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52 #17

Posted: Friday, September 1, 2006
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Chris Batista (p), Ruy Jose and Jack Jadson (i), David Baron (colors)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: The Justice League works for Lex Luthor? Our intrepid explorers meet up with a fragginí bastich.

The Heroes: Lobo: Iíll always have a special bizarre place in my heart for Lobo after enjoying his antics back in the JLI days. Heís someone who makes no bones about who he is or what he does. While I thought it was unfortunate that Devilance was killed so quickly, it wasnít that surprising considering the fact that these folks have a price on their head, and that inevitably means that Lobo is going to come sniffing around. What does surprise me is that they bought his story about his having changed and taken up nonviolence after he just iced The Pursuer, and that he needs their help.

Starfire: I love how MG3 made sure to show how differently Starfire acts when NOT under the control of the mysterious fruit on the planet they just left. Instead of gallivanting around in the nude, she has regained her slightly more conservative ways when she covers herself after Lobo rips her top off. Of course, Loboís not exactly Animal Man either, so that might have been part of the reason for her sudden prudishness.

Animal Man: I really liked the nod to Grantís run on Buddyís series, which ended with Buddy actually meeting Grant and finding out that he was a comic book character. Nice touch. The last time I remember seeing that mentioned was way back in JLApe. By the way, does anyone else think that itís odd how Adam Strange is being written as the cranky old fogie? Iíve never seen him written this way before.

The Villains: Luthorís Justice League: So Iím guessing that since, during the 52 year, there IS no Justice League proper, nobody can prevent Lex Luthor from using the name for his own team, but you just know it has to be getting under the collars of some former Leaguers out there. Itís no surprise to see that Luthorís ďleagueĒ is pretty dysfunctional, with one member actually having become a junkie to keep Luthorís powers in check. Make no mistake, these are all Luthorís powers, because I have a feeling that he can take them back any time he wants to. Natasha needs to smarten up fairly quickly if she wants to get out of this situation alive.

The Resolution: Will we see Loboís little dolphin friends, or are they now just so much tuna??

Will Reddy find some natives intelligent enough to put him back together??

Will Adam Strange and Starfire come to blows, or will they end up sharing a bed??

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



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