This issue, while a lot of fun, sort of sums up the problem I've been having with 52. It often feels like the writing team is just throwing things up against the wall and seeing what sticks. We've had some issues with a stronger narrative lately, but this isn't one of them. There are no less that four threads going through this series, including probably the wierdest story so far in this series.
We open with a brief segment of Luthor confronting Supernova. The much hyped line about Kon-El not dying in the Crisis turns out to be a red herring, of course, and Luthor seems to believe Supernova is none other than Superman, wearing a mask to torment him. Luthor also figures prominently into the second segment, involving his metagene therapy, as a man who claims to have been given powers and stripped of them by Luthor finds a sympathetic ear in Steel. There is a rather interesting twist at the end, as we find out that Luthor's real motivation behind the project - giving himself superpowers - is unfulfilled because he's genetically incompatible.
The third segment kicks the mad scientist story into overdrive, as Will Magnus finds himself under attack by an army of evil robots who turn his own Metal Men against him, destroy Mercury, and blow up his house in a cliffhanger. I'm sure he survived, of course, but it's good to see this particular story get more play. It's one of my favorites.
And then we come to what I'm sure will be the most talked about segment in this week's issue - the return of Super-Chief! Yep, a young Native American man inherits the furry horned hat and battle-axe from his dead father and deranged grandfather - but not before suffocating his grandfather. Seems the new super-chief may not be all that nice a guy. Gee, I wonder which of the writers wrote this segment. I mean, it's freaking Super-Chief!
Next week promises to put Black Adam back at the fore, which is good.