Taken from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/52_(comics) 52 is the title of a comic book limited series to be published by DC Comics, to debut May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. 52 is being published weekly for one year and will comprise 52 issues. The series explains the events which took place during the missing 12 months in DC continuity. Creative teams will shift every story arc, with the comic using a cast of characters whose stories will be told nowhere else, to encourage curious fans to pick up the comic. There are be six or more independent storylines which will occasionally cross over, and will touch upon nearly every aspect of the post-Infinite Crisis universe. Every character from every series will be seen during the course of the series. The main narrative will be divided into six arcs. Storylines In March 2006, both Superman and Batman titles launched separate eight-issue storylines between their two titles (Superman and Action Comics, and Batman and Detective Comics, respectively). Both titles introduce readers to DC's superheroes "One Year Later" and have caused major changes to the characters' status quo. - The Superman storyline is co-written by Geoff Johns and Kurt Busiek, with art by Pete Woods, and cover art by Terry and Rachel Dodson. The four-month, eight-part story arc called "Up, Up and Away" is running through Action Comics #837-840 and Superman #650-653. It features new versions of supervillains the Toyman and the Kryptonite Man, as well as the Prankster. The first issue of the story describes Metropolis bidding farewell to a hero, while Clark Kent carries on life as husband and Daily Planet reporter, apparently without his powers. - The Batman storyline, "Face the Face", is written by James Robinson, with art by Leonard Kirk and Don Kramer. It is running through Batman #651-654 and Detective Comics #817-820. Several Gotham villains are being murdered by a mysterious vigilante connected to the new police commissioner, first of which being the KGBeast. - Nightwing is a "new man" and based in New York. - Someone has replaced Selina Kyle as Catwoman. Selina, now using a different name, gives birth after a pregnancy that took place in the missing year. - Robin is wanted for the murder of Batgirl. - A Batwoman will debut in the near future. - Green Arrow has dropped out of sight as his secret identity (Oliver Queen) ran for mayor and took office. - The Outsiders have publicly disbanded as a superhero team and gone underground. The members, again led by Nightwing (Dick Grayson), are Grace, Thunder, Katana, Metamorpho and the new Captain Boomerang. Supergirl and Power Girl are teamed together as the heroes Nightwing (Power Girl) and Flamebird (Supergirl) in the Bottled City of Kandor. - Ravager (Rose Wilson) and Kid Devil, along with two others (possibly including the new Son of Vulcan, who went to Titans Tower at the end of his mini-series), have joined the Teen Titans. The mysterious Titans East has formed, based in New York. - Vandal Savage has crash landed back on Earth, seeking Green Lantern for retribution for an unknown crime. - Firestorm is now composed of Jason and Firehawk instead of Jason Rusch and Martin Stein, who has mysteriously disappeared. Cancellations As a result of the events of Infinite Crisis and 52, DC Comics has cancelled some of its long-running series, including; Wonder Woman (vol.2), The Flash (vol.2), Gotham Central, Batman: Gotham Knights, Plastic Man, JLA, Superman (vol.2) and Batgirl. Notes The Question, Renee Montoya, Elongated Man, Booster Gold, Black Adam, and Steel will be the main players in 52 (Wizard #172, p. 73). Giffen has also referred to Adam Strange and Animal Man as major characters in the series. "One of the six leads of 52 won't see the end of the year." (Wizard #172, p. 75).