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52, Vol. 4 (52 #4)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,424 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
The story of the DC Universe's most eventful year concludes in this final action-packed volume in the series featuring an epic World War III between the planet's super-powered beings.
Discover the final fates of the stars of the series — Booster Gold, Renee Montoya, Black Adam, The Elongated Man, Animal Man, Lobo, Starfire and Adam Strange!

Collecting: 52 40-52
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 7th 2007 by DC Comics
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Jan 16, 2014 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it
When I started 52 Vol 4 I was ever-so-slightly fatigued. This isn’t too surprising, considering that the 52 story is told in real time over 52 weeks (one year). Compressing a year’s worth of story into a little more than a week might not necessarily be the best way to go about reading this... On the other hand, it’s so very addictive!

I’ve re-read the whole of 52 as part of my 2014 graphic novel binge. Volume 4 obviously concludes the saga with weeks 40 through 52.

The writers pull a number of sur

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
Jan 09, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
The 52 project was so huge that I didn't feel like I could give a decent review after any given volume. How to review what is, really, just a small part of a much bigger story? Now that I've finished all 52 issues, I can give a sort of post-mortem.

There are so many storylines, and so much to wrap up, that the last 13 issues had huge events nearly every other issue. It certainly kept me reading. This was the only one of the 52 trades that I read all in one sitting. For the most part, I was prett
Jul 30, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
Summary: too bad about the never-say-die multiverse addiction at DC.

Dibny's story? Awesome. Week 43 Day 1? Like a five-year-old wrote it.

Black Adam's finale was not written by that five-year-old, and works much better.

And the build-up to the final climax? Cool. I felt like I participated in something actually pretty wondrous.

Too bad about bringing back the multiverse tho. Seems like DC is just addicted to its easy outs - the many, many variations on the same themes that make it so easy to expla
May 29, 2012 Doreen rated it really liked it
Satisfying conclusion to the series. I felt greatly educated, by the end of it, of all the (relatively) minor DC Universe characters that I hadn't yet encountered, given that my exposure to the mainstream titles had been through Wonder Woman and Gotham-based books (oddly, I never read a lot of Batman titles. I did read a lot of Catwoman and Gotham PD books.)

Story-wise, the reveal with Sobek was a moment of "Holy shit, I can't believe they did that in a mainstream title!" Ditto for the bit with I
Aug 03, 2009 Frank rated it liked it
I wasn't sure about this series as it intentionally focused on more supporting characters in the DC Universe (no Batman or Superman)in the year following the events of Infinite Crisis. However, the characters they selected proved complex and their storylines compelling. Unfortunately, like almost all of these special events, nothing ultimately happens or at least nothing really changes that can't be unchanged to suit writers' needs/lack of imagination.
Mar 07, 2016 Kaotic rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
That was quite the read. A lot of ups and downs. A lot of feels.

I must say that I really liked the story, although I found it a little odd. (Though, it is a comic, so it's bound to be a little strange.)

Black Atoms story I found really interesting and rather feelsy.

I also liked that not everything was wrapped up in the end. There is still a lot to explore in the story (which I am going to do.)

It was also pretty cool to see Rip Hunter play a major role in this. I found myself comparing him to how
John Yelverton
Jan 04, 2012 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
Every page I turned was more amazing than the last.
Sep 17, 2014 Jbainnz rated it it was amazing
You know the feeling when you finish a TV series, or movie saga you really love? That empty feeling of utter despair that this beautiful thing you love so much has come to an end, fused with the complete satisfaction that it was everything you ever wanted it to be. As i finished the last few pages of this book it hit me like a ton of bricks, my 52 journey has ended. This is to me, the perfect example of what a comic series should be. It had mystery, action, suspense and a whole load of ambition ...more
Michelle Cristiani
May 21, 2012 Michelle Cristiani rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I loved this series. I am a little sad to finally read the last one. The artwork was phenomenal, the story was gripping, and the layouts and plotlines were seamless - even for one easily confused as I. What a dream team of writers.

I'm late to the party, because this came out on 2007, but I am happy to see the DC 'multiverse' back. Mark Waid writes in the comments that the line 'welcome home' is his favorite in the series. He says, "'Home,' both to us as writers and to our characters, is
Jul 09, 2011 victoria.p rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The best part, as in the other three volumes, is Renee's story. I especially liked her team-up with Dick. They should work together more often, especially with Kate.

I did like the John Henry Irons/Everyman storyline. Way to make things interesting, Lex.

I felt bad that Kory was stuck in such an uninteresting plotline, and I disliked the island of mad scientists, but the thing that kept me from truly loving this book was Black Adam's story. Ugh. I really wanted his redemption to stick and I reall
Mar 27, 2015 Javi rated it really liked it
Pues ya está, se acabó la saga. Ha estado bastante entretenida, aunque al final se ha hecho un poco larga. Las tramas no daban para tanto. El final es épico pero no me ha acabado de convencer, demasiados giros espectaculares algo gratuitos. Sin embargo, es un cómic bien disfrutable así que me quedo con buen sabor de boca y con ganas de leer más del Universo DC.
Dec 25, 2014 Jake rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics, 2012
Five stars for this volume, five stars for the series as a whole.

I think this series has more character development than any series I've ever read. Kate Kane, Ralph Dibny, Natasha Irons, John Henry Irons, and especially Booster Gold and Renee Montoya. It's all great and really well-written.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves superhero comics. And what would you expect when you're reading something by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid? And Keith Giffen's breakd
Kirk Kiefer
Dec 02, 2010 Kirk Kiefer rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-superhero
I would rate this volume 3.5 rather than 4 stars, mostly because many issues are taken up with big plot summation dialogue. I understand why, given the number of threads that had to be tied up and the limited amount of space they had to do it, but it still was a bit repetitious to have so many expository scenes so close together.

That aside, it was still a fun ride and well worth my time and money. As a Bat-fan it was nice to see the early adventures of Batwoman (even if some of the back story he
Oct 14, 2015 Aildiin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This was an awesome serie but the landing doesn't totally stick for me. The art is much poorer in those last issues too.
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 11, 2014 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
A good ending for 52. The plot lines for the Question and Black Adam were quite strong, while the rest were enjoyable, with the possible exception of the Elongated Man storyline, which very abruptly ended after a long snipe hunt.

Overall, 52 was a terrific concept carried off well. Sadly, DC was never able to duplicate it successful. Countdown was an absolute train wreck, Trinity was dull, and then when Brightest Day showed hope, the universe was abruptly rebooted, leaving it entirely moot.

But 52
Adam Oster
Sep 07, 2015 Adam Oster rated it really liked it
I love it when DC (or even Marvel) takes the time to focus on their lesser known folks. And when the first 52 series came about, we all lucked out in that there was an entire year where the focus was on everyone else. In fact, Supes, Bats, and WW were MIA and everyone else was forced to pick up the slack.

But what I think I love most about this series is the fact that this really seems to be DCs attempt at cleaning up some of the smaller pieces of their rather large continuity corrections of the
One Flew
Jun 07, 2016 One Flew rated it it was amazing
Hmmmm, where to start.
Overall this was a very sucsessful series. It didn't focus on traditional superhero story telling and it paid off. There was some great reveals in this volumes and the pay off at the end was well worth it. Some of the plot lines were better than others and that is the easiest way to break this series down.

Renee Montoya: hated everything about her story with the Question and that includes the nonsense with Intergang and Batwoman. It never went anywhere and added nothing to t
Jun 11, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it liked it
This is the final of four volumes, collecting the 52 weekly issues of Fifty Two, the maxi series which depicts what happened during the "lost" year in DC's "One Year Later" event (which I found a rather asinine idea from the point if view of individual titles and messed up or lost sub-plots). The series is co-written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid, with layouts by Keith Giffen (and an array of artists finishing the visuals - with varying results; this volume possibly ha ...more
Robert Morganbesser
Jan 24, 2014 Robert Morganbesser rated it liked it
This will be the same review for all four volumes. First, while I liked seeing some of the lesser known DC heroes and villains get highlighted, since this led to the New 52, which as an older fan, has left me behind, I'm unhappy with it. They killed off a few too many of the newer heroes (I'd have liked to see Isis survive, and since Superman died and the world got on for a year, we already know what a world without Superman would be like). I found the harsh treatment of Diana, who killed Max Lo ...more
Sam Poole
This was overall a fun and exciting series. Love Renee's arc. I thought this was the weakest volume by far. So much ugly stupid "gritty" shit and over the top violence, murder and fridging. Greg and Grant had the strongest and most effective voices here, as their pet characters had the best and lost appealing arcs. Way to ruin the black marvel family, by the way. I am SO beyond offended by the resolution of that- black Adam, committer of genocide to avenge his murdered wife and her brother, to b ...more
Again, guys... If you're reading my reviews on these volumes, this is going to kind of pick up where I left off on the first three volumes.

This book wrapped up nicely the plot threads that were hanging in the first three volumes. All the fantastic, seldom used characters are still here, along with the tales from the premiere creators in comics, all of them great fun to read.

As with the other volumes, the art was nice and solid, employing it's own host of fantastic talent.

Again, as with the fi
Sep 15, 2014 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this was a great series. The only real problem is there were so many different threads that wrapping them up became a problem. Some of the plots are resolved as early as Week 40 out of 52. I preferred the more down-to-Earth parts concerning Black Adam, Renee Montoya, etc. to the more cosmic parts.

The bits after each issue where mostly writers Greg Rucka and Mark Waid or artist Keith Geffen would talk about how it was put together. It really illustrated what a Herculean task it was to pro
Oct 29, 2014 Dean rated it really liked it
This volume was a fitting end to what has been a fun ride. If I am being honest, the endings didn't all quite live up to the intricate groundwork laid for them, but a minor quibble and one that probably only came about because our expectations were so high.
Overall, for me, the Black Adam arc was the most satisfying. It made him a character we actually cared about, and despite everything he did I felt sympathy for him; he's the classic bad man trying to be good. Least satisfying for me was the 'l
Oct 09, 2014 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite DC series. Even though I only originally started reading for more of Greg Rucka's Renee Montoya and Booster Gold, I came to really get a broad education of the DCU at large.

I loved the Question. Loved Steel. Loved the Metal Men and Dr. Magnus. Heh, I especially loved his "breakdown." I laughed and sent the picture to several friends, actually. Seeing Ralph and Sue together as the ghost detectives was bittersweet.

I would recommend this series to anybody looking for something mo
Richard Barnes
Aug 22, 2016 Richard Barnes rated it liked it
The end does not quite reach the promise of the first couple of volumes - it seems a bit rushed, but this may the difference between reading it one issue a week as opposed to several issues at once.

Still, there are moments of beauty when The Question finally finds an answer, Booster Gold's return is twisty and cool, Luthor gets his comeuppance (that's really good) - not sure about the Ralph Dibny storyline and Black Adam's rampage is lifted from Miracleman.

Overall worth it but not that great...
Gayle Francis Moffet
Jul 31, 2014 Gayle Francis Moffet rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2014, july-2014
Well, if you're gonna end it with a bang, ending it with a time-travel bang is the absolute best way to do it.

Honestly, I really enjoyed every ending on this book save Black Adam's. Killing off his family like they did just felt like melodrama and didn't feel coherent in the story. But everyone else? Excellent endings all around, especially Booster.

It's especially exceptional because the endings all happen over 12 issues, and it's a credit to the writing staff that the story felt coherent, int
Sep 19, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The final volume of 52 is a nonstop thrill ride, where each of our main character's plot lines wrap up with time to spare. We have Steel's triumph over Lex Luthor that happens fairly early on, Ralph Dibny's fate (with a touching epilogue in the series final pages that brings the Elongated Man's purpose home full throttle), Renee Montoya's soul searching that leads her to the answer to Vic Sage's question and World War III, which centers around Black Adam and the mad scientists of Oolong Island. ...more
Oct 12, 2013 Hrishi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to give them this - they have mighty, mighty gumption. (OK, I was going to use an anatomical reference, but we'll go with gumption). "The missing year" in DC continuity turns out to be far more consequential than I had expected. Seriously, I just thought there'd be a huge flash-bang fight at the end and nothing major would change in the DCU.

I was wrong. I got my flash-bang fight all right, I got "World War III" after all, but the impact from this 52 issue epic will clearly be vast. It i
Amber Ditullio
Oct 21, 2011 Amber Ditullio rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Superhero Comics, Those who like to read epic comic stories
Recommended to Amber by: Highpockets on SparkPeople
Shelves: graphic-novel
(This review is for 52, Vol 1-4. I couldn't separate them out in my mind.

52 is the story of what happens between the end of Infinite Crisis (after which Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman disappeared for a year) and Year One, where there was a bit of a reboot/change in the status quo. The story revolves around... well, almost all of the characters you've ever cared to hear about in the DC Universe. There are many storylines that weave themselves together into a wonderful whole - Booster Gold and
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