Now that DC's "52" series has concluded, figured I'd start a thread to see what everyone's thoughts were on the series. A few specific topics: - Favorite Plotline? - Least Favorite Plotline? - Comments on other plotlines? - Favorite Character(s)? - Least Favorite Character(s)? - Favorite Moment(s)? - Least Favorite Moment(s)? - Opinion of the Multiverse? - Worth the investment? Lived up to the surrounding hype? - Sticking around for Countdown? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To answer my own questions... - Favorite Plotline - Black Marvel Family. IMO, this was the most consistent overall; no major slump in the middle, some surprises, satisfying ending (I don't count WWIII as the ending of this plot). It was also the most successful in making me care about characters who I knew little about before the series (Black Adam) or who didn't exist before the series (Isis, Osiris). Of the deaths and changes, the fall of Isis and Osiris held the most weight for me and I felt bad for Black Adam at the end of the series. Honourable mention to Ralph Dibny's story, although I felt it got shorted on the amount of pages devoted to his journey. - Least Favorite Plotline - Lost in Space. Never managed to connect with the characters and didn't find their adventure that interesting. The 'victory' over Lady Styx was anticlimatic, since she turned up alive at/around the same time OYL (Mystery in Space, IIRC). Lobo was annoying and Animal Man's 'death' was hollow since they never made me care about the character. Dishonourable mention to Questoya; I was more interested in the characters, but it was the most predictable of all the plotlines. - Comments on Other Plotlines - Steel/Everymen was alright but dragged near the middle. Skeets/Booster was pretty good but disappeared into the background too much near the middle. Will Magnus plot ended well, but not much important happened otherwise. - Favorite Character - Black Adam. As mentioned, the Black Marvel plot really got me interested in him and he was the most complex and well-developed of the characters, IMO. The only character I plan to read more about in the future. Honourable mention to Ralph Dibny. - Least Favorite Character - Emo-J'onn in WWIII. From the main cast, Adam Strange was the least interesting of the Lost in Space group. - Favorite Moments - Ralph's victory over Neron and Faust, Sobek's turn on the Black Marvels, Black Adam's crocodile-skin boots in the last issue, revelation of Mr Mind, Rain of the Supermen. - Least Favorite Moments - Batwoman surviving a stab wound through the chest, the fake-out with Charlie's death on New Years, the two Gratuitous Lesbian Action scenes with Montoya, Emo-J'onn in WWIII, death of Terra in WWIII. - Opinion of the Multiverse - I don't mind the idea of the multiverse being around again, providing the writers don't start using it as a way to retcon bad ideas ("that sucked, so it actually happened on Earth 48...but what I'm writing is really happening here!"). I'm not entirely happy with the method used to 'alter' the various Earths; I think it would have been better to just have all the Earths different after IC. I'm looking forward to seeing exactly which 52 Earths survived (we've only seen a couple). - I don't think the series quite lived up to the hype of explaining the OYL stuff and too much of that ended up crammed into WWIII. On the other hand, I enjoyed the focus on minor characters and, despite the occasional check-in by the Big 3, a chance for them to stand on their own merits. - Countdown looks interesting and I like where DC is taking their universe, so I'll stick around. Also, I like having a new comic to read every week.