Week 6 - China Syndrome, with Brian Cronin

Week 6 - China Syndrome, with Brian Cronin

Episode description

All-Star Comics Journalist Gita Jackson and World’s Finest Comics Expert Alex Jaffe are joined by Star-Spangled CBR Senior Writer Brian Cronin in discussing issue 6 of DC’s 52, covering the rich legacy of Manthrax, villainous improv groups, the secret sauce that made 52, and how God works in the DC universe.


  1. Let’s Talk Talent (07:31)
  2. Let’s Talk About the Cover (08:46)
  3. Let’s Talk About 52 #6 (10:57)
  4. Do you remember any theories about 52 as it was releasing? (01:12:23)
  5. The Backup (01:16:12)
  6. What’s your favorite part of this issue? (01:23:24)
  7. The Blackboard (01:27:39)
  8. Asking The Questions at 52mailbag@gmail.com (01:37:17)


52 Pickup is an Aftermath production, created by Gita Jackson and Alex Jaffe, and edited by Esper Quinn, with original music by Jon Ehrens. If you’d like to follow along, you can check out 52 at your local comic book store or library, or the DC Universe Infinite subscription service. The views and opinions expressed on this show are solely those of the show’s personalities, and do not reflect those of DC Entertainment or Warner Bros. Please rate and review our show wherever you can, and send your questions and comments to 52mailbag@gmail.com. Never stop reading comics.