- Geoff Johns; Grant Morrison; Greg Rucka; Mark Waid
- Keith Giffen (breakdowns); Joe Bennett
- Ruy Jose
- Alex Sinclair
- Nick J. Napolitano
- Booster Gold; Question [Vic Sage]; Ralph Dibny; Renée Montoya; Steel [John Henry Irons]; Skeets; Bart Allen; Beast Boy [Garfield Logan]; Black Canary [Dinah Lance]; Black Lightning [Jefferson Pierce]; Clark Kent; Fire; Firehawk [Lorraine Reilly]; Flash [Jay Barrick]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Green Lantern [Guy Gardner]; Green Lantern [John Stewart]; Jimmy Olsen; J'Onn J'Onzz; Metamorpho [Rex Mason]; Ray [Ray Terrill]; Steel [Natasha Irons]; Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Black Adam; Dr. Sivana; Mammoth;
Cameos -- Argent; Aquagirl [Lorena Marquez]; Aquaman [Arthur Curry; Orin]; Blue Devil [Daniel Cassidy]; Bulleteer [Alix Harrower]; Chief; Detective Chimp; Director Bones; Doctor Light [Kimiyo Hoshi]; Doctor Mid-Nite [Pieter Cross]; Empress; Enchantress [June Moon]; Frankenstein; Geo Force [Brion Markov]; Grace Choi; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Green Arrow [Conner Hawke]; Gypsy; Hourman [Rick Tyler]; Huntress [Helena Bertinelli]; Jakem Thunder; Katana; Klarion; Manhattan Guardian [Jake Jordan]; Mera; Mister Mind; Mister Miracle [Shilo Norman]; Mister Terrific [Michael Holt]; Negative Man [Larry Trainor]; Nightmaster [Jim Rook]; Nighwing [Dick Grayson or Jason Todd (see Notes)]; Plastic Man; Power Girl; Ragman [Rory Regan]; Red Star; Robotman [Cliff Steele]; S.T.R.I.P.E. [Pat Dugan]; Sasha Bordeaux; Stargirl [Courtney Whitmore]; Tazmanian Devil; Thunder [Anissa Pierce]; Thunderbolt; Sand [Sandy Hawkins]; Vixen; Wonder Girl [Cassie Sandsmark]; Zatanna; Zauriel
- During the first seven days of 52 ground work is laid with the focal characters: Ralph Dibny hits rock bottom with the destruction of his home; Renée Montoya takes solace in the bottom of a bottle; Steel involves himself endlessly in rescue operations; the Question begins looking for answers; Black Adam secures his position in his homeland; and Booster Gold returns to the public eye and the sponsors' bottom lines. Along the way is a memorial for the fallen, a mysterious message for Ralph, a hero losing her toys, and the abduction of Doctor Sivana.
There are two continuity hiccups of note at the memorial: 1) the inclusion of the members of Shadowpact seems at odds with the events from Shadowpact (2006) #1; and 2) it is unclear who is in attendance as Nightwing. It may be Dick, who had left with Batman and Robin for a "year away" at the end of Infinite Crisis (2006) #7, or Jason Todd, who was revealed to have co-opted the identity sometime during that year in Nightwing (1996) #118.
- Dan Didio
Hot List: 52 #1; Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #42; Checkmate #2