This week marks the 10th anniversary of the DC weekly series 52. The celebration started Monday with the release of episode 1 of the Podicus Wrecks podcast. During which, I spend 50 minutes discussing the stories within 52 and some thoughts on the series. The rest of the week, I will be posting more detailed recaps of each of these stories. Previously posted stories may be found here.
Renee Montoya spends the first week after the death of her partner, Crispus Allen, drinking. Until one day, The Question (Vic Sage, “Charlie”) modifies the bat symbol and shines it into her apartment. The Question hires Montoya to stake out a warehouse. There they run into some type of monster, and some strange weapons. Their investigation leads them to the Kathy Kane, who Montoya has a history with. Kane agrees to look into the warehouse records.
Kathy later returns with information about the warehouse, and that leads The Question and Montoya to a front company led by Whisper A’Daire. They hear that Kahndaq is involved, but get captured. Batwoman comes in to save them, and it seems that Montoya may already know who she is.
The Question and Montoya follow Intergang’s trail to the nation of Kahndaq, where they are framed for the murder of five people. They escape and Montoya stops a suicide bomber from completing her mission, by shooting the kid first during the Black Adam and Isis wedding ceremony. They are awarded medals by Black Adam, even though Montoya is keeping herself in a drunken stupor. Searching for where the girl came from, they come across a religious ceremony. In the middle of a firefight, The Question grabs the bible they were reading from. Black Adam and Isis intervene to end things.
Black Adam and Isis fly Montoya and the Question into the Himalayas, where they meet up with The Question’s sidekick Tot and Richard Dragon in Nanda Parbat. As Montoya trains with Dragon, Tot studies the Crime Bible. During this time, Montoya realizes that The Question is really sick. He admits that he is in the late stages of cancer. Tot finds a prophecy in the Crime Bible that points to Kathy Kane being sacrificed in a ritual.
They fly back to Gotham and let Batwoman know what they have found. While Question and Montoya stay in her place, Batwoman continues the search for Mannheim. During one night out, she encounters Nightwing, and they begin to work together. Question is getting worse, now becoming delirious. It gets to the point where Montoya has no choice but to admit him to a hospital. After some time, Montoya decides to return Charlie to Nanda Parbat. She drags him through the mountains, but he dies right before she realizes that they had made it to Nanda Parbat.
In Nanda Parbat, Montoya is trying to cope. Eventually, she agrees that she needs to look inwards to see who she truly is. Montoya returns to Gotham to find that Kathy Kane’s place has been trashed. Nightwing is there and tells Montoya that they took her. Nightwing and Montoya attack Intergang’s hideouts, trying to find Kane.
Eventually, they run into one with some type of strange device. A group of Intergang’s monsters attack them, with one starting the device, and another, Abbott, turning on Intergang. The device triggers others like it, that send a beam of fire into the sky. Abbot says that these will burn a whole into Gotham unless they are turned off. Nightwing and Abbott go to turn them off, while Montoya goes to get Kane.
Montoya finds the ritual site, and is just too late to keep Kane from being stabbed with a dagger. Montoya fights Mannheim, and is saved when Kane removes the dagger from her chest and throws it into Mannheim’s back.
Another story about coping with loss. That seems to be a reoccurring theme, and this isn’t the last one. But this is also a story about finding your place in this world. Regardless of what has happened to you, you still can have a purpose to your life. And it’s your responsibility to fulfill that purpose. Otherwise, your ex could end up ritualistically murdered, or something.
The death of someone close to you is painful. It sucks. It makes it seem like there’s no point going on. But life does go on. The world needs to go on. One death doesn’t need two lead to a second loss of life. The best way to honor those that you have lost is to live your life. The longer you go on, the longer their memory goes on.