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52 #15

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2006
By: John Hays



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

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Booster has a bad day. A really, really bad day. Charlie and Renee play Shawshank, and we’re treated to Steel’s origin with art by classic Steel artist, Jon Bogdanove.

The Heroes: Renee: I loved Renee’s resilient “just try it” look as the guards were approaching, even after having endured several beatings already. Did you notice Black Adam’s portrait in her cell? Do ya think that she might be getting a mad-on for Black Adam having to stare at him while getting beaten each time? As soon as I read “No, please, not again…,” I knew right then that she was thinking back to the death of her partner Crispus Allen, and now considered Charlie a partner as well. This is a great moment that essentially takes their relationship up a notch. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here. By the way, Lon Chaney, Jr. played the Wolfman, not Boris Karloff. Small nitpick, but I like to give credit where it’s due.

Clark Kent: “This looks like a job for Supernova.” Cool! “Ah, store room, my old friend…I miss you already…” Cute! You just know the writers enjoyed coming up with these great lines. I think the funniest scene in the entire issue occurs when Clark sees Booster tear out the power line on the metro rail, and he just has to sigh. Hahaha. On a more serious note, did everyone make sure to catch what phone number was on Sanjay’s computer? That’s right, the Kahndaq Embassy! Something’s up with this Sanjay character…besides, his eyebrow looks sinister! That’s enough of a sign in my book!

Shawn Moll & Tom Nguyen: I really enjoyed the art in this issue. Emotions were evident, and it maintained the basic consistency seen throughout the series so far. I still would love to see a few more splash pages, but that’s really more on Keith Giffen than any particular art team, since Keith does the breakdowns. However, as some have mentioned, with so much to get to every week with all the various storylines, it’s probably a bit selfish to be asking for splash pages. I still am, though, darnit!

The Villains: Supernova: Geeze, kick a guy while he’s down, why don’t ya? I realize that Booster’s been an idiot and annoying pain in the rear, but that’s still not cool behavior from a fellow superhero. The only thing that could redeem Supernova in my eyes would be if he were a personal friend of Booster’s, or even Booster himself. That seems to be the prevailing theory going around right now, although another interesting one is that it’s somehow Ted Kord, since they also used to have similarly styled conversations. I can’t wait to see the reveal on this one, and I do NOT think that Booster’s story is over just yet. I DO have to admit that I really felt bad for Skeets at the end, though, poor little guy.

The Resolution: Will Booster return?? Or at least Michael Carter in some form???

Will we find out why a mythical sea monster was attacking Metropolis??

Will Renee and Charlie both make it safely out of Kahndaq??

Will someone please replace the head on Superman’s statue??

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



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