Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Giuseppe Camuncoli (p), Lorenzo Ruggiero (i), Pete Pantazis (colors)
Publisher: DC Comics
The Plot Tease: Bruce finds his inner Batman while Tim chats with Diana. Intergang practices the art of evangelism. Will Magnus lets loose his wild side, just for a bit. Buddy hits a physical high, and an emotional low. Natasha gets comfortable in her new skin. Renee pays Kate a visit, only to see that someone else stopped by first.
Itís an issue of personal growth, so letís see who benefited from it!
The Heroes: Tim Drake: Yes, thatís right, Drake. I had to remind myself that heís not exactly a Wayne yet, since even though that occurred quite a while back in my reading, technically itís still a future event for Tim in this storyline. Regardless, Tim learns new lessons here about how reality is all about perception. In fact, I think thatís the deeper meaning behind Bruce and Timís entire journey throughout 52. Itís not so much about physical change, as it is about adjusting how they view themselves and the world around them. I think that if current and future writers of Batman truly take advantage of what Bruce is going through in 52, Bruceís growth will be about the fact that he doesnít have to carry all of the burdens around with him that he has been the past several years in order to be Batman. He is at home in the darkness. He may not always realize it, but his strength comes from the darkness and the fear that he can instill, and he can do that without sacrificing his mental stability.
Will Magnus: I donít know where this storyline is going, but itís cracking me up. Miniature Metal Men in his pockets? Wondering why Sivana doesnít give Black Adam anesthesia? Funny stuff.
Buddy Baker: Alright, let me get this straight. Buddy can travel through time while possessing the sun-eaterís powers? Wouldnít that make the ďother manĒ issue a non-issue? Just go back to a time before that guyís in the picture! Not sure what mode of travel heís taking at the end of the scene. Does one generally flail sideways through time and space?
Natasha: Sheís really matured in this rather boring storyline. It was pretty clear early on that things would either end this way, or with her death. Iím rather disappointed that we donít get John Henry back as Steel, though, unless thatís still to come.
Renee: Sheís definitely starting to look like the Question. With Nightwing on her side, itís a very non-standard Batman and Robin type of team that weíll be seeing in the few upcoming weeks. Should be interesting. I still miss Charlie.
Diana: Donít really know whatís going on with her since sheís gotten so little face time.
The Villains: Intergang: What a bunch of nuts. With only five more weeks to go, will we get to see who exactly is pulling their strings? (Apokolips is obviously involved.) Did anyone else think of Cassandra Cain as being another contender for the Cain person? I doubt itís going there, but itís interesting to note the name similarity.
The Resolution: Has the Batman officially returned?
Whatís the deal with Will Magnus?
Will Buddy get back to his wife in time?
Do we really care about what happens to Natasha and John Henry anymore?
Will Renee and Nightwing save Kate?
We can only hope that these and other questions will be addressed in the upcoming installments of 52!
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The rolling stone.
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