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52 #45

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2007
By: John Hays





Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Chris Batista & Jamal Igle

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: The Marvels bury one of their own. Black Adam 1, Rene Montoya 0. Death takes a permanent holiday.

The Heroes: Renee: It takes a lot of guts (and a little naivety) to walk up to Black Adam and say the things that Renee does. Obviously, she does not have the history with Adam that others do, or she would know what his reaction will be. Itís a bit chilling that Black Adam has known the whole time that Charlie was going to die.

Alan Scott, Mr. Terrific, Fire: Looks like we have some new heroes entering the Black Adam storyline! Will they team up with Atom Smasher? This should be good!

The Villains: Captain Marvel and family: Where have they been this whole time? They could have been helping figure out whatís going on with Kandaq, and they could have gotten rid of the Horsemen before any of this happened. Sure, Black Adam would insist that they not interfere, but people are dying! Remember the old days when superheroes stopped that from happening regardless of obstacles? Instead, they sit around in the Rock of Eternity and act like they donít know whatís going on when one of the Black Marvel family visits them. Apparently, communication is an issue even in comics.

Bruno Mannheim: His behavior has been quite erratic during the run of 52. Most of the time he has been a religious zealot, hell bent on making sure the Book of Crimeís prophecies are fulfilled, but in this issue heís back to his old wisecracking crime boss self. Rather strange.

Black Adam: Yeah, heís back on the villain side, unfortunately. Heís a somewhat righteous villain, but a villain nonetheless. It is a sad moment when he sees the flower and is not only reminded of Isis, but of the previous family he has lost. At that point, not even Death can stand in Black Adamís way.

The Great Ten: While it is true that a couple of members wish to investigate further, and I truly hope they do, I just canít get behind this group based on their previous actions, especially those of August General-In-Iron. He seems to already know exactly what is going on, and I wouldnít put it past him to be working with Amanda Waller behind the scenes.

Death: He looks pretty cool when he shows up, but he doesnít last long against Black Adam, does he? Again, I am disappointed with the Horsemen. They just donít pack much punch after all the time and effort thatís gone into building them up in the Oolong storyline.

The Scientists on Oolong Island: Crazy bunch, arenít they? At least some of them are coming to their senses, although Iím extremely curious as to just what Sivana has up his sleeve to use against Black Adam.

Amanda Waller: Still a witch.

By the way, in case youíre keeping score, Bialya is one more JLI-era element now among the dearly departed!

The Resolution: How large will the death toll be when Adam is done? Will he ever BE done?

What is Sivana planning for Black Adam?

Where does Renee go from here?

What is Mannheim up to?

Who does the Great Ten really answer to?

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

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