In Earth 2 Society #8, writer Dan Abnett continues to re-appropriate DC comics continuity with a touch of existential horror that makes for an engrossing read.
Earth 2 Society is showing the parallel reality post convergence as the general population is growing tired of superhuman’s. Earth 2’s collection of superhero’s debate the merit’s of this fear and their role in that before Alan Scott leave’s to fight a giant monster. Abnett is making an interesting exploration of the Scott character here in a Dr Manhattan sort of way to provide contrast between him & his fellow hero’s in addition the their own perceptions of the public’s concern. What Abnett does here is make Alan Scott a being of supreme power and as such, alter’s the character to the point of borderline godhood. There is an uncomfortable tension whenever Scott is present that feel’s authentic and real within the comic. Abnett isn’t just writing Alan Scott & co, there are moments with the universe’s Batman, Hawkgirl & Wonder Woman that are concise and exciting in a way that feels really original. Artist Jorge Jimenez and colorist Alejandro Sanchez are doing pretty standard superhero visual storytelling but like Abnett’s other DC series, Titan’s Hunt, it’s style add’s to the stories unsettling nature.
Abnett is doing singular work at DC Comics right under everybody’s nose and it’s worth any reader’s time that ever felt exasperated by the publisher’s New 52 era blandness. The writer continues to play with the continuity and concepts in the fictional universe. If you were looking for something from DC Comics that still feel’s inline with the publisher’s history, Abnett’s Earth 2 Society is your fix.