Originally posted by CerebusI wish It's False would have kept up his 52 posts cause now I'm gonna have to read them all in one sitting to catch up instead of just skimming his posts.
Ask and ye shall receive. While I haven't kept up because of an intense schedule at THQ, I managed to catch up with all the previous issues. But since a post recapping EVERYTHING would be insane, I can provide a few bulletpoints.
Week 15: -Renee Montoya and Question are imprisoned in Kahndaq, caught at a former Intergang hangout. Montoya manages to break out and free Question as they head out to the heart of Kahndaq. -Booster Gold tries to foil an insane plot that involved a nuclear sub in the heart of Metropolis. Supernova manages to save the day, but the nuclear sub is about to have a meltdown. In a fit of jealous rage, Booster decides to take out the sub himself, killing himself in the process.
Week 16: -With the Marvel family's blessing, Black Adam and Isis proceed with their wedding. What they don't know is that a suicide bomber has been planted within the crowd. The bomber is discovered by Montoya and Question and Montoya finds that the bomber is a young child. In an emotional struggle, Montoya does the only thing she can do: she kills the child before she can set the bomb off. One of the more emotional issues to date.
Week 17: -Luthor's JLA watch footage of themselves on TV. Shortly after, the Speedster gets angry about one of the side-effects: she can't slow down. She storms out as Luthor casually fixes his tie. -Oops! Devilance the Pursuer is still alive and is chasing Adam Strange, Starfire, and Animal Man. Just as he catches them, LOBO~! takes him out! As Starfire tries to talk to the main man, Lobo (in a true Lobo moment) RIPS STARFIRE'S TOP OFF! Lobo then decides to lead the trio through space, as it looks like something else is chasing them. -Red Tornado's remains wake up...in Australia.
Week 18: -Dr. Fate is DEAD! Detective Chimp calls in Ralph Dibny and the Shadowpact to help solve this mystery. The issue ends with Ralph being sucked into Dr. Fate's helmet towards parts unknown. -Black Adam is handing out medals to Question and an absent Montoya. Turns out Montoya is absent because she's busy with a lesbian tryst (!), which infuriates Adam. Question and Isis bring them both back to Earth by reminding them that Intergang is still out there and they need to find out why they're resorting to suicide bombers. -Booster Gold's funeral is...noticeably empty. But while Booster's casket is hauled off, Skeets notices a familiar looking young man.
Week 19: -The familiar looking young man turns out to be Booster's ancestor. Skeets wants his help in figuring out what's wrong with the time stream. But the issue ends with Skeets TURNING ON HIM and sending him into a time loop. Um...k? -Supernova is saving the day in Metropolis again. This time, Wonder Girl (fully recovered from the Cult of Conner fiasco) introduces herself. As Supernova flies away, Wonder Girl deduces that Supernova is actually the deceased Superboy! -Lobo...is a Pope? In a major twist, Lobo has become a pacifist! This serves as more of an introduction to Lobo's new people.
Week 20: -Steel helps out at a burning building. Immediately after, he finds out that Lex has a fail-safe for all his newly created superheroes. -Interstellar carrion attack Lobo's people. Adam Strange, Starfire, and Animal Man attempt to help to little avail. When Lobo finds himiself in trouble, Starfire uses his mystic eyeball to help out. After clearing out the trouble, Lobo snaps about using the eyeball. Because apparently, the eyeball's owner now knows where they are.
That's the Cliff's Notes version of everything so far. The work schedule continues to be intense, but I'm hoping to stay caught up in the next few weeks. Lobo the Pacifist is an unspeakably awesome twist! But the flaw with 52 is beginning to show: there are just too many storylines to follow.
At the end of the day, I'm going to recommend this as a trade paperback purchase. But for now, stay tuned. DC occasionally does throw out issues that will blow you away (like #19).
TEN YEARS AGO IN WRESTLING HISTORY: SEPTEMBER 1996 WWF: Shawn Michaels d. Mankind at Mind Games, one of the 90's best matches. Also, some guy named Steve Austin made it his personal mission to bring Bret Hart back to the ring.
WCW: The nWo prevailed in War Games with the help of a Fake Sting. The real Sting walked out on WCW, kicking off one of the biggest angles in the company's history.
I wonder whose idea it was to kill Booster? Giffen is one of the writers and I'd hate to think he dd it himself just to get the JLI-era fans another reason to shit on Johns for killing another one of his characters.
But we know already that ... (spoiler text) This was a whopper of a Joker story. Genuinely spooky and scary, it ended with a way that allows for future Joker stories while satisfactorily wrapping up this one.