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52 #1

Writer: Mark Waid, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns Artist: Joe Bennett Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 8, 2006 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 9
6.8Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The DCU spent a year without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman--a year in which the fate of the world hung in the balance! Now Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid deliver the thrilling tale of the heroes who protected the planet in their absence in this best-selling series.

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Aronson May 14, 2006

    DC isnt doing reprints for any 52 issue, and trades wont be out until week 53 (or later). You dont need this as a guide to follow the One Year Later books, but if youre any kind of DC fan, I guarantee youll be smacking yourself if you choose to skip out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Bailey May 14, 2006

    In The End: This was an excellent way to start the series. There were enough teases to build interest and enough interesting characters to get emotionally involved. A weekly comic is a dodgy proposition. There is the chance of failure but with the creators involved, I highly doubt that will happen. The great thing about this series is the excitement. There was a time in the early days of my reading and collecting comics where summer was an almost magical time when the publishers pulled out all of the stops to sell their comics and put out the big crossovers, sometimes even taking their books bi-weekly. As great as last summer was and as much as it brought that feeling back, I have a feeling that this summer is going to be even better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - John Hays May 14, 2006

    The Resolution: Did you ever get annoyed when you were young and people told you that you had great potential? It essentially means that, while you COULD do great things some day, you havent actually done anything just yet to truly prove yourself one way or the other. Nevertheless, thats exactly what I have to say about this first issue. 52 Week One shows definite potential, both with the creative team gathered as well as the initial plot hooks, but at this point, its still too early to really love or despise it. To do either just yet wouldnt really be fair to the series. I read great things from DC about what will happen, and I expect great stories based on the past works of the creators involved. I just hope that the novelty of the uniqueness of this project doesnt ever get in the way of solid storytelling, and that, a few years down the road, each of the creators involved can look to 52 as their defining piece of work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning May 14, 2006

    Promising start? Promising start. If the writers and artists can keep this train on track and deliver this exceptional level of excitement every week, 52 will be one of DCs greatest landmarks. Its no easy task, but the creative team is certainly capable of doing wonders. Im very keen to see how this one evolves. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jim Beard May 11, 2006

    I also want to keep seeing good artists like Joe Bennett and Ruy Jose. Great stuff here in Week One and although some complain about comics with too many splashes, I say you give me grandeur in shots like that, and Im a happy camper. Give me the lay of the land, give me perspective. Cool. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 2, 2007

    What 52 should be remembered for above all else aren't the strengths or weaknesses of the format, the radical character changes that occurred or its setup for DC's Next Big Event. What should be celebrated about the book is its sheer ambition. I don't think anyone thought DC would be able to pull off 52 weekly issues without missing a shipping date or there. Hell, my local comic shop held a contest to see who could guess what week would be the first to miss shipping (the customers who opted for "never" won). Given the strong sales, enjoyable moments and new approach to episodic, comic-book storytelling, 52 as a whole can only be seen as a tremendous success. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jim Kingman May 14, 2006

    52 #1 is not a bad comic. It may even be a great chapter. But the only thing I know for certain is that its only a drop in the large saucepan of a really big stew known as the current DC Universe. And the drops are going to keep right on coming into a wealth of already dissolved ingredients that will eventually, hopefully blend to make a tasty meal. Until that time, were only tasting the concoction in preparation and not the finished product, and I know that doesnt make sense because we are tasting the final product in the form of all that is One Year Later. Mysteries abound, confusion reigns, and the story can only continue unfolding. The Circumvolutionary Age of Comics is here. Its going to be a heckuva year. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Diana Kingston May 14, 2006

    The writing is technically good, and I imagine DC fans will be very pleased with it. But if you havent been following the latest developments in the DCU, dont start here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn May 10, 2006

    I wont be too harsh on 52 #1, because, like I said, it did its purpose which is to lay the foundation of a 52 issue story and to introduce and give us a flavor of each of the characters in this story. Unfortunately, that also makes for a rather bland opening issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill May 14, 2006

    Art-wise: Giffens breakdowns arent enough to deliver his signature style, and Bennett is little more than competent. Lackluster. Read Full Review

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