ISBN 9780441015078 | 368 pages | 03 Jul 2007 | Ace | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The epic follow-up to Infinite Crisis-starring the superheroes of the DC Comics universe.When writing a movie novelization, the hardest part is fleshing out a hundred-page movie script into a full-length novel. But when I sat down to write a novelization of a fifty-two part comic book series, I had the opposite problem. How could I boil a story this size down to a 360-page novel? Especially since the comic book series spanned the entire DC Universe and featured literally dozens of colorful heroes and villains. Who should the novel focus on?
Earth's greatest protectors-Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman-have vanished. The cities of Metropolis and Gotham are overrun with criminal activity both on the streets and behind the closed doors of powerful corporations as villains take advantage of the absence of superheroes.
In their place stand the veteran and rookie heroes they inspired. From popular media personality Booster Gold and the enigmatic Question to the mysterious vigilante Batwoman and the secretive Supernova, these heroes are the only ones who can turn the tide against a vast conspiracy of evil determined to take control of the planet.
This is the story of one year without the world's greatest superheroes. Twelve months. 365 days. 52 weeks.
I had so many great characters to choose from: The Question, Booster Gold, Supernova, Black Adam, Captain Marvel, the Justice Society of America, an entire island of mad scientists, and even a brand-new Batwoman.
In the end, I concentrated on Metropolis and Gotham City, the two cities that would feel the absence of Superman and Batman the hardest, as well as on the fictional Middle Eastern kingdom of Kahndaq, where the gods of ancient Egypt give birth to a new sort of "Wonder Woman," Isis.
"52: The novel" is more streamlined than the original comic book series, but I like to think it still captures one momentous year in the amazing world of DC Comics.
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