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Once a professional juggler and fire eater, Tom Taylor is now a multi-award-winning comic book writer, playwright and screenwriter. Taylor is the creator of the Aurealis-Award Winning graphic novel series THE DEEP (which tells the adventures of a multiethnic family of underwater explorers who live on a submarine), which has been optioned by Technicolor to be turned into a 26 episode CG animated series. He is perhaps best known for the best-selling DC Comics series, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, and his many Star Wars series, which include STAR WARS: INVASION and STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES (which won the 2012 Stan Lee Excelsior Award).
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  • Series: Earth 2 (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401250017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401250010
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Taylor can be followed on twitter @TomTaylorMade.
Once a professional juggler and fire eater, Tom Taylor is now a #1 New York Times best-selling and multi-award-winning comic book writer, playwright and screenwriter.
He is perhaps best known for the DC Comics series, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US and EARTH 2, and the ongoing SUPERIOR IRON MAN series for Marvel, as well as his many Star Wars series, which include STAR WARS: INVASION and STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES (which won the 2012 Stan Lee Excelsior Award).
Taylor is the co-creator and head writer of the upcoming CG Animated series, The Deep, based on his graphic novels of the same name.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knight on October 14, 2014
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Tom Taylor's Earth 2 is a fun and action-packed book. The Dark Age collection is no different. As the Earth is dealing with multiple fire pits (purpose unknown), a hostile takeover in a Middle Eastern country, massive destruction all over the world (especially Gotham), and the death or absence of all the major superheroes, a surprise is revealed: Superman is not dead, and has returned. Unfortunately, Superman is now serving the ruthless Darkseid. As the remaining heroes look for a way to defeat him, Batman returns with a vengeance, but its not the Batman we all remember.

The Dark Age deals with the war with Superman ably. It is almost like an action movie in comic book form. Over the course of the four parts of the story, the heroes are forced into new alliances and have to deal with disaster on a grand scale. In my opinion, the best parts of the story are focused on the return of Lois Lane (in an unexpected form) and the new Batman, who is infinitely more vicious than Bruce Wayne. There really isn't any closure at the end of this book, but the storyline functions as a transition into the next big event to hit Earth 2.

My favorite part of this collection is Earth 2 Annual #2, which details the origin of the new Batman. The story is terrific and puts a whole new spin on the Batman mythos. The reveal of who the new Batman is leaves some interesting stories to be told in the future.

One of the great things about Earth 2 is that the writers (in this case, Tom Taylor) are able to take familiar characters and put them through trials that would never be accepted in the regular books. This means changing the secret identity of characters and sometimes even having them die. This adds a newness and unpredictability to the stories.
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So Tom Taylor -- also the author of the excellent "Injustice: Gods Among Us" -- is now DCs go to guy for Elseworld. Despite being a huge Robinson fan, I'd found the earlier volumes of this book rather stilted and often directionless. Even worse, I didn't really see the point of many of these characters, who were so different from their Earth 1 counterparts as to be hardly interesting (like the Earth 2 Flash, who besides the power and name, seemed to have nothing in common with the original). I enjoy Elseworld's in no small part because of the "What if" factor. Just giving totally different characters the same name and power makes me wonder why give them the same name in the first place?

Taylor almost attacks every problem I found in the previous issues and comes out gold on the other side. He blows away the lack of direction. Previously, Earth 2's main difference (besides the unrecognizable characters) was the history of earth suffering and finally winning a war with Apocalypse, albeit at a high cost. Nothing focuses a story like an invasion from a planet of evil gods! That this invasion is led by Superman, just further ups the ante. Saying too much about the parallel Batman story would be a major spoiler, but suffice to say that Taylor offers an Elseworld storyline that will knock your socks off. I just cannot say enough about the great writing and plotting in this book.

And then there is the art. Nichola Scott's work, perhaps the strongest point of the previous volumes, here just continues to shine. Her art is bracing, confident, and emotionally packed. Her art heightens the already emotional punch found in Taylor's plot line making this one of the great artistic marriages in recent comic history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cornell on October 21, 2014
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Fun little read. It just kinda ends however. Lots of build up for an epic show down, but your left with meh conflict of ideas and some more or less lucky heros. With tyat in mind its not a bad book. Definitely worth picking up if you read and liked the other volumes.
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The World Army had engaged Steppenwolf's forces and were dealt a humiliating defeat. The attack was a disaster, and one of the villains ripping through their forces was Superman. The Wonders and the World Army were forced to retreat, but Superman pushes forward in Darkseid's name reshaping the world in his master's image. -summary

Written by Tom Taylor whom had relieved James Robinson of writing duties. Earth 2 Volume 4: The Dark Age follows up the world building that took place across the first four volumes and delivers something truly special. This is by far the best volume at this point as things move with a full head of steam, character's receive more development, and even then there is still future development with more surprises on the way. Tom Taylor was a great choice for this, because his work on Injustice: Gods Among Us is proof that he knows how to handle these alternate worlds very well. This volume contains Earth 2 issues 17-20 and Annual #2.

The plot follows the Wonders and remnants of the World Army as they attempt to evade and come up with a plan to battle against Superman and his powerful allies. The body count continues to rise, while new alliances are created in an attempt to avoid annihilation. This volume is indeed a fun read and the fun never stops.

Unfortunately DC does reveal one of their glaring weaknesses, and it's that they can't survive these alternate stories without their chief money makers, in this case Batman and Superman. Despite the effort put into the other characters such as Aquawoman whom has a very impressive showing, the new twist on these two characters is clearly what ups the ante. This is definitely a different Batman playing by a different set of rules. I enjoyed everything he did and I love his way of thinking and dialog.
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