-At the end of Week 51, the evil Skeets was revealed to be a Skeets possessed by Captain Marvel insect baddie Mister Mind. But he's all grown up now and looking to consume... -The Multiverse! Rip Hunter reveals that while Alexander Luthor's plan ultimately failed and a New Earth was created, one universe wasn't meant to exist. Therefore, the Multiverse began recreating itself 52 times. All copies are identical...at least until Mister Mind attempts to eat them all. -Mind tries to eliminate Rip and Booster by throwing the Phantom Zone (yes, the whole Phantom Zone) at them, but they're saved by...Supernova. But this Supernova turns out to be...Daniel Carter, Booster's ancestor who last seen about 30 weeks ago. Hunter reveals that he saw glimpses of the future through T.O. Morrow's machinery and anticipated Mind's Phantom Zone assault. -In trying to ditch Mind, Hunter takes Booster and Daniel on a tour through the changing Multiverse. They go through Earth-2 (with the classic Earth-2 Justice Society and Helena Wayne holding...a picture of two missing Kryptonians); Earth-3 (the Crime Syndicate, but with a new EVIL Martian Manhunter); Earth-4 (the Charlton Comics universe, with Classic Captain Atom and the old school Question); Earth-5 (the old Fawcett Comics universe, led by the Fawcett incarnation of the Marvel family); Earth-10 (the Freedom Fighters fight the Nazis...including a Nazi Justice League!); Earth-17 (home of the Atomic Knights); Earth-22 (KINGDOM COME~! UNIVERSE); and Earth-50 (Wildstorm universe). Holy hell, that was something else! -Hunter concludes that Skeets is the secret to capturing Mister Mind, but he needs a boost. So Hunter travels to Dr. Sivana's manor to steal his suspendium. He shoots Sivana in the knee and steals the suspendium, but not without mentioning the Multiverse. The gears in Sivana's mind have started turning. -Meanwhile, Booster Gold sees the one guy who can supercharge Skeets: Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle. -With Skeets ready to go, Booster traps Mister Mind in his shell and tosses him through the time stream. Mind ends up back in Week 1, Day 6, where he's discovered by Dr. Sivana. Sivana imprisons the now-tiny insect in a jar, thus ending the threat of Mister Mind. -With the threat over, it's time for a look at the DCU on the last day of the lost year. Steel and Natasha wonder about the whereabouts of Infinity Inc., a meteor has hit and made children vanish and the only ones who can solve the mystery are...a ghostly Ralph and Sue Dibny (!), and a mysterious someone in Kahndaq picks up Isis's amulet. As for Booster Gold, he gets Doc Magnus to re-build Skeets, but isn't able to restore his memory from the past 52 weeks. -The year ends with the news that Kate Kane is fully recovered thanks to some certain artificial skin. Meanwhile, New Question Renee Montoya takes down the Question signal and restores the Bat Signal.
This series had a lot of slow points, but really picked up in the end. The Multiverse is back in a huge way and I'm interested to see where it goes. And this series made some big stars out of some former B-listers.
RALPH DIBNY Week 1: Hit rock bottom and on the verge of suicide. Week 52: Dead, but not by suicide. Not a lot of people bought him as the greatest detective not named Batman, but he sure proved his mettle in this series. He saw through Felix Faust's ruse involving Fate's helmet from the very beginning. And he also died outsmarting the demon Neron. Weeks after his death, he has turned up once again, re-united with Sue. Ready to solve mysteries from beyond the grave, just like old times.
RENEE MONTOYA Week 1: Hit rock bottom after being fired from the GCPD. Hit the bottle hard before seeing the Question signal. Week 52: Fully cemented as the new Question, while Vic Sage has passed on due to cancer. Montoya had a roller coaster ride through the past year, but it all culminated with a brand new identity and a re-kindled love interest. She's come a long way from the good cop that was introduced to the world on Batman: The Animated Series.
BOOSTER GOLD Week 1: A glory hog, looking to make his star in Metropolis in Superman's absence. Week 52: Savior of the Multiverse, but not hogging the credit for once. Booster's been humbled by an experience with a universe-eating bug, a meeting with his dead best friend, and losing another dear friend in Skeets, albeit briefly. He's also found his ancestor and a newfound ally in Rip Hunter. On top of that...he's ready for his own series. EDIT: Which will apparently be written by Geoff Johns and Jeff "Snakes on a Plane" Katz!
STEEL Week 1: Strips his daughter of her armor, thinking she needed to learn what being a hero really meant. Week 52: Now a true father-daughter team. Steel went through a startling metamorphosis, actually becoming literal steel thanks to Lex's Everyman Project. His steel body faded with time, but his resolve remained and he went on to take down Lex...seemingly. The slippery Luthor always has an alibi waiting and this time it came in the form of Everyman (definite winner for Rookie Villain of the Year). After taking down Lex Luthor, Steel and Natasha are ready to resurrect Infinity Inc. for real.
ADAM STRANGE, ANIMAL MAN, STARFIRE Week 1: Lost in space. Adam Strange has no eyeballs. Week 52: Adam Strange sees again thanks to his daughter. Animal Man is finally re-united with his wife, though he has some 'splainin to do about why Starfire had his jacket. Starfire also makes it back, but barely in one piece. As for their ally Lobo, he renounces his pacifist vows to kill the Triple Fish God using the Emerald Eye of Ekron.
BLACK ADAM Week 1: Looks to change the world his own way. Week 52: Finds and loses love and family. Nearly wipes out the entire world. Is stripped of his power by Captain Marvel. Adam saw his stock rise the highest this past year and is now a true force in the DCU...at least until he lost his powers. I'll make a bold prediction now: Ten years from now, when Superboy Prime breaks out of his prison and brings DC a new Crisis, Captain Marvel will restore Black Adam's powers as a "last resort" and set the stage for an epic slobberknocker between Adam and Prime.
An awesome year indeed. And the Countdown begins next week.
(edited by It's False on 3.5.07 1003)
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I am all for the return of the multiverse, but hope we get some clarification soon as to who exactly is on each Earth. The Marvels appear to have their own Earth, but they have been heavily involved with 52. Are they not the same Marvels?
Glad to see the Wildstorm Universe in there, now the crossovers will make more sense, and can even be a part of continuity. I am still hoping the DC characters in Vertigo are somehow a part of this, as Swamp Thing and Hellblazer began in the DC univ.
Dean! Have you been shooting dope into your scrotum? You can tell me! I'm hip!
It was a good comic book day, since I saw my pal Jeff Parker (Agents of ATLAS, Marvel Adventures books) at a FCBD event in suburban Baltimore. There will hopefully be ATLAS in the future, not just their appearance in a Skrull-related issue of something.