In an interview, James Robinson let spill a few things regarding the upcoming Earth-2 series, and in the process gave everyone a look at Jay Garrick, the “everyman” of this new universe.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • This is a complete reboot of the Earth-2 concept
  • The story opens five years into the introduction of the characters
  • Look for Alan Scott and Al Pratt to appear as key characters in the story.
  • The first issue also includes Helena Wayne as Robin, and Karen Starr as Supergirl, before they somehow end up on the main DCU Earth as Huntress and Power Girl (as seen in the current Huntress mini-series and May’s World’s Finest).
  • The differences between the main DCU Earth and Earth 2 are not traceable to one easy explanation (such as, “they lost the war”).
  • Fans of Wally West and Donna Troy should not expect to see them on Earth 2, because Robinson said he doesn’t know what the plans are for those characters.

So there you go, a new Earth-2, the JSA and more characters you can shake a stick at. More was revealed in the interview at Newsarama.

via Newsarama

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  1. BigPapaRama
    March 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    My first thought… that looks like Ant-Man.

  2. TaZ
    March 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm — Reply

    I like it. Other than the rats. I hate rats.

    I miss the old Mercury helmet, Captain America pants and Cavalier boots but giving the JSA the same relaunch treatment as the JLA is interesting. Now all we need to hear is where Ted Grant, Kent Nelson and the others fit in.

    Now if someone can just bring back The Specter on either EDCU or E-2 that would be interesting.

  3. Michael
    March 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm — Reply

    I’m guess modern-day E-2 Jay Garrick is younger? Or has he aged well?

  4. BlueBeetle
    March 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    The art looks good but I hate the uniform. You could say my hopes for this title are coming back down to Eath-1 or Earth Prime depending on who you ask.

    IMO All future artists of the Flash need to go get their copy of Kingdom Come down off the shelf and all future iterations of Flash costumes should be a natural progression to that. The Flash does not work in IT he is a force of nature so I don’t see the point in attaching doohickeys to an iconic costume.

    Francis Manapul gets a slight pass, but I would love to see him go in that direction as well.

    • KevinPBreen
      March 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm — Reply

      “The Flash does not work in IT he is a force of nature so I don’t see the point in attaching doohickeys to an iconic costume.”

      The article calls it a “speed suit.” This creates the impression that this Flash has nothing in come with the original, but gets his powers from the suit. It doesn’t look like this Earth-2 has nothing to do with legacy characters, it’s just another alternate world with new versions of the heroes but set in modern times, and serves as an excuse to show even more violent versions of the icons.

  5. Jay Garrick
    March 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    This is HIDEOUS! The entirity of DC is just awful! These guys need to go to design school and take in a few episodes of “Project Runway”!

  6. Rob M
    March 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    Oh hell no!

  7. March 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm — Reply

    I really miss the Mercury helmet.

  8. Matt S.
    March 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm — Reply

    I’m going to assume that this means that my chances of getting a new All-Star Squadron out of this are next to nothing…

  9. March 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm — Reply

    I like the costume, but I don’t like it for Jay Garrick. It’s like Electric Superman, I like the general look, but I didn’t like that it was a redesign of a classic look that didn’t need fixing.

  10. Ian
    March 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm — Reply

    The more I see of these, they look like the reverse-heroes of the CSA (Earth Three/Earth 2). I wonder if they will somehow go bad.

    • ~wyntermute~
      March 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm — Reply

      My first impression was “Johnny Quick?!?!” and then my second impression was “lolwtf is this?”. Needless to say, it’s not the 1950s-themed Flash-2 that we’re used to. Change isn’t necessarily bad, in & of itself, but… In this case it’s not just a costume change we’re getting. It seems to be a complete re-Flashing; he’s younger, from a more modern era, and missing the most iconic element of his previous identity. I’d say this change is a “bad” one, because it’s not really “Jay Garrick” the same way “New Coke” wasn’t really “Coke”. It’s “some new character we’re supposed to call Jay Garrick because editorial says so.”

      • Allen
        March 6, 2012 at 12:14 am — Reply

        Yeah. It’s Earth2 by name only and that pretty well ends my interest in the DCU as of tonight.

        • Jeff
          March 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm — Reply

          They lost me as Flashpoint and made it forever when they insisted that all this isn’t a reboot…

    • March 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm — Reply

      Good point.

  11. Anthony
    March 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm — Reply


    • Zalmonius
      March 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm — Reply

      Not happening. Deal with it or fuck off.

      • Allen
        March 6, 2012 at 12:12 am — Reply

        You fuck off. The guy has a right to state his mind.

  12. Stefanie
    March 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm — Reply


  13. JoeM
    March 6, 2012 at 8:38 am — Reply

    Hurm. I’ve two minds. That really doesn’t jump up and say Jay Garrick to me. But it does say Flash, or at least some version of Flash. I see elements from Jay in there. The color scheme, the really big lightning bolt. He has a helmet, if not the one Jay wears. I think this is what an Infinity Inc. Flash might look like today. A sort of Impulse/Infinity Inc./grandson of Jay Garrick might look. I like the costume, but I’m not really sure if I like Jay in it. Well, as always, let’s see the story and how much I like it!

  14. Umbra
    March 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    Huh, are we sure that’s not a typo and instead of Jay Garrick they meant Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash?

    If they had wanted to modernize his costume some, the one in Trinity was definitely better

  15. March 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    I think the main costume could work, if it’s simplified. As it is, it’s too busy, but I have no problem with streamlining the old shirt-and-jeans look into a spandex bodysuit. But that helmet just looks awful to me, both in general and for Jay Garrick. The Mercury helmet is what makes his look work.

    And if you redesign a Golden Age A-lister and come up with someone who gets repeatedly mistaken for Ant-Man, something’s wrong.

    I was already concerned about Jay and this version of Earth 2, and this costume & interview really aren’t helping with that.

  16. hfff
    March 7, 2012 at 1:05 am — Reply

    I’d say all of this Earth-2 stuff looks like shit, but I don’t wanna owe shit an apology.

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