Archive for October 17th, 2009

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Oct
09

What I’m Reading: Blackest Night-Batman #3

Blackest Night: Batman #3I’ve got to say it again. I am astonished at how much the tie-in books to Blackest Night have been delivering. Peter Tomasi and Ardian Syaf deliver a comic here that, as good as the core Batman titles have been lately, can hold its own with any of them.

Dick Grayson has called in his brother, Tim Drake, and the two former Robins prepare to make a last stand against the corpses of their own parents. As Dick and Tim stand, Damian — the current Robin — is sent off to escort Barbara and Jim Gordon to safety, a task he’s none too happy about. The sons of Bruce Wayne have arguably been through more trials and torture than any other characters in comics. Plus, they live in a world where coming back from the dead is almost routine. Is it any wonder that, when faced with their long-dead parents, they feel that surge of hope?

Hope, unfortunately, isn’t quite the emotion these particular Black Lanterns are going for.

Tomasi knocks this out of the park, giving us remarkably strong characterization for our two main heroes as they face their greatest wishes and worst fears. I am a little disappointed that Deadman, such a big player at the beginning of this miniseries, has kind of gone by the wayside at the end, but it isn’t really his story anyway, is it?

Ardian Syaf, a new name to me, has to potential to be one of the next comic book superstars. His linework here is wonderful, and a strong color/art team of Vicente Cifuentes and Nei Ruffino make this one of the best-looking books in the crossover to date.

As good as the current Bat-books are, one of the few elements I’m not happy with is the estrangement of Tim Drake and Dick Grayson. This issue addresses that, to a degree, and promises that things won’t necessarily remain that way. I really hope this thread continues into the main books. It’s a great team-up story for two men who have more in common with each other than anyone else in the world, who should be brothers above all else, and who deserve to have each other’s back. This is a nice start. Let’s see ’em back together more often.

Rating: 9/10

17
Oct
09

What I’m Reading: Green Lantern Corps #41

Green Lantern Corps #41What is it about Black Lantern babies that’s so damn creepy? Seriously, look at this cover and the cover to Blackest Night: Titans #2. Those are some of the scariest things I’ve seen in a long time.

Anyway, Peter Tomasi has done a magnificent job making this comic book a real ensemble piece. While Hal Jordan is taking center stage in the rest of Blackest Night, this issue we see major points of interest for the rest of our cast. Kyle Rayner and Soranik Natu face the Black Lantern version of Kyle’s old love Jade, Kilowog has to deal with his dead mentor and some of his biggest failures, and Arisia — one of the few Green Lanterns for whom heroism is a family legacy — has to face the bodies of everone who made her the Lantern she is. This issue ties in very strongly to the last issue of the Tales of the Corps miniseries from July, playing off the backstory that was established there and using it to develop Arisia and Kilowog very well.

As good as their stories are, though, the Kyle/Soranik plotline is the real heart of this book (excuse the pun). Kyle — let’s face it — has had some real problems holding on to a girl ever since he was introduced, and now we’re watching those problems coming back on him in a big way. I like Soranik, I like the two of them together. I’m anxious to see just how this is going to play out.

As for Guy Gardner — not much of him here, fans, but he does get the quote of the day. Tomasi has brought it again, entertaining, exciting, and frightening all together.

Rating: 8/10




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