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

Blackest Night: Superman #3The first three Blackest Night spin-off miniseries have really been a hit, and with this issue James Robinson proves yet again why he’s one of the most respected writers in the business. The Black Lantern versions of Kal-L and Lois Lane of Earth-2 are wreaking havoc in Smallville, along with the Black Lantern Psycho-Pirate, master of emotion. As Clark and Conner try to hold the line, on New Krypton Supergirl is attacked by her own late father. This book focuses on the whole Superman family, and in a big way.

The confrontation between the two versions of Superman, the battle between Conner and the Psycho-Pirate — all excellent stuff. If there was nothing in this issue except that particular fight scene, it would be one of the best books of the week. But the throwdown between Black Lantern Lois and Martha Kent gives Superman’s mother a rare star performance, plus it helps remind us that Krypto is, indeed, a very good dog. We tend to picture good ol’ Ma Kent as the sweet old lady who tends the farm house and bakes pies, but let’s not forget, this is the woman who raised Superman. Your son doesn’t turn out like that if you don’t have some serious steel running through your veins.

While we know that some of the characters in this story will go along with Robinson and artist Eddy Barrows to the upcoming Blackest Night: JSA miniseries, the most immediate, far-reaching consequences seem to come in the Supergirl storyline. Kara and her mother — who isn’t exactly a heroic figure in the rest of the Superman comics — make a good team here, and the solution found on New Krypton will most certainly reverberate through the rest of Blackest Night in a profound way. Plus, like everything else, it’s just a damn good scene.

Have I mentioned lately how much I like Barrows‘ artwork? He handles each and every member of the family with grace, power, and ease. I don’t remember the last artist with such a fantastic all-around grasp of these characters. Once the event ends, I’d love to see him land on one of the Superman comics permanently.

A good issue? Nah. One of the best crossover spin-off books I’ve ever read.

Rating: 10/10

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