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52 #1

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The DCU spent a year without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – a year in which the fate of the world hung in the balance!

Now Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid deliver the thrilling tale of the heroes who protected the planet in their absence in this best-selling series.

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
25 pages
Language
English
Price
$0.00
Amazon ASIN
B00JW2PLX8

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  • 92

    Comic Watch

    52 was groundbreaking in the way it laid stories on top of stories in a cohesive overarching plot in a way that hadn’t been done on such a high level before; and the unbelievable level of writing talent in this series speaks for itself: Mark Waid, Greg Rucka, Geoff Johns, and Grant Morrison all banded together to weave multiple narratives in and out of one another, each week of the year, for a calendar year within the DCU without Superman, Wonder Woman, or Batman due to fallout of Infinite Crisis. What would a DCU look like without the Trinity? 52 set out to tell that story, and did so with a shocking level of skill and aplomb. And as a ringer – DC stalwart Keith Giffen provided the layouts for every issue, even as each was finished by a rotating cast of A-list artists, in order to provide a kind of artistic continuity despite changing pencillers every few issues.

    This first issue sets the foundation for the DC universe all the way up until 2011 and the Flashpoint, which opened the door to New 52 and a more-or-less complete revamp of DC’s continuity. The weekly issue long-form format gave the creators carte blanche to let narratives develop in groundbreaking ways. The absence of the trinity allows more minor characters to shine and take the spotlight in new and interesting ways. Much more to come.

    The art by Joe Bennet, Roy Jose and Alex Sinclair is stellar with lots of tense emotion being shown and some action. A decent size crowd scene towards the end of the issue is fun to pick through and find characters in.

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