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52, Vol. 2

(52, Vol. 1 #1-52 (2006-2007) #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,415 ratings  ·  96 reviews
After the INFINITE CRISIS, the DC Universe spent a year without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. A year in which those heroes were needed more than ever as the fate of the world hung in the balance.

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

Paperback, 297 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by DC Comics
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it

So, this is 52 Volume 2, or rather weeks 14 through 26.

Featured here is the wedding between Black Adam and the second Isis (Adrianna Tomaz). It’s a bittersweet moment because it shows just how close Adam comes to some form of redemption before, what Greg Rucka refers to as, The Khandaq Mistake. But we’ll come to that.

The main featuring roles / arcs, with the likes of Ralph Dibny, Booster Gold and Steel (and more) continue here, but there are some additional characters that put in an appearance,

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
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
In volume 2, the various storylines are really starting to kick into gear. By the end of the collection, I'm starting to get a sense that this isn't going to end very well for pretty much everybody. Of course, that just makes me want to read more, since I'm only halfway through. But it's a marathon, not a sprint.

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
Ross Alon
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Still fun. Great story. I wish they will try and do this expirament again.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The books series continues it's greatness with this addition.
Matt Smith
The biggest takeaway from reading this again ten years later is how many things I remember from it. Even still, I remember the identity of Supernova and what's going on with Ralph Dibney. And of course I remember where the Renee Montoya/Question storyline is going. None of these things were even spoiled in the commentary after every issue. They're just powerful moments that stick with me.

I think the biggest thing about this recognizing that by this point, the halfway mark, the wheels should be f
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series continues to be mind bogglingly good. Expanding yet again to form an incredibly interesting story.

With an intricate story like this, it would be easy to get lost if you started with this volume. Luckily for me I just re-read Infinite Crisis and 52 volume 1 so I came into this one understanding most of what's going on. Plots from the first instalment are progressing much more, as well as new adventures starting. I'm personally loving how Ralph Dibny's story fleshing out. I was so sto
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
52 keeps chugging along with volume 2. The writers do an amazing job fleshing out the characters and the multiple plots that are running at the same time. I really enjoy Black Adam and can’t wait to see where his relationship with Isis goes. I’m really glad they brought in Lobo, a personal favorite, as part of the lost in space cast. Half-way through and I can’t wait to see how everything concludes.
Karl Kindt
Dec 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: DC fans
Much better than Volume 1 since the writers are hitting their stride as a group more, are able to do less exposition and more action, and do less with their leftist political agenda. Anyone who loves the old DC, the modern DC, and/or the new DC will like this, as it interweaves so many primary, secondary, and tertiary characters into a story that hangs together very well. I really like Geoff Johns', Mark Waid's, and Keih GIffen's contribution. Grant Morrison in in love with his own weirdness and ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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DC's latest string of Crises events (Infinite, Countdown, and Final) have been pretty disappointing. I'm not sure how I missed out on 52 the first time around (I suspect that I was turned off by the prospect of buying 52 weekly issues), but I'm glad I came back for a second look.

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
Harold Ogle
The thing that really raises this book above mediocre, for me, is all the commentary that the editors and writers provide between each issue. The story seems too spread out to really keep me coming back for more week after week, had I been reading it as separate issues when it was first published. But the inside stories discussing all the in-jokes, foreshadowing, subtle references to 50s comics and so forth make me appreciate it all the more. In this volume, I continued to like the ongoing Ralph ...more
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is still a pretty compelling read. I think the interwoven, few-pages-at-a-time stories format is definitely helping to keep me wanting more, but I also think it's a testament to stories with purpose/suspense/interest.

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
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Note: I own and read the indvidual 32 page issues of this series, but GoodReads does not list those, therefore I leave my reviews on the trade-paperback volumes listed.

I really had little idea going into this series just how much there was to it. It really does invest the reader into an entire world.

All of the story lines do get a little jumbled at times, but I find it easy to find ones way back.

So far, a great story with wonderful art coupled with histories of many of the superheroes (and those
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
I think 52 actually manages to improve in this second volume. Before the highlights were all about Renee and Charlie, but here several of the stories gel. The Supernova mystery is intriguing, the Oolan Island plot is wacky, and the Black Adam story goes in interesting directions. Even the space story has some highlights. The result is one of the best books in old DC Universe.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is some of the best writing in DC recent history as the writers mesh well together ( we get crazy stuff from Morrison but it's mixed by more regular stuff from the others which is good, there is such a thing as too much Morrison). The art is slightly weaker than in the previous book but still very good for a weekly comic.
Alastair Chisholm
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(This review applies to each of the four volumes of the series)

This, for me, was the best crossover DC series I've ever read, and just about perfect. I devoured it in four huge chunks – it's a lot of comic – and was delighted with it all.

We follow the DC world over the course of a year after a massive battle. The Big Three (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman) are in various forms of awol, and the story has several interleaving arcs, involving characters who are either stepping into the vacuum lef
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like this volume. I'm especially liking how Isis is convincing Black Adam to be something other than a total monster. I'm convinced this means something horrible is going to happen to her by the end of the series though...
Jackson Tejada
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Halfway through the story, and guess what? Hoopla doesn't have the next volumes! Argh! Notwithstanding that hiccup, again, cool storyline, great artwork, and great job making me care about characters I never really followed before.
Himanshu Karmacharya
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Serves more like a build up for the upcoming stories. Some parts are really genius but overall felt a little downgraded than the first volume.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The D.C. Universe spent 52 weeks without Superman, Bat man and Wonder Woman. This volume contains the second quarter of the year.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like what they did with Black Adam, and Renee.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The world lives on but with new menaces and heroes.
Joe Howe
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't particularly like the coda at the end, but that was, overall, a small blight on a pretty neat threaded story.
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second 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; although, I found this ...more
Adam Oster
Mar 08, 2012 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
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I read this at Borders with my roommate Bikki while we were waiting for the rain to subside this evening (P.S. spending several guiltless hours at a bookstore is a rare treat!).

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
Gayle Francis Moffet
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, april-2014, comics
It must have been deeply frustrating to pick up 52 week by week and not know which story you were going to get. I mean that as a compliment. Even reading these issues back-to-back, I found myself getting a bit of whiplash when I'd finish a story with Black Adam and suddenly be back in space with Starfire, Animal Man, and Adam Strange. It's hard, in this volume, to really discuss the overarching story because I don't know which story to concentrate on most. Okay, fine, I want to concentrate on th ...more
Firstly, if you guys read my reviews, you can go back to my review for volume one of 52 for a sort of overview of my thoughts of the concept of this series.

This volume lost a little of the steam that I felt volume one had going for it. Some of the stories we read from the first one begin to intertwine, some drop off, and new ones begin in this chapter of what is a year-long examination of a DCU bereft of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

There are still a lot of appearances of awesome charact
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
52 chugs along at a steady pace in Volume 2. New faces are introduced into the mix, including Lobo, Osiris and Dr. Fate. Each storyline is given ample time to spread its wings, including Ralph Dibny's continuation as he searches the Elseworlds with the helmet of Nabu. Strong issues this time out include the JLA stand-in team, consisting of Firestorm, Bulleteer, Ambush Bug and Super Chief and an appearance from the magic team Shadowpact. Also, Will Magnus's increased role, and the introduction of ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phew! Halfway through this gargantuan story and the contours of the uber-plot refuse to show themselves. The art is excellent, the writing above average, and I have to say I'm more hooked than ever.

The story of the former Elongated Man takes a mystical turn, the Black Marvel family seems headed towards tragedy, and Lobo and the space faring Adam Strange/ Animal Man/ Starfire thread is greatly entertaining. I'm not convinced about the Luthor and new Infinity Inc thread or the Intergang one, also
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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 1990s 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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