by Jeremy DeFatta
Today’s exploration of Batman will be somewhat short, given that this version is (officially) unknown. Today I want to briefly mention the Earth 2 Batman. Once we know more of him, we will return and discuss him in detail.
POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING: The internet seems convinced that the new Batman of Earth 2 is Thomas Wayne, and likely the version from Flashpoint (somehow). Given his behavior in Earth 2 #18, however, I’m going to just throw out there that I think he might be that world’s curmudgeonly Jason Todd. What do you guys who are reading this title think? END SPOILERS.
The real point of today’s posting is to draw attention to Tom Taylor, the current writer of Earth 2 and the Injustice: Gods Among Us tie-in comic, which is seriously one of the best things DC is putting out right now. An Australian powerhouse, Taylor is probably DC’s most under-appreciated asset, which is a shame. Few will contest that DC is losing horribly to Marvel and Image when it comes to the quality of their writers—in fact, if DC were to somehow lose Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Brian Azerello, and (sometimes) Jeff Lemire, they would be in trouble. That might not be entirely fair, but I want to illustrate the position DC has placed itself in by green-lighting poorly executed projects and alienating legitimate talent—they’ve all but lost Grant Morrison and J. H. Williams III at this point.
Taylor, on the other hand, may be DC’s salvation. They need only trust in him. His treatment of non-primary continuity realities has been fantastic and eye-opening, and I can’t wait to see not only future issues of the series he is currently writing, but also any other project he might take up. He is definitely worth a look, either through the weekly digital first versions of Injustice, or the monthly print copies of it and Earth 2, available at your local comic shop.
What do you, my faithful readers, think of Tom Taylor’s writing so far? Here is a link to his (sadly underpopulated) Facebook page.
My recommendations for this week:
Go digging for something by Tom Taylor. The entire the first year of Injustice is available on comiXology for 99 cents a pop.
Forever Evil #5
East of West #9
Pretty Deadly #4
This last one is especially important, because Kelly Sue Deconnick is seriously one of the greatest comics writers currently working, no qualifiers like “best female” necessary. Check out her work, too, and expect future returns to her body of work!
As always, support your local comic shops! Discuss this week’s topics below, and feel free to shoot a tweet at me @quaintjeremy.