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Comic Book Review: DC Comics’ 52, Week 49

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One week until World War III! First off, attention must be paid to the cool James Bond inspired cover with Will Magnus. If you’ve been obsessed with time traveler Rip Hunter’s chalkboard from way back in 52 (I’m guessing) Week 6, that “dead by lead” note may have something to do with Doc Magnus’ Metal Men and their limited role in this week‘s action.

Week 49’s story takes us back to Oolong Island, where the Justice Society of America is banging on Chang Tzu’s front door, requesting the release of Black Adam. The Great Ten, China’s own superhero team, is protecting Oolong Island because the territory has belonged to them all along. The Great Ten threaten that if any American heroes dare walk on Chinese soil or this island of mad scientists, it will be the start of World War III.

While the standoff continues outside the borders of Oolong Island, Doc Magnus is in the process of recreating his Plutonium man, which looks like it could do much damage. Magnus isn’t as mad as the other scientists being held captive on Oolong Island, so he has other plans cooking against Chang Tzu’s master plan. The other scientists are scrambling around, either prepping for a hasty retreat or gearing up for the Justice Society to finally pound through the Oolong Island barrier. So while these men are intelligent, some of them are also quite crazy.

Issue 49 of 52 was an enjoyable read, but at this point, with World War III just a few days away, it cannot hold a candle to what I expect to happen in issue 50.

This week’s back-up is about the Justice Society of America, my new favorite team. It’s penciled by Don Kramer, and, in it, you only get a taste of the grand history of this classic band of heroes. Although I’m not a JSA aficionado, I know this little bit of background is not enough to explain how the JSA came to be what it is currently. Hawkman’s history alone is so complicated that it’s better that you don’t try to wrap your head around it.

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