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52 #32

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2006
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Pat Oliffe (p), Drew Geraci (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Ralph plays in the snow and plays twenty questions with a god that’s not a god. Osiris looks to make friends and influence people, but meets a cold reception. Buddy Baker argues his way into a no win situation.

The Heroes: Ralph: Ralph, Ralph, Ralph. Well, since most of the issue is ABOUT Ralph, it would seem that he’s going to end up comprising most of this review, right? Ralph has his own little heroic journey just in this issue. He begins completely helpless, knocked out by an avalanche, and ends with a deft aerial maneuver to help take down a yeti. You may not be super anymore Ralph, but you’re still a hero. May in the Ambassador Hotel. Now I have about a million questions. Did Ralph really shoot himself and he’s now dead? Does he need to go back to that moment for some reason? This story never ceases to be mysterious and interesting.

Accomplished Perfect Physician: Wild name for a cool guy. His costume is also very interesting and unique. There appears to be a question mark on his chest, as a visual representation of the mystery that he holds. I think adding a power that can kill cancer is perhaps carrying things too far in a DCU that lately has wanted to appear more realistic. I hope to learn more about the Great Ten in future issues. It does sound like one of the Ten’s mysteries is the fact that all does not seem to be well within their organization, if one of their reserve members is feeling so used and distraught to the point of becoming a yeti.

Osiris: Hope. What a timely concept and character trait. It worries me that we didn’t see Osiris in the DC holiday special. If anyone would exemplify the season, it would be he.

Sobek: I like him. I’m guessing he could get angry and turn on anyone at any time, but for now he’s pretty loveable.

Kid Devil: Poor kid. You can just feel the bad turn he’s about to take to become the true devil he is One Year Later. You’d think he’d have learned a lesson from Blue Devil.

Buddy Baker: He knows he’s not going to make it. He knows he won’t get to see his wife and kids again. He keeps on trying regardless. That’s a hero for you. Of course, he COULD just be assuming that Grant Morrison will pull his tail out of the fire after all is said and done, as he did once before!

“It’s us against a genocidal alien war machine. We have a bounty on our heads and we have Lobo and the Emerald Head of Ekron on our side.”

I was expecting that to be followed with, “It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.”

“Hit it.”

The Villains: Fate’s Helmet: Fat lotta help HE is in the Yeti battle! Is there a reason he’s even around at this point? Ralph’s now the one forging his own path. Hell, Fate can’t even bother to tell Ralph how long he’s been asleep! Of course, the guy who DID tell him wasn’t much help either.

“Was that the Yeti?”

“Hahaha”

I would have preferred “Hahahaha……….yes.”

Captain Marvel Jr.: I understand the point he’s trying to make, but I don’t think it’s fair to hold Black Adam’s past transgressions against Osiris, especially since they occurred before he even BECAME Osiris.

The art team: Not too bad, but since when does Raven wear a black mask? Very strange way of drawing her face. By the way, how many Conner statues ARE there now?

The Resolution: Is Ralph dead? Will he reunite with Sue?

Will Osiris prove himself? Will he and Sobek find a home with the Teen Titans?

What changes Kid Devil?

Will Buddy Baker survive?

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



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