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Just as I was getting a tad bored, they brought back some of the space guys in a brill little WTF? moment - hard to go wrong with 50ft Hawkwoman now, can you ?

 

The Animal Man bits in the latest issue have been my favourite so far, Buddy seeminly oblivious to the naked alien lass strutting her stuff in front of him as he warbles on about his family was a nice moment.

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My only problem with 52 is that the multiple storylines mean that just as I'm getting into the flow of each issue it finishes. More pages would be lovely, but obviously the weekly schedule's going to be a bastard to keep up and the last thing they want to do is make it harder for themselves.

 

The "History Of The DCU" pages are absolute gash, though. Boring, pointless, and blandly-written.

 

Hell yes. And as someone whose knowledge of Crisis extends to those Swamp Thing issues and a few websites, I'm completely lost as to what the fuck is going on there. Why couldn't they release it as a single issue so we could all ignore it?

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I went out and picked up the back-issues of "52" today. Coralys was asking me about trying to figure out what pages were written by Morrison.

hmm....Well....I've just read issue #2, and that's not very hard!

Let's see....Booster Gold & Will Magnus scenes:

1."Tachyons", mentioned?-Check

2."I think someone's rounding us up, Will."

"Us? You mean scientists?"

"MAD Scientists Will....If I were you, I'd keep taking my anti-depressants."

 

Oh yeah! Grant Morrison wrote those scenes!

 

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Overall, there's a lot going on in these issues. That's good, but it always leaves you wanting so much more! This series is like a panic attack put on paper and drawn in brightly costumed colours.

 

Personally, I would like to see Grant Morrison just be allowed to let loose in this series and throw all sorts of mad ideas and characters around.

All the respect in the world to Mark Waid, Geoff Johns, and Greg Rucka....but really? Who needs them!

The Morrisonion aspects were the best bits!

Imagine getting to see Grant Morrison work with the Question....

 

Also, yeah, those "History of the DCU" pages are a waste of space. They should've been published as a special series. They have no place in "52" and are wasting needed space.

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I'm not positive that the same people are writing the same character scenes in every book.

Sometimes I can distinctively pick out Morrison's voice in the comic and other times I get confused and am not sure who wrote what.

Most of issue #5 sounded like it was written by Morrison to me, but I don't the he wrote as much of the book as I thought, and there are times when within the same scene Morrison's voice started to sound like Geoff Johns. So, I'm not positive how they are dividing up the writing.

 

I know for a fact, without the shadow of a doubt, that Grant Morrison wrote the Booster Gold & Will Magnus scenes in issue #2.

There are some other scenes in the title that I figured out positively were Morrison, but I don't remember tham all off the top of my head.

There were some issues where I couldn't really find Morrison's voice, at all.

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I've heard that the writers are passing Booster around. Other than that, the only one I'm sure about is that Mr Gotham Central is writing Montoya's section.

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umm...That was pretty confusing.

I'm thinking when he bonded with the armour, it became like a life support system for him. It saved his body from the poison, but now he depends on the armour to keep him alive.

Sort of a Tony Stark/Iron Man thing.

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I imagine that'll all be explained. One of the problems of the day-to-day structure is that they have to make big leaps from situation to situation without and force the reader to keep up.

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I'm not positive that the same people are writing the same character scenes in every book.

 

According to the Newsarama article on this a while back, each writer (apart from Waid, I think, whose specific role in the whole project has never been clearly defined) has at least one or two 'pet' characters, for whom they'll be responsible for the bulk of the plotting, if not necessarily scripting every scene. However, they'll also be swapping certain characters and plot strands around over the course of the year, and some characters are pretty much communal, and will be being written by different people from week to week, dependent on a whole range of things. If I recall correctly, Booster Gold is one of the latter, so he's probably been written by several people already.

 

Issue #5 was, apparently, scripted primarily by Morrison, with only the Montoya/Question pages being entirely unconnected to him. I can't remember where I read that, but based on the issue itself, I find it very easy to believe.

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Did the Chinese Hero's bit make anyone elses head hurt, trying to understand what they were saying. I understand the writer (Morrison or Johns?) was trying to do a more literal translation of Chinese to English, but i couldn't make heads or tales of what they were talking about.

 

The Black Adam bit just got a lot more interesting. it's looking like we'll be having an Axis/Allies with superhumans, doesn't it. I thought that Adam would have been content to stay in his country, I look forward to one of the countries within his realm of power trying to double cross him....

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I'm not sure how much, if anything, Grant Morrison wrote in this issue. It didn't read like his work. I think Morrison was just giving ideas and helping with plot development on this issue.

The Chinese woman who gives birth to Chinese super soldiers was a neat idea.

 

Manthrax....he he he, if this were Image (circa 1994), he'd be someone's actual arch-villain, you know....

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Well the first four issues all made the top ten, helping DC to top Marvel in cash and unit terms for the first time in yonks.

 

Latest issue was good fun, Black Adam getting a coalition together against the states in ace cause it'll have to lead to a massive scrap with the new JLA!

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I really enjoyed the Chinese heroes: The Great Ten. With cool names like August General in Iron, Socialist Red Guardsman, Perfect Physician, Thunder Mind, and the best of all Mother of Champions. She gives birth to superheroes. Thank you Morrison. I know I am weird but I want to know the biology involved for her to birth an army of superheroes. Aren't these characters going to be in a series or mini-series at some point?

 

 

I got a kick of out the pissing match between the GLs and Black Adam.

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I really enjoyed the Chinese heroes: The Great Ten. With cool names like August General in Iron, Socialist Red Guardsman, Perfect Physician, Thunder Mind, and the best of all Mother of Champions. She gives birth to superheroes. Thank you Morrison. I know I am weird but I want to know the biology involved for her to birth an army of superheroes. Aren't these characters going to be in a series or mini-series at some point?

 

 

I got a kick of out the pissing match between the GLs and Black Adam.

 

Great stuff.

 

Professor Morrow was good as well.

 

Oh dear what the fuck have you done Booster Gold?

It seems that the aftermath of the Crisis is going to be bigger and more dire than the crisis itself. Interesting stuff.

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Did the Chinese Hero's bit make anyone elses head hurt, trying to understand what they were saying. I understand the writer (Morrison or Johns?) was trying to do a more literal translation of Chinese to English, but i couldn't make heads or tales of what they were talking about.

I had a lot of trouble understanding what was going on, and I speak Chinese. But I think it's a really neat idea.

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I really dig seeing the question in a more improtant role. I also really liked the Adam Strange teleportation tragedy. It's always been a forgone conclusion that there are bound to be accidents with teleporting places, but it's so very rarely adressed in sci-fi fantasy adventure fiction.

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Time is broken!

Yay, Morrison shows his spots!

Those last few pages were brill.

This keeps getting better.

 

Forgive me Christian, but there are many shades of the Earth X Trilogy here here.

 

Manthrax looks exactly like Universe X's returned-form-death Iron Man.

Luthor's everyone can become superhero's bit.

And the now more directed Donna Troy bits, read like a shallow version of Uatu and Machine Man.

 

One of the Chinese heroes looks like Ultimates 2's chinese Crimson Dynamo too.

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They're still having a bit of trouble making the real-time pacing work, and the whole thing still feels a little choppy at times, but thus far the concept definitely seems to be shaping up as a success. The latest issue didn't grab me to the same extent as the ace #5, but the final couple of pages more than made up for that.

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Yeah I don't think the real-time pacing is working.

 

But I think it is hard to make it work especially since they have issues like the last which are dominated by just a couple of the plot threads which leaves you wondering what the hell is happening to Montoya or Ralph Dibney.

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They'll be back, Inca.

 

For all the faults here, I have to give DC all the credit in the world. What sounded like a shameless attempt to milk even more money out of Infinite Crisis, has turned into one of the most fun and interesting superhero books on the market.

DC actually went all out as far as writing and art to make this book look important and special and not just, "If you read Infinite Crisis or are reading any One Year Later books, you need to read all of 52 or you'll never have the whole story!"

I didn't read Infinite Crisis and the only mainstream DC title I'm going to be reading is Morrison's Batman, but 52 is appealing and entertaining to me, not pretentious in the least.

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The scenes with Adam Strange and Animal Man were carrying this issue for me. That story-line really has me interested. Not enough of that plot in this issue.

 

Montoya's plot seems to be moving in slow motion though! Dear Lord, the art on Kathy Kane was atrocious! Montoya was thinking about the presence Kathy Kane's beauty gives off when she enters a room....yeah...it would've been nice if the art had given us any inkling at all of what Montoya was seeing!

Ah well...perhaps it was true love talking....

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