52 Geek-Out: DCU Part 2
[continued from yesterday]
Writer: Mark Waid / Artist: Chad Hardin
Ray Palmer has disappeared and Ryan Choi aims to find him, but if, as Ryan suspects, his former physics professor has shrunk to submolecular size, that's like searching for a needle in an unmarked haystack among a nearly infinite succession of barns. Meanwhile, as The Atom, he's put through his paces as a fledgling superhero by master craftsman Mark Waid [Kingdom Come], who expertly probes the perspectives of those with seemingly impossible abilities, here joined by his Traveler fellow Chad Hardin [Countdown to Mystery]. The divinely detailed Geof Darrow is on cover duty.
Green Arrow and Black Canary
Writer: Gail Simone / Artist: Amanda Conner
Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance are the constantly bickering, completely smitten,
kick-ass Nick & Nora Charles of the DC Universe. He's the scion of a wealthy family who learned humility, self-sufficiency, and expert archery while stranded on an un-charted island after losing his parents. She's the heir to a small flower shop founded by her late mother who learned martial arts, detective work, and ultimately self-sacrifice from a father who died rescuing her from an extraterrestrial menace. Together, well, they're superheroes — whose similarities and differences keep life interesting. Any one of these 52 titles as written by Gail Simone [Wonder Woman], who expertly balances black humor and bracing adventure, would become an instant must-read; pairing her with interior artist Amanda Conner [Power Girl] and topping it all off with covers from Brian Stelfreeze makes Green Arrow and Black Canary almost too good to be legal.
Writer: Will Pfeifer / Artist: Chris Burnham
A lab accident briefly bonds Professor Martin Stein and students Ronnie Raymond, Lorraine Reilly, and Jason Rusch into one being with astounding atomic abilities. From then on, any combination of the quartet can merge into Firestorm, the Nuclear Man — although if Lorraine's personality is dominant in the transformation, she prefers to become the Nuclear Woman — with unpredictable results. Will Pfeifer [Aquaman, Catwoman] is joined by new talent Chris Burnham [Batman Inc.] for this new look at one of DC's most powerful and complicated characters, under Chris Bachalo covers.
I was hoping not to drone on with more technical complaints, but this series is going to remain incomplete for now due to an inability to retrieve some backup files after the computer swap. The next installment will move on to the alternate-continuity titles of my New DC 52, but I'm not sure when these mainstream-universe entries will continue. I really don't want to have to rewrite all the blurbs into which so much effort has already gone, but, especially as we get into more unique or obscure concepts, just listing the names and the creative teams doesn't give you the full flavor of the titles.