52, Vol. 2 (52 #2; issues 14-26)
The story of 52 continues in this incredible second volume as Booster Gold's dubious heroism comes under fire, Lex Luthor's scheme for giving ordinary citizens super-powers
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 themselv...more
What immediately appealed to me is that 52 focuses on smaller characters in the wake of Supes/Bats/WW's disappearance from the DC Universe. Characters like Booster Gold, Animal Man, and Ralph Dibney are some of my favor...more
It takes some pretty weird twists in this volume, including the whole Lobo nuttiness. Then additional character depth creeps in, and a weird sense of foreboding is haunting me - like tragedy is coming for a number of characters and I can't stop it. Ugh.
My usual measure for how...more
It's a mixed collection, some interesting, some painfully bad. Which is which is a matter of personal taste.
I liked the stuff concerning the Question and Booster Gold, and hated the stuff involving the Elongagated man.
Taking one of Dc's most light hearted characters and making him grim and serious is right up there with the all time stupid...more
I love that this book is making me care about characters that I really didn't know much about before. If you'd asked me a month ago what I thought of Black Adam, I would have asked you w...more
My comments on the extras in 52: Vol. 1 still stand. I love the behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of this huge undertaking.
Volume 2 (chronicling Weeks 14-26, approximately, in the lost year) really gets exciting, as storylines converge, various characters collide (and expire), and answers beget more questions. Mo...more
I especially liked Black Adam's storyline, it had the most emotional and dramatic heft. I also enjoyed Renee Montoya's and the 3 stranded superheros stranded off world, and everyone loves LOBO.
While none of the stories will reach climax until the fourth volume, its an enjoyable read and a necessity for the series.
Booster Gold's part in this volume was nice. I wish I had read this when it was first released. Maybe then I would have freaked out like I was supposed to.
The Renee/Charlie story is solid. I think it's probably the strongest in the series.
I still think the Animal Man/Starfire/Adam Strange story is uninteresting. I was hoping that I would change my mind after reading it a second time, but it...more
I would've given this a 1 but the other characters do have good plotlines and some thoughtful development. Here's to hoping things get better in vol. 3.
The notes at the end of each week are still just as enjoyable as the first volume, and I was glad to see Geoff Johns featured this time around. Can't wait to pick up the third volume!