Justice League of America: Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 2 (1967—1970) – Review
By Ricardo ‘Rease’ Butler
Coming back with Volume 2 of Crisis on Multiple Earths a lot of the DC writers and artists have changed. The team dynamic is different as well as a little bit of the writing and storytelling.
The actions gets a little bit more suspense and challenges you to think a bit more like a detective to figure out the mysteries taking place on the next pages to come. The artwork has a lot more going on in them to keep the eyes following the trails of breadcrumbs to find out what happens next. The issues in this volume are …
- The Super-Crisis that Struck Earth-Two!
- The Negative Crisis on Earths One-Two!
- The Stormy Return of the Red Tornado
- T.O. Morrow Kills the Justice League – Today!
- Star Light, Star Bright – Death Start I See Tonight!
- Where Death Fears to Tread!
- Peril of the Paired Planets
- Where Valor Fails … Will Magic Triumph?
Also, taking place in Volume 2 is the adding of more characters to the rosters of both the Justice League of America and the Justice Society of America. The two central characters that seemed to be important to a lot of the stories in this volume are Red Tornado and Black Canary.
We also get our first major death that becomes permanent since I’ve started reading the old school silver age DC heroes. It turns out Black Canary’s husband Larry Lance dies on Earth Two trying to save her. This triggers her to ask the JLA if she can move to Earth One because of all the pain left behind on her previous earth.
The bad guys in this volume seem to be less comical and more serious threats. This left me for the first time reading silver age JLA the question of, “How will they get out of this one?” It was good to see the writers and artists develop such a story that helps put a question in my mind and then helps me to figure it out as the pages turn.
My Thoughts on this Story
The stories of course got much better and were more grounded. Since I am spoiled by the modern storied of New 52 and Rebirth stories I would love to see a lot more dialogue build up a story still then just going comic to comic with one problem to problem. It seems like each story seems to be back to back problem and no rest for the heroes. At least in one of the stories Black Canary actually says that their was a year that passed between her leaving Earth Two and living on Earth Two. So that gave me a hint that it’s not just one end of the world situation after another. These are still great and fun stories!
Favorite Panel of the Issue
My favorite panel is not necessarily a panel at all. It’s actually one of the covers of an individual issue within these volumes of books. It’s the cover for Where Death Fears to Tread! For me, this is the first official image of Superman fighting Superman from Earth One and Earth Two. I thought this image was just classic!
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Ricardo Butler aka Rease Val Zod (Black Superman from Earth 2)