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    Reviews - 52 - TPB vol. 01

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An experiment in comics - Thai
DC's year-long weekly comic book is an unprecedented experiment and four of the top DCU writers and a group of rotating group of artists have only a week to turn out on time this weekly title which is set straight on the heels of Infinite crisis.

Even with the four superstar writers on board this is a tall task and could of failed miserably and while I wasnít blown away by this first (of four) trade the story of the DCU's missing year is certainly readable and in some respects quite enjoyable but there are flaws.

The relationships among the heroes in the DCU are fractured and the universe itself has been damaged after the events of Infinite crisis, Bat-Man is no longer in Gotham city, Superman de-powered and Wonder Woman missing so this series is more orientated upon the more B list cast of the DC Universe. Unfortunately this draws me to one of the flaws with 52, I must admit Iím not much of a collector in regards the mainstream DC universe. I love Vertigo titles, Bat-Man a little Green Arrow and do collect any DC events (Infinite Crisis etc) but found myself with no real knowledge of most of the characters that appear in this trade and in some respects didnít really find my self caring.

The concept of 52 is that there are 5 unrelated stories each one featuring a different character in the DCU universe. The Renee Montoya and Black Adam stories were the highlight for me, the rest I couldnít really get into to be honest I especially found myself wanting to skip the Booster Gold pages as I found him a little excruciating (Although I think thatís the point). There are some high points (The wicker Sue Dibney was creeeeepy) but the majority of the trade while competent didnít sustain my interest due to the fact each story was literally a couple of pages long and then jumped onto the next chapter in another characterís story, this constant stopping and starting meant I found stories quite hard to get into because as soon as I found a story interesting it ceased and in some cases wouldnít appear for a number of issues.

I worry about the weekly concept of this title, Iíve always found that when something whether it be a TV show or any other medium has a very long running stint that it is extremely rare for the quality to remain at a high standard throughout , no one will really know until 52 is well underway but I found the middle of this trade slightly dip in quality only to pick up again in the final issues.
Iíve stated far more negatives the positives in this review but donít be fooled I'm extremely interested to see how 52 turns out, I don't know most of the characters and I'm not even sure if the 52 concept is designed for a reader like me to enjoy as itís more catered to the longtime DC fan. I understood most of what I was reading, but it was obvious that I was missing a lot of the subtlety of the event even after reading Infinite Crisis but Iíll admit Iím intrigued and have already picked up the second trade.

7.4 Out of ten

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