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52 #11

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2006
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Joe Bennett, Todd Nauck (p), Jack Jadson, Marlo Alquiza (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Ralph crashes a cult party. The Question and Renee Montoya gather information about their mysterious attacker, only to run into an all new Batwoman. Meanwhile, Sue gets a brand new bag courtesy of the Conner cult, while we get our final helping of the history of the DCU.

The Heroes: Renee Montoya and The Question: The chemistry between these two is great! Itís like theyíre an old married couple. Each one chides the other regarding their personal hang-ups, never giving an inch. Renee shows a perfect balance between hardnosed determination and quiet vulnerability, especially when The Question calls her out on not killing Jim Corrigan. The Question alternates between lighthearted, charming boyfriend and focused, resourceful crusader in the blink of an eye.

Batwoman: I have to say, Kate Kane took a giant leap in this issue from the boring character she was portrayed as in her last appearance. In this issue she is at once both strong willed and vulnerable in the scene where sheís giving Renee the information, and then focused and extremely capable in her scene as Batwoman. I also have to say that, even though sheís as big as life on the cover, I did fall for the tease of thinking that was Batman listening in on Renee and The Question initially. I guess I just really want to see Bruce again.

Whisper: Interesting new villainess. Attractive and repulsive at the same time, with dangerous abilities up close. Iíd like to see more of her, and Iím sure we will.

The art team: Great stuff this week. Reneeís concerned look when Kate is approaching, Kateís hot appearance, the Batwoman splash pages (Yay, finally some splash pages!)ÖI really enjoyed the art overall.

The history of the DCU: Can you believe it!? Itís in my heroes list! Not only because itís finally concluded, but because itís finally shown us something that we didnít already know! What a shock! Iím looking forward to seeing what role these Monitors will play, and how this oneís information will play out in the life of Donna Troy, as well as the DCU.

The Villains: Ralph: His facial hair inconsistency is getting on my nerves. Does he have it or not? One week he does, the next nothing, a few weeks later, full beard. Hell, this week it goes from full beard to a few days without shaving with the turn of a page! Plus, is he looking for ďheĒ or ďthemĒ? I have to say, this storyline is really dragging at this point. Find the cult, already!

Thatís it this week for villains. I mean, there were only two plots going on, so not a lot to work with.

The Resolution: Will Ralph find the cult, or will we be strung along another ten issues?

Will Renee hook up with Batwoman, or will The Question hook up with Renee, or will the Question hook up with Batwoman? Is there a combination I havenít thought of?

Will Donna Troy cause yet another crisis, or is she destined for something else entirely??

We can only hope that these and other questions will be addressed in the upcoming installments ofÖ52!



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