What I’m Reading: Blackest Night #5

This issue: really bad stuff happens that I refuse to spoil, because you need to read it yourself.

Honestly, I could probably stop typing here and already have said everything I need to say, but I’m not going to do that because I feel like I should at least make the text reach far enough to wrap underneath the image at the right of this post. Awesome cover, isn’t it? Ivan Reis is the man.

Anyway, this issue picks up seconds after the end of Green Lantern #48. The seven leaders of the Corps that make up the emotional spectrum have finally united and are on a quest to seek out and destroy the Black Lanterns’ central power battery, unaware that it has manifested on Earth. Back home, Barry Allen is holding the line, and he’s not alone. The Justice League and Titans are there with him, fighting off the swarm of Black Lanterns and their newly-risen lord, Nekron. What nobody realizes, though, is that they may well be playing right into the God of Death’s hands.

One of the things this series was supposed to do at the outset was address what many people (myself included) have called the “Revolving Door in Heaven.” That comic book phenomenon where some characters just keep dying and coming back, dying and coming back. In fact, if you look at that cover, every character swirling around ol’ Nekron there is one who has come back after taking their own dirt nap, some of them terribly recently. This issue, the explanation brings us to one of the most chilling moments yet in this series.

I wouldn’t want to be one of Earth’s defenders this month, but it’s a great time to be a reader. Geoff Johns pulls off one of the twists of the year, doing something that (as all the best twists do) feels perfectly logical and reasonable, but that we never would have seen coming. This issue, again, shows us just why so many are calling this the best are calling this the best comic book event in years. Again, myself included.

Rating: 9/10

1 Response to “What I’m Reading: Blackest Night #5”

  1. 1 Dirge
    November 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    This was an awesome issue. So many great panels of all the different Lanterns together. The oath splash page is personal favorite. And the last page just gave me the shiveres.

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