By Johns, Morrison, Rucka, Waid, Giffen

The first volume of the DC mega series 52.

I’m not very familiar with the DC universe. Mostly, that’s because the Finnish comic publishers have concentrated more on Marvel. Oh, we had the occasional Superman and Batman titles but nothing much else. However, the long-running Superman title (before Byrne run and some years after it) had the JLA as the secondary story. That was the JLA when it was a funny title with Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Batman, Mr Miracle, Big Barda, the Black Canary, etc. in the team. Was the four or three relaunches ago? Anyway, I loved that JLA incarnation and when the next relaunch came around I started to get it in English (the Finnish version lasted for only one issue… Sometimes I really think that publishers are looking for excuses to end titles and book series instead of, say, publicizing them) Around that time I also started to read Wonder Woman, Titans, Nightwing, and later Birds of Prey and JSA. So, that’s pretty much my knowledge about DC. This volume had quite a lot of characters and references to characters I don’t know. But I recognized enough of them to follow the plotline. We had about six issues of the Question come out in the 80’s so I’m vaguely familiar with him, I think.

Anyway, much of the plot is centered on Booster Gold and his struggle to fame and fortune through super heroics. Another story focuses on the Question and a former female detective Montoya who are investigating something in Gotham. Then there’s Black Adam who has now become a ruler of his own country and is out to unite other countries against the US and especially against the US superheroes. And a plotline that involves two scientists in robotics. One of them is in jail and still inventing stuff and the other come to see and talk with the jailed one. Apparently, someone is kidnapping mad scientists. Ralph Dibney is mourning his wife while some Kryptonian cult is trying to resurrect her and…

Yep, lots of story all rolled up in one title. The heroes are continuing their lives while most of JLA is missing. They are also trying to find the missing heroes and Luthor, of course, does what he can for himself.

The individual issues might have been slow-moving but in a trade, the pacing is quite nice with all of the stories. I especially like the political story because so many, or rather all, comics just shy away from any sort of politics at all. On the other hand, it is understandable if they want to keep up with current day politics but on the other… well, lots of missed opportunities there.

I liked the artwork as well.