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Yesterday was a big day for comics, with both DC and Marvel seeing major releases. We start with:

BLACKEST NIGHT #2: The first issue was no fluke, as this one keeps the creepiness coming. You know you're in for fun when the issue starts off with Hal Jordan getting chucked into the Bat-Signal. Issue also starts with Ray Palmer reaching Hawkman on the phone (didn't Hawkman smash the phone at the end of last issue?) and getting an invite. Palmer, of course, is unaware of Hawkman's recent zombie lifestyle. The big action comes by the sea, where Tempest and Mera look to move Aquaman's body to Atlantis. But Aquaman has risen, along with Aquagirl and Dolphin, and they take out anyone in sight. Tempest bites it (and subsequently rises), but Mera escapes. A magical coalition looks over Jade's empty grave, but a black ring raises Crispus Allen's corpse, effectively taking the Spectre out of the equation. Meanwhile, Hal and Barry manage to trap Black Lantern Martian Manhunter in an enclosed fire. That does nothing, as the issue ends with Hal and Barry facing off with Black Lanterns Martian Manhunter, Ralph and Sue Dibny, and Ronnie Raymond. Ray Palmer is noticeably absent. The mystery of the Black Rings thickens, as one claimed the dead Hawk, but could NOT raise Dove, as the ring only came up with "Don Hall of Earth...Ri...Don Hall of Earth at Peace". What THAT means, we'll find out soon enough. Worth every penny so far. Thumbs WAY up!

BLACKEST NIGHT: BATMAN #1: And now we start with the seemingly endless tie-ins, with no better place to start. Deadman watches his corpse rise up and is unable to possess it. So he possesses Batman, and boy is HE surprised that it's not Bruce Wayne anymore. The series is looking to heat up fast, as many of the recently dead Bat-villains have been raised (including Black Lantern Arnold Wesker wielding a Scarface construct, in a bit of genius). But that's the least of their worries, as the Flying Graysons and Tim Drake's parents have also been claimed by the dreaded Black Rings. The dynamic between Dick and Deadman is worth the price of admission. Thumbs up!

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39: This is a much more straightforward issue. Black Rings have descended upon Oa and made their way to the crypt. Many dead Lanterns rise, including Katma Tui and Jade. There's a few brief interludes: one with Mongul renaming the Sinestro Corps to the Mongul Corps and another with the ever-racist Daxamites. It's brief-and-to-the-point, but no less fun, especially watching the cryptkeeper valiantly try and fight off the Black Rings. Thumbs up!

ULTIMATE COMICS: AVENGERS #1: And now we come to the big post-Ultimatum Ultimate Universe. This issue bring Mark Millar back to the Ultimates and he brings a lot of ACTION with him! Captain America kicks ass on helicopters! Need I say more? Oh yes, we get the revelation of Ultimate Red Skull, the illegitimate son of Captain America! I missed having Mark Millar write these characters. May we never speak of Ultimates 3 again. Thumbs up!

ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #1: Six months have passed and it's still Peter Parker under the mask. Apparently, he and Gwen Stacy (no longer Carnage-possessed) have started dating, in the issue's fairly big twist. Well, there's that twist and the revelation of Ultimate Mysterio, who makes short work of the Kingpin and launches him out the window. This supposedly kills him, but I've seen comic book characters survive a lot worse than that. This is a good start and I'm intrigued as to what Bendis has in mind for Ultimate Mysterio. Thumbs up!

BATMAN #689: I will say this about Judd Winick's Batman. He's gone out of his way to establish that Dick is a different type of Batman. While Bruce hides in the shadows, Dick is at heart, a circus performer who loves the spotlight. Batman disrupts an illegal gambling ring in theatrical fashion. Two Face is still putting two and two together on this being a new Batman. Penguin is getting incresingly desperate and sends a new super-soldier names...er...The Soldier to take out the Bat. But he's a little green, so he comes accompanied by some seasoned talent to end the issue: Clayface! As bad as Winick was with Green Arrow, his Batman's been pretty good so far. Thumbs up!

RED ROBIN #3: Oh boy, I couldn't just have a perfect week, could I? If you guessed that a whole lot of nothing happened, you'd be right. There's still no rhyme or reason as to why Tim Drake's globehopping or how it's supposed to prove Bruce is alive. The Ra's Al Ghul dialogue isn't nearly enough to save this dreck. Total boredom and I'm dangerously close to dropping this title. Thumbs down!




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This is probably a gap in my comic knowledge, but how could Black Lantern Ronnie Raymond become Black Lantern Firestorm without Professor Stein?
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    Originally posted by The Goon
    This is probably a gap in my comic knowledge, but how could Black Lantern Ronnie Raymond become Black Lantern Firestorm without Professor Stein?


I'm guessing he can't, it's probably just Ronnie with the black ring.



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    Originally posted by Llakor
      Originally posted by The Goon
      This is probably a gap in my comic knowledge, but how could Black Lantern Ronnie Raymond become Black Lantern Firestorm without Professor Stein?


    I'm guessing he can't, it's probably just Ronnie with the black ring.


It's definitely a good question. He shows up as Firestorm, but the first issue showed Professor Stein (alive and well) visiting Ronnie's grave. It'll be interesting to see if the costume and powers are legit or if they're products of the black ring.




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Professor Stein cured him of Leukemia and gave him the ability to transform into Firestorm by himself in an issue of Extreme Justice. Ronnie was then Firestorm by himself for a while until he was killed in Identity Crisis.





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I flipped through all the Blackest Night stuff in the store and my opinion hasn't changed. No thank you.

The one thing I did pick up (with the rest of my stuff coming in the mail) is Marvel Project # 1.

I haven't read it yet, but one of my friends is priaising it as Bru's best Marvel work yet, which is saying something.



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Blackest Night is turning out pretty cool. I'm actually glad it's starting out relatively slow. There's lots of stuff happening, but it's not slam-bam-here-there action all over the place which is cool.

The "at Peace" thing is seeming to hint that maybe the Black Lanterns are necessarily evil. They just want peace for the universe and have one method to do so. Either that or not. That's for sure.



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    Originally posted by It's False
    ULTIMATE COMICS: AVENGERS #1: And now we come to the big post-Ultimatum Ultimate Universe. This issue bring Mark Millar back to the Ultimates and he brings a lot of ACTION with him! Captain America kicks ass on helicopters! Need I say more? Oh yes, we get the revelation of Ultimate Red Skull, the illegitimate son of Captain America!


And now we come to another reason why I'm done with the "Ultimate" Universe. Captain America fathering and illegitimate child? *VERY* heroic. bleh.

Loved all the Blackest Night books and liked the 1st issue of the new Adventure Comics as well.

Best new book of the week (and usually any week it comes out) was "The Walking Dead" #64. We should soon have another answer as to how one can become a zombie, got some more great bonding of the newer characters to the "regular" cast, some deeper insights into certain members the "regular" cast, and the prelude to what should be another good throwdown between two groups of survivors. Also looking forward to the development of the television series AMC has based on this book. http://news-briefs.ew.com/2009/08/11/frank-darabont-sees-walking-dead-with-amc/



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    Originally posted by DrewDewce
      Originally posted by It's False
      ULTIMATE COMICS: AVENGERS #1: And now we come to the big post-Ultimatum Ultimate Universe. This issue bring Mark Millar back to the Ultimates and he brings a lot of ACTION with him! Captain America kicks ass on helicopters! Need I say more? Oh yes, we get the revelation of Ultimate Red Skull, the illegitimate son of Captain America!


    And now we come to another reason why I'm done with the "Ultimate" Universe. Captain America fathering and illegitimate child? *VERY* heroic. bleh.

    Loved all the Blackest Night books and liked the 1st issue of the new Adventure Comics as well.

    Best new book of the week (and usually any week it comes out) was "The Walking Dead" #64. We should soon have another answer as to how one can become a zombie, got some more great bonding of the newer characters to the "regular" cast, some deeper insights into certain members the "regular" cast, and the prelude to what should be another good throwdown between two groups of survivors. Also looking forward to the development of the television series AMC has based on this book. http://news-briefs.ew.com/​2009/​08/​11/​frank-​darabont-​sees-​walking-​dead-​with-​amc/​

The Red Skull being Cap’s bastard son (did I just type that?) is the least of my complaints. I am not sure why they think renumbering each Ultimate series and charging an extra dollar is going to reinvigorate my interest. If anything, it insures they remain off my pull list. I was only getting Ultimate Spidey before Ultimatum, as the other series died slow deaths over the last few years. It was a good idea when they launched the Ultimate line, but the regular Marvel Universe has become so much like the Ultimate line, it’s hard to really tell the difference. Which begs the question, why do we NEED an Ultimate Universe anymore?

Walking Dead continues to roll along, dark, depressing, and delicious.





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Learn it, love it, Blackest Night is the best thing going today! Woooo!!!
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