The world of comics is a strange thing. While some series will go on forever (Batman, Spider-Man), while others will only be around for a short while and earn a devout following because of it. The same thing goes for B-List characters. Since we don’t see as much of them, getting a book where they shine and are actually good books. 52 featured nothing but b list characters, interacting with other b list characters, and running rampant in the DC universe. It was glorious and it is the newest addition to the Basement Life Collection.
52 was a weekly comic book that ran for 52 issues, or in layman’s terms, a year. The idea behind this was to bridge to gap between DC’s latest event at the time, Infinite Crisis, with the current comics which had jumped a year ahead of time. Originally the book was going to explore what happened to the original trinity in DC (Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman) during that missing year. However, as the book developed it was decided to focus on what the other, lesser known, people in the DCU did without the big heroes for a year.
Taking a look at the names attached to 52 it’s not surprising that it turned out so good. Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, Greg Rucka, and Grant Morrison all wrote it and Keith Giffen did the layouts. Each issue of the book covers a week of the year in which the series takes place. There are tons of characters covered in this book. The Question, Renee Montoya, Ralph Dibney, Animal Man, Starfire, Steel, Black Adam, and Booster Gold are all covered in this series. Each character has their own character arc, but it’s all interconnected.
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