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52 Vol. 3

52 Vol. 3 [Kindle Edition]

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Don't miss the third in a 4-volume collection featuring the year-long story that changed the DCU! 52 VOLUME 3, with a new cover by J.G. Jones, contains the lead stories from 52 WEEKS 14-26, plus commentary on each issue by creators and editors, conceptual drawings, sketch material, thumbnails and more!52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman…but not a year without heroes.

About the Author

Geoff Johns has written scores of comics including Infinite Crisis, Green Lantern, All Star Batgirl, Teen Titans, X-Men, The Avengers, The Flash, JSA and Superman. Grant Morrison is the critically acclaimed writer of Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and All-Star Superman. Greg Rucka has written many Batman comics, and is the writer of Checkmate. Mark Waid is the Eisner award-winning writer of Kingdom Come.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 197309 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DC (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential superhero series 6 Oct 2007
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Really, I don't need to say anything else. But I will.

This is the third compilation of DC's year-long weekly series which follows several plot strands concerning different groups of heroes: Adam Strange, Animal Man, and Starfire lost in space; Ralph Dibney trying to resurrect his murdered wife; Luthor's new superheroes and Steel in Metropolis; fading Booster Gold and rising new hero Supernova (with a neat twist); and, among others, my favourite The Question and Renee Montoya the ex-Gotham cop and outed lesbian in a quest for identity- all set in a world in which Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have disappeared. There is some heavy stuff here and, amazingly considering there are four writers and innumerable artists, it mostly works very well. It certainly beats the crap out of any of competitor Marvel's crossovers.

We aren't talking art here, just first-rate superhero entertainment at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 52 gets better & better 15 April 2008
This is the third volume of DC's weekly comic event and contains week twenty-seven to thirty-nine. All the various plotlines continue apace with, among other things, Ralf Dibny's investigations into the nature of death and magic continuing apace, the labours of the mad scientists on Oolong Island bear fruit, the identity of Supernova is reviled and Natasha Irons discovers the true reason for Luthor's Everyman project.

Throughout its run the 52 has been nothing but spectacular and exciting but this volume is also one of the most emotional of the series so far, especially with reference to the scenes between Renee Montoya and the Question. The scripting for the series is great and the artwork spectacular leading to this series becoming my favourite storyline that I have read to date.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series so far 21 Sep 2007
By N. Durham - Published on
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52, DC's innovative real time weekly comic series that fills in the events between Infinite Crisis and One Year Later, continues to go strong in this TPB, which collects weeks 27-39. In this collection, Black Adam and his Black Marvel family attempt to convice the world he's a changed man, while his new brother Osiris attempts to join the Teen Titans. The JSA disbands in the wake of Lex Luthor's young super heroes, and soon enough his true intentions are revealed. Also revealed in this collection, the identity of the masked Supernova, and it's quite a well done shocker. In the meantime, Ralph "Elongated Man" Dibny goes on a journey with the helmet of Doctor Fate, Renee Montoya learns a hidden secret from The Question, and Adam Strange, Starfire, and Animal Man learn of Lobo's true intentions. The final pages appear that things are about to come to a head, which all together make this the best collection of the series so far. With the writing tandem of Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid; would you really expect anything less? Each writer shines through in specific moments in each issue, and fans of Morrison's Animal Man run will love the delicious cliffhanger twist as Buddy Baker finds himself left behind. We also once again have a variety of pencilers and inkers as well; featuring Keith Giffen doing breakdowns, as well as Phil Jimenez, Dan Jurgens, Joe Bennett, Keith Champagne, Rodney Ramos, and Prentis Rollins. All in all, the third collected volume of 52 is where the series really hits it's stride, and with one more volume to go, the best is yet to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A heavy heavy book which hard to completely like 4 Aug 2010
By S. Penrose - Published on
Just on its scope, this is a huge success. What an unbelievable undertaking a year long weekly comic. That being said, this series has gotten worse with each trade. Part of that is the focus on the plotlines that I hate (Lobo & crew, Sobek) or plotlines that have drug out too long (Question, Ralph Dibney). The art is also a step down from the last two volumes but it was churned out so fast its still impressive. Overall, I like many aspects of the book (Black Adam's family, Batwoman, Everyman Project, Booster Gold) but I really want all the stories to end also. Maybe its just my impatience but this was just a decent book but I have high hopes for the last volume.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review for all four volumes 12 Feb 2008
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DC's 52 was highly ambitious, which made me more than a little nervous, since projects as big as these usually fall flat. With the big three missing, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, DC picks up some acilliary characters and kind of turns them into the modern age superheroes. Really DC is trying to kick start some other books. But they do a good job, especially since there is a book a week. Bravo gentlemen.
4.0 out of 5 stars Series Loses Focus 6 Nov 2007
By E. David Swan - Published on
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For anyone who wants to keep up on what's going on in the DCU, 52 is sort of a necessity. It's the bridge between Infinite Crisis and Countdown to Final Crisis which will be followed by Final Crisis. 52 is perfect for people who suffer with attention deficit disorder or perhaps fans of soap operas. Issues came out weekly and storylines jumped around so much that readers could quickly become bewildered. My understanding is that the much of the series was written as it progressed and it shows. Some of the storylines started off with a lot of promise but withered as the series went on while others lost focus and just wandered aimlessly. The Question/Montoya thread is an example of a story that started off tight with the two of them hunting down Intergang. Next thing you know they're in Kahndaq preventing an assassination and then The Question gets brain cancer and Intergang is completely forgotten as Renee Montoya tries to get him to Nanda Partha for a cure. It just seemed sloppy and unfocussed.

For me, the highlight of this book was without a doubt the big reveal of Supernova's true identity. It wasn't just the highlight of the book it was the highlight of the entire series because it restarted the storyline that got me into 52 in the first place. The second best thing about the third book was how little attention was given to Kahndaq which has been my least favorite storyline. The Intergang thread is really heating up but Ralph Dibney's quest for powerful magic items is starting to grow tiresome and this had been one of my favorite parts of book two. Booster Gold's time travel story is moving again and I couldn't be happier because that was the storyline that originally got me intrigued by 52.

When it gets right down to it the second and third book have not lived up to the promising start in book one and I think it has to do with the way 52 was produced. Without fully plotting out where the stories go they often fall apart. The Luthor/Everyman storyline definitely has that `making it up as we go along' feel to it. Book four is really going to have to hit it out of the ballpark to make up for the drag in book two and book three. I can't say I regret buying 52 but it's unlikely that it will go down as one of my favorite series unless the final book has a total stellar ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic and Quick Paced 12 Nov 2007
By N. Bilmes - Published on
This is the best volume so far in the series, and I was highly impressed by the tight plotting and narrative flow. The artwork is a little busy at times, but overall is excellent. I still think the series would have benefited from not having the Starfire, Adam Strange, Animal Man plot line, but as that arc is barely touched upon here, the whole series prospered.

Highly recommended.
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