52 Week 42 or I Love Ralph Dibny

I have really enjoyed 52. It’s an amazing comic. In fact, I don’t talk about it enough in this blog. With only 10 weeks left things are starting to draw to a head, and week 42 was a great issue.

(Warning: Lots of spoilers to follow).

Ralph Dibny (the Elongated Man) has played a major role in the entire series and this issue was his swan song. I was very happy with Ralph’s character throughout the comic. I loved him when he was an obsessive, suicidal drunkard, lamenting his wife’s murder. I loved him as an overly determined adventurer trying to bring his wife back from the dead, and I loved him even more when we found out that he’s not an obsessive, suicidal drunkard or an overly determined adventurer.
I love the shocker that his flask has been filled with Gingold rather than whiskey. I love the way he was drawn in week 42 during the magic ceremony as a worn down, thinned out shell of a man, overcome with grief, and I loved it even more when he showed his true colors as a detective and a hero.
I didn’t love the beardless look so-much, or the whole “Wish Gun” switch-a-roo (lame). But I did love the fact that he was willing to sacrifice his life to trap Faust and Neron.

I didn’t know I loved Ralph Dibny so much… now I can only hope that DC will bring him back as a bearded, crime fighting detective (preferably without the Gingold… I like him un-stretchy better, and drunks are more entertaining).

One response to “52 Week 42 or I Love Ralph Dibny”

  1. True, the Wish Gun was lame, but it’s DC, it is forgivable.

    To me, the coolest thing about this issue was the concept that it was the Wish Gun from issue #1 that set his entire adventure into motion. Thus tying the entire 42 issues together.

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