June 25, 2007 | Trades
52 Vol. 1
Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, Keith Giffen
$23.99/$19.99 US (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)
The biggest mystery of the weekly series 52 was, of course, “What is 52?”
While it took a whole year for the real answer to be revealed, a logical early supposition could have been: How many reasons there are for this series to kick ass?
Let’s start with the writers: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid — the cornerstone creators of the DC Universe — all working in tandem on the same book. Add in art breakdowns by legend Keith Giffen and finishes by the likes of Eddy Barrows, Chris Batista, Joe Bennett, Ken Lashley, Shawn Moll and Todd Nauck, use the slingshot effect coming off the heat of the epic Infinite Crisis miniseries and you’ve already got a winner.
Then there’s the heroes: Booster Gold, Black Adam, Steel, The Question, the formerly Elongated Man, Animal Man, Starfire, Adam Strange — it’s an admittedly motley crew, but somehow all those different characters, in all their diverse areas of the DCU from deep space to the back alleys of Gotham and the spires of Metropolis, flowed almost seamlessly together.
Oh sure, there were some holes and certainly a bit of clutter, but as far as producing a cohesive weekly series that made you want to come back for more? Mission accomplished.