DC’s latest crossover event wrapped up earlier this week.
Title: Blackest Night #1-8
Author: Geoff Johns
Illustrator(s): Ivan Reis (pencils), Oclair Albert and Joe Prado (inks)
Cover Date: September 2009 – May 2010
Cover Price: $3.99 US per issue
The dead are returning at the behest of the Black Hand and his new master. It’s up to the various Lantern Corps to put them back down.
“Life doesn’t give us purpose, Black Hand. We give life purpose.”
The Bruce Wayne bits. It’s part of the larger DCU picture, to be sure, but it feels wrong to touch on it this lightly. I feel it should either have been hit in full detail or none at all.
This is an original story, actually hitting death head on for once. The execution also has a few points that you don’t often see. I give it 5 out of 6.
The artwork is stellar. Reis and his team deliver from the first page to the last. The little details are there, too, like the obscuring of Wally’s chest logo until that issue of The Flash: Rebirth hit stands to reveal it properly. I give it 5 out of 6.
The story plays out well as just these eight issues. (The tie-ins were varied. The Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps and Flash tie-ins worked well, but the rest felt very repetitive. This could be due in large part to my general lack of familiarity with the non-Green Lantern corners of the DCU.) It hits the main points. If you aren’t already familiar with the general structure of the Green Lantern corner of the DCU, this could have portions that are tough to follow. There are also a couple of questions related to this miniseries itself that go unanswered, including connections between some prominent players and the Black Hand’s master. I give it 4 out of 6.
The characterization of Hal Jordan and Barry Allen is excellent. Most of the rest of the cast have their moments, but few really shine for more than a panel or two. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response is ultimately pretty good. The entire event lagged a bit in the middle, but the deputizations helped. When you just read these eight issues, it’s a more rewarding read. I give it 4 out of 6.
The flow is smooth. Having read the entire event, I can see where the crossovers fit, but the time gaps aren’t blatant here. The event moves well enough. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable read, but it’s less conclusive than expected, and just doesn’t feel as engaging as the preceeding “Sinestro Corps War” was. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Blackest Night receives 32 out of 42.