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52 #49

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2007
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Eddy Barrows (p), Dan Green, Rodney Ramos, Eddy Barrows (i), David Baron (colors)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: The JSA stops by Oolong Island to pick up a friend and finds more than they bargained for. Egg Fu gets scrambled. The new Infinity Inc. kids still haven’t learned.

The Heroes: The JSA: They get the job done, as always. Too bad they’re a little late to the party though. If they’d taken out the island a long time ago, a lot of this could have been avoided. I mean, it HAS been harboring known criminals, right? They’re just lucky that one of the Great Ten decides to fill Alan in on what’s really going on.

Will Magnus and the Metal Men: Great issue for Will. He finally gets to take charge, and boy does he! The explanation of his metal theory is quite interesting; it explains the mannerisms of the Metal Men. I could do with a bit less of Mercury though. He’s becoming rather annoying. Where’s Platinum? Plus, where’s the cool splash page Metal Men reveal? I feel rather cheated on the boring page where they hop out.

The Villains: Egg Fu: Finally, the egg cracks. All the kings’ horses and men are going to have a hard time putting this egg back together again. Fairly easy to take out for being such a blowhard.

The evil scientists: These guys continue to crack me up. Hypno-goggles? The man should be searching for his x-ray vision glasses! I love the gleeful smirks on the scientists as Egg Fu tells them to prepare their weapons. Morrow gets a nice exit, at least. I wonder what he’ll do next. I think one scientist puts it best at the end: “Every super-villain for themselves!”

The Great Ten: Are they good? Are they bad? Is it a mix of both? Which will win out in the end? We have yet to see. The group is obviously not on the same page. It’s quite fascinating to find out that Egg Fu is a member. I’d love to know how they’re able to reconcile that with themselves.

Black Adam: He’s coming. Beware. One more week. He’s coming. Al’s rather naïve in his scene with Adam. He should know by now who he’s dealing with.

Infinity Inc.: Stupid kids. Well, they’re going to get their chance soon enough!

Anyone else notice the reveal of the Citizen Steel codename for the latest Steel incarnation in the JSA origin?

The Resolution: Will we ever see the Plutonium Man in action?

Is this the last of Egg Fu?

Will we see T.O. Morrow again?

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

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