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52 #30

Posted: Friday, December 1, 2006
By: John Hays



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

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Itís All in the Bat Family! We have Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Batwoman! Renee and Charlie get some Bat help of their own, while Nightwing goes back to work.

The Heroes: Renee: As you can see, Renee is continuing her path to being a healed, whole individual. She is already a completely different person than the one that left Gotham, now showing more interest in the concerns of others than her own. Check thatÖbefore, she didnít even care about herself that much. Again, though, I just hope that this lesson does not come at the expense of another partner.

Batwoman: Kate is growing on me. I like how she instantly rebuffed Nightwing since she doesnít swing that way, so to speak. Iím looking forward to seeing how she handles herself against a real threat.

Nightwing: Thereís a little bit of a debate as to which Nightwing was seen in Gotham, Dick or Jason due to his behavior and appearance. I think itís Dick. He says he likes redheads, he lets the bad guys get away to fight another day, and he suggests calling the cops. The question is, whatís happened to Dick since he proposed to Barbara? Originally, Dan DiDio assured us all that a Nightwing special would be written to deal with this issue, but at the latest Wizard World convention in Dallas, I asked Bob Wayne about the special, and he said that Marv Wolfman might address the issue in the regular series, but basically not to worry about it since itís much more important that Dick is even still alive. That may be true, but I donít think it lets DC off the hook of the marriage proposal and Dickís sudden swashbuckling demeanor.

Bruce Wayne: The Batman is dead? Really? Gee, he looks pretty alive to me One Year Later. I guess Bruce figures out some way to reinvent himself after getting rid of his demons in this issue. At least, I hope thatís what he does. I hope thereís not some new tragedy coming that spawns the Bat. I donít think there will be, Bruce seemed more easy going in James Robinsonís excellent run. I do feel just a bit cheated out of some of the more lighthearted moments of the Bat familyís trip around the world, especially having Keith Giffen sitting right there to pull madcap ideas from!

Art team: That opening Batman was really cool! I always like to see various interpretations of early Batman. The floppy brown haired Robin on the next page was rather surprising, but again Iíll take creative over boring any day. The Ten Eyed Man looked quite creepy, and Batwoman looked very hot in all her action shots. Duncan Rouleauís art in the Metal Men piece was perfectly appropriate to the material, as has most art been for the origin stories. Oh, and not to be forgotten, J.G. Jones gets MUCH props for his excellent cover, reenacting a saintís battle with the Devil as Bruceís exorcism of Batman. Might be the best cover yet.

The Villains: Well, thereísÖ.no. Of course thereísÖ.no, canít say thereís anything that really pops out at me this week in the villain column. I wonít be giving this issue a full , but thatís really more because the storylines just didnít do a heck of a lot for me, not because of anything in particular.

The Resolution: Will the Batman return? (Gee, ya think?)

Will Dick break Batwomanís resolve?

Will Charlie die?

Will we get to see a flashback to Bruce, Dick, and Tim in Cannes?

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



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