Blackest Night #2
(a) Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert & Julio Ferreira
FC 32 pgs w/ ads $3.99 US, Higher in Canada
I’ve started to hate reviewing first issues. Especially first issues of mini-series. In this day and age of decompression writing, nothing ever really happens in the first issue but brief set up. And if you are an eight part event mini-series for a comic company that needs all the sales it can get right now, you follow the established pattern. So I decided to try something different and wait until the second issue came out to see what DC’s big event comic is like and form my opinion then. Well things are still moving a little too slow for my liking.
When Johns wrote his Green Lantern event The Sinestro War, I was ready to drop Green Lantern from my pull. It wasn’t that Green Lantern was bad, but it had fallen into the mediocre category – the it’s good but I’m not all that interested and my time would be better used on other comics category. But I found myself being sucked right back in. The Sinestro War started with a bang and it was a wild ride – fast paced and well written. And since then everything has been leading to Blackest Night. The story has a bunch of Black Lantern rings flying around the universe finding the dead and having them rise – wearing the black rings and killing and ripping the hearts out of other heroes, thus turning them into Black Lanterns. So far it’s been DC’s variation of Marvel Zombies. That’s not to say it’s been bad, just unoriginal.There have been some cool moments but there has very little explanation yet.
Johns has introduced a huge variety of different coloured corps since The Sinestro War. Blue, red, yellow, purple, orange, etc. It’s been interesting but there has been little explanation into the why’s of it all. If the Guardians created the Green Lantern Corps, why is there all these other emotion powered colours running around. Is another retcon around the corner? And I have a bad feeling on how this series is going to end. Someone mentioned to me that the story would probably end with all the colours uniting to form the colour white to fight the black. I hope Johns won’t take the cheesy, easy way out but it does seem the most logical. While some of the Black Lanterns have been interesting (although DC Direct has spoiled most of the surprises), it’s starting to look like the only thing that will stop the black is white. After the failure of DC’s Final Crisis, this series is already a step up. But it looks like DC is trying to milk the story for all it’s worth with more and more crossovers being announced – just look at November Previews. I just hope that the main series will stand on it’s own and doesn’t go where I fear it’s going. (Shane Hnetka).