Before Earth 2’s Trinity died back in issue #1, they were this world’s heroes. In fact, they were three of a team of eight, and in this issue, we focus on one of those eight, Terry Sloan, who appeared much earlier in the series. It’s an interesting piece that gives a bit as to what fans should expect from the series later on down the line, but leaves enough questions unanswered to get readers to come back for more.
Read on for my review!
Back in one of the opening issues to this series, there was a segment where Mister Terrific was transported from his series over to Earth 2, and he went head-to-head with a guy who seemed to have similar abilities as his own. This man was Terry Sloan, or Terry Sloane, the original Mister Terrific. Now that all of that makes a bit more sense, I can say that this issue makes me look forward to what’s to come in this series.
The entire issue is narrated from the point of view of Sloan, which is interesting given the fact he’s the one character here that readers know the least about. He’s on the cover as the dude with the “08” on his chest, because apparently before the events of issue #1 he was known as “Mr. 8.”
Like a mortal among gods, we’re shown the story of Terry alongside the other heroes as they fought off the forces of Apokolips in what is seen to be a multiple year spanning war (as opposed to the quick battle our Justice League got over in that series’ debut arc). This issue is the story of his downfall, from a hero among the best of them to their greatest threat as he shows how easily he can manipulate the likes of Superman. By the end, what we get is a rather large in-scale story that crosses worlds and dimensions, and a story that was nothing we would have expected, from an issue we weren’t even sure about what we’d be getting.
Robinson does something interesting and effective with his #0 issue by highlighting something we already knew, telling us what that was, and then giving us dozens more questions about what that character, and all the things he’s done in this issue, means for this series, as well as the connection between the dimensions and universes in DC Comics.
Guest artist Tomas Giorello provides some passable artwork that really finds its strength in the costumes and backgrounds. Anything tech-based seems to get the long end of the stick here, while his characters faces and expressions seem a bit off throughout. Also, he draws Superman’s costume like his counterpart from the main DCU rather than the Earth 2 costume, which becomes a bit distracting, especially when Universe crossing plays into the theme of this story.
GO Rating: 4/5