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52 #36

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2007
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Jamal Igle (p), Keith Champagne (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: SpaceÖthe final frontier. With the apparent defeat of Lady Styx, one of the intrepid explorers gives up the ghost. Renee makes a bold decision in an attempt to save Charlieís life. Osiris wonders why nobody likes him, just because he murdered someone. Supernova meets with a certain time traveler, while Skeets looks on.

The Heroes: Animal Man: Perhaps the ultimate hero. He has practically nothing in the way of powers compared to those around him, but he never backs down, regardless of what he knows it will cost him. While itís unfortunate that the neurotoxin seems to have done him in, at least itís a heroic death, facing off against an insanely powerful villain and her hordes with nothing but a picture of his family. It could be much worse. He could get shot in the back of the head in the middle of nowhere with nobody to know or care until much later! Either way, itís one more JLIíer out of the picture in the latest of a long string of coincidencesÖ thatís all just coincidence, right? I donít know about Buddy, though. Something about that preview picture reminds me of when Kirk shot a dead Spock off towards the Genesis planet, and we all know how that turned out. Besides, Buddy knows itís all just a comic, right Grant?

Renee: It takes a lot to stay by a dying friend. Sheís already lost someone very close to her, and now to let herself go through it again is very courageous. Her defiance causes me to think of the famous poem verse: rage, rage against the dying of the light! Kate doesnít understand her at all, as has been evident this entire time. I donít think Renee ever intended on becoming a couple with Kate again. She just needed a friend to help her out. I do, however, think that she should have realized about Nanda Parbatís nature a long time ago. Did you notice Renee reading Congo Bill?

Supernova and Rip Hunter: Or should I say Rip and Ripped? While we donít know exactly what it is that Ripís up to, itís most likely for the good of the universe, so these guys will go under heroes for now. Oddly enough, I had no problem reading Ripís mixed up speech style. I still have no solid clue as to who Supernova might be (see my oddball guesses from last week), but I donít think that particular secret is going to last long now that Skeets has located Rip. Unless Igle just really enjoys drawing strongmen, Supernova looks a bit too muscular to be certain guesses Iíve had in the past. My random, bizarre guess this week? How about Earth 2 Superman? His town, his archenemy in Luthor. Just something that popped into my head last week, that it would be ironic if Clark was actually wrong, and it WAS really Superman under that mask! Plus, the mix of things Supernovaís been collecting COULD be an attempt to bring back Earth 2!

The Villains: Lady Styx: She really knows how to push Loboís buttons, doesnít she? Too bad for her, Lobo can only be pushed so far before he pushes back! That, and he heals pretty fast. Iím actually tempted to put Lobo in the villain category after his nonchalant attitude toward Buddy and Koryís abduction. Just when I was starting to like that guy. By the way, didnít anyone ever tell Fishy to keep his yap shut when he knows it will just set off the main man?

Osiris: Heís not really a hero or a villain, thanks to Geoff and crew Superboy Primeíing him, but heís still worth a mention. I donít see this particular storyline going anywhere good. It somewhat annoys me that the writers have made us care about Isis and Osiris just to demolish them before the storyís end. Iím holding out some small amount of hope that things will turn out okay, and that this isnít yet another case of ďdrama sells.Ē

The Resolution: Will Lady Styx survive the Sun Eater?

What is Skeetsí purpose? What is Rip Hunterís purpose? Where is this storyline going?

Who IS Supernova?

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

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