CM Podcast 239 – JLA Earth 2 (2000)

Over the last few weeks, we have talked about DC’s 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries and how it retconned their multiverse into a single universe.

DC’s new single Earth universe would remain this way through several crossover events and one more crisis, Zero Hour: Crisis in Time. It will not be until the year 2000 when writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely would introduce the concept of multiple Earths again with the stand alone comic, JLA Earth 2

These are the 2 covers of the initial release of JLA Earth 2 back in 2000.

I just want to talk about these covers for a second. Frank Quitely is a fantastic artist and he creates some amazing perspectives. I love how he literally has the mirror image of the JLA and CSA on these covers. The interiors are great too.

In this comic, we are reintroduced to The Crime Syndicate of Amerika who are now on the anti-matter world of Earth 2. Prior to Crisis on Infinite Earths, these villains were known as The Crime Syndicate of America and they resided on Earth 3.

As I mentioned in the podcast, the 1960 Earth 3 Owlman looks dumb. He looks like a man wearing a owl hat. How is anyone supposed to be intimidated by that? But the 2000 update by Morrison and Quitely is as scary as the original Batman!

Besides the amazing updates to all the costumes, Morrison and Quitely weave a compelling tale about what happens when a team that believes in truth and justice cross over to a world of pure evil. They explore Good vs Evil and show that these 2 concepts aren’t always black and white.

We also go over some of the real world events that happened back in 2000 and some of the history for the Justice League of America from 1985 – 2000.

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CM Podcast 79 – We3 Review

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I hope you all had a happy and relatively painless Thanksgiving with friends and/or family.

Since it was Thanksgiving this past Thursday, my mind started to wander and think about comics that have a “family” feel to it.  Now, I am sure there are many titles that have themes of family and getting together but none do it with as much bloodshed as the mini-series: We3.

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We3 was a Vertigo title that was released in 2004 and its written by Grant Morrison with art work by Frank Quitely.  This series asks the ultimate question:

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We find out the answer to that and other questions like: what does family and belonging mean?  Where exactly is home?  How many creative ways can you see weaponize pets vivisect humans?

Speaking to that last question, here are some of the scenes that I try to describe in the podcast.  All beautifully drawn by Frank Quitely.

After our discussion on We3, we compare the comic to the book and movie Watership Downs and have a quick palaver on how rabbits can teach use to be better humans.

“Remember folks, these images are from a ‘kids’ movie.”

That is it for this week.  Thanks for listening.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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