Happy holidays, everybody. I’m a week behind on my “52” reviews, and I could very easily claim that I’ve been traveling, stuck in airports, celebrating with family, etc, but in the spirit of the season, I’ll just be honest and let you know that I’ve spent the better part of the past two weeks drunk off my ass. In addition, I started a new job, which has eaten up a lot of my time. How do you mix those two excuses? Just barely. I still had a chance to pick up my comics, though, and I’ve finally gotten around to reading them and discussing the stuff inside. Let’s start things off with Week Thirty-Three of Fifty-Two.
Things open up with Ralph Dibny and Dr. Fate’s helmet touring the Flash Museum in Central City. Ralph notes that he donated most of his stuff to them after Sue died, and he takes a particular piece of memorabilia and pockets it. It’s labeled, “Anselmo Case 1995.” Whatever that means? Anybody know?
From there, we meet Nightwing, who’s giving an authentic Batarang to Batwoman, as a token of appreciation and whatnot for Christmas. Something tells me it’s not purely altruistic, as Nightwing knows exactly what he’s up against in Gotham, and he knows he’s going to need all the help he can find to stop it.
Later, we meet up with Lex Luthor, who’s still angry that he can’t be put through the Everyman procedure. He gives the new Infinity Inc. new cars for Christmas, and the lousy ingrates don’t even thank him. Luthor’s angry, and his anger is aimed at Supernova. Be afraid.
Elsewhere, Charlie’s dying, the Black Marvel family depowers to show they mean no threat, the Suicide Squad talks tough about bringing the Black Marvels in, and the entire DCU gets sentimental and sappy. (more…)