Again, my pocket's running somewhat low on funds, so I couldn't go in too deep this week. But I wasn't about to miss some of the bigger titles, including the continuing big event.
BLACKEST NIGHT #7: The fight against Nekron continues, but the Corps and the Corps deputies now turn their attention to Black Hand. Of all people, SCARECROW looks to get the killing blow in, but the Orange power overwhelms Lex Luthor and he turns on everyone. Amidst the chaos, Nekron takes a Guardian and executes him, which brings out The Entity, the essence that created light. Ganthet then reveals that life actually began on Earth, not on Oa as the Guardians wanted everyone to believe. They lied in order to protect The Entity, you see. Correctly deducing The Entity to be a wearable manifestation like Parallax and Ion, Hal dashes towards it, but Sinestro stops him cold. Sinestro declares the final fight to be his alone, so he rushes into The Entity. Issue ends with an Entity-powered Sinestro, ready to prove himself as the Greatest Lantern of All Time, once and for all. Man, after a story like this, can they go ANYWHERE with Sinestro once it's over? It looks like they're ready to potentially end his story. Anyway, this was a good setup for the final month. The Blackest Night has hit its climax and it all ends next month. Thumbs up!
NEW AVENGERS #62: The Living Laser's assault on the NA's continues while Mandrill takes control of Spider-Woman and sics her on Spider-Man. Spidey's able to shake Spider-Woman out of her trance while Luke Cage and Steve Rogers are able to take care of the Living Laser. Hmm...that wrapped up a little too easily for my tastes, but then again, I always was a bit of a sucker for Living Laser. Issue ends with the NA's ready to head to Asgard. And no, they haven't found The Hood yet, even though he's on the damn cover. Thumbs in the middle.
BATMAN & ROBIN #9: Let's get this out of the way right now. Yes, all of the word balloons were in the right place this time. Now that that amateurish mistake is behind us, we get to...one of the zanier climaxes I've seen in a while. After reviving Batwoman, everyone's made the conclusion that the Bruce Wayne corpse they revived is a copy. Even Damien's able to deduce it after faux-Batman breaks in, simply shaking his head and concluding that Dick's an idiot. But this Bat-copy is persistent...and able to speak in really bad faux-netspeak. The Bats soon arrive to take care of the Bat-copy soon enough. Issue ends with Dick coming to the conclusion that Bruce Wayne IS alive somewhere. How did he make that leap in logic? Who knows. This was entertaining for what it was - an out-there Morrison concept that hit more than it missed. Thumbs up!
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #9: This issue was depressing for me, personally, as it shows that there's still a lot of life in the Edward Nigma: Amoral Private Eye angle. Have I mentioned that I despise the fact that they're scrapping it to go back to the same "been there, done that" villainous Riddler? Issue begins with the Sirens letting themselves into the Riddler's office. Apparently, someone dumped a body in their pool in an effort to frame them by having the victim killed off in various Siren-related manners. Nigma investigates, all the while reflecting on the bomb that jogged his villainous memory back in the pages of "Batman". Riddler deduces that the Siren calling cards are cheap forgeries (mall makeup vs. theater makeup, cheap plants vs. Ivy's hybrids, etc.) before getting attacked by wild animals. Issue ends with the frameup's mastermind: Doctor Aesop! Holy crap, I didn't expect Dini to revive a guy he originally used as a throwaway character in an old Detective Comics issue. I thought Aesop had potential, so it's a pleasant surprise. Thumbs up! And I still deeply resent DC editorial for the about-face on Riddler's character.
That'll do it for this week. Back again next week!
I got Blackest Night and all of the Green Lantern issues this week. Its amazing how well they all come together. If anything this might be the most tied together crossover of all time. I was stunned by Sinestro becoming the White Lantern. I do think we will see the end of Sinestro at the end of Blackest Night. Gotham Sirens was good again and I don't think we will see a full Enigma heel turn. He will skate for a few more issues then make a decision to choose being a regular detective or another punch bag for Batman. I am not shocked Morrison had Dick to some random conclusion that Bruce is alive. This is Morrison who wrote Final Crisis and RIP. Nothing should shock you about his writing besides him still being employed.
That double page spread with all the Corps together? Awesome. And GUY GARDNER front and center looking badass? AWESOME.
I've read this in several places, and I think I agree with it. If this is a tale of redemption, it isn't about Hal. He has had his in Rebirth and the Sinestro Corps war. The REAL redemption comes from Sinestro proving that he was right all along. It's a mark of a true tragic villain and all GREAT villains that the truly believe that they are right without deluding themselves. In this case....Sinestro has actually been right. About the Guardians, about the effects of the no-kill rule being lifted, about the emotional spectrum, about everything. And although he's been a Complete Monster on several occasions....he's run the gamut of all emotions, and he is seeking redemption. And now he has it in his grasp.
I agree, It's False. I'm not sure if they can do anything with him after this. And I truly hope this isn't a bait'n'switch. This needs to be Sinestro's tale, and it needs to be told.
And based on the looong hsitory of the two, based on ALL of what Johns (and Tomasi) has done on the run with GL. it culminates into two of the greatest pages I have seen in comics.
THALL SINESTRO OF KORUGAR.
(edited by El Nastio on 26.2.10 1911) You know, I really don't know what to put here. Close your eyes and thank of something funny!
CIVIL WAR #5 was a definite step up from issue #4, but it still has it's problems. A lot of stuff is happening in this issue... but the majority of the action doesn't actually happen on the pages for us to see. I'll get to THAT gripe in a minute though....