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52 #42

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2007
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Darick Robertson

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Renee sees the Question. The devil went down to Salem, he was lookin’ for a soul to steal. However, Ralph played his fiddle just a little bit better!

The Heroes: Ralph: That’s what I’m talking about! Remember last week when I said Ralph would have to make a life or death decision? At least he made it on his own terms! The one thing I’ve enjoyed more than anything else in Ralph’s journey is the taking back of the detective mantle. For years Ralph has been a highly enjoyable comedic character, but this might be the first time I’ve ever seen him truly be a great detective.

Oh, and was the theory about the vial being gingold accurate, despite DC’s direct statements to the contrary? You bet it was! I don’t like DC flat out lying like that, though. I much prefer mysterious answers that still end up being true.

Wow, this issue is like the great reveal scenes in mystery movies. You can almost hear the classic reveal music in the background. “It was you! It was you all along!” Also quite interesting to note that Ralph wasn’t really trying to kill himself way back at the beginning of the series.

I have to wonder just what Ralph’s wish was, though. Something tells me this isn’t over. Will we now see more of Bea? Regardless, this is the payoff for Identity Crisis. This is it, right here, finally. Good stuff.

Best line of the issue: “God, you and your thing for fingers…you idiot.”

Renee: Ooh, cool! She’s finally becoming The Question! I still miss Charlie.

The Villains: Faust: You ever notice how Felix always scuttles to the corner and whimpers when he’s found out? Classic cowardly villain. Of course, he always ends up suffering in the end.

Neron: I will simply say this: There’s a great line from an episode of the classic Twilight Zone called "The Howling Man," where a man accidentally releases the devil from a monastery prison cell (my favorite episode of the series): “You can catch the devil, but you can’t keep him for long.”

The Resolution: Is Renee the new Question?

What will happen next with Ralph, Faust, and Neron?

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

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