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52 #20

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2006
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Chris Batista (p), Ruy Jose (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Supernova finds something shiny in a dark night! The roof is on fire! Steel don’t need no water, let the superhero burn! Lobo’s pushed to the limit when Starfire says, “Ooh! Shiny! I wanna touch it!”

The Heroes: Supernova: Anyone that can just float into the batcave as easy as you please deserves some respect. Plus, his finding Luthor’s kryptonite glove adds an entirely new level of cool to 52. Could Supernova be Lex Luthor himself, having used his own Everyman solution? The only problem with that theory is how does he know where the Batcave is? Doesn’t that narrow the list of possibilities considerably?

Steel: Destro in tha house!! Seriously, for a minute it felt like I was reading one of the G. I. Joe issues I review for SBC. Does your house need some stability? Forget the helical pier and go with John Henry Irons! He’s just as strong, and he’s a great conversationalist! Notice that nobody is calling him Steel….yet. Interesting tidbit about Luthor’s ability to take away the powers he’s bestowed. Is there yet a useful purpose for the Iron Maiden armor John created a while back for Natasha?

Animal Man: Woo! Buddy finally gets to show off his animal powers, and boy howdy, are they wild! He uses the abilities of the alien life forms around him to do all kinds of things he’s not used to, to great effect! Meanwhile, Starfire shouts “Raaa” and shoots her beams, as Adam jumps in his ship and does his best cowboy impersonation.

The art team: That shot of Lobo rising up out of his own blood was great! The image of Ekron wasn’t too shabby, either!

The Villains: The alien parasites: These fraggin bastiches killed the main man!! Fortunately, Lobo doesn’t just go off and die. Instead, he regenerates his body from his blood, much to the disgust of Starfire.

Starfire: I have to say, Kory wasn’t too bright here, picking up some random powerful eye and trying to wield it to save the day. Of course, it does end up helping in the short term, but as Lobo points out, she’s brought the big guns down on them, as if they didn’t have ENOUGH baddies after them already! I’m really looking forward to finding out more about this Ekron character, though, and how this all ties into the eye’s eventual position in the Legion’s time.

“Better hitch up. We got a long ways ta go yet”: Love that line and the superimposed pictures on that last page! It really gave the feel of being in the middle of a vast, mysterious journey across the stars, much like the adventures of Starman in his series, or even Tidus in Final Fantasy X. I can’t wait to see where this goes! I also can’t wait to see the all new Teen Titans next issue!

Not much beyond that this week. While this issue was once again focused on the space team, and I really think they could have spaced (no pun intended) the story out more by placing bits in previous issues, I really like the story itself and the slow buildup of tension in all the stories in 52 right now!

The Resolution: Who is Supernova? What is connection and interest in Lex Luthor’s kryptonite glove?

Will John Henry save his niece from Lex Luthor’s clutches, or will he go after those pesky Joes!

Where did Lobo get the religious garb, and more importantly, who talked him into wearing it? What’s Lobo got up his sleeve, and why does he need our intrepid explorers to help him out?

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



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