Thursday, October 4, 2012

Little Question That Sandman's Canadian

It had slipped my mind that Issue #5 of Earth-2, in stores as of yesterday, was to introduce Wesley Dodds as a Canadian member of a team called the World Army. 

I really like this book.  I was a big fan of the original JSA, right up to the team split a couple of years ago.  I've been buying the series digitally since the beginning and it is one of very few books that I buy pre "month-old" discount (well, at least among books without regular Canadian content).

Dodds' appearance is very, very brief.  But the fact that he is Canadian is quite clear.  I wondered if he would be treated like Booster Gold in Justice League International; said to be Canadian but never confirmed in-story.

Nope.  Dodds is only in a handful of panels, but his nationality is confirmed.

Here is a portion of page one.

Spot the maple leaf?  Well, in case you missed it, here is a portion of page two:

There's nothing to indicate that Dodds will be a permanent member of the team at this point though it's a safe assumption.  Mind you, they're not quite a team yet anyway.  He may be a reserve type that is called upon in certain situations.  Writer James Robinson does have plans to use him further, based on this comment on Twitter.
To everyone who liked E2 #5 and who asked -- the recruitment of Sanderson Hawkins will be a big plot point to come.
For those unfamiliar with the the original character(s), Sanderson was Sandman's sidekick so presumably Dodds will be involved heavily in that storyline.  However, the solicitations for #6 and #7 don't mention Sandman (or the Sandmen) so it may be a while still.

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