This is the novelization of DC Comics 52, Vol. 1 by Greg Cox, one of the best and most reliably entertaining professional Media Tie-In writers workingThis is the novelization of DC Comics 52, Vol. 1 by Greg Cox, one of the best and most reliably entertaining professional Media Tie-In writers working. The original comics series, now bundled into several volumes of Trades, was a herculean yearlong series published by DC from May 2006 to May 2007.
The story takes place between the events of Infinite Crisis and the One Year Later story-lines of Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman.
"It was a year without DC's greatest heroes. There would be others to take their place."
While Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman appear occasionally throughout the story, the main focus is on the rest of the DCU as it functions without its iconic heroes, devoting most of its time to second and third string characters, including some who had been all but abandoned at the end of The Silver Age. While plot lines and various characters flow in and out of each other, there are three main plot threads that weave throughout the book. They are (minor spoilers ahead):
Glory-seeking hero from the future, Booster Gold, attempts to become the next big name superhero in the absence of Superman. This completely unravels as newcomer Supernova captures the public's attention. Meanwhile, his robot companion, Skeets begins to suffer from continual temporal distortions, forcing Booster to turn to Rip Hunter (the time traveling hero) for help.
Former GCPD Detective Renee Montoya, vacillating between alcohol and hook-ups to ease the pain over the death of her partner Crispus Allen, is recruited by The Question to investigate the expanding activities of Intergang. Their journey together becomes just as much about saving her from herself as it does the rest of the world from this new Super Crime Syndicate.
The semi-reformed semi-immortal super-villain, Black Adam continues to rule over the nation of Kahndaq where he begins a new war against crime by publicly (and very messily) executing any super criminal that comes within his borders. Things begin to change though as decides to build his own version of Billy Batson's Marvel family. They try to convince him to follow a less bloody path.
If you're familiar with the comics series, you may be disappointed to know that Cox's novelization leaves out some important story-lines. Specifically (again, minor spoilers, though not for this book): Luthor's Everyman Project; the Religion of Crime; the Great Ten; Ralph Digby's revenge quest and eventual decent into alcoholism and madness; the space heroes; Steel and Natasha, and Metal Men creator, Will Magnus. For me, the Digby story was the one that I most missed, and I think the book suffers a little for it, but unless they wanted to cut it into two mammoth door-stops, these cuts had to be made.
Fast-paced, well-written and great characterizations, especially for Montoya. The book is completely stand-alone and beyond knowing the bare bone basics of the DCU, you don't have to have any prior knowledge of the events in the comics in order to enjoy 52....more
Think Holmes on the Range mixed with Harry Dresden and Anita Blake. Unlike most Occult Detective literature, the protagonist -- Cora Oglesby, has no pThink Holmes on the Range mixed with Harry Dresden and Anita Blake. Unlike most Occult Detective literature, the protagonist -- Cora Oglesby, has no powers. She doesn't commune with the Fay, she isn't half-something-or-other or an enchanted creature. Cora is just a deeply, deeply psychologically disturbed, but highly capapable, 100% human.
In the years just after the Civil War, she became a bounty hunter--then, after a chance meeting with a priest dealing with a pesky nest of Vampires--she became a legendary Hunter of monsters, carnivorous cryptids and mythic humanoids like vampires, werewolves and Wendigos. It's not quite made clear if the existence of such creatures are common knowledge in this Universe, as in Anita Blake, or if only those "in the know" are aware, like the Dresden series.
I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this series. I guess I thought it was more a hardcore romance than it was. My mistake and loss for gender-I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this series. I guess I thought it was more a hardcore romance than it was. My mistake and loss for gender-stereotyping. It's no Dresden Files, but then again, neither was the first book in the Dresden Files. I've already borrowed the next book from my library.
(view spoiler)[BTW: How clever was it for Ms Harrison to create a slightly off-kilter alt-history for her world? In the Hollows-Verse, DNA was discovered earlier and the world became dominated by genetics. Around the early 60s a genetic plague called the Angel Virus wiped out a good chuck of humanity and that's when witches, fairies, were-creatures, vampires, ghouls and goblins "came out". This allows for her to have a bit bigger sandbox to play in, and for the reader to easily overlook outdated tech or dated references. (hide spoiler)]...more
Without hesitation or reservation, I love this series. These characters are my friends.
Butcher has really outdone himself with Skin Game. He returnedWithout hesitation or reservation, I love this series. These characters are my friends.
Butcher has really outdone himself with Skin Game. He returned the series to its more lighthearted origins - in this case, a heist job - without ignoring the dramatic, and life altering changes that still ripple through all their lives as a result of the last three books.
Fifteen books. I'll take fifteen more please....more
King's sequel to The Shining. It's about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murdeKing's sequel to The Shining. It's about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals....more