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52 #40

Posted: Friday, February 9, 2007
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Chris Batista (p), Rodney Ramos, Dan Green (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Steel, with some help from the Teen Titans, takes the fight to Luthor…finally! Natasha saves the day. The Black Adam family sees their dreams wash away.

The Heroes: Steel: Yes, I can finally call him Steel, and I can finally say that he does something!

“We’re wasting time with the redshirts!” Great Star Trek reference.

“Shove it, lackey.” Ha, ha, ha. You can tell the writing team has been looking forward to this issue. My one question would be, when did John Henry lose his hand and need a robotic one?

The Teen Titans: Who is Aquagirl? Did Raven always have a raven on her chest like Batgirl’s bat? Offspring rocks. Beast Boy’s dialogue seems off. Generally when someone dies in front of a hero, whether villain or otherwise, it’s a more somber moment.

“Sluggo the nancies”?

Natasha: It’s nice to see her use her brains instead of any powers to save the day. Good lesson there, perhaps the best one of this entire storyline.

The art team: What happened? I’ve seen Batista draw other issues of 52, but something must be different here. Inks, colors, I’m not sure, but boy does it look awesome! Amazing splash pages! It all really took me back to Steel’s original debut during "The Reign of the Supermen."

The Villains: Lex Luthor: I’m giving this issues if for no other reason than the fact that we finally get to see Luthor go down. I’d say we’ve earned it.

“I’m really looking forward to this.” Believe me Luthor, so are we. I think it’s particularly interesting to note how Luthor has always hated Superman because he’s a powerful alien that he claims will try to rule over the regular guy, yet as soon as Luthor has his own powers, he finds no problem with it. Nice Lexor reference, by the way.

Everyman: I’m sorry to see him go. I think he could have made a good ongoing villain for someone, or at least a good team member of a villainous revenge squad or something. Too bad he didn’t think to change into something that could survive that fall.

Sobek: I’m still convinced that he’s the fourth horseman, and it’s looking really bad for not only the Black Adam family but soon the Marvel family as well if Sobek makes his way to the Rock of Eternity. Not looking good at all.

The Resolution: What happens with the Steel/Luthor storyline now?

What will happen at the Rock of Eternity?

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

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