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After the events rendered in Infinite Crisis, the inhabitants of the DC Universe suffered through a year (52 weeks; hence the title) without Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. How does one survive in a dangerous world without superheroes? This paperback, the first of a four-volume series, begins to answer that perilous question? Nonstop action amid planetary anarchy.

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 2nd 2007 by DC Comics
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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 themselve
Dirk Grobbelaar
I first read 52 some years back, but for some reason never rated it on Goodreads.
I’m rereading the series (volumes 1 through 4) as part of my 2014 graphic novel / superhero binge.

In a nutshell: after the events of Infinite Crisis Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Flash (amongst others) are missing, and Earth and the superhero community are in a shambles.
The 52 series represents a week-by-week review of a year in the (somewhat unbalanced at this stage) DC Universe before things return to “norma
Jan 05, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
Right after Infinite Crisis wrapped up, the regular DC books apparently skipped forward a year. 52, published at the same time, told the story of that missing year in 52 issues, published once a week yearly. I'm not sure what I expected out of it, but I didn't expect it to be very good. That's a pretty grueling schedule to keep up for an entire year. And what do you know, it is pretty good.

Because they were smart when they started. 52 worked on a team approach, with a team of writers and a team
May 24, 2012 Tyler rated it it was amazing
I guess I am alone on thinking that this series was near perfect. This review is going to encompass all of the volumes because I only have the back issues.

Look, this is a series primarily for smaller characters. I guess that's too mainstream now or something because people keep hating on it. Yes, it has bigger characters in it, too. This was the little guys time to shine.. and they deliver.

There are multiple stories running at once. The ones that come to mind immediately are:

Black Adam
The Quest
May 14, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
With so many good writers on this book, I almost can't tell where a hack like Waid's writing comes in. This is overall a good concept and a good read, and even where the story seems to jump around a little too much like it was edited by an epileptic, it's also enjoyable to keep seeing the subplots moving forward at a brisk pace.

I can't imagine how gruelling it must've been to try to keep this project on schedule. For that feat of coordination and endurance alone I admire this book, and the writi
Feb 22, 2016 Kaotic rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: DC Fans
Shelves: owned, favorites
Note: I read the individual comic book issues, but seeing as GoodReads does not list all of these issues individually, I rate them using the omnibus and collection editions. This volume collects issues 1 thru 13.

(Light spoilers to follow.)

I would say that this so far is a 4.5 rating. It's interesting to see how the characters are interacting in a world with no Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman.

Booster Gold's arch has been quite feelsy (as with most all the characters, but that's besides the poin
Michael (Mai)
Jan 19, 2016 Michael (Mai) rated it liked it
I started really reading American comics after DC had already moved into the New 52. From there I had a starting point. Many people told me that I needed to read the other, “better” stuff. The original52 is something that has been recommended to me more than once.

52 tells the story of what happens in the DC Universe after Infinite Crisis. Um, noob here, right? I don’t know what happens in Infinite Crisis except that all the heroes disappear. I know that because it’s easy enough to figure that ou
Mar 10, 2010 Joe_Calabrese rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ssr-books
Until I saw the (amazing) film WATCHMEN, I had never really been much of a superhero fan. Sure, I watched the movies and cartoon shows, but I never really read any comics. After picking up the original graphic novel, I realized what I was missing out on; the world of the DC Universe is a beautiful, exciting, amazing place, and 52 does a wonderful job of portraying that.

Picking up directly after the events of Infinite Crisis, 52 shows us a world without Earth's three greatest heroes: Superman, Ba
[Name Redacted]
The comic version of Renee Montoya is younger, less-competent, more abrasive, sexier and more scantily-clad than the original. Also she's a lesbian. Obviously. Because strong, independent women have to be lesbians. And have chips on their shoulders. And somehow exist in that mythical world fiction insists upon pretending exists, where every lesbian looks like a Victoria's Secret model.
John Yelverton
Jan 04, 2012 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
One of the best books to come from DC in years.
Aug 21, 2014 Jbainnz rated it it was amazing
I'm still in shock about how truly amazing this is. This book right here is hands down some of the most addictive shit I have ever laid eyes on.

Carrying straight off from the Infinite Crisis event we see a world rebuilding. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are taking a break from being heroes and left the worlds safety in everyone else's hands. This is why this series is so good, we get to see smaller characters shine. The story moves like a TV series, going from plot line to plot line. The ch
May 09, 2012 Doreen rated it liked it
So my review of this book is colored by the fact that my comic-collecting heyday was in the decade between 1992-2002. One crossover too many was what ultimately killed off my interest in collecting multiple titles, and these days it is extremely rare for me to buy a single issue of anything. It's cheaper and more convenient to buy trades, especially with the lack of specialty comic stores in my immediate area, and with comic book companies no longer offering subscriptions by post to individual t ...more
Dec 19, 2007 Rebecca rated it liked it
I read this at Borders this afternoon with my roommate Bikki. I loved the concept of 52 (a weekly series unfolding in "real time," chronicling the lost year when Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman inexplicably disappeared) when I first heard about it. After the series run, the books were bound into four volumes with writers' commentary, script excerpts, and panel breakdowns following each chapter.

There are about six or seven major storylines in 52 and a daunting number of characters (practically
Dec 25, 2014 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics, 2012
I read this series two or three years ago, and I never thought I'd read it again. Not because it was bad (it wasn't), but because it a lot to commit to and I'm lazy.

But I recently decided that I wanted to reread everything I have from Green Lantern: Rebirth to the present, so yeah.

The first of four volumes, each with thirteen issues. There is a LOT to wrap your head around in this series. There are so many storylines going on at the same time (I think I counted eight), a lot of characters to kee
Harold Ogle
I found this an interesting read, particularly as I'd just read "The Dark Knight Strikes Again" just before it, because both books provide interesting alternative takes on popular DC heroes, including Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Elongated Man, and so on. In this one, four esteemed comics writers (Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Geoff Johns) collaborated on a year's worth of weekly comics (one reason for the title "52") telling the story of the DC universe's recovery from first "Cris ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 03, 2014 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
Remember when DC comics were still good? They're right here in this collection.

It's a complex interweaving of stories from four top writers with characters that cover a span of decades —including ones from the Charlton, Fawcett, and DC universes. My favorite storyline is Montoya and the Question, because Rucka is the man, and he does a great job of creating a storyline about real characters going through tough times. Waid's Elastic Man story is a clear second best. But, everything in here is in
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
Tony Laplume
Nov 02, 2014 Tony Laplume rated it it was amazing
An instant favorite of mine when the series was originally serialized in 2006-07, 52 was the start of a whole era of weekly comic book storytelling.

And none of its successors will ever quite match its quality. Lightning in a bottle. That sort of thing.

A combination of four great writers (Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison, and Mark Waid) an artist creating iconic covers for every issue (J.G. Jones, all of which are featured in their respective volumes, although the extent of 52's impact is
Oct 04, 2014 Dean rated it really liked it
Finally got round to reading this collection of interweaving tales of the 'lost year' in DC history, when Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman ( or The Big Three) have taken a sabbatical, both voluntary and enforced. Clark Kent does pop up though. The focus shifts to lesser lights like Booster Gold, Black Adam, the Question, Steel etc.
as is the way with both a compilation style of storytelling, and writing by committee ( the stories are scripted by 4 different writers who script individual scenes
Artemiy Nizovtsev
Jul 21, 2015 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc
I haven't read a lot of DC Comics, I'm more of a Marvel person. Frankly, I feel like DCU is awesome, but very intimidating for a new reader (and New 52, for the most part, isn't that exciting for me). So I was a bit scared of picking up this series (haven't even read Infinite Crisis), but the list of writers, the concept and just plain curiosity made me pick it up anyway. And I wasn't disappointed.
Of course, I don't get some small things and references, but that doesn't bother me that much. I re
Jul 16, 2015 Silas rated it it was amazing
I don't often read DC comics, since I don't have the same familiarity with the characters as I do with Marvel comics. I have watched several of the animated shows, so I have some. I honestly have little idea what happened before this volume, but this was strong enough to get me interested in doing so. One of the issues with DC comics that I have is the focus on the big three, so I appreciated that they are largely absent here. The focus on other characters (most of which are new to me) both make ...more
A year without Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman... "But it was not a world without heroes,” the preface says.

52 was a year long weekly series that explored this premise. Superstar writers Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid teamed with a ridiculous number of severely talented artists to pull this off. This volume contains the first 13 weeks of the event.

With DC's "Trinity" out of the picture we see different heroes take the limelight. They may not be the ones you were expecti
May 31, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it
This is the first 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).

So, the basic set-up he
Feather Mista
Apr 19, 2013 Feather Mista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Veremos...
Recommended to Feather by: Rhockman
Las pocas veces que arranqué esta serie la largué por paja y porque no tenía ningún número. Ahora que Paliman me regaló este tomazo con los primeros 13 capítulos, finalmente no la colgué como un pelotudo oootra vez. Hasta ahora, me vienen gustando todas las sub-tramas de la serie, sobre todo la de Question y Renee, pero el resto también están muy bien. Ya me explayaré.
¡Grande, Pablín! :D
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
Jul 05, 2014 Andy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This review covers the four volumes of 52.

The characters available to fill in when Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are missing are not ones I care about, apparently. It seemed that there are much more interesting characters that we could have been reading about, instead of the C-String bunch that we got to follow instead. Really, I hadn't heard of many of these characters and wasn't sure why I should care about any of them. The outer space portion had a ridiculous villain / anti-hero character
Benjamin Featherston
Jan 05, 2014 Benjamin Featherston rated it really liked it
Collected here are the first 13 issues of DC's ambitious "52" project, which tells the story of a "lost year" in the DC universe, during which the Big Three (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) are missing, in real time with one issue released to the public each week. These four volumes might seem a tough sell for most casual comics readers, given that the focus is on lesser-known characters in the DC universe, but the result is an engaging, and surprisingly addictive, read.

Instead of a core st
Oct 07, 2009 Tamahome rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I enjoyed this series written by 4 writers, coming out every week, more than other 'events' like Civil War. Lots of different artists though, quality was inconsistent.
Matt Mazenauer
Sep 01, 2015 Matt Mazenauer rated it really liked it
Bold, creative, and incredibly innovative, this is a strong start to a series that doesn't end up paying off on its strong premise.

Still, it took some real ingenuity to basically ignore your flagship characters and shine the rejuvenating spotlight on some of your worthy but underloved side characters. Not only that, but they're involves in one of the more complex story arcs I've ever seen - though perhaps that's really where they stumbled.

Regardless, at least for this first volume, it's really e
Jul 12, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Wonderful follow-up for Infinite Crisis. Can't wait to read the next set of issues.
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990’s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more
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