Orion travels to Earth to confront Darkseid in New Gods #2.
The comic gives us our first (brief) confrontation between Orion and Darkseid. It also furthers the story of Darkseid on Earth and we get to learn a little bit more about him.
Where to read New Gods #2:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1 or
- Jack Kirby’s New Gods trade paperback (black-and-white)
- New Gods digital comics on Kindle and Comixology
Previously – Forever People #2
Orion has found his way to Earth and is there to protect the 4 people that Darkseid has abducted as well as try to hunt down Darkseid.
It’s slightly disappointing that the majority of this comic is spent on Earth. At the same time, though, it is cool to be able to see Orion the Hunter in and Earthly setting and interacting with us mortal humans.
Lightray is a character in particular that I want to see more of. We only see him briefly in this issue, talking to Highfather on New Genesis. It’s clear he is friends with Orion and has a great deal of respect for him. He is willing to help fight a war if it means assisting his friend.
Why Darkseid is spending so much time on Earth is still a bit of a mystery for me. Yes, I know he wants the anti-life equation and believes someone on Earth can give it to him. But why is he spending so much time with what seem to be side projects in Project Cadmus and Intergang?
Darkseid also continues to be very passive in his operations. It’s clear he is patient, but it seems he is almost too patient for an evil villain. He also is content to let others do his fighting and dirty work for him. The problem with that is that most of his followers seem to be rather incompetent.
It seems Darkseid would be more successful if he carried out his missions personally, but I’m sure he has his reasons for not doing so. We also haven’t seen much in the New Gods title to show why Darkseid is evil. We have been told it a lot, and looking for the anti-life equation is about as dark as it gets, but the only violence we have seen is a backhand slap to a follower.
The 4 humans that Orion is working with are mostly forgettable at this point. Dave Lincoln seems to talk the most, so I guess he might be important. They are mostly there to help explain things to Orion. I’m sure they will be more involved if Darkseid wants to find them.
The first time reading this through, I was more disappointed with the amount of time spent on Earth so early. Normally, I prefer traditional Earth action over total cosmic stuff, but I’m so intrigued by the Fourth World that I want to see more of New Genesis and Apokolips.
By reading these in order of release date, I see that Earth is very important to Darkseid’s plan. And wherever Darkseid goes, Orion is normally there to follow. I’m now more interested to see how Earth is involved with Darksied’s plan in all 4 titles.
I’m curious to see if Orion meets up with the Forever People while on Earth. They both seem to be working independently fighting Darkseid, but it would make sense for them to collaborate. Next up, we return to the wacky Jimmy Olsen adventures in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #137.
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