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52 #50

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2007
By: John Hays




Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Justiniano (p), Walden Wong (i), Alex Sinclair (colors)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: World War III. Pure and simple. Oh, and Booster checks in, and out, and back in again, just in time to say hi to T.O. Morrow and Reddy’s head!

This review’s simply going to throw quick punches at particularly interesting points, in an effort to give the same vibe as this issue. It’s not complicated, but it IS intense!

The Heroes: Captain Marvel: Poor Billy. He doesn’t understand why Adam is acting this way, and he only wants to help him. He DOES make a wise choice in trying to petition the Egyptian gods, but unfortunately to no avail. His final move is truly a work of genius. I mean seriously, that’s amazing. Grabbing the lightning. I’m amazed that it doesn’t change him back to Billy. It does, however, give him a gray streak in his hair. A preview of things to come, perhaps.

Atom Smasher: Even now. Even NOW he still believes in Adam’s innocence. Perhaps because of his own guilt in having a hand in the deaths of Isis and Osiris, even if only indirectly. At least he does what he can to help him out in the end.

The JSA: They once again prove to be the best at what they do. I love Jay’s line “haul him up! Up! And away!” Plus, they once again see what their new mission is going to HAVE to be: to teach the new generation of heroes just what that word really means.

Booster Gold: “I thought he was dead!” “Not yet.” Good stuff. I can’t wait for this series! Look out, Skeets! Or is that Mr. Mind?

Zatanna: How does she know that her contact spell to Flash will give her Jay? Aren’t there a few other Flashes around? Then again, during the 52 year, maybe not! I love seeing the magic folk gathering together, and I still wish DC hadn’t floundered the opportunity it had a few years back to make a Sentinels of Magic series.

The Villains: Black Adam. “Super Spock.” Heehee…On the final page, the words Batson and Eternity seem less like attempts at figuring out the magic word and more an oath to hate Billy for the rest of time.

The Great Ten: Yeah, I still put them in the villains category. I just don’t trust them. Some of them, sure, but not enough.

Infinity Inc.: Punks. Cowardly punks. Perfect products of Lex Luthor.

T.O. Morrow: Woo! Booster and Rip Hunter joining up with Morrow! I can’t wait for next week! 52! 52! Go Reddy, go!

The Resolution: What is Black Adam’s new word?

What will be the residual fallout of this war?

What is going to happen with Booster, Rip, and T.O. Morrow?

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