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52 #22

Posted: Friday, October 6, 2006
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Eddy Barrows, Rob Stull

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Lex draws upon his vast resources, literally, but comes upÖempty. While one John tries to help a victim of Lexís Everyman program, another Jon discovers his destiny. Meanwhile, Doc Magnus has a most unpleasant reunion and ends up losing his grip.

The Heroes: Supernova: Anyone that can get under Lexís skin like that has my vote for hero! Who is he? I might be wrong, but I seem to recall recently reading somewhere that weíre not even going to find out until he appears One Year Later in another series! Anyone else get a kick out of his zapping the Lexcorps cameras while having that puzzled expression?

Jon Standing Bear: While Iím not a fan of his attitude, that seems to be a common thing with new young defiant heroes these days, and Iím hopeful that heíll grow out of it. Iím also on the fence with his methods, but despite all that, I think he has a lot of potential to become a great fixture in the DCU. He should have gotten that womanís number, though. I wonder if weíre going to see her again, since she appears to be on her way to Luthorís Everyman project. I also like the little nod to Booster on the TV guide, reminding us not to forget about him just yet. Bring back Booster!! (Didnít think youíd be reading THAT in this column, did you?)

John Henry: You have to give it to the man, he doesnít give up. Why should he? This is his nieceís life weíre talking about. Lex could remove her powers at ANY time. Come to think of it, he could do the same to John Henry. One has to wonder about the odds of BOTH John AND Natasha making it out of 52 alive.

Doc Magnus: Iím really digging this mad scientist storyline, and canít wait to see where it goes, and how it ties into some of the other storylines in 52. I want to see Magnus end up at some bizarre laboratory surrounded by all of the other geniuses in the DCU, all focused on creating some grandÖthing! Canít wait! Oh, and some folks are complaining that Mercuryís characterization is off, but since Iíve had so little experience with the Metal Men, itís not a big deal to me. However, I WOULD have to think that someone like Mark Waid would be all over that.

The art team: That Super-Chief payoff page was just awesome!

The Villains: J.G. Jones: I donít usually put J.G. in the villains column, but this weeksí cover just didnít do anything for me. I realize he was trying to use design instead of drawing to get an old movie poster feel, but it just wasnít my cup of tea.

Lex Luthor: Poor Lexy. He can give the power and he can take it away, but he canít receive it himself! Dontcha know Iím crying for him?

The Resolution: Will Supernova continue to harass Luthor, or will Lex find Supernovaís weakness and make an attempt to destroy him?

Will Jon Standing Bear take up the mantle of Super-Chief and become a great hero, or will he simply continue his reckless vigilante ways and end up back in prison?

Will Lex figure out a way to gain super powers, or will he have to resign himself to his youthful, deal-with-the-devil normal body?

Will John Henry figure out a way to save Natasha in time, or will Lex push the button on their whole family?

Whatís going on with Doc Magnus and that robot?

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



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