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52 #21

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2006
By: John Hays



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

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Trajectory finds out that infinity isnít nearly as far as she thought. Ralph dances with a devil in the pale moonlight. Lex is bad, John Henry plays dad, and Reddy just looksÖ.sad.

The Heroes: Ralph: The man knows what he wants and is taking the necessary actions to GET it. This is a much more intense and focused Ralph than weíve seen in a long time, and personally Iíve been waiting to see this Ralph since the end of Identity Crisis. Plus, I can hardly shed any tears for a demonÖI mean, heís already dead. Itís not like Ralph can really do any more damage to him.

Little Barda: Just like her bigger counterpart must do with Orion, Barda must keep her calm around the hot headed Power Boy. She also seems to have wisdom beyond her years. As much as I liked her though, Iím definitely curious as to just who Power Boy is. Is the blonde lock of hair colored, or is it some clue to his origins? My wild theory of the week: could he be some type of clone mix of Supergirl/Power Girl and Superboy? No idea yet, but hopefully this will unravel soon.

John Henry: I can totally back Johnís appearance in this issue due to the seriousness of his cause. Come on, John! Donít give up now! Youíve GOT to let Natasha know about Lexís power before she becomes the next Trajectory! Hopefully the Teen Titans, or at least whatís left of them, can help John take Lex down and save NatashaÖ..hopefully.

Red Tornado: Alas, poor Reddy. We thought we knew you. How is he going to get back to America as the Patchwork Man, much less get back to his old destructible self?

The Villains: Lex Luthor: You know, as a long time Superman fan, Iíve read a lot of stories involving Lex Luthorís villainy, but for some reason Iíve never really disliked him as much as I do in 52. Iím not saying heís being poorly written, just that his actions are REALLY despicable here. In this issue, he reminds me of a dark parallel to Maxwell Lord when Max made his initial attempt to create the JLI, controlling the villains to make his team look good. However, in Lexís case, he goes too far. He just keeps going further down into the mire, and you KNOW that heís going to hit rock bottom, because thatís where he appears one year later, WITHOUT any team of heroes or Everyman project. This isnít going to end well, folks.

Infinity Inc.: Well this development was highly disappointing. Itís not that I didnít care for Luthorís actual team, because I found them rather amusing, having a new Skyman and Nuklon, poor catchphrases and all. They even LOOK the part. No, itís simply the fact that I was hoping that the new Infinity Inc. would be more JSA legacy characters, not some random team that bought the name. However, since we havenít seen this particular team one year later, thereís still hope for a new legacy Infinity Inc.

Whoever typed up the ticker tape at the bottom of this weekís cover: It was totally misleading and incorrect.

The Resolution: Will Lex shut the light off on Natasha, or will John Henry open her eyes in time?

Will Ralph discover the REAL Hellís Kitchen, or will he become gumbo for a very upset demon?

How long do you give this new Infinity Inc.? Wanna place odds?

Whatís Power Boyís story? Darkseid/Supergirl love child, or is he just really desperate for a code name?

Can someone call all the kingís horses and all the kingís men to CORRECTLY put Reddy back together again?

Is that a Bison head??

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



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