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52 #52

Posted: Friday, May 4, 2007
By: John Hays



Writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Artists: Mike McKone, Justiniano, Eddy Barrows, Chris Batista, Pat Oliffe, Darick Robertson (p); Andy Lanning, Walden Wong, Rodney Ramos, Drew Geraci, Darick Robertson (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


The Plot Tease: Hahaha! The Multiverse is back, baby! Only this isnít your pre-Crisis obsessive, complaining older brotherís Multiverse! Out of the carnage that was Infinite Crisis, many new Earths have been born. How many? Why, 52, of course!

The Heroes: Booster Gold: Heís finally come into his own. He saves the multiverse by having to sacrifice his best friend. Youíre a good man, Booster Gold.

Supernova: Line of the week, to borrow a category from my esteemed fellow 52 reviewer: ďHoly #@$%! Let me in! Let me in! Let me in!Ē Nice nod back to Danielís beginnings as a football hero.

Red Tornado: Iím glad Reddy has a part to play at last, but itís kind of weird seeing him lowered to the position of onboard computer when we all know heís much more human than that.

Blue Beetle: Yes!! Okay, okay. Regardless of who it was who decided Ted had to appear in this issue, thank you. Letís hope this is far from the last we see of Ted. I really want him to pop up regularly in the Booster Gold series. Very nice touch explaining where the scarab went to! Bwahahahaha! Oh, and LOVE the shout out to Blue and Gold!!

Ralph: Ghost Detective! Brilliant! Yay for being back with Sue!

Renee and Kate: Sheís alright! More Batwoman and Question on the way!

Artists: Good job, guys. I only noticed a couple of times where Rip Hunter looked different than in other panels, sometimes older, sometimes younger, but other than that I was completely engrossed in the story, and thatís a good thing!

The Villains: Mr. Mind: My, my, my. Look whoís grown! Itís interesting to see how he changes the various Earths to look more like the pre-Crisis Earths in many cases, others to looking like certain familiar post-Crisis Earths. Did you notice Tawky Tawny? The Kingdom Come characters? The Earth 2 JSA? What does that mean for OUR JSA? Whatever it means, I believe it means good stories to come!

Sivana: He knows thereís a multiverse. This canít be good.

Black Adam: Croc boots! Nice touch!

The Resolution: What is the Megaverse?

Who will be the next Isis?

What will become of Infinity Inc.?

Whatís next for Renee and Kate?

We can only hope that these and other questions will be addressed in the NEXT weekly miniseries, COUNTDOWN!

Will I return to continue the weekly reviews of Countdown? Thatís actually up to you guys. Let me know your thoughts. Iíd like to shake it up somehow, set this review apart from the others a bit more. Gimme some feedback, folks!

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