I was worried about not having enough time to start a Week 2 thread, but Week 3 differed just enough that I could justify a combo thread. Weeks 2 and 3 of 52 have passed and the series is starting to pick up a little steam. The brief recap:
Week 2: -Elongated Man returns to his mystery-solving roots. This week's mystery? Find out who defaced Sue's grave. -Montoya's sleeping around with women. The Question drops by and gets all cryptic, leaving her his calling card. -Booster Gold's still trying to play hero in a Metropolis without Superman. But Skeets is still malfunctioning, leading to a plane crash that Booster couldn't head off. -After Dr. Sivana was abducted the previous week, T.O. Morrow was kidnapped by a mysterious assailant. -Elongated Man's search leads him to his prime suspect: Wonder Girl! Apparently, Sue's gravestone has been defaced with an upside-down Superman logo...which in Krypton, means "Resurrection."
Week 3: -A body's found in Gotham, whom everyone believes to be Lex Luthor. John Henry Irons is called in to look it over and verifies Luthor DNA. But then a live and kicking Lex arrives and reveals to the world that it is the dead body of Alexander Luthor. And to prove just what a freakin' genius he is, Lex then blames ALL of the previous crimes attributed to him on Alex, thus completely exonerating him in the court of public opinion and giving him a clean slate. JHI can only look on in disbelief, knowing he has absolutely nothing to counter with. Damn, Lex rules! -Power Girl is chasing Terra-Man through Kahndaq...but that's home to one Black Adam, who tells her that Kahndaq is a no-combat zone. Shortly after, he's visited by Intergang reps who want safe passage through Kahndaq. Adam responds by crushing one of their heads like a melon! Yikes! -Booster Gold still tries to play hero. Skeets is still malfunctioning. Nothing to see here. -The issue ends with Black Adam delivering a press conference with Terra-Man at his side. Adam declares that Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman have abandoned everyone and that he'll do things his way. He begins by ripping Terra-Man in half with his bare hands! JESUS!
There's Weeks 2 and 3. Black Adam has REALLY made his presence felt so far and what can I say about Lex that hasn't already been said?
Some have complained that things are moving along slowly, but it IS supposed to be 52 weeks. If DC blew its load quickly, I'd be worried about the second half of the year. But the first three weeks have been very good in terms of establishing the main characters. And count me in among the pleasantly surprised that Ralph Dibny has gone back to being a detective, rather than Ralph Dibny: Grieving Widower.
I'm going to delve pretty heavily into spoilers. If you're a fan and you haven't read the book by now, shame on you. I had the ending spoiled for me about a month before the book came out, so I knew what to expect.