Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Review: Blackest Night #1
The Blackest Night has finally arrived thanks to Superstar writer Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.
We first get a glimpse of this monumental slam bang affair in the final pages of "The Sinestro Corps War" last year and I tell I have been hooked. Now without giving anything away, the prophesy has came to pass, with the so-called War of Light erupting, the various colored Lanterns are unaware of the spreading of the black rings care of Scar and the first official Black Lantern, Black Hand.
On earth, we witness the rememberance of the fallen heroes (and villains) which was originally intended after the death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday. Hal Jordan and Barry Allen, the silver age Green Lantern and Flash respectively, talk about the number of heroes who have fallen in the line of duty shortly after Barry's death during "Crisis of Infinite Earths". They get called to Gotham Cemetery where a distressed Alfred Pennyworth looks over the defiled grave of one Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman, who perished after taking out Darkseid in "Final Crisis". The two heroes later encounter their formerly deceased friend Martian Manhunter aka Jonn Jonzz of Mars.
The final scene for this issue shows us two newly ressurected silver age characters by killing another set of silver age characters.
While reading this, there was a looming sense of "lagot na" factor or "were screwed". The art was great as well as the colors but what really hit the mark was John's spot-on dialogue. Either between the two friends, Barry and Hal or even the captions.
Reis manages to scare the bejeezus out of me with his spooky rendition of Black Hand and Scar. He's clean lines and foreboding shadows make him the perfect artist for the mini.
In totality, it was a great read. If there were more stars to give, I'd give it. Sadly I'm only able to provide 5 stars. Wonderful opening shot.