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52 #23

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006
By: John Hays

Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Drew Johnson (p), Ray Snyder (i)

Publisher: DC Comics

The Plot Tease: Will Magnus takes an unscheduled island vacation, while Renee and Charlie witness Black Adam family justice.

The Heroes: The Question: While Renee wants to rush in, Charlie keeps his head, as painful as that decision might be. Plus, he also keeps his sense of humor: “You really are a bastard.”

“Well, I was raised in an orphanage, so you’re probably right…”

I also loved when Charlie had his Peter Parker moment, calling upon the various Shazam namesakes in an attempt to gain their power.

Renee: She looks good holding and firing a gun, doesn’t she?

Osiris: I like this addition to the Black Adam family. He’s young, he’s innocent…for now. How long before the classic Black Adam mentality invades his thoughts? By the way, how cool yet heart wrenching would that scene with a weeping Isis covered in her own rain be in a live action film?

J.G. Jones: He definitely makes up for last week’s so-so cover with an exciting, gripping cover this week!

The art team: While there were some low points (Black Adam looked very strange at times), the art team really seemed to have fun drawing the mad scientists with their experiments, particularly on page 5 where Sivana runs after what could almost be a headless Pinocchio, and another scientist causes an explosion that produces a skull face, quite reminiscent of old Disney witches brewing their potions. Plus, that splash page where Amon becomes Osiris is just awesome!

The Villains: Whisper A’Daire and her minions: It definitely appears that the writers of 52 are continuing with the religious cult theme here. Actually, this particular cult looks more like a gathering of old He-Man villains; you basically have Clawful, Grizzlor, and Rattlor all on the semi splash page where Black Adam and Isis burst through the wall.

Not much going on this week outside of a hint at the Mad Scientist Island and the conclusion of the search for Amon, so my review’s pretty short this time around. I do wonder what’s next for Renee and Charlie, since it seems that their current adventure is pretty much over, having squashed the Intergang group, at least in that location. Are they going to continue the hunt throughout the rest of the world? With what leads?

The Resolution: Just what is Dr. Magnus going to build? Is this where we will end up seeing a new generation of Metal Men?

Isn’t tossing the creator of the Metal Men on an island of evil geniuses a bit like putting a powerless Superman in Stonegate?

How long before we see the dark side of Osiris?

Where do Renee and Charlie go from here?

Since when did Wildcat train Superman to box?

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

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