix, tangling with an evil version of Terry Sloan, the Golden Age Mister Terrific.

The series began with scripts by James Robinson (Starman) and art by Nicola Scott (Birds of Prey). After finishing issue #16, James Robinson announced that he was leaving the comic. He was replaced by Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us).

Earth 2 uses the following Tropes

  • Adaptation Name Change: A few minor examples: Themyscira is instead called Amazonia, and the collective term for Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman is "Ternion" instead of "Trinity".
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Alan Scott is made gay in this version of Earth-2. See Composite Character.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Fury, Wonder Woman's daughter, is made a villain here.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Val-Zod, a black Kryptonian, has been confirmed to be the one who eventually takes up the mantle of Superman.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: "Earth 2" starts out with an invasion by Apokolips, and then a God comes and warns of an even greater danger.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Captain Steel and The Atom lose an arm. Connor Hawke had lost an arm in the past and was replaced with a cybernetic version.
  • Anti-Villain: Terry Sloan. Shown in issue #0 to be a Type III, a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Appropriated Appellation: How Jay gets the title of The Flash.
  • The Archer: Red Arrow.
  • Badass Army: The World Army.
  • Badass Grandpa / Empowered Badass Normal: Batman II, a.k.a. Thomas Wayne sr.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Mercury, who crash-lands Naked on Arrival with his parts lacking.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Between General Steppenwolf and Terry Sloan.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Steppenwolf as of issue #16. He proclaims himself The Starscream in lieu of any interference from Darkseid, and is immediately killed by Brutaal before he can even finish his sentence proclaiming this.
  • Bigger Bad: Darkseid.
  • Blessed with Suck: Hawkgirl's wings are biological and irremovable.
    Hawkgirl: I agreed to do a gig for the World Army - insane adventure that resulted in my getting these damned wings.
    Alan Scott: "Damned"? You're a Wonder now. Some would say you've been blessed.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Grundy doesn't bleed no matter how many times he's torn apart. Justified because he's an undead being.
  • Brain Uploading: In issue 17, Red Tornado has Lois Lane's mind uploaded onto her by General Lane, essentially bringing Lois Back from the Dead.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Michael Holt, AKA Mr. Terrific in issue 7.
    • Superman, by then known as Brutaal as shown in issue 16. Subverted in issue 26, where he's revealed to be an evil clone.
  • Bury Your Gays: Alan Scott's lover Sam dies in a train crash.
  • The Bus Came Back: After disappearing in issue #16, Hawkgirl reappears in issue #19 to rescue Batman II and Sato from the parademons.
  • Canon Foreigner: Aquawoman. Word of God from Nicola Scott is she's not based on any preexisting characters.
  • The Captain: Wesley Dodds for the Sandmen.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Fury's armor keeps her midriff, thighs and upper arms exposed.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The rambling homeless man Jay encounters in issue 2? It's Khalid.
  • The Chessmaster: Amar Khan and Terry Sloan, who are locked in a silent duel of subterfuge and sabotage against one another.
  • Church of Happyology: Issue 20 features the parademons destroying places of worship all over the world. A building labeled "SCIENTOL—" (the panel cuts off the rest) is included in the destruction. Rather conspicuously, this panel is the one that features a line from Superman calling religion "fiction".
  • Clone Degeneration: Issue 26 reveals that the evil Superman is actually a clone when it starts crumbling to dust.
  • Colorful Theme Naming: Various projects by the World Army are named "Red x". This includes the Wonder archer Red Arrow, the high-tech submarine Red Torpedo, and the wind-controlling automaton Red Tornado.
  • Composite Character:
    • Green Lantern is Alan Scott, but he's gay like his pre-New 52 son Obsidian. The writer even stated that he made Scott gay in this universe because he felt bad about getting rid of one of DC's few gay characters.
    • The Atom is Al Pratt, but with his godson Atom-Smasher's size-changing powers and a costume more similar to his son Damage.
    • Red Tornado is an android (like the Silver Age Red Tornado) and female (like the Golden Age Red Tornado). Also, she is the Lois Lane of this earth.
    • Red Arrow is named Connor Hawke (originally Green Arrow II) but features the appearance, alias, and prosthetic arm of Roy Harper.
    • Batman II, a.k.a. Thomas Wayne, is a mix of his counterpart of Flashpoint and Hourman.
  • Conflict Ball: Green Lantern refusing the Flash and Hawkgirl's offer to form a new Trinity after the events of the first arc. Nobody ever said Alan Scott lacked an ego.
  • Continuity Reboot: Of the Earth 2 universe.
  • Covers Always Lie: Issue 7 is titled "Flight to the Death!", showing Green Lantern and Hawkgirl fighting hand-to-hand on the cover. In the story, all they have is an argument over Alan not joining the team.
  • Crapsack World: Earth-2 is in a pretty terrible state. Darkseid's first invasion did a lot more damage than it did in the main universe, with three of the world's most inspirational superheroes dying in the process and several Apokolips-esque fire pits cropping up around the globe. All of the new generation of heroes have some tragic element to their backstories, ranging from dead mentors and lovers to just being told by everyone that you're a failure.
    • Averted before the invasion, though. This universe's Batman and Superman lived long enough to have families, and in Batman/Superman, the reason that this world was doomed is because it isn't willing to do what is necessary, as in be willing to take risks and fight like the Batman and Superman of the mainstream universe, to survive.
  • Cryo Prison: Arkham Asylum has become a vast cryo-storage unit for villains. Which doesn't stop the new Batman putting a couple of bullets in the frozen Joker just to be on the safe side.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In issue 15, it's the Flash, Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, the Atom, Red Arrow, and the Sandmen vs. the Hunger Dogs of Apokolips. The Hunger Dogs pulverize the Wonders, but leave most of them alive. Some of the Sandmen aren't so lucky.
    • Issue 16 has Green Lantern fighting Steppenwolf on even ground until Brutaal steps in. They literally stomp Green Lantern within an inch of his life.
    • In issue 17, Dr. Fate tries to fight Brutaal, thinking his magic will give him an advantage. It doesn't and Brutaal/Superman's clone actually cracks the Helmet of Fate. Luckily, the Flash rescues Fate before he's killed.
  • Darker and Edgier: The new Batman, who's willing to kill much more (in fact he isn't shown using any non-lethal methods), complete with a red and black costume.
  • Dawn of an Era: Five years after the "Age of Wonders" ended, new superheroes started to appear.
  • Dead All Along: Issue 26 reveals that the evil Superman was a clone, meaning the original has been dead for years. note 
  • Death by Adaptation: Khalid's deceased guardian, Kent Nelson, was the original Doctor Fate pre-New 52.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Steppenwolf in issue #8 shows the people of Dherain the head of its king to make them surrender.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Jay, a loser who is barely passing college classes. Conveniently, it lands in his backyard.
  • Differently Powered Individual: Superheroes are commonly called "Wonders"—according to Word of God, this is due to Wonder Woman being the first public superhero (as opposed to Superman being first, leading to the term "superhero"). Jay calls the Hunger Dogs "Terrors", but it's so far unclear if this is an established term for "supervillain" or just something Jay made up on the spot.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Terry Sloan destroys the parts of the world that are infected with Anti-Life, the world looks just like Apokolips.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Jay comes off largely as this.
  • The Dragon: Fury is Steppenwolf's right hand woman.
  • Dynamic Entry:
    • The Atom's definitely counts; jumping from a plane and landing on Grundy.
    • The Atom gets another one when he smashes into Jay's mother's house.
    The Atom: *smash!* Knock knock!
  • End of an Age: After Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman died stopping the parademon invasion, the world considers the "Age of Wonders" to be over.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Terry Sloan (the original Mr. Terrific in old DC continuity) for Michael Holt (the modern Mr. Terrific). His resemblance to a pre-hair loss Lex Luthor probably isn't an accident.
    • Alan Scott, the champion of the Green, has one in Grundy, the man of Grey.
  • Evil Knockoff: Brutaal, who is a clone of Superman.
  • Evil Overlord: Steppenwolf, after he beheads King Marov of Dherain and takes over his country.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Years after his apparent death in the parademon invasion, Superman returns, but is now a devout follower of Darkseid and wants to take over the world in his name. Subverted in that it wasn't actually Superman, but a clone.
  • Facial Horror: Doctor Fate hits Begulier with a spell that eradicates most of her head; leaving only the skull. She still thinks she's beautiful.
  • A Father to His Men: Al Pratt, the Atom.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Wotan. He even lampshades it.
    Wotan: I may have polite airs, good lady, but do not mistake them for a polite heart.
  • Female Gaze: Nicola Scott seems... rather fond of giving the readers glorious shots of Jay Garrick's well formed hindquarters
  • Fembot: Red Tornado. She later gets a woman's consciousness uploaded into her.
  • The Final Temptation: The Grey attempts to lure Alan into submission by using an apparition of Sam.
  • First Episode Spoiler: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman dying in issue one to make way for the true premise of the series.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Tons of it. Robinson particularly loves hinting at upcoming characters in background details and aside mentions in character dialogue.
    • In issue #17, after Doctor Fate gets thrashed by Superman, he starts babbling again. Writer Tom Taylor mentions in an interview that Fate's babbling has details about things to come. Visit the analysis page for more info.
    Doctor Fate: Crumbles! The space door opens! Crumbles... the Queen! It Crumbles. Green! Crumbles. Speed broken! The child, resurrected hope. Angel in the slaughter. They come from the fires! The alien. Crumbles green. It crumbles! Crumbles!
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: The Atom does this to Grundy, but it doesn't keep him down for long.
  • Godzilla Threshold: With the heroes rapidly losing the battle against Brutaal/ Superman's clone, Batman II infiltrates the World Army's stasis prison to get additional help.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Terry Sloan has minor scarring on his face. Issue #0 reveals this is due to shrapnel from a grenade.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Superman's clone whacks Atom with Atom's own dismembered arm.
  • Healing Factor: Grundy has an impressive one; even reforming after having his head punched to a pulp by Green Lantern.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Alan Scott becomes this as Green Lantern shortly following the death of his lover Sam.
  • Henshin Hero: Green Lantern and the Flash can magically shift in and out of their costumes at will.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Batman goes into one of the parademon towers to plant a computer virus that will kill all the parademons. However, the tower has a fail-safe that will self-destruct if tampered, something Batman knew would happen. He gives a tearful goodbye to Robin (his daughter Helena) as he plants the virus.
  • Heroic Spirit: Green Lantern needs to be focused in order to create constructs. While fighting Grundy he's unable to create constructs because he was still fazed by the death of his lover, Sam. When The Grey tries to tempt him with an apparition of Sam, Green Lantern fights it off and becomes focused enough to create constructs.
  • Hope Spot: In issue 16, the wonders get a second wind and fight to save as much lives as they can. Green Lantern even goes toe-to-toe with Steppenwolf. However, Brutaal comes to Steppenwolf's aid and they both beat the stuffing out of Green Lantern. Then Brutaal usurps Steppenwolf for defying Darkseid and starts preparing Earth for another Apokolips invasion.
  • Human Popsicle/People Jars: The World Army's Black Basement holding facility is where the world's most dangerous criminals and other liabilities are put in pods and frozen in stasis. This includes Aquawoman, the Joker, and Jimmy Olsen.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: One of the soldiers of Dherain in casual conversation with another solider in issue #8.
    Soldier 1: How long do you think until we get the order?
    Soldier 2: I'm a soldier, not a sideshow mind reader. How should I know?
  • In the Back: Steppenwolf kills Wonder Woman from behind by impaling her with his spear.
  • Inspector Javert: The Atom becomes this to Hawkgirl and The Flash
  • I Work Alone: After they defeat Grundy, Green Lantern thanks the Flash and Hawkgirl for their help, but declines their offer for forming a team. He later reconsiders their offer.
  • Jumped at the Call: Jay wastes no time becoming a hero once he gets his powers.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Superman is blown up by an army of parademons while yelling that he will kill Steppenwolf for killing Wonder Woman.
  • Last Of Their Kind:
    • Wonder Woman believed she was the last amazon, after her sisters and mother were wiped out by parademons. While she's fighting off the parademon invasion, Steppenwolf appears and kills her.
      • However, issue 8 reveals another surviving amazon: Fury, Wonder Woman's daughter. Unlike Wonder Woman, she is evil; having been raised by her adopted father, Steppenwolf.
    • Subverted with Superman in issue #19, where the heroes find another member of his species.
  • Let's You and Him Fight:
    • A variation. Hawkgirl initiates it to gauge Jay's power level. Hawkgirl won.
    • Again when The Atom shows up. They each resolve themselves rather quickly.
  • Legacy Character:
    • Earth 2 Annual #1 revealed a second Batman is currently active. His identity is later revealed to be Bruce Wayne's father Thomas, but he wears red and black, uses a wrist-mounted gun in his arsenal, and is willing to kill enemies.
    • Val-Zod becomes the second Superman in issue 24. Crosses with Affirmative Action Legacy because he's also a black Kryptonian.
  • Legacy Implosion: Most notably with Alan Scott and Al Pratt. Alan is aged down, which eliminates his son, Obsidian, one of the more prominent gay characters in the DC universe. Robinson decides to make up for it by simply incorporating that into Alan's character. Al Pratt also is a combination of both his Golden Age character, as well as Damage and Atom Smasher, two of his successors in the modern JSA.
  • Love Hurts: Both Alan and Jay in different situations, with Jay coping with some Heartbreak and Buzz Beer.
  • Mage Tower: The Tower of Fate. Its interior is extremely complex and weird.
  • Military Superhero: The World Army has a few: The Atom, Wesley Dodds and his Sandmen, Captain Steel and Red Tornado. Hawkgirl was one of them, but has gone AWOL. The World Council HQ security guards in Guardian uniforms might count as well.
  • Monumental Damage: Grundy reveals himself to the world by destroying the Capitol building in Washington, DC.
  • Naked on Arrival: Mercury is this when he crashes on Earth to give Jay Garrick Flash powers, though he seems to be lacking parts.
  • No Sell:
    • The Atom's atomic energy makes him immune to Alan's Green energy.
    • In issue #19, two World Army guards fire a huge Wave Motion Gun at Aquawoman. Not even her clothes are damaged.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Khalid is a doctor of archaeology. When he dons the Helmet of Fate, he chooses Dr. Fate as his codename.
  • Nuke 'em:
    • The World Council seems to favor this action in regards to possible threats, under the advisement of Terry Sloan.
    • Sloan also solves the problem of large parts of the world being under Apokolips mind control by simply blowing them all up. As Amar Khan states, he's remarkably consistent in his love of this option.
  • Photographic Memory: Jimmy Olsen is a master hacker that remembers everything he sees. He was imprisoned by the World Army for hacking into their systems, but when the parademon invasion happens again, he is released along with Aquawoman to help stop the invasion.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: Supergirl and Robin (Helena Wayne) both dive into a wormhole at the end of the parademon battle, serving as a set-up for Huntress/Power Girl: Worlds' Finest, which features the pair being stranded on Prime Earth and taking on new superhero mantles.
  • Pretty Boy: Wotan. He was originally a woman, but he cast an reincarnation spell on himself; switching sexes every time he was reborn. He's been reborn so many times, he became androgynous as a result.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Wotan: "Do. Not. Mess. With. ME!"
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Steppenwolf's Hunger Dogs: Brutaal, Beguiler, and Bedlam.
  • Race Lift: In order to diversify the cast.
    • Kendra was changed from white to Latina.
    • Doctor Fate's host has been changed from the white Kent Nelson to the Egyptian Khalid Ben-Hassin.
    • Captain Steel is a Philippine-born Filipino, whereas the original Commander Steel was a white American.
  • Right Man in the Wrong Place: This has been the standard so far for the origins of the heroes.
  • Refusal of the Call: Khalid is initially terrified to put on the Helmet of Fate because while it gives him powerful magic abilities, it also possesses his body. He later accepts his destiny after having been inspired by the Flash's bravery.
  • The Reveal: In Earth-2's Future's End tie-in issue, Michael Holt realises Terry Sloane isn't from Earth-2, and might not even be human.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • Green Lantern defeats Grundy by putting him in a place where there is no life for him to corrupt. Namely, the Moon.
    • The Red Lantern. If she escapes from the Earth's core, the world is doomed.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Ultimately, as the Worlds' End and Future's End series reveal, the new heroes accomplish pretty much nothing, their world is destroyed and the survivors will flee to Prime-Earth, where they will be discriminated against, imprisoned and experimented upon.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: According to Word of God the series is very much "Golden Age with Modern sensibilities", and so lands straight into the idealistic side.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The series has Hawkgirl as a founding member of the new Wonders. Double points since she's not only a woman, but a Latina as well.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Khan's name has caused a bit of confusion, since it has flipped between all combinations of Amir/Amar Khan/Kahn. Word of God states that it was supposed to be "Amar", and the other is a typo, and the script appears to have settled on Khan.
  • The Starscream: Issue 16, Brutaal usurps Steppenwolf as the Big Bad when he cuts him in half because Steppenwolf would rather take Earth for himself instead of Darkseid. He then reveals himself to be Superman, who was thought to have died years ago and starts preparing the Earth for Apokolips. Then it was later revealed that he was a clone of Superman.
  • Straight Gay: Alan Scott
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Superman's wife, Lois Lane, was killed in the parademon invasion before the series even started. Issue #17 has her consciousness put into Red Tornado's body; bringing her out of the fridge. Writer Tom Taylor points out in an interview that the containment unit Red Tornado was deliberately made to look like a fridge to hang a lampshade on this trope.
  • Superempowering:
  • Survivor Guilt: The Atom.
  • Take Over the World: Steppenwolf's master plan after he takes over the country of Dherain.
  • There Is Another
    • The Amazons are supposedly extinct thanks to Apokolips, but in issue 8, we're introduced to Fury, Wonder Woman's daughter.
    • Issue 19 reveals that another Kryptonian named Val is being held by the World Army under Arkham. Issue 20 reveals that there were four capsules launched from Krypton. Since we only know of Superman, Supergirl/Power Girl, and Val, that means another Kryptonian is out there somewhere.
  • Time Skip: Right at the end of the first issue the series skips forward five years, introducing us to the first of the new age of heroes: Jay Garrick and Alan Scott.
  • Too Fast to Stop: The Flash hasn't quite gotten the hang of braking when running at full speed.
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: When the Flash first got his powers, he couldn't use them very well and as a result, Hawkgirl told him to stay out of the fight with Grundy and rescue civilians instead. When the Atom appears and takes out Hawkgirl and Green Lantern, Flash decides to step up and topples the giant Atom with superfast blows.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The engagement ring Alan was going to propose to Sam with. It becomes his Green Lantern ring.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • Fans were able to figure out that Superman had never died and had turned villain the moment the cover art to #16 was released. The art style does a good job of obscuring most identifying features, but the spit curl was still there...
    • Batman II's identity had been known for months prior to the official reveal in the second Annual thanks to a tweet from DC about action figures (note: spoiler link).
  • Undying Loyalty: Brutaal, not to Steppenwolf, but to Darkseid. When Steppenwolf defies Darkseid, Brutaal kills him and takes over as the main threat.
  • Walking Wasteland: Grundy, the man of gray, who wishes to rid the Earth of life.
  • Wall of Weapons: Kendra's cabin has a wall lined with a variety of weapons. She also installed a firing range in her cabin to practice with them.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Terry Sloan, or at least he claims to be one.
    • The New Batman appears to be one as well.
  • Wham Episode: To those unfamiliar with the premise of Earth 2, the first issue will sure seem like one given the deaths of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Amar Khan's reaction to the World Army Council calling in Terry Sloan.
  • Whip It Good: Fury uses a glowing red whip with a noose on the end of the handle.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: When Khalid's not wearing the Helmet of Fate, he occasionally has temporary bouts of insanity.
  • Wizard Duel: Between Doctor Fate and Wotan. Doctor Fate wins by sending Wotan to another dimension.
  • World-Healing Wave: Downplayed: Grundy's presence absolutely devastates the Earth's flora. After defeating him, Green Lantern gives some of his energy back to the Earth; similar to a booster shot. Nothing happens at first, but when Green Lantern leaves, everything slowly starts coming back to life.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Steppenwolf has been trapped on Earth for five years because he can't make another boom tube back to Apokolips. He decides to make the best of it and plans to take over the world.
  • Younger and Hipper: Prior to the New 52 reboot, the main gimmick of the surviving JSA was that members were elder statesmen who had been in their prime during WW2. Now they're young men and women beginning their super-hero careers in the modern day. It still maintains the themes of legacy that the old JSA had, with the twist that now the main characters inherit the legacy of the previous Trinity, instead of the other way around.
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