Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hiatus, Blackest Night, and Other Crap

I have been on hiatus. Now I am back.

Blackest Night. In a nutshell, it's DC heroes versus the zombie versions of all the dead DC heroes/major players.

This is the huge crossover event in DC right now, involving almost every superhero in their universe, and in the middle of it all? Every Lantern Corps.

I have to admit I was a little skeptical when we started seeing Blue Lanterns, Orange, Red, Indigo, etc. Having just gotten through the latest issue of GL (#48), and having just started the first few pages of Blackest Night #5, I think that Geoff Johns has really fleshed out the different Corps, what makes them tick, and brought personality to the individuals behind their respective rings.

It seems like yesterday, Hal Jordan and the vast majority of the Green Lanterns were being killed off because there "were no more stories left to tell". With new fanboys who hadn't grown up reading about Hal and the Corps, they found the premise of a super-hero like Hal Jordan boring. When Kyle Rayner came along to replace Hal, and every other GL, this new generation of comic fan found someone they could "relate to". The DC version of Spider-Man.

With Green Lantern: Rebirth, and every single issue of GL published since then, it's beyond apparent that there are a lot more tales left to tell. With events like The Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night, it also proves that these aren't just tales, these are pushed to the forefront of the DC Universe, and are excellent stories. As a huge DC fan, I can still admit that things like Infinite Crisis was painful to sit through, and I really hate company-wide crossovers. However, they have really done an amazing job with Blackest Night. Hats off. In the middle of Blackest Night, I rate it 5 out of 5 skulls. Once it concludes in the next couple months, I hope that rating remains the same!

Other comics that are great: Moon Knight, Power Girl, Red Robin, Dark Avengers, Justice League: Cry for Justice, and The Flash: Rebirth. Very well-told stories that don't assume your average reader isn't 11 years old/living in his mom's basement.

I will close with a few Blackest Night images...

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