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52 #39

Posted: Friday, February 2, 2007
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Andy Smith (p), Ray Snyder (i), Alex Sinclair (colors)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Natasha has bad luck with bald men. Ralph makes a trade. Sivana reveals secrets while Magnus tries to keep his quiet. The Black Adam family has what might be their last moments of peace.

The Heroes: Natasha: While Iím still not quite clear on what her powers are, at least I now know that her headís on straight. Too bad her eyes werenít open a bit wider, or she might have suspected something wasnít quite right about her boyfriend. Of course, none of us see all aspects of someone weíve just started caring about. Everyman/Jakeís grin at the bottom of the page just before the reveal and then his look on the next page reminds me of Bart Searsí work. The Luthor/Steel stuff is still boring me.

Ralph: Poor guy. That little helmet keeps going back and forth between barely existing in a scene to completely taking it over, and Ralph can only trust that itís leading him where he wants to go. What if the helmet is purely gathering items to make it stronger, and the way it intends to reunite Ralph with his wife is by killing him? You never know!

Doc Magnus: Yes! Tin cans, mercury thermometers, gold watch, lead shielding. What did I say last week? I see good things coming!

The Villains: Sivana: His quip about naked Amazons was perfect for the sort of crowd heís hanging out with. Who is Doctor Tyme, anyway? Seems like the Clock King should sue! Quite interesting about Mr. Mind and the Suspendium, though. Do you suppose that the little caterpillar might be inside Skeets? Personally Iím with Sivana. The Horsemen should have already been gone by the end of last issue. Villains sure know how to drag things out, donít they?

Sobek: Yep, Iím going to go ahead and just put it out there. Iím with the majority in thinking that Sobek is the fourth horseman. Anyone who separates the Black Adam family as he is doing here is worth suspicion. Heís probably the one who put the idea into Osirisís head about the power being the cause of his troubles. Adamís right, though. Osiris should be smarter than that with the wisdom of Zehuti inside of him. The page with Isis holding the dying flowers is really chilling when you know whatís coming. Great work by the art team there.

The Resolution: Will Natasha survive?

Will Ralph find what he is seeking?

Will Isis and Osiris survive?

Where is Mr. Mind?

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

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