Earth 2 15.1
Special “Villains Month” Title: Desaad 1
Paul Levitz, Yildiray Cinar
Forever Evil Crossover
Spoiler alert! You have been warned!
This Earth 2 tie-in (which is arguably more of a Worlds’ Finest tie-in) was, much like the latter Huntress and Power Girl regular series, a bit lackluster. Add the extra gimmick of the fact that it’s a poorly-planned out pseudo-crossover with Forever Evil via Villains Month, and you have a recipe for disaster. Then look at the writer listed on the credits page, and you can do the math. Yildiray Cinar’s artwork can only save such poor writing.
As I said, the issue has good art and an extremely dated script, but it’s still kind of fun. Paul Levitz and other older writers can’t really seem to catch a break these days, especially in the New 52, so it’s a wonder that they are still even trying, let alone being given such high profile writing assignments after they regularly and consistently don’t deliver. The issue is a confusing mess for anyone not reading both Earth 2 and Worlds’ Finest, and even though I am doing so, I’m still not entirely sure what was going on. Desaad was left on the wrong Earth and wants to build a portal to get back to Apokolips before Darkseid forgets about him or thinks he betrayed him. He does so by recruiting humans and making them into his slaves. But I’m not entirely sure who any of the characters are, who they are supposed to be, or really, what is even going on at points. The artwork, though usually good, is a little inconsistent, especially at the end of the issue. It leaves me wondering if it was even necessary to have this issue to begin with.
So no, this issue is overall not worth the extra dollar. Get the regular cover and save yourself a buck if you’re a Worlds’ Finest or Earth 2 (or New Gods) fanatic, but otherwise, it’s a pass. The story doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The issue doesn’t serve a very big purpose in the grand scheme of things (we already knew the big reveals). And, unfortunately, Paul Levitz and writers like him need to lead the charge and either retire or just go the way of the dinosaur. They were good (debatably) once, but that time was long ago. Decades ago. At least two of them.
My Rating: 2.5/5