Wednesday gave us some good comics right before the holiday break. At the top of the list is:
BLACKEST NIGHT #5: But first...
GREEN LANTERN #48: For completists and those following the whole story, read this BEFORE you start BL #5. Atrocitus tries to claim the Orange Power Battery from Larfleeze, but winds up knocking himself silly. Larfleeze tries to use his Orange constructs to fend off the BL's, but it's all for naught. He and Atrocitus are saved by Hal Jordan, Sinestro, Carol Ferris, Saint Walker, and Indigo. We now have reps for all seven corps present, but as one might imagine, Atrocitus doesn't want to play ball and Larfleeze is making outrageous demands. It takes a Saint Walker pep talk from Sector 666 and the sighting of Nekron to get Atrocitus and Larfleeze on board. Great issue, as it not only advances the story, but we also got some great comedy relief out of Larfleeze. Thumbs up! Issue ends with the seven Corps reps united, leading to...
BLACKEST NIGHT #5: The Corps are on their way as Barry Allen tries to fend off Nekron's troops. He gets backup from Wally West and is soon joined by the rest of the DC superheroes. We get advancement from the lingering BL: Titans storyline, as Dove is placed on the front lines while Donna Troy's condition worsens. The fight for the good guys is going nowhere fast, but the colored Corps arrive, wiping out Scar the rogue Guardian in short order. This victory is very short lived, as Nekron and Black Hand unleash their ace in the hole: Black Lantern Batman! BL Bats unleashes Black Rings that claim once-dead superheroes (Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, et al.) and assimilate them. Issue ends with Nekron standing with his new dead enforcers as Black Rings chase Hal and Barry. Things just got bad for the good guys. Thumbs up!
DETECTIVE COMICS #859: Rucka's been good with character pieces so far in this series and this is one of his best ones. We get a look at Kate Kane's past in the military and how Don't Ask, Don't Tell has personally affected her. This leads into her past with Renee Montoya and her first meeting with the Batman. Great storytelling, supplemented by a solid backup feature with The Question. Thumbs up!
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #6: We get the backstory of former henchman Gaggy as he prepares to kill Harley Quinn, but Harley points out that he's a sad little man looking to relive the glory days. Catwoman and Poison Ivy bust in and send Gaggy skyward and...that's pretty much it. Not much to say, but this issue had an interesting message that put the Batman glory days in perspective. Thumbs in the middle.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #39: Ok, now we're just getting silly. The JLA (a B-squad if we've ever seen one) is ambused by Black Lantern Zatarra. Zatanna fights him in probably THE silliest and most ridiculous fight of the year. The rest are attacked by Black Lantern Vibe, except for Dr. Light II who rushes to confront Black Lantern Dr. Light, who's busy licking Gehenna's (still a pile of salt) salty head. Ick. This was a waste of an issue. Thumbs down.
That's it for now, as it was a short week for my wallet (making JLA #39 THAT MUCH MORE of a waste). Back next week.
I didn't think JLA was that bad, but it was more of a build issue. I am also not sure how the Zatanna ended either. At least, I got a red ring. Having said that, Blackest Night and Green Lantern was amazing. We finally get the reveal of Bruce Wayne's skull. Scar dying was a nice way to get give the heroes hope then shatter it. I honestly, don't know how they get out of this one.
Drastically scaled back from here on in, boiled down to essential reading. Action Comics #2. Superman's kinetic, non-stop action in Action #1 is halted now that he's captured by Doctor Lex Luthor and tortured for half of the issue.