For as much as I like to do this every other week, this was probably THE best issue to date and gets a huge thumbs up from me.
WEEK 13 -Ralph's at the ceremony in which the Cult of Conner will raise Sue Dibny from the dead. A straw dummy wearing Sue's clothes, Ralph's wedding ring, and has Sue's face painted over it is placed on an altar. Ralph's present, but he also appears to have help present. Hal Jordan, Green Arrow, Metamorpho, and Zauriel are all undercover in robes. But Ralph didn't bring them in to bust up the party, but rather ask if they thought it would be possible to bring Sue back through this method. -Black Adam and Isis take out a sweat shop. Isis demonstrates some of her nature-based powers (in this case, winds). Adam and Isis both vow to free oppressed children throughout the region in pursuit of Isis's lost brother. -Ralph gets a verbal bitchslap from his friends, bringing him to his senses. He tosses the ceremonial Kryptonite to Metamorpho, who smashes it. The ceremony ruined, the worshippers scramble, with the exception of Wonder Girl. She tries to take out Ralph, but Hal makes short work of her. Then comes the big twist. Ralph hears Sue's voice come from the dummy (!), bringing him to the realization that this was NOT a hoax. The warehouse collapses and everyone escapes, except for Ralph, who holds the Sue dummy. -The next day, the heroes find no trace of Ralph, leading them to believe that he made it out. On the other side, we see Ralph Dibny (looking like he's lost his marbles) clutching the dummy, saying that they'll try again. thus closing the issue.
THOUGHTS Wow. Just wow. You'll either love it or you'll hate it. But Ralph Dibny looks to be officially driven over the edge this issue, to the point where he just becomes a guy you really start to feel sorry for. Where he goes from here is anyone's guess. This is a must-have issue, if only because this might mark the start of the tragic fall of Elongated Man. The Black Adam arc, also highlighted here, is starting to bore me slightly, but Question and Renee Montoya are both heading for Kahndaq, so I sense things will pick up there soon enough.
If that's the way your tastes run, do yourself a huge favour and read something by George Saunders: CivilWarLand is in Bad Decline, or Pastoralia. You'll be glad you did. PS. Been reading Derek McCormack. Awesome. Freaky, but awesome.