I wouldn’t deny that I am loosing my interest in the series. From drawn out plots to the introduction of more and more characters, the invasion of Earth 2 by the menacing Apokolips is getting overly drawn out with numerous storylines that has vastly different natures. Granted I’m not a huge fan of apocalyptic storylines such as this, the series does seem to have lost its touch for a number of other reasons.
One of the main storylines developed is the mission to Apokolips to launch a preemptive strive against Darkseid. While the plot deals with interesting aspects such as Fury finding out about her true heritage and the reveal that the Helmet of Fate is in fact a mother box, I was especially invested in this mission. All that said, due to the constant shifting from storyline to storyline, the lack of focus greatly diminished my interest in their activities over time. With no significant development of any of the characters, there just isn’t anything to keep me wanting more from the plot – to the extent that Apokolips’ arrival into Earth’s orbit and subsequent destruction of the moon didn’t even surprise me.
As for the Graysons’ storyline, it is interesting only because of the characters involved and nothing more. As I have previously mentioned (Furies of Apokolips), the Graysons adds a touch of humanity to the catastrophic extraterrestrial event. While I love these characters, their storyline was greatly sidelined by all the other storylines making it rather dull. Even with the addition of Ted Grant (Wildcat) and John Constantine (of Prime Earth), the plot just seems to lack substance. Given the size of this event, it would have been wiser should the writers have given them a 6 book miniseries to catalogue their journey for survival rather than abruptly interrupting far more interesting storylines to input these details.
While the world is being torn apart at the surface, Val-Zod, Kara, Batman, Lois and Huntress took it upon themselves to explore one of the fire pits. Much like all the other story arcs, there was nothing particularly captivating about this underground mission. Given that the world is facing destruction, the reveal of that Kal-El could possibly be still alive does not, in any way, add value to the story. Even if he were alive, what could he possibly do to save the Earth? There are limits to his abilities as well which is why I am rather indifferent towards this reveal. Fortunately, one of the things that this arc does right is the transformation of Helena in a fury for Darkseid – that I certainly did not expect. Being kidnapped by Desaad caused Thomas (Wayne) to turn against the team as he felt that their priorities were more skewed to finding Kal-El instead of saving his granddaughter. The fact that he would risk the world for his granddaughter says a lot about Thomas’ personality and attitude towards his family which has been one of his major developments over the course the series. Things only get more compelling when it is teased that Helena is to be transformed into a fury. I would imagine that having her return as a minion of Darkseid would greatly affect the team – especially Thomas and Kara given their close connection to the daughter of Bruce Wayne. Would they choose to kill her or find a way to save her? That is something I am sincerely thrilled to find out. This is the type of plots that this series needs to deal with – those that stories in Prime Earth would never go for mainly because it would never really work out well. Earth 2 is the perfect set up for the writers to take more risk and go to extremes never before attempted by the main Earth.
Of all the storylines going on, the only one that really stood out and remained consistently interesting is the assembly of the Avatars of the Primal Forces. To defend the Earth, the Primal Forces approached Alan Scott with a mission to gather the other Avatars to save the Earth. Unlike the other storylines, this one retains its compelling quality due to the parallels it has with Prime Earth. While unlikely that we will see this is Prime Earth, the potential is enough to get readers excited. From the introduction – or reintroduction if you must – of Sam Zhao as the Avatar of the White to the dark secret of the ancient blue avatar, there is just so much to look forward to. It seems as if these guys are the only ones that are actually working to save the world!
All in all, Armed for Apokolips is one of the more convoluted arc with only minor progressions in the events of the war with little development for the characters. That being said, this arc does seem to be laying the foundation for a greater plot as the attack on Apokolips begins.