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52 #35

Posted: Friday, January 5, 2007
By: John Hays

Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Phil Jimenez, Dan Jurgens (p)

Publisher: DC Comics

The Plot Tease: No more mutants. Oh wait, wrong story. The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Terror rains down on Metropolis as the Everyman project runs dry. Supernova saves the day. Natasha finally comes around to John Henry’s way of thinking. Our intrepid explorers are double crossed…or are they?

The Heroes: Supernova: That’s SOME power to be able to teleport that many people so far away. I look forward to seeing Supernova, as well as John Henry, bring Luthor to justice. There are a few theories as to who Supernova might be. One popular one is that he’s John Henry Irons himself. The scene with the man running out of the room with all the technology as well as Natasha looking toward Supernova when she says “He was right” both point towards this theory. Another thing that could point toward it is the fact that Angle Man’s angle is apparently missing, and Ralph said something along the lines of “if you look at it from the right angle” in regards to Supernova’s identity. However, I have a wacky idea to throw out there. What if it were Scott Free? He could be using boom tube technology, and he’s certainly got the JLI ties that would make him say what he did to Booster the day Michael died. Just a wild theory.

Offspring: Always nice to see the younger generation doing the right thing!

Adam Strange: Some seem to think that Lobo has turned on the team with the ending of this issue. However, if you read the issue closely, it appears that Adam has possibly devised a clever way to get to the heart of Lady Styx, by pretending that Lobo is just there to collect the bounty. Interesting twist, since I originally thought that the religion aspect was the hoax, and that Lobo really WAS after the bounty the whole time. Now I guess the real question is, which is it? Adam’s plan or Lobo’s bounty?

The art team: While Phil Jimenez is hit and miss for me, I’m always a mark for Dan Jurgens. I just love his Superman, which we get to see briefly when Supernova transports everyone outside Metropolis. Did anyone catch Cyclops and Jean Grey on the first page? The one thing that once again annoys me is the gratuitous violence depicted in 52. There was no reason for the blood splatter. A simple “splat” or “squish” would have sufficed. Bottom line, though, I really enjoyed Dan Jurgens’ art in this issue and would like to see him contribute to more issues.

The Villains: Lex Luthor: What more can be said of the man? He’d sell the whole world for a penny if it suited him. The casual manner in which he steps aside as a man crashes to his death is simply deplorable. Of course, that’s what makes him the ultimate DC villain. What do you supposed was going on with Everyman being tested separately? There’s obviously more to that story.

The Resolution: Will Lex Luthor be brought to justice for the deaths of all the Everymen?

Is Lobo simply after the bounty, or is Adam Strange hatching up a secret plan?

What’s the deal with Everyman?

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

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