BLACKEST NIGHT #3: This issue takes some big steps forward and moves the story along nicely. The new Firestorm is introduced as a major player in this story, though not for long. Green Lantern and Flash take on the Zombie Justice League and even a timely arrival by Ray Palmer isn't enough to turn the tide. Notably, removing the Black Ring isn't enough to kill a Black Lantern, as it'll simply regenerate. Just as all looks lost, the mysterious Indigo Tribe show up. They manage to actually destroy some of the Black Lanterns, wiping out Zombie Ralph, Zombie Sue, and Zombie Hawkman before the rest escape. The good guys are teleported to the JLA Watchtower, where they run into Firestorm and Mera. Valuable exposition is provided, including the one way to defeat the darkness. The whole spectrum must come together and form the white light. Man, good luck getting Larfleeze and Atrocitus in on that one. The remaining Zombie JLA arrives to attack and we get to one of the more chilling moments of the issue. Zombie Ronnie Raymond manages to separate Jason and Gen, taking Firestorm off the table. When Jason tries to attack, he gets absorbed into Ronnie's Firestorm Matrix. Withouth Jason to stop him, Ronnie kills Gen (in one of the slower and creepier buildups I've seen in a while) by turning her into table salt. The issue ends with things getting even worse, as the Black Rings have reached the corpses of the DC villains being held in the Watchtower. Among the notable risen: Dr. Light, Max Lord, and Alexander Luthor. The story certainly hasn't stagnated and I'm on the edge of my seat on this one. Thumbs way up!
BATMAN AND ROBIN #4: The Red Hood takes his new sidekick (Professor Pyg's victim from the last arc) and tries to clean up Gotham his own way. He kills off Lightning Bug (who I'm guessing was originally supposed to be Firefly, but Paul Dini must have had other ideas) and leaves his calling card. The Red Hood then crashes a party hosted by the Penguin, but is intercepted by Batman and Robin. Issue ends with Bats making the call that it's Jason Todd. Jason Todd as the Red Hood is "been there, done that", so I don't expect it to be him, even with the similar motif. A good start to what should be Morrison's best arc to date. Thumbs up!
BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #4: Those expecting the big fight between Batman and Zsasz will have to wait one more issue. This issue is more of a look at new character The Broker, who was briefly brushed over in a previous issue of Gotham City Sirens. This issue establishes the character's origin and modus operandi: When crime took over Gotham, several once-prosperous lands were abandoned and left wide open, so Sherman Fine became The Broker and sells said properties to various Gotham villains to use as hideouts and lairs for a huge profit. Holy crap, that's a brilliant concept for a character! Made all the cooler by Great White Shark trying to go back on a deal, just to be met by a sniper rifle's red dot. The issue comes to a close with Batman trying to squeeze Broker for info, but the Broker is an amoral piece of work with an unwavering sense of confidentiality. Issue ends with Bats kicking his ass. An entertaining character piece, giving the origins of a cool new character into the Bat-mythos. I wholeheartedly approve and am more than willing now to wait that extra month for the fight with Zsasz. Thumbs up!
CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #3: A fairly straightforward issue, as Bucky America is in captivity and needs rescuing. The Falcon obliges by busting into the Thunderbolts plane and making short work of the T-bolts. But even with Bucky out of harm's way, Sharon Carter runs off to turn herself in to Norman Osborn anyway. Issue ends with the Sin and Crossbones retrieving the Red Skull for nefarious purposes. I still can't follow what's going on with Steve Rogers in the past, nor do I quite understand what the final end game is. Although I have a feeling it'll get a lot clearer next issue. Thumbs in the middle, leaning up.
DARK REIGN - THE LIST: DAREDEVIL #1: An interesting issue, with a lot of dynamics switched around. Crooked cops are found dead at the hands of a Hand ninja. With Osborn suspecting Daredevil, he sends out Bullseye in his old costume to kill Daredevil once and for all. Daredevil and Bullseye face off on a foreclosed area, which Bullseye blows up...with a bunch of people inside. After the fight, Daredevil realizes he has an evil ninja clan at his disposal and decides to use it to send a message to Osborn. Issue ends with the Hand ninja revealing herself to be Lady Bullseye, who has now joined forces with Wilson Fisk. Sets up Andy Diggle's Daredevil run seamlessly. Thumbs up! Next week, it's Norman Osborn vs. The X-Men.
That's it from me for this week. Next week, it's Dark X-Men: The Confession, Dark Reign - The List: X-Men, and the fight against Black Lantern Superman continues in Blackest Night: Superman #2.
Originally posted by It's False BATMAN AND ROBIN #4: The Red Hood takes his new sidekick (Professor Pyg's victim from the last arc) and tries to clean up Gotham his own way. He kills off Lightning Bug (who I'm guessing was originally supposed to be Firefly, but Paul Dini must have had other ideas) and leaves his calling card. The Red Hood then crashes a party hosted by the Penguin, but is intercepted by Batman and Robin. Issue ends with Bats making the call that it's Jason Todd. Jason Todd as the Red Hood is "been there, done that", so I don't expect it to be him, even with the similar motif. A good start to what should be Morrison's best arc to date. Thumbs up!
I would also hope Red Hood is not the obvious choice of the guy Dick met at the party. Oberon Sexton, I believe his name was? Unless his identity is also supposed to be a mystery? Perhaps one of them is Dr. Hurt, who we know is returning at some point from the teasers in B&R #1.
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Blackest Night is moving along quite nice. Its good we finally get a way to beat the Black Lanterns instead of waiting another two months down the road. BL Firestorm killing Gen was the best creepy death so far. This is really playing out well with all the horror moments. I would like to see more Diana and Clark, but I am sure they are on the way after Superman's story ends. Hal and Barry are holding the story very well together which last year would have made me groan, but Geoff is doing a great job on rebuilding that relationship.
Good point about the "decompressed" stories there. However, I certainly don't discount Mark Bagley's contribution to that "record" even though he's still not matching the output that Kirby did during the same run.