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...Wizard World Chicago week yet there's STILL a NEW...
How do you know what to/not to read? Each week,
your online hosts
DAL BUSH and
PATRICK BROWER give you a stack of worthless opinions about
a book you just read. After all, without their opinions, you'd just have to
rely on your own, and no one wants that.
W. DAL: Alright, So! 52 #13.
We're three months in, and DC decides to throw us a curve ball this time out.
PATRICK: First of all, Mean Gene, let me just say that 52 is really
holding, not only my, but most other fan's interest thus far. Having so many
stories play out up to this point really makes people come back for more while
waiting for their favorites.
PATRICK: That being said we now get a full-issue story. Nice way to break
it up and keep it interesting!
W. DAL: Yeah, for real. And it's cool to see
a new(ish) character get the spotlight. DC had said from the outset that they
were going to introduce lots of new characters through 52, and MAN are they
delivering! First Supernova, then Batwoman, then Isis, now Aztek! Completely
PATRICK: Who is he? Where does he come from? What is this big evil he's
here to prevent? So many questions in a single issue that insure I'll keep
reading to find out the answers!
W. DAL: True, it's a great start. But
unfortunately, there are a few problems. First off, while Grant Morrison's ideas
come through crystal-clear, I'm not seeing too much of the other 3 writers.
There were a few instances where I thought "This doesn't seem like Morrison's",
but over all it felt like he wrote the whole thing himself. If I wanted that, I
could go read JLA or one of his other DC series from 2000. That's not why I read
52, you know?
PATRICK: Do you really want to be able to pick out each writer's
individual work? I wish I couldn't figure out which was Greg Rucka's...
PATRICK: But yeah, it did really feel just like Grant did it all himself
and that the others weren't pulling their weight.
W. DAL: The bit in the hospital felt like
Rucka's, to me...
PATRICK: Why? Were there lesbians there I didn't notice?
W. DAL: Don't ask! Don't tell!
W. DAL: And the close in the newsroom was VERY Mark Waid...
W. DAL: Anyway, and after a few really bum sub-plots I hate to rag on
this, but where are all the other characters for a week?
PATRICK: Chill, dude, its only 1 week! I don't mind waiting knowing that
it won't be 30 days before this plays out!
W. DAL: Sure, I guess. And I shouldn't
really complain so much. This is a very cool character that's got a lot going
for it. After all, he was co-created by GRANT MORRISON! How can that not be
worth reading about?
PATRICK: And to tell you the truth, I really didn't miss Keith Giffen's
breakdowns. Part of the charm of 52 is using lesser-known or unknown artists, so
with that in mind, this new guy is more than up to the task!
W. DAL: Yeah, and it's nice to see an old
hand like Keith Champagne making the pages shine. Quite a team on this book.
PATRICK: I don't know who N. Steven Harris is (didn't he play Doogie
Howser?) but I look forward to following his career for a long time to come.
W. DAL: With any luck, DC'll see how good
this week's issue is and spin this Aztek off into his own book. I don't see how
they could fail with a writer like Morrison at the helm, you know?
PATRICK: Yeah, regardless of who he's teaming up with on the writing
chores, whomever he decides to throw a bone to and let them eek out a living on
W. DAL: It's just so cool to see some new
ideas from DC, isn't it? After a million BatSuperOfAmerica books on the stands,
it's so reassuring to see DC really let a talented creator cut loose. And with
something like that, you can't lose!
PATRICK: Hey, you don't need to sell me! I can't wait for this brilliant
character to get his own action figure! That's how strong of a concept I feel
this is. How often do I have this kind of faith in an untested, unknown
W. DAL: I know, I know. Man, I feel like
could talk about this issue for ten months. But, we're nearly out of time. What
do you give 52 #13?
8 Grahams for a stellar debut. I have 2 Grahams reserved yet to see how high
this can climb!
W. DAL: Man, I'm going for broke.
10 GRAHAMS! Best issue of 52 yet. If DC can keep churning out books like this,
Marvel better start looking over their shoulder.
PATRICK: True dat. Well thanks for helping avoid a "repeat" week and a
"best of" column. How lucky are you, dear reader, that we work so hard to
ensure even when we're super-@$$ busy due to Wizard World, we still present you
with a brand-spanking new column! Bam! That's telekinesis, Kyle!
W. DAL: For realsies. Now, it's off to greet our adoring public at Wizard
World Chicago. ATTENTION ADORING PUBLIC! Please bring us chocolate chip cookies
and your 18-25 year old attractive single (or trapped in a loveless
relationship) female relatives. PS. Low standards a definite plus. See you in
(EDITOR'S NOTE: At press time, 52 Week #13
was unavailable for review. Instead, participants were supplied with
copies of AZTEK The Ultimate Man #1 from 1996. We apologize for any
inconvenience or confusion this may cause.)
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