Today, DC Comics gave readers a first look at Ivan Reis and Joe Prado’s variant cover for “Earth Two” #1 written by James Robinson with art by Nicola Scott. Revealed on the publisher’s blog, The Source, the cover features dynamically different costume designs for Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Robinson’s “Earth 2,” part of DC’s “Second Wave” of the New 52 hitting in May, marks the premiere of the Justice Society in the post-“Flashpoint” DCU and, according to DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras, will help continue the world building of the new DCU by focusing on the whole of the parallel world.
“I think one of the things that I was very gratified with with the New 52 initially was that people took what we did — we freshened up some characters, we presented them in a different light, we gave them this new start and we built up this great, great excitement,” Harras told CBR in January. “‘Earth 2,’ as part of the ‘Second Wave,’ is world-building. We’re creating a bigger, larger epic that will encompass different worlds, different characters, and ‘Earth 2’ is very integral to that plan. More so than just calling it ‘JSA,’ we wanted to say, no, this is about a parallel world and what that parallel world will mean to our world down the line. Again, we have long-term plans.”
Reis and Prado’s “Earth 2” #1 variant is the most current in a series of reveals this week from DC, following Ian Churchill’s art for “The Ravagers,” and announcing artistic shifts for “Animal Man,” “Resurrection Man,” “Birds of Prey” and “Suicide Squad.” Other previously announced changes occurring in May with the launch of the “Second Wave” include Rob Liefeld taking over “Deathstroke,” “The Savage Hawkman” and “Grifter;” Peter Milligan assuming writing duties for “Stormwatch,” Jeff Lemire scribing “Justice League Dark” and writer Matt Kindt taking on “Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.”
Stay tuned to CBR News for more on the “Second Wave” of the New 52.