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52 (Fifty-Two)

After the Infinite Crisis and before One Year Later, the DCU spent a year without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. A year in which those heroes were needed more than ever as the fate of the world hung in the balance. Who stood up in their absence? And who sat out? The story of DC’s most eventful year is told in an unprecedented weekly tale of death, danger, romance, intergalactic terror and the never-ending, universal meaning of heroism.

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid; Breakdowns by Keith Giffen; Art by Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose and Jack Jadson; Backup feature by Dan Jurgens and Art Thibert; Covers by J.G. Jones.

For more info, see: DC Comics’s 52 online magazine. In this special week-by-week online news magazine, the award-winning journalists of The Daily Planet take an in-depth look at the events that followed the heroic Crisis that shapes the lives of not just the citizens of Metropolis, but of the entire world… and the heroes that protect it. In addition to the hard-hitting Daily Planet reporting, there’s top notch artistic interpretations of previously unreported events, and exclusive commentary from “behind the scene” experts.

52 Weeks 1-4

52 Week 1

52 Week 1, May 10 2006

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid; Breakdowns by Keith Giffen; Art by Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose and Jack Jadson; Backup feature by Dan Jurgens and Art Thibert; Covers by J.G. Jones

After the INFINITE CRISIS and before One Year Later, the DCU spent a year without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. A year in which those heroes were needed more than ever as the fate of the world hung in the balance. Who stood up in their absence? And who sat out?

The story of DC’s most eventful year ever can now be told as four of the hottest writers in comics – Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid – deliver an unprecedented weekly tale of death, danger, romance, intergalactic terror and the never-ending, universal meaning of heroism. Joined by storyteller Keith Giffen and cover artist J.G. Jones, 52 features art for the first month by Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, and Jack Jadson.

52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman…but not a year without heroes.

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.50 US


52 Week 2, May 17, 2006

52 Week 2, May 17, 2006

52 Week 3, May 24, 2006

52 Week 3, May 24, 2006

52 Week 4, May 31, 2006

52 Week 4, May 31, 2006

52 Weeks 5-8

52 Week 5,  June 7, 2006

52 Week 5, June 7, 2006

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Backup feature by Dan Jurgens & Art Thibert

Covers by J.G. Jones

The series filling in the gaps of the DCU’s lost year continues!

In WEEK 5, illustrated by Chris Batista & Jimmy Palmiotti, It’s a mystery in space and a surprise so unexpected that even the cover is top secret!

WEEK 6, with art by Joe Bennett & Ruy Jose, features the debut of some major players, as Green Lantern discovers the world’s newest sensations: China’s own super-hero team!

Booster Gold sells out in WEEK 7, illustrated by Ken Lashley & KWL Designs! But he’s sure to see the same people on the way down that he met on the way up!

And WEEK 8, with art by Eddy Barrows & Rob Stull, puts the spotlight on John Henry Irons…Man of Steel! With Superman gone, can he stop the never-ending schemes of Lex Luthor?

32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


52 Week 6, June 14, 2006

52 Week 6, June 14, 2006

52 Week 7, June 21, 2006

52 Week 7, June 21, 2006

52 Week 8, June 28, 2006

52 Week 8, June 28, 2006

52 Weeks 9-12

52 Week 9, July 5, 2006

52 Week 9, July 5, 2006

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison,

Greg Rucka and Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Backup features by Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund and Mark Waid and Adam Hughes

Covers by J.G. Jones

The story of the year continues in four more action-packed chapters of comics’ only weekly superhero adventure! This month, get ready for the debut of three new characters that will create a powerful impact in the DCU…and change the face of 52 completely.

In WEEK 9, with art by Shawn Moll & Tom Nguyen, learn who dies before Devilance. Plus, witness the debut of the new JLA!

WEEK 10, illustrated by Chris Batista (LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES) & Jimmy Palmiotti, features the debut of Supernova, the new guardian of Metropolis!

WEEK 11, featuring art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson and Todd Nauck & Marlo Alquiza, sheds light on the mysterious woman protecting Gotham City…wearing a very familiar uniform!

Black Adam finds love in the arms of mythology in WEEK 12, with art by Eddy Barrows & Rob Stull. Isis is here! Plus the debut of the new SECRET ORIGINS backup featuring the origin of Wonder Woman by Mark Waid and Adam Hughes!

32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


52 Week 10, July 12, 2006

52 Week 10, July 12, 2006

52 Week 11, July 19, 2006

52 Week 11, July 19, 2006

52 Week 12, July 26, 2006

52 Week 12, July 26, 2006

52 Weeks 13-17

52 Week 13, August 2, 2006

52 Week 13, August 2, 2006

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Backup feature by Waid and various

Covers by J.G. Jones

In WEEK 13, featuring art by Todd Nauck & Marlo Alquiza, it’s the resurrection of Sue Dibny! But are the Elongated Man’s ex-teammates here to help, or hurt? Plus, the origin of Elongated Man by Mark Waid and Kevin Nowlan!

In WEEK 14, with art by Dale Eaglesham & Art Thibert, Steel faces a turning point, and Montoya and the Question go international! Plus, the origin of Steel by Waid and Jon Bogdanove!

It’s the death you never expected in WEEK 15, featuring art by Shawn Moll & Tom Nguyen! Plus, the origin of Metamorpho by Waid & Eric Powell (The Goon)!

Celebrate the nuptials of Black Adam and Isis in WEEK 16, illustrated by Joe Bennett & Ruy Jose! Plus, the origin of Black Adam by Waid and J.G. Jones!

WEEK 17 features art by Chris Batista, Jack Jadson & Ruy Jose, and can be described in one word: Lobo! Plus, the origin of Lobo by Waid and Giffen!


52 Week 14, August 9, 2006

52 Week 14, August 9, 2006

52 Week 15, August 16, 2006

52 Week 15, August 16, 2006

52 Week 16, August 23, 2006

52 Week 16, August 23, 2006

52 Week 17, August 30, 2006

52 Week 17, August 30, 2006

52 Weeks 18-21

52 Week 18, September 6, 2006

52 Week 18, September 6, 2006

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Backup feature by Waid and various

Covers by J.G. Jones

WEEK 18: “Ralph, we’re the CROATOANS. We found Shakespeare’s GHOSTWRITER, we can find one of our own GUYS.” Plus, The Origin of The Question by Waid and Joe Bennett!

WEEK 19: “What if I told you I could – using Booster’s DNA- bioengineer a superhero identity for you?” Plus, the Origin of Animal Man by Waid and Brian Bolland!

WEEK 20: “Adam’s right, Kory. This is way too big for the three of us.” Plus, the Origin of Adam Strange by Waid and Kevin Nowlan.

WEEK 21: “No disrespect, Raven, but we’re as much Infinity Inc. as you are Titans. Neither team is the same one it used to be.” Special full-length story!


52 Week 19, September 13, 2006

52 Week 19, September 13, 2006

52 Week 20, September 20, 2006

52 Week 20, September 20, 2006

52 Week 21, September 27, 2006

52 Week 21, September 27, 2006

52 Weeks 22-25

52 Week 22, October 4, 2006

52 Week 22, October 4, 2006

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Backup features by Waid and various

Covers by J.G. Jones

The story of the year continues in four more chapters of America’s only weekly super-hero adventure!

WEEK 22: “Good news, sir. Your son Kon-El didn’t die in the Crisis after all.” Plus, the Origin of Green Lantern by Waid and Ivan Reis & Marc Campos.

WEEK 23: “Look what these monsters did to your brother, Isis! They deserve a slow death! Plucked apart like the insects they are!” Plus, the Origin of Wildcat by Waid and Jerry Ordway.

WEEK 24: “You don’t really know me, but I’m a big fan and …well… I wanted to invite you to …to …to join the new Justice League.” Plus, the Origin of Booster Gold by Waid and Dan Jurgens.

WEEK 25: “That’s – the Black Marvel Family?” Plus, the Origin of Nightwing by Waid and George Pérez!


52 Week 23, October 11, 2006

52 Week 23, October 11, 2006

52 Week 24, October 18, 2006

52 Week 24, October 18, 2006

52 Week 25, October 25, 2006

52 Week 25, October 25, 2006

52 Weeks 26-30

52 Week 26, November 1, 2006

52 Week 26, November 1, 2006

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Backup features by Waid and various

Covers by J.G. Jones

The story of the year continues in four more chapters of America’s only weekly super-hero adventure!

WEEK 26: “How altruistic can you be when you’re funded by LexCorp?” Plus, The Origin of Hawkman by Waid and Joe Bennett.

WEEK 27: “It’s Jean Loring. Sue’s murderer.” Plus, The Origin of Power Girl by Waid and Adam Hughes.

WEEK 28: “Maybe our time here is over. Red Tornado’s gone walkabout.” Plus, The Origin of Catman by Waid and Dale Eaglesham.

WEEK 29: “Th-th-they’re going to kill me. S-S-Supergirl’s going to kill me.” “That’s – the BLACK MARVEL FAMILY?” Plus, The Origin of The Joker by Waid and Brian Bolland.

WEEK 30: Get ready for the story you never expected! “Batman…No More” – a full length 22-page adventure featuring Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and…Batwoman?!?


52 Week 27, November 8, 2006

52 Week 27, November 8, 2006

52 Week 28, November 15, 2006

52 Week 28, November 15, 2006

52 Week 29, November 22, 2006

52 Week 29, November 22, 2006

52 Week 30, November 29, 2006

52 Week 30, November 29, 2006

52 Weeks 31-34

52 Week 31, December 6, 2006

52 Week 31, December 6, 2006

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Backup features by Waid and various

Covers by J.G. Jones

The story of the year continues in four more chapters of America’s only weekly super-hero adventure!

WEEK 31: Art by Chris Batista & Ruy Jose. “Superman being out of the picture was the key. One of two keys, if you want to be cute about it.” Plus, The Origin of the Metal Men by Waid and Duncan Rouleau.

WEEK 32: Art by Patrick Olliffe & Drew Geraci. “You wished to be with her again. Come closer, I will show you how.” Plus, The Origin of Blue Beetle by Waid and Cully Hamner.

WEEK 33: Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning illustrate a special Christmas issue featuring more on the Batwoman! “I have brought my family here today…to show to you that underneath the powers of gods long dead…we are as human as the rest of you.” Plus, The Origin of Two-Face by Waid and Mark Chiarello.

WEEK 34: Art by Joe Bennett & Ruy Jose. It’s a deadly Countdown to the end of the year and the end of a life in the most heart-stopping cliffhanger yet! The New Year changes everything!


52 Week 32, December 13, 2006

52 Week 32, December 13, 2006

52 Week 33, December 20, 2006

52 Week 33, December 20, 2006

52 Week 34, December 27, 2006

52 Week 34, December 27, 2006

52 Weeks 35-39

52 Week 35,

52 Week 35, January 3, 2007

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Backup features by Waid and various

Covers by J.G. Jones

Variant cover on WEEK 35 by J.G. Jones

The New Year begins with the deadliest day Metropolis has ever seen – and by the end of the month a villain will stand revealed, a hero will fall in the outer reaches of the galaxy…and the reveal of Supernova will deepen his mysteries even further.

WEEK 35: Art by Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning, plus The Origin of Black Canary by Waid and Howard Chaykin.

WEEK 36: Art by Chris Batista & Jack Jadson, plus The Origin of Green Arrow by Waid and Tim Sale.

WEEK 37: Art by Patrick Olliffe & Drew Geraci; plus The Origin of Firestorm by Waid and Jamal Igle.

WEEK 38: Art by Shawn Moll & Jadson; plus The Origin of Red Tornado by Waid and Phil Jimenez.

WEEK 39: Art by Joe Bennett & Ruy Jose; plus, The Origin of Mr. Terrific by Waid and Dave Johnson.


52 Week 36, January 10, 2007

52 Week 36, January 10, 2007

52 Week 37, January 17, 2007

52 Week 37, January 17, 2007

52 Week 38, January 24, 2007

52 Week 38, January 24, 2007

52 Week 39, January 31, 2007

52 Week 39, January 31, 2007

52 Weeks 40-43

52 Week 40, February 7, 2007

52 Week 40, February 7, 2007

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Pat Olliffe & Drew Geraci, Joe Bennett and others

Greg Rucka, Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by Chris Batista & Rodney Ramos

Backup features by Waid and various

Covers by J.G. Jones

The month begins with one of the main players in 52 having everything – and everyone – taken away from him, and ends with messages from beyond the grave that will have a lasting impact on several DC heroes. Also, Ralph Dibny’s fate – or is that Fate? – is at last revealed as he solves the greatest mystery of all. Plus, more Origins of the DCU!


52 Week 41, February 14, 2007

52 Week 41, February 14, 2007

52 Week 42, February 21, 2007

52 Week 42, February 21, 2007

52 Week 43, February 28, 2007

52 Week 43, February 28, 2007

52 Weeks 44-47

52 Week 44, March 7, 2007

52 Week 44, March 7, 2007

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid

Art breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Backup features by Waid and various

Covers by J.G. Jones & Alex Sinclair

In the month to come, death and destruction will reign supreme in the DCU. Storylines will intersect with horrifying results, a main character will die, another will do something he hasn’t done in years, and one will fall from grace.

A war is coming, and the end is near.

Week 44: art by Eddy Barrows

Week 45: art by Pat Olliffe and Drew Geraci

Week 46: art by Chris Batista

Week 47: art by Joe Bennett

Plus, more Origins of the DCU!


52 Week 45, March 14, 2007

52 Week 45, March 14, 2007

52 Week 46, March 21, 2007

52 Week 46, March 21, 2007

52 Week 47, March 28, 2007

52 Week 47, March 28, 2007

52 Weeks 48-52

52 Week 48, April 4, 2007

52 Week 48, April 4, 2007

Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid

Breakdowns by Keith Giffen

Art by various

Backup features by Waid and various

Covers by J.G. Jones

The end is near! As the year races towards its close, we follow our heroes through their final steps in space – and time! From the mean streets of Gotham to the far reaches of deep space, the last weeks tick down to their shattering conclusion. World War III is just the beginning! Plus, more origins of the DC Universe, including the JLA with Ethan Van Sciver and Batman with Andy Kubert! These final issues feature art by Darick Robertson, Eddy Barrows, Joe Bennett, Justiniano and more.

52: A year without Superman; a year without Batman; a year without Wonder Woman…but not a year without heroes.



52 Week 49, April 11, 2007

52 Week 49, April 11, 2007

52 Week 50, April 18, 2007

52 Week 50, April 18, 2007

52 Week 51, April 25, 2007

52 Week 51, April 25, 2007


52 Week 52, May 2, 2007

52 Week 52, May 2, 2007