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Blackest Night: Impressions

DC’s Blackest Night.  The event that is literally shaking up the DC Universe.  Or is it?  I my honest opinion, its good, just not what I signed up for.

If you’re not in the know, spoilers ahead.  Stop reading now.

Zombie virus spreads through the Black Lantern rings.

I recently finished reading Blackest Night #4 and in one word?  Disappointed.  Overall, the event is good.  But #4 just really upset me.  Issues #1-3 were clear concise, the action was going, the revelations kept coming.  Hawkman and Hawkgirl died at the end of #1, it was just crazy.

Shouldn’t the flagship title have the focus of the story?  This is a Green Lantern centered event right?  Why the focus so much on Barry Allen, Ray Palmer, Jason Rusch, and Aquaman’s ex?  Who honestly gives a shit?  Where’s the big guns?  One panel with Wonder Woman on it?  REALLY?

I feel more excited to read Green Lantern’s regular series and GL Corps.  Those titles “feel” like they are actually doing something as opposed to just dealing with the zombies.

Let’s look at the tie-ins.  Superman.  Batman.  Teen Titans.

On their own, the titles were good.  Teen Titans was exceptional.  But Superman was so… unrealistic.  Supergirl fights her zombified father, on New Krypton (which has 100,000 fully empowered Kryptonians) and the way they deal with 1 zombie is to put an impenetrable barrier around the planet to keep him out???  They killed Doomsday, what’s 1 zombie???

The "Quest for the Light" is the only thing keeping me reading at this point.

I really hope that the focus changes from the B-Listers now being focused in the comic and go back to what’s really important, the rest of the colored Corps!

DC really needs to take some pointers from Marvel.  Anyone read Secret Invasion?  All the tie-ins were there to show the shockwaves, like they’re supposed to.  All the main points were handled in the Secret Invasion book.

We still have another four issues, let’s hope for a Brighter Day to take us out of this Black Night.

  1. November 5, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I haven’t read #4 yet, but I’ve read all the others except for the Blackest Night: Titans. I was really excited going into this series because the Sinestro Corp War and Green Lantern Corp Spectrum War thing was really really interesting. Then with Blackest Night we saw a way to really examine Death in the DC universe and how everyone was always just coming back and there seemed to be no penalty. It seems though that all this is, is a big fight scene. I was hoping for a lot more depth to this series in regards to people dealing with loss and learning that we have to accept death. Instead it’s just “let’s see who we can kill/bring back to shock people most.” It’s actually making death even MORE trivial I find, which is almost the exact opposite of what I thought it was going to intend. I’m still gonna keep reading because I have faith, and the Black Lantern Guardian and the Black Hand are really really creepy villains.

    • 5yphon
      November 6, 2009 at 1:01 am

      As I said, the most compelling thing about this whole event is the interaction between all the different colored Corps. THAT is what the “meat and potatoes” of the story should be. NOT the reactions of B-List superheroes…

      Oh and Blackest Night Superman? Piece of garbage. Psycho-Pirate was only there to give Clark a way to kill off Kal-L’s corpse. And the New Kryptonians are useless…

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