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52 #48

Posted: Friday, April 6, 2007
By: John Hays




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

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Renee officially becomes the Question in order to rescue Kate, while Nightwing and Abbott work together to save Gotham. Black Adam goes up on the block.

The Heroes: Renee: So she finally becomes the Question. Nice splash page. I still miss Charlie. At least she makes it in time to save KateÖor does she? I do like the narration, and could get used to that if it becomes a staple for her.

Nightwing: Heís holding his own well enough, but donít you think that when he sees the entire city going up in flames, he might decide to call in a few friends to help out? These fire pits look pretty powerful. In fact, they look almost Apokolyptian. HmmÖ.

The Villains: Intergang: The core of Intergang, complete with Skeletorís man-beast minions, gets taken down by a woman in a mask with a big gun and a nearly dead woman. Yeah, thatís believable. Oh, and we know Mannheim comes back, since heís seen One Year Later in Supermanís comics.

Egg Fu: Now hereís something I can look forward to. Black Adamís going to go NUTS when he gets free. Does anyone really want to have him in their custody when that happens? I think Iíll pass on bidding.

As you can tell, this issue didnít do much for me. It would be alright if it was a single issue in a regular series just about Renee and Nightwing, but this is 52. Iíd like to see some cutaway shots of some of the other storylines. Sure, we got a few panels of Oolong Island, but I want more. The art is really dark and sketchy in this issue, but I guess it works for the tone.

Not much to write about this week, just a single plotline and straightforward action. Letís hope next week makes us think a little more!

The Resolution: Will Nightwing and Abbott stop the fires in time to save Gotham?

Will Kate live?

How mad will Black Adam be when he gets free?

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