52, a weekly series set in real time, combines the brightest and best talents from the comic book writing field: The super-heroic stylings of Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison's kinetic imagery, the noir edge of Greg Rucka and smooth characterization of longtime DC writer Mark Waid. Together – a rock n' roll comic book super group laying down tracks for a classic album – the writers have given birth to a world previously unseen by comic readers. A world much like our own, covering the entire social spectrum to include race relations, religion and superhuman conflict.
What more could readers want?
Simple. More story. More art. More revelations.
Starting with #12, 52 co-writer Mark Waid will begin painting a picture of New Earth's history in the form of two-page origin stories featuring some of DC's key characters, including Wonder Woman and Power Girl by Adam Hughes, Elongated Man and Adam Strange by Kevin Nowlan, Black Adam by JG Jones, and Animal Man and the Joker by Brian Bolland. Other artists slated to contribute to the weekly installments include: Eric Powell, George Perez, Dan Jurgens, Joe Bennett, Dale Eaglesham, Ivan Reis and Jerry Ordway, with many more to come.
"In addition to the weekly dose of excitement that is 52, we're always looking for ways to add a chunk of 'extra' materials for the fans," said 52 editor Stephen Wacker. "And with so many questions coming up about just how different 'New Earth' is after 'Infinite Crisis,' this was a perfect opportunity to present exactly what we know for sure about these characters' back stories and showcase them in the best light possible thanks to some of the most talented artists in the business."
The story of DC's most eventful year continues to be told each week, as four of the hottest writers in comics deliver an unprecedented weekly tale of death, danger, romance, intergalactic terror and the never-ending, universal meaning of heroism. Now fans will get a glimpse into the past of some of their favorite characters as presented by the crème of the artistic crop.
52: A year without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – but not a year without heroes.