The 52 Steps: Week Fifteen

"We won't let him fall." - Clark Kent

Week Fifteen

Previously in 52...

Renee and The Question got busted in Kahndaq, T.O. Morrow vanished, leaving the secret for artificial souls behind for Will Magnus. Steel went through some growing pains.

This Week's Key Players

Renee Montoya, The Question and Booster Gold

Guest appearances

Clark Kent and Supernova.


This could be one of the easiest summaries I've ever attempted.

Renee and The Question practice their recall of "Prison Break" and try to get out of the mess they were in at the end of last week, though Vic is a little worse for the wear thanks to the beatings handed out by the Kahndaqi secret police.

Meanwhile, back home, a Ballostro (a water monster) piggybacks a nuclear sub into Metropolis, bringing two of the city's remaining heroes to the attack. Booster Gold arrives and attempts to stop the monster, only, well, he fails. Supernova arrives and pulls off what Booster could only attempt, and a fight ensues between the two heroes, with Clark Kent looking on.

The fight breaks up when the sub that the Ballostro hijacked goes nuclear, and Booster flies it high above the city, using his force field to siphon off the nuclear radiation. Still, no matter how much he could siphon off, it's not enough, and the ensuing explosion catches Booster in its midst. Supernova flies into the sky to catch the falling Booster, but only succeeds in catching the hero's skeleton.

This week's backup feature is all about Steel, written by Mark Waid and penciled by Jon Bogdanove.

Justin's Thoughts and Concerns

  • R.I.P. Booster Gold. You will be missed.
  • This week's quote comes from the most disturbing line of dialogue this week. Clark Kent seems to speak of himself and Supernova as a team… "We'll catch him." Odd, considering that, pre-Crisis, a powerless Superman made up an identity remarkably like Supernova to continue being a hero.
  • Check the last article on page one. Bibbo has a better hero rating than Booster. That's rough.
  • For all complaints about Kahndaq, please dial 555-2222.
  • Note in the Steel bio following the story, it is mentioned that Steel can retract his stainless skin. Hints of the future, no doubt.
  • Ballostro? Anybody?
  • An early note from Brian Eason, which I also noticed: Renee needs to watch more old movies. Boris Karloff was never the Wolfman, that honor goes (primarily) to Lon Chaney Jr.

Crisis Continuity with Brian Eason

Booster Gold first appeared in "Booster Gold" #1 (1986). Michael Carter was a football star in the 25th century. He was banned when he was caught betting on his own games. As a result, he took a job as a night watchman at the Metropolis Space Museum. There he began studying about past superheroes, especially those of the 20th century. He recruited a security robot named Skeets and stole devices from the museum displays, including a Legion of Super-Heroes flight ring and Brainiac 5's force-field belt. Then he used Rip Hunter's time machine to travel back to the 20th century. His plan was to become a superhero and start a company to make himself comfortably wealthy.

What a damn shame such a fine citizen is dead... no, really.


Where are you, Rip Hunter? This seems to be the perfect time to show up, no?

The Daily Planet

At www.52thecomic.com, the final three "Newsmakers" have been revealed: Animal Man, Adam Strange and Starfire. So it looks like our space-farers are just as important as I had hoped. Look for them to now be considered "Key Players" in this column, rather than "Guest Appearances."

Panel of the Week

Since last week's joke failed miserably, I'm just going to sit here quietly and let the moment speak for itself. Tell Ted we said "Hello," Michael.


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