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52 #9

Posted: Friday, July 7, 2006
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Shawn Moll (p), Tom Nguyen (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Fee Fi Fo Fum! I smell the blood of a Tamaranian! Devilance the Pursuer keeps our intrepid explorers captive in a cave while he ponders how he can pursue them now that they’ve already been caught. Lex Luthor gloats while a shiny new John Henry Irons is attacked by his augmented niece. The Question visits Renee in her home territory in an effort to provide some answers…but who’s watching them?

The Heroes: Buddy Baker: He wakes up and immediately thinks of his family. What a guy! Plus, we get to see him use his powers, which is more than I can say for his entire run in JLE!

Adam Strange: He’s always thinking, and it doesn’t take him long to figure out exactly what’s going on. Now, can he figure out a way to solve their larger problem?

The Question: The only guy who can walk into a lesbian bar without flinching. “No men’s room.” Nice. I realize Renee is set in her lifestyle, but am I the only one sensing some sexual tension between these two? How will that change once Batwoman joins the party? I DO have to give ole’ Question a hard time, though. How does he not notice Batwoman looking on? This is the same guy who assumes he’s being watched when he’s in solitary confinement!

Devilance the Pursuer: So he’s caught them. Now what’s the best way to continue his purpose of pursuit? Perhaps letting them go? Hmmm….

Shawn Moll and Ton Nguyen: I really enjoyed Steel’s shiny silvery look, although his calm face needs a bit more detail. Devilance was very cool looking, and I can’t wait to see some other gods. The high spot for me artistically this week, however, was the side shot of Renee Montoya as the Question is walking out of the bar. That was just a great look, and it conveyed so much.

The Villains: Natasha: Is she setting herself up for a fall or what? This can’t end well. This whole week’s section of their storyline was rather predictable and had me looking forward to the end of the fight to see what would happen next.

Donna Troy: Her emotions are still feeling forced in this very sterile retelling of DCU history. I’m STILL waiting for new information here, folks.

That’s about it on the villains side of things. Booster’s not in this issue, and Renee had the Question to liven her up, so we’re all good.

The Resolution: Will Natasha be a big hit with the new Conglomerate, or will it all come crashing down around her?? Do I even need to ask??

Will our intrepid explorers figure out a way to get the gods off their backs, or will being trapped by Devilance the Pursuer seem like a holiday in Bermuda compared to what is on the horizon??

Will Renee ever figure out who the Question is and what is going on, or will she continue to let alcohol dictate her moods and initiative, randomly stumbling into the occasional interesting plotline??

What part will Batwoman play in Renee and Question’s little mystery??

Will we ever learn anything new in the history of the DCU??

We can only hope that these and other questions will be addressed in the upcoming installments of…52!!



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