52, Vol. 3 (52 #3; issues 27-39)
52 combines the brightest and best talents from the comic book writing field, Geoff Johns (INFINITE CRISIS), Grant Morrison (ALL STAR SUPERMAN), Greg Rucka (WONDER WOMAN)...more
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This tale follows a “missing year” in the DC Universe after the groundbreaking “Infinite Crisis” story (see my review for that one) which was one of the bestselling graphic novels for the 2006 year. Note that "Final Crisis" follows after this and was published in 2009.
52 asks the questions who takes the role of the most popular superheroes (Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman) when they step down from their roles? There are a list of vying superheroes trying to make a name for themselves...more
The end-game is clearly starting up, seen most clearly in the plot-lines of Renee Montoya and The Question, Steel and Luthor, the happenings on Oolong Island and the reveal of the identity of Metropolis' mysterious new savior, and the Intergang ar...more
It's amazing to see such a well-oiled writing team work so well together that their talents are interchangeably pulling off whichever character they tackle each week. I'm finding myself enjoying the progression of each storyline more as this goes on, and less self-aware of how "staged" this felt in the early...more
They leave things in a lot of cliffhangers for the fourth volume. A nice load of cameos here and there, if you notice them.
We finally find out who's behind the Supernova mask. This story is one of my favorites in the series. I like the complexity. Another of my favorites is the Renee/Charlie story because it's very sad and very touching. The "Everyman Project" story is getting very interesting, especially in weeks 35 and 39. And one of my favorite characters in the whole series is Osiris. I can't help but sympathize for him. All he wants is to have friends an...more
The heroes in space stuff was fun, The stuff with Rene Montoya and the Question is decent, but I didn't like the pay off.
And of course, Lesbian Batwoman!
Fairly stupid bit of attention getting stunt writing, but at least she gets a cool costume.
And, surprisingly, some of these characters that I've never heard of before are some of the most interesting in this arc. Chang Tzu is actually a cool character, despite the fact that he started as a racist (by today's standards) 1960's Wonder Woman villain named "Egg Fu".