World War III kind of sucked.
I mean, it was all over the place. First, 52 #50 was fairly decent (albeit haphazard), but then it went and stole its ending from a Futurama episode. And what was Black Adam's motivation? I mean, I thought they were getting somewhere with Atom Smasher saying that it was actually Death who killed everyone in Bialya, but then Adam kind of ruins that case by throwing a global hissyfit. Yes, we realize you got tortured and betrayed and you're upset. What the hell does Pisa, Italy have to do with it?
And then there's the specials, which were doubly unnecessary. Not only did we not need them to understand the War (and in many cases, I understood it better before I read them), but their entire purpose was to answer questions, about half of which no one was answering. And even then, they fouled it up left and right. I could totally accept that Supergirl got emo-fied by passing through suffering-wracked Martian Manhunter, but he said he sensed her turmoil (or something) before she touched him. Why have Kid Frankenstein die, when he's already made of dead body parts? Didn't the elder Frank lose a limb or two in his miniseries without ill effects? Why raise Sub Diego? I haven't read the latest Aquaman issues, but I thought the city was coming back into play (besides being a downright neat idea). We already had an explanation for why Batgirl went nutso, why have Slade approach her? Is there a reason that we can't just assume he was controlling her from the start? Did we really need two "Adam fights the Titans and kills one" scenes? Couldn't there have been some back-and-forth about how they were friends with Osiris, how they lost him too? Or maybe BA could have torn through some other team, rather than the Titans? Was anyone honestly asking "whatever happened to Terra II, who actually turned out to be a genetic match for the regular Terra but GeoForce didn't tell her and I don't think they ever picked up that plot point again"? Because, you know, I might have cared a little more if this hadn't been, like, her first appearance in years. Did J'onn really need to out himself to his co-workers? Was he really in such an existential crisis that "saving lives" was a tough choice? Isn't King Faraday's hair supposed to be white with a black streak? And if not, why not? Because it looks much more interesting that way. If J'onn's pain and suffering were so great before, why was he so affected by Adam's? After all this, after his big sweeping epiphany that humans are both good and bad, why does J'onn end up Mr. "I hate everyone and I'm sooooo deep" OYL? And I swear, the artistic mistakes and continuity errors were all over. At the very least, they should have been clear on who all was holding on to BA when Captain Marvel brought the lightning down on 'im.
And after all that, isn't this the week that Animal Man saw a few weeks back? Why foreshadow a specific event in a specific week if you're not going to address it?
So, yeah. I've been with 52 pretty much the whole way. There have been lulls, but never a misstep quite this bad. And so close to the end, too. Ah well, next week looks like oodles of T.O. Morrow. Booster Gold, and Rip Hunter, and it's hard to go wrong with that.