When we last left the alternate reality of DC Comics’ Earth 2, wealthy jet-setter Alan Scott’s proposal to his boyfriend Sam literally blew up in his face. Their train erupted in flame, tumbling wildly off course. Amidst the confusion, Alan is certain that some of that fire is an otherworldly green. But how could that be possible? The Apokolips War is long ended, and life is supposed to be returning to normal. What caused this horrific explosion? Did anyone make it out alive?
With this preview of next week’s Earth 2 #3, it appears that Alan is the sole survivor of the explosion. Sam is gone.
EARTH 2 #3
Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
Cover by: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
Variant Cover by: Ivan Reis
• The all-new origin of ALAN SCOTT GREEN LANTERN – unlike any GL origin that’s come before!
• The debut of the all-new HAWKGIRL!
• And Jay Garrick, THE FLASH, meets his first Super Hero!
It’s a controversial move on Robinson’s part, not simply due to the firestorm surrounding Alan’s very public coming out. Because Alan Scott is also a Green Lantern, the loss of a significant other is wound up in a whole lot of baggage. Fortunately Sam wasn’t in a refrigerated car when the explosion went off, but is that enough to escape the much maligned trope? It’s a risk worth mentioning, but in the end we’re rooting for Robinson, Scott and Earth 2. It’s been an exciting addition to the New 52 and the quality has impressed, despite (and perhaps because of) the sheer number of contentious revisions to some revered properties.
Let’s take a sneak peek at the secret origin of Earth 2‘s Green Lantern!