Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Phil Jimenez (p), Andy Lanning (i)
Publisher: DC Comics
The Plot Tease: Firestorm really sucks at getting the band back together. Ollie plays both sides of the political fence. J’onn J’onzz FINALLY pays tribute to Ted, Michael, and the other fallen heroes, while making sure Checkmate is put out of business…for now. Black Adam sings a new tune to old compatriots, and they don’t care for the key it’s in.
The Heroes: Elliot Maggin and Julie Schwartz!: Woo!! Mentioning the classic creators in the comic, just like the old days! Great stuff!
Ambush Bug: We need more crazy characters that break the fourth wall. Funny stuff.
Super Chief: This guy just looks all kinds of badass, pardon my French. I felt bad for him when he was basically told that he was no longer among the living, after having JUST started his heroic career. I really hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the big guy and that AWESOME buffalo helmet!
J’onn: FINALLY!! Was it SO hard for SOMEONE to pay tribute to Ted? I know Gail Simone had the Birds talk about Ted, but other than that, there’s been nothing! No funeral or memorial, unlike Booster (even though Ted deserved it more). It was a trip seeing memorials to obscure characters like the Yazz. Were those wings supposed to belong to Zauriel? Surely not, since he’s not dead. I enjoyed seeing J’onn help take down Checkmate. I wonder if he’s going to be involved in the current title in some way.
Black Adam: It takes a big man to realize his mistakes and stand up to those he knows won’t like what he’s going to say. Of course, Osiris was no help. I’m not sure if it was the way he was acting, the way Phil drew him, or a combination of both, but Osiris really reminded me of Earth Prime Superboy, a tragedy waiting to happen. Plus, I don’t think Adam has seen the last of the Great Ten (I keep wanting to call them the Big Ten; must get my mind off of college football).
The Villains: Amanda Waller: Geeze, I really hate this character. I guess I always have, but she’s just ALWAYS written as such a witch! If she’s not ENTIRELY in control of everything around her, she’s making everyone’s lives as miserable as possible to get her control back. Stay good, Al!! Stay good!!
Ollie: Ollie runs for office and suddenly he’s an elitist? The old Ollie would have helped Firestorm out, enjoying the opportunity to be with such an eclectic group of JLA’ers. Even if he’s too busy with the election, he would have at least been more supportive. Plus, what’s Ollie doing knowing who Taylor Hicks is? Since when is Ollie hip?
Everyman heroes: Idiots. At least the names were amusing: Immortal Bald-Man-In-Armor, Poledancer! Really names to look up to!
Skeets: He’s just awful now, isn't he? Let’s see…trying to get someone’s attention in Metropolis by causing a big disaster…hmm. Well, if he’s trying for Big Blue, he’s going to be greatly disappointed.
Phil Jimenez: I’m rather torn on whether to put Phil in the heroes section or the villains section, but I decided to put him here because all the other artists seemed to be able to alter their styles to make it consistent with the entire series, yet Phil makes no attempt whatsoever. It makes it seem like the bigger artist names don’t have to work as hard to conform. The reason I was torn is because I’d almost prefer ALL the artists to use their unique styles on every issue, since going into 52, I was really looking forward to being exposed to a wide range of styles. Does that make ME hypocritical, or DC? You decide. If nothing else, it was appropriate to see Phil’s art during the Ted Kord flashback scenes. I also got a kick out of seeing Jack Sparrow on the newspaper.
Random complaints: Firestorm didn’t seem to be written as he usually has been in his own title and elsewhere. He was more generic here. I also don’t recall Lorraine (I always think of Back to the Future with that name) as being so witchy, but then again I’m not following Firestorm right now. Not enough Bulleteer!! She didn’t even have any dialogue!!
The Resolution: Will George Perez have to come in later and redo the artwork for this issue when it is collected in trade format?
Will we see why J’onn is so funky now as 52 progresses?
Will Super Chief return?
Is Ambush Bug the heart of 52? Okay, so I think we know the answer to that one.
Will Black Adam have a new war on his hands now that he’s turning the other cheek?
We can only hope that these and other questions will be addressed in the upcoming installments of 52!
By the way, as Jim stated in his review, BIG THINGS COMING TO THE 52 REVIEWS!! Stay tuned!
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