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iFanboy #19 – 52

Show Notes

Take one major comic book company, four big time writers, one audacious plan for a year long weekly comic book series, and a quarter cup of sugar and stir it all together and you’ve got a recipe for disaster, right? That’s what we thought too, until it came out. This week iFanboy focuses the microscope on 52, the surprise hit series from DC Comics. An entire year’s worth of comics analyzed and discussed all in under 30 minutes? Madness.

Was 52 all it was cracked up to be? Will we ever see its like again? Did DC pull off a minor miracle getting this book out on time?


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  1. Spot on podcast, guys! I’ve been waiting for the 52 wrap-up discussion since it ended 3 weeks ago. DC really did something impressive with this series (which is saying something, coming from me, since I tend to hold more allegiance with Marvel). I had doubts in those early weeks too, but there was always enough to keep me coming back week after week.

    Something to chew on: 52 put out in one year the equivalent of 4-and-a-half years worth of a monthly comic. Or 10 years worth of Ultimates or 19 years worth of Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder.

    One question: I’m not sure it was ever explained who those guys were that revived Animal Man. Is that something that’s covered in the Animal Man series?

    Ok, one more question: what was the deal with Lobo killing the fish god (which was really a dolphin… or a space dolphin) at the end? Is that ever going to be explained or revisited?

  2. Great show guys. I didn’t get a chance to get into 52…I got back into comics after a long hiatus at around issue 13, but I’ve always been intrigued by it. I’ve gone back and read Infinite Crisis, and am currently picking up Countdown (which is great!).

    I’m definitely going to pick these up in the trades. By the end of July, I do believe the first half of the series will be in two seperate volumes, with the rest of the series to follow as well. Can’t wait to pick these up.

  3. 52 52 52 52 52 52

    Nice show guys as always 🙂

    The series was fantastic! 52 weeks in a row of pure magic. I picked this series up when I was just starting to get into issues, I had been reading trades on and off for a year or two and was starting to pick up regular issues a couple of months prior to its launch.

    So, having no sense of DC continuity since back when I was a kid in the early 90s reading Superman books I didn’t know who half the characters were. But as the series went along I found it didn’t matter so much these stories had me so intrigued and the characters were so interesting I really didn’t mind digging in and discovering it all from scratch.
    By about the mid-20s I was completely engaged in this book! It was the first book I read every month it was very very solid, sometimes particularly in the third act something would happen to a character on a page that made me jump or gasp in excitement or shock and they kept me engaged like this for a whole year.

    The series brought me up to speed on the DC U made me read a lot of other books I normally would not read and made me now a lifelong fans of characters like: Booster Gold, Black Adam and The Question.

    It’s the series that made me from a noob to a more well-rounded DC fan and gave me great comic books every week for a whole year it really deserves a lot of praise and it was really cool of you guys to give it the treatment and praise it deserved 🙂

  4. Why was Batgirl note the Twice named daughter of Cain? Isn’t her name Cassandra “Cain”, as apposed to Katherine? “Kane”?

  5. “One question: I’m not sure it was ever explained who those guys were that revived Animal Man. Is that something that’s covered in the Animal Man series?”

    They were the alien that originally granted Animal Man his powers

  6. Why was Batgirl note the Twice named daughter of Cain? Isn’t her name Cassandra “Cain”, as apposed to Katherine? “Kane”?

    Katherine Kane is Batwoman

    Cassandra Cain is Batgirl

  7. and? Cassandra wasn’t the twice named daughter because? she didn’t fit into the story?

  8. Correct. Cassie didn;t fit into the story.

  9. Ah, c’mon, they could have at least thought about the ‘riddle’ they made and designed it a bit better :/

    *sigh* ah well, nit picking greatness is old

  10. Resently you disscussed what happend to the “Big Three” during ’52’. Did you notice in issue 41, in Nanda Parbat, who Montoya was talking to? The woman was talking about killing a man and had bracelets like Wonder Woman’s. Check out pages 12-14…

  11. Yeh, that was Diana, Wonder Woman, she was at Nanda Parbat while Bruce and Tim were there, she has a conversation with Tim in one of the issues, don’t know which one. That must be when she met with Bruce so he could set her up with the Diana Prince identity and try to find some closure with her murder

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