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52 #4

Posted: Friday, June 2, 2006
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (Breakdowns), Joe Bennett (p), Jack Jadson

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Montoya learns to love the pill… and the coffee… and whatever else she can get her grubby hands on while she stakes out a nothing shop in the middle of nowhere …hey, it’s a living, as long as you can survive the occasional bizarre creature.

The search for our intrepid space heroes continues when Halo senses a change in the air that leads to a devastating discovery. Just when you thought the Doom Patrol was a weird group of misfits, wait until you get a load of THIS bunch…

Booster-seat continues his childish, self-centered ways despite a visit from a very HOT friend. Will he grow up in time to save himself from whatever tragedy must surely await him? (This IS the “we think of 'dark' as 'drama,' and all comics need drama” DCU now, after all!)

Having practically alienated his neice, John Henry has a Matrix moment after having a very interesting conversation with…Steel?

Ralph gets mugged by extraterrestrial evangelists (paging Mr. Morrison). Oh, and more DC history!

The Heroes: Sundollar coffee… I loves me a good play on words!

Fire: Yeah; I’m a mark for Fire, especially in that classic outfit. You aren’t?

Montoya: I’m starting to dig her character. Perhaps I’ve watched too much Lost, but I keep imagining Michelle Rodriguez when I’m reading Montoya, especially during the smart-alecky remarks.

The Question: ”Elf needs food badly.” You’ve got to give the guy credit for continuing the witty metaphor even in pain.

Halo: Every time I see Halo I dart back twenty years to the origin I read about her back when she wore the black outfit with the rainbow colors on it. It was just a very striking uniform to me at the time. I also have to mention how I automatically thought of the Challengers of the Unknown when looking at the astronauts. It must be wishful thinking on my part, but never count out these writers with their love of continuity.

John Henry Irons: Something is finally starting to happen to this guy, and it reeks of Grant Morrison. In fact, visually it reminded me of The Bulleteer, although we can’t yet be sure that even that last moment wasn’t all in his head. In fact, during the back and forth conversation scenes, I was also reminded of the art in Morrison’s Mr. Miracle mini. This whole scene just had Morrison written all over it, so to speak.

By the way, did anyone else hear that sound effect from The Matrix when the camera went inside Neo’s throat?

The word “seemingly.” Did you miss it? In the history section, they stated that a possessed Harbinger “seemingly” killed the Monitor. This bodes well for a return somewhere soon!

Before I forget, I once again have to give props to the art team. The cover was striking (was I the only one who only just noticed that the blood is in the shape of a question mark?), and the interiors were top notch as always. While I look forward to seeing who stops by after Bennett’s run is over, I’m certainly in no rush to see Joe leave.

The Villains: Booster Gold: Is it really Michael Carter under that armor? I’m just really, really hoping there’s some weird time travel alternate reality twist involved here, because we’ve jumped back twenty years in his character development. Besides, I thought when we last saw Booster-child, he was going to go find Rip Hunter. I want to see that! After looking again, I did finally notice that Rip’s name is scratched on a list of, I guess, other time travel resources. Looks like I have even more characters to learn about!

Ralph: What happened to the detective? I know he’s desperate, but come on! I guess I should give him the benefit of the doubt, though, since he was trusting Cassie. Oh, and Cassie? Since when did a daughter of a Greek God get so easily pulled into a web like this?

The history of the DC Universe: It should really be called, “How many times can we talk about Crisis and make you think we’re giving you new information each week?” Seriously, for how many issues are we going to have to read about there having been multiple Earths? I’m all for the concept, but I get the point. Move on.

The Resolution: I really love this synthesis of folks like Geoff Johns and Mark Waid being able to contribute accurate hero personalities and history, mixing with Greg Rucka’s penchant for taught dark suspense, and Grant Morrison’s far out futurist ideas, and how it all comes together so well.

So where are we going with Montoya and Question? Is that one of the monsters that captured Sivana? (Thanks for the pickup there Brian, I totally missed that possible connection.)

What’s up with a bunch of regular astronauts…and Halo? “uhh yeah, she just sorta wanted to tag along and I figured our trip was short on attractive blondes… wait, she has powers? Cool!”

Will we see more Fire? Can we swap out Booster for Fire? Please??

Is it all in John Henry’s mind? Is it real, or is it Memorex? Will his niece return?

Will Ralph find out more about his wife’s tombstone? Will he get his ring back? Will he get his dignity back? Will he at least get his clothes back??

What’s up with that last page? What happened to these heroes? Who are the heroes that are merged in the middle? Will anyone really mourn the loss of Hornblower and Bumblebee if they don’t make it?

Will we ever get past the point of Crisis in the history of the DCU and actually move forward?

Answers to these burning questions surely await us…in week five!



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