Every Wednesday, we speak with author Daniel H. Wilson for a detailed recap of Earth 2: World’s End, the weekly DC Comics title he’s spearheading about an alternate earth devastated by its prolonged war with Apokolips. The comic is instrumental in the lead-up to the publisher's upcoming Convergence event, and in this Blastr exclusive, we explore the issue with Wilson on the day it hits stands -- and offer a sneak peek at what readers can look for in its final installments.
Issue #20! I can't believe we've gotten here. This isn't the end, but is this a big moment for you?
Yeah, this is a big moment. We're rounding the corner, and the finish line is in sight. Twenty and 21 is where we wrap up our ancillary quests, and get down to the business of ending the world!
Let's talk about the Earth 2: Society book, which you'll be writing. We know this book is a big part leading into Convergence, and that Society emerges on the other side. What can you tell us based on what we're seeing now?
We're going to be laying some pretty major track in the next few issues for that. Right now we're just starting to get into it. The mystery Batman and Helena are figuring out right now really plays into what's going to happen in Earth 2: Society. I would say watch that plotline.
This is way out of left field, but is Jimmy Olsen turning into Brainiac? Is this how the Convergence villain emerges?
[Laughs] I can see why you'd go there. I don't want to confirm or deny what he is turning into, but he is definitely turning into something more than a freckled-faced kid.
What are the big answers we still need before this book ends?
In terms of the side quests — as I think of them, from playing way too much Skyrim — we have to find out what Bruce Wayne left for Helena, and we need to find out if they'll find a way off the planet. We're still looking for Grayson's son, too.
We should take a moment of silence for Azathoth, may he rest in peace. The Blue Avatar was a brief monster in our lives. Are you sad to see him go?
He didn't have a lot of dialogue, but he was a cool-looking creature. I don't think of him as gone; I think he just moved on to another dimension. But he was fun to bring in.
At the end of this series, you may need a standalone In Memoriam issue.
Just three seconds for each of the fallen. Now that I'm doing Earth 2: Society, I'm looking back and wishing I had some of these dead characters to play with.
The Avatars form this super Avatar. Grundy wastes away, Sam the White Avatar becomes one with Alan Scott. Is Yolanda dead?
She is not dead, but they're all making the same sacrifice to give up their essence and become one. Even Alan is sacrificing because he's becoming something more primal than a guy with a ring. He is becoming more similar to The Green. Now he is being guided by all these natures combined.
I was reading the combining forces scene, and thinking of Voltron or the Power Rangers. Is Alan Scott still the Green Lantern, or something else?
At this point, he hasn't completely channeled the power of the Parliament into everything he could become. But he is definitely on his way. I'd say he is still a Green Lantern — at this point.
What is the appeal for you in combing super powers in this way to create a new thing?
Thematically, what is interesting is him leaving behind his humanity, potentially. The goal of the Green Lantern is protecting the Earth, and the creatures of Earth, and in order to do that he might have to jump ship, and become something more than what he's protecting. So, he would be no longer be a part of what he's protecting. That is a classic Superman trope; the alien protecting people he's not a part of.
Helena seems to get more of the spotlight on this quest to find Oliver Queen, and whatever Bruce left for her. Is this an important development for her?
Absolutely. They're back in a city — albeit a destroyed one — and that's more of her element. For the longest time, she was in the fire pits, out of her element. So she's back, and we're seeing her traditional skill set returning.
We learn Brainwave, who Constantine defrosted issues back, is a threat in Atom's Haven. With all this going on, is he a notable villain to watch?
Yes. He is there to potentially cause problems for the World Army from the inside. The most insidious thing is he can make you forget he's there wreaking havoc. He has been growing like a cancer in Atom's Haven for a while. And because he has Grayson's son, he'll end up dealing with Ted and Grayson.
Neither Dick nor Ted have powers. So, are they up to the task of taking down Brainwave?
That is a great question. You have to pay attention to this. Dick Grayson is going to do whatever it takes, because his son is at stake. But whether he should tangle with someone with super powers? That is probably a really bad idea. That's all I'll say about that.
We have a moment outside the starship, where Fury seem legitimately bummed that her humans are potentially dead. Is she disappointed because they didn't live up to her expectations, or because she actually cared?
We have been reinforcing, issue after issue, this change how Miracle and Fury regard humankind — and their own humans, in particular. She has built up faith in our toughness and ability to survive. Whenever she thinks they've died in something so inconsequential as the vacuum of space, that challenges her faith. But the guys are OK, so her faith is restored.
Mister Miracle is such a downer and Negative Nelly right now ...
I think he is pretty grim because he blames himself for everything that's happening. After all, he is the one responsible for releasing Darkseid. He feels it's going to come down to a fight with his dad, and doesn't think they'll survive that.
We reconnect with Sloan, but where has he been?
I will leave that up in the air, but he's been somewhere scheming. And the fact he's reappeared means he has some kind of insidious plan. If they decide to work with him, they could be falling into what he wants them to do. I would never trust Terry Sloan.
What was your favorite moment of this issue?
I really like the image of Apokolips surrounding the Earth. You can see it has broken into all these pieces, and closing around Earth like a stomach. That would be so cool to look at from the ground.