52 #1 Review
As I mentioned in my bit on Infinite Crisis #7, I found it hard to blame the creators all that much for Infinite Crisis #7 being a bad comic, because it was clear that everyone involved was rushed way too much, and as a result, the product suffered.
52 #1 really does not suffer that much from being rushed, but there was enough minor problems that DID seem to be a result of rushing that has to make one worry about what the future will hold for this book, being weekly and all.
I am a fan of all the main characters of 52, save Black Adam, so this project is right up my alley (Morrison and Giffen being involved doesn't hurt, either).
And, for the most part, this is a nice beginning to the one year later story. Joe Bennett is a better artist than he shows here, because he's obviously drawing in a hurry (look what that resulted in in Infinite Crisis #7! YIKES!), but Giffen's breakdowns are very solid. In fact, outside of the waste of space on the first two pages, I think they did a very nice job of cramming a lot of story into this issue, Giffen Five Years Later style (not THAT much, but still, more so than a typical comic book).
Some of the characterizations I did not have a problem with. Black Adam, obviously. Steel has barely been around enough to HAVE a personality, so I will cut people slack there. Renee Montoya, while going down a cliched road, is going down the route in character, which makes sense, as Rucka is involved in this story.
Most surprisingly, though, I do not have a problem with the Elongated Man's scenes. Is it lame seeing the Elongated Man stick a gun in his mouth? Of course, but that's not the fault of these writers - that's the state Brad Meltzer left him in. So if we have to see some silly, over-the-top stuff with Ralph before they build him up and send him on neat adventures, I'm okay with that.
The problems I had are ones that fall more under the "paying attention" category. Stuff like the cover of the book "Where are Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman..." when that questioned was answered already. Fire talking to Ralph one way, while Rucka is currently writing here a whole different way in Checkmate. Booster Gold acting one way in Infinite Crisis, written by Geoff Johns, and acting a whole other way in 52, written by....Geoff Johns! Or Dr. Light! Didn't she lose her powers or something? I'm pretty sure she lost her powers. And why is there a huge ass statue to Superboy?
This is all minor stuff now, but if you can't get it right in issue number ONE, what the heck will happen for issue number twenty-seven?
As for the overall issue, it was a decent story. I think there is some definitely nice groundwork set up here for some interesting future stories down the line. This issue though, I don't think I can recommend.