52 Vol. 2

August 20, 2007 | Trades


52 Vol. 2
Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, Keith Giffen
DC Comics
$23.99/$19.99 US (Paperback)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

Who would have thought a year without DC’s big three — Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman — would have been so interesting?
Instead of these familiar faces, readers of the grand and sweeping weekly series 52 got to know the likes of former Gotham cop Renee Montoya and her new friend, Charlie, A.K.A. The Question; ex-villain Black Adam and his newfound love, Isis; John Henry Irons, A.K.A. Steel, and his niece Natasha; Adam Strange, Starfire and Animal Man — all lost in space together; and scores of other lesser known heroes and villains.
While all of these characters grew on us, perhaps the moment you knew this book was something awesome was with one classic phrase: Archbishop Lobo of the First Celestial Church of the Triple Fish-God.
The return of one of the toughest hombres in the DC Universe, who was now an interstellar holy man, is just friggin’ genius.
Moments like this, along with shockers like the massacre of the new Justice League, the death of a Booster Gold and the deepening mystery of the identity of the new hero, Supernova, are all packed into this second essential collection of 52.

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