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52 #19

Posted: Friday, September 15, 2006
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Patrick Olliffe (p), Drew Geraci (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: There’s a new Booster in town, but only for a short time, so catch him quick! All hail Archbishop Lobo! Is that you…Conner?

The Heroes: The art team: Another decent week for an art team. Plus, this has to be the first week in a long time when it was actually evident that it was a DIFFERENT art team! Supernova and Daniel/Booster both looked quite different than in previous weeks. I look forward to more unique styles in weeks to come! I have to admit though that this might be the first week where I was disappointed with J.G. Jones’s cover. Where’s his beautiful art? I’d rather see that than a bunch of symbolic numbers floating around! In regards to Bolland’s Animal Man art, while I really enjoy his level of detail, whenever he does Animal Man it always looks like the tiny white dot reflections coming off his goggles are his eyes, making him look quite evil.

Wonder Girl: It’s good to see her in costume again helping others instead of acting all cultish. Has she given up on that? What is she up to now? I feel bad for her, since I highly doubt that Supernova is Conner.

Daniel Jon Carter: Poor guy. He’s promised a return to his former glory, and what does he get? An eternity stuck in a time loop. I guess this is the ideal example of “be careful what you wish for."

The Villains: Skeets: That conniving, two-timing little…. and to think that I felt sorry for this little piece of junk when Booster died! Of course, regardless of how I feel about him now, I’m dying to know what he’s referring to with “he knows.” Plus, if Daniel really IS trapped in time, wouldn’t that make it rather difficult for Michael to ever be born? Booster’s story is DEFINITELY not over yet. Since I’ve always liked Skeets up until now, there’s always the hope that either he’s being controlled or that there actually IS some greater purpose to leaving Daniel there, although that still just seems like a cold-blooded thing to do to the guy. I mean, let’s say history ends up changing… wouldn’t he still be trapped, or would time even take care of that? This stuff makes my head hurt sometimes.

Lobo: I don’t trust the guy. There’s NO WAY I’m buying that he’s given up beer, women, and violence, especially with the look on his face when he’s looking at his servant girl. Besides, who would crown HIM an archbishop? I definitely wouldn’t feel too comfortable if I were the trio. Something tells me that Lobo is still expecting to eventually pick up a bounty. I sure hope so, anyway. Let’s get back to the good old wise-cracking, butt whipping, shocked look after getting blasted in the face with a space gun Lobo that we all know and love! Oh, and who’s the alien woman that put the price on their heads? Plus, who are they running from? Also, what’s Lobo doing with the Emerald Eye? That’s generally from Legion time! Could the rumors be true that it’s actually Alan Scott’s missing eye? Unlike some, I’m actually finding this week’s space installment a good leap forward, adding several new mysterious pieces to the puzzle! One thing I’m a bit surprised about, though…where are all the OTHER bounty hunters trying to capture the trio? Surely Devilance and Lobo can’t be the only ones out there! On a side note, I always enjoy seeing Lobo’s cute little dolphin buddies!

Supernova: What’s his problem? “Respect my personal space”? Is there some other reason why Wonder Girl can’t touch him that we don’t know yet? I’m not convinced that this guy is Conner, and I’m also still not quite convinced that he’s a totally true-blue character. Someone wearing a mask generally has something to hide, and it’s not always JUST their secret identity.

Not much else to report this week. It’s not nearly as eventful as the past few weeks, so hopefully next week will pick back up again.

The Resolution: Will we see Booster again?

Is Skeets truly evil, or is there something else going on?

Will Lobo become the intergalactic Pope, or will he return to his old gruesome ways?

Will Supernova actually turn out to be Conner, or will Wonder Girl be crushed yet again?

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



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