To say that DC's 52 is ambitious is saying it lightly. While fast forwarding the rest of the DC universe a whole year after the cataclysmic events of Infinite Crisis, DC launched this weekly, real time comic series (hence the title). 52 finds the DC universe minus Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and those that have fallen in the events from Infinte Crisis as well. The series mainly revolves around what could be considered minor heroes, including Elongated Man, Booster Gold, Steel, Adam Strange, Animal Man, Starfire, and the Question among the many others that populate the DC universe, as well as Captain Marvel nemesis Black Adam. In this first volume that collects the first thirteen weeks, Elongated Man finds the grave of his dead wife Sue desecrated and soon learns of a cult seeking to resurrect the fallen Superboy, Booster Gold defends Metropolis seeking fame and fortune for his deeds, Steel finds himself transformed as Lex Luthor reveals a devious plan, Adam Strange, Animal Man, and Starfire are trapped on an alien planet with a bounty on their heads, and the Question teams up with burned out Gotham City cop Renee Montoya, and Black Adam takes over the nation of Khandaq, meets the love of his life, and seeds are planted for future events that could spell doom for all involved. Also here are the debuts of Batwoman and the mysterious Supernova, who becomes the new defender of Metropolis much to the delight of reporter Clark Kent. We also learn the fate of the rest of the space team from Infinite Crisis (Green Lantern Alan Scott, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, Cyborg, Red Tornado, etc.) who return to Earth in vastly different states. Featuring a bevy of talent in terms of writers (Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid) as well as artists (Keith Giffen, Joe Bennett, Ken Lashley, and Jimmy Palmiotti among others), 52 manages to be compulsively addicting as well as confusing for new readers. Despite all that though, 52 has more going for it than some reviews may make you think, and as a follow up to Infinite Crisis, it succeeds mightily. All in all, 52 is an ambitious project that surprisingly works well for what it is, and it's definitely worth picking up if you missed out on the single issues.