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Philip Reeve
52, Vol. 1 - Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, Keith Giffen, Eddy Barrows, Chris Batista, Joe Bennett, Ken Lashley, Shawn Moll, Todd Nauck Right after Infinite Crisis wrapped up, the regular DC books apparently skipped forward a year. 52, published at the same time, told the story of that missing year in 52 issues, published once a week yearly. I'm not sure what I expected out of it, but I didn't expect it to be very good. That's a pretty grueling schedule to keep up for an entire year. And what do you know, it is pretty good.

Because they were smart when they started. 52 worked on a team approach, with a team of writers and a team of artists working together to get this thing done. Still, it must have been a marathon to write, because it's going to be a bit of a marathon to read. And the quality has mostly held up. I like that the story is focusing on the less iconic characters of the DCU, and I like that the story is more down-to-earth, more human and relatable. Not feeling the Starfire/Adam Strange/Animal Man in space storyline, though. The art is consistent, but generally nothing to get too excited about.

There's a lot of exposition in this volume, naturally, since there are a lot of storylines to cover, and a lot of time to do them in. But it did get me hooked on most of them.