Today’s episode of The Spinner Rack by Erik Bader
Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid
Art Breakdowns by Keith Giffen
Pencils by Phil Jiminez
Inks by Andy Lanning
Colors by David Barron
Lettering by Pat Brosseau
Assistant Editors Harvey Richards & Jeanine Schaefer
Edited by Stephen Wacker
Cover by J.G. Jones & Alex Sinclair
Alright, how can we do this without taking all day? The basics: Through 2005 till spring 2006, DC Comics ran a massive crossover event called Infinite Crisis. Crazy villains returned from the past. The Universe fragmented into a Multiverse. Half the world turned into cyborgs. Superboy died. Batman pulled a gun on Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman broke a dudes neck, and Superman lost his powers. Three generations of Flash’s got sucked into the Speed Force, or the Speed Force died, or something happened with the Speed Force but I can’t remember what. Series ended, DC jumped the continutity every one of their main titles “One Year Later”, leaving it to the readers to figure out what happened in the proceeding year. Alongside the time-shift, they introduced a weekly comic called 52, which started one week after Infinite Crisis ended and aimed to fill in the gaps of the missing year, in real-time, one issue a week, for 52 issues: one entire year of weekly comics. This is some pretty historic stuff here. We’re up to Week Twenty-Four now.
Headache already? It gets worse. So far we’ve seen Booster Gold (a money hungry football player from the future) lose his fame, lose his marbles, and dies. The Elongated Man (not to be confused with Plasticman) found out Wonder Girl has started a cult to ressurect Superboy. Detective Chimp gives him Dr. Fate’s helmet which takes him to the American Indian lands of the dead. Lobo, an intergalactic bounty hunter and the last living survivor of his planet (because he killed everyone else) has now turned to good as an archbishop of some kind of space-religion that worships a triple-headed fish. Someone is kidnapping scientist, but not just any scientists: mad scientists! Black Adam (a man-God and part of the Shazam! family) runs his own third-world country and axes people who step out of line. World War III has been predicted by a time-traveler named Rip Hunter. Ambush Bug joins the new Justice League and…oh what’s the use? None of this makes sense to any of you and it barely makes sense to me. Fifty-Two draws on nearly seventy-five years of outlandishly convoluted comic book continuity and half of the references only make sense to like one guy sitting his underwear reading the thing in Tuscon, Arizona. But week after week, I just can’t stop buying it.
Week Twenty-Four starts with Green Arrow running for Mayor of Star City (thanks to the One Year Later titles, we know that he wins, and also legalizes gay marriage), then switches to the new Justice League, whose members are Firehawk (who?), Bulleteer (from Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers), Super-Chief (more at the bottom), Firestorm (the new one), and freakin’ Ambush Bug, who knows he is in a comic book because he has “comic awareness.” The team disbands at the end of the issue – after losing a huge fight against pirates and cyborgs that came through a time-rift in the middle of Metropolis. The Martian Manhunter shuts down the government watchdog agency Checkmate. Black Adam, his new girlfriend, and his new disciple go to China and talk to the Great Ten about stuff I couldn’t really follow. Skeets is back and is now evil, I think. Super-Chief dies, then winds up in the land of the dead with the Elongated Man, the Dr. Fate helmet, and an old Indian dude who says that the bottom line is there is no free lunch. The President reinstates Checkmate. This lady I think I recognize from Superman visits the Atom Smasher in jail and gives him a stack of photos featuring all villains, asking him who he needs to help him defeat Black Adam. The issue concludes with the origin of Booster Gold!
Does that make sense? No? Well, I tried. Okay, I didn’t try. But whatever. Week Twenty-Five comes out on Wednesday!
Super-Chief first appeared in All-Star Wester #117, in 1961.