It is no secret that Earth 2: World’s End did not start off as the best of series. From irregular plotlines to weak character building, it was like each of the writers picked one thing they wanted to write about and they just mashed them all up together – messy, simply messy. That said, as the series progressed, consistent themes and stunning artwork allowed the stories to develop properly. Hence, there is a lot riding on this final arc to deliver an impactful conclusion to an otherwise dragged out storyline – and indeed it did. World’s End took the best from each of the subplots to deliver a convergence of the plots with heavy focus on action and character development that truly returns the series to its former glory.
One of the main highlights of World’s End is the direct attack on Apokolips by Green Lantern, the Supers and Red Tornado. After Alan Scott punched a hole through Apokolips’ defenses with a stunning display of primal power, our wonders rushed in to face the despotic Darkseid. Throughout the confrontation, the writers managed to truly capture Darkseid’s true power as he is shown to be barely phased by the heroes’ attacks – even the help from other wonders such as Flash, Hawkgirl and others did not improve the situation. In this aspect, Earth 2: World’s End manages to deliver a more menacing version that his Justice League version. This is how Darkseid is supposed to be and it’s surprising that it was the Earth 2 series that delivered this bad-ass version of the character.
Barda’s attack on Earth with Kalibak took an unprecedented turn in quite a number of ways. For one, it has been confirmed that Jimmy Olsen is indeed a New God which is a far-stretch from his Prime Earth origins. The most surprising thing however was the way the series tackles the ferocity and duplicitous nature of Apokoliptians when is shown when Kalibak attacked Barda after her armor was destroyed in combat. After which Barda escapes into the boom tube that Jimmy opened to the TSS Endurance and blended in with the survivors – awaiting escape. At first, I felt that this part of the story was somewhat incomplete but after some thought, it could be that the writers are pre-emptively setting up events for what comes after Earth 2: World’s End.
On the evacuation side, things aren’t going as planned when Sato reports that they have more than 2 million survivors that would need to be transported to the alien ship that Michael Holt and his team has acquired which could only hold a hundred thousand – that’s a sizable difference. One of the most impactful scenes was when Grayson had to allow his son to board without him due to lack of space – unknowingly entrusting him to the fallen Apokoliptian Barda. It’s unclear where the writers intend to proceed with this direction but it is undoubtedly an intriguing one. Would Barda kill him? Eat him? Or maybe turn him into a Fury like she did with Huntress? Only time will tell. Thankfully, with the help of Alan Scott, the team exploits the aero-discs to tap into the Multiverse to bring forth multiple ships to save the remaining survivors. While this was somewhat interesting, it does make you wonder if most ‘Terry Sloan’s of the 52 Earths just happened to be genius engineers who have a giant empty ship just floating in Earth’s orbit – a minor flaw to an otherwise brilliantly executed idea through the combination of human minds and Apokoliptian tech.
In the final book, the series brought forth ‘The Oracle’ – a cosmic deity who watches the multiverse while Alan Scott called forth the power of The Green from the multiverse to become the most power wonder of Earth 2. Even with all that power, he was unable to defeat Darkseid which really makes you wonder how power is this guy and how the Justice League is going to defeat him in the upcoming Darkseid War on Prime Earth – they have to explain this well if not it would just be really disappointing. Thankfully, Scott was able to use this power to rescue those trapped on Earth but the fate of some of the main characters remained a mystery.
A beautifully crafted conclusion to a long and at times dragged out war is the best way to summarize this final arc of Earth 2: World’s End. With their Earth destroyed, it would be interesting to see how the survivors recover from this tragedy.