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Rating System:
**** : Excellent
*** : Good
** : Fair
* : Poor
Zero : Horseshit

Brightest Day #1
By: Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado

This was the ultimate impulse buy of the week for me. I had already picked up three other books and was still wandering around, I really wanted a fourth book to round out the week. “Finding everything you are looking for?” asked the guy running the store for the third time. He was a young kid who I don’t see often on Thursdays. I guess he wasn’t use to seeing me wander around aimlessly like Jen, the nice lady who usually works the store on Thursday. “Just looking for something new and exciting.” was my response. “What about Brightest Day, you get a free white ring when you buy the issue.” To be honest, the whole ring thing set sail for me a long time ago, and I told myself no more ‘events’ this year. But I didn’t want to be rude to the guy, so I looked over at the display set up next the register and picked up a copy, it was a nice looking book, took a quick look at the back and noticed no filler, all for $2.99. So I say, “What the Hell.” I paid for my comics and went on my way.

So how was it? The first thing that stood out was the artwork, Ivan Reis, Pat Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado (Christ, that’s a lot of artists!) turned out a beautifully drawn book here. But beyond the art I honestly didn’t feel any love for this comic. I mean all the elements are there for this to be an awesome book. I just feel like I have been here before with Geoff Johns, he is writing a mystery dealing with 12 characters, heroes and villains, that were resurrected at the end of Blackest Night. By the end of the issue I found myself thinking “ I don’t give a shit.” I just spent the last year following the Blackest Night event, a story that was nothing but characters being brought back to life (or unlife), sure they were evil and what not, but after seeing just about every major and minor hero and villain in DC universe coming back to cause trouble, I was just having a hard time caring as to why this bunch is running around again. After reading this book, it feels like Blackest Night all over again, not in the sense that it was the same story, but the storytelling and the structure of the book felt very familiar to me. Johns was creating a lot of cool individual moments here that were not adding much to the overall story in the long run. Black Manta shows up for the big reveal at the end of the issue left me cold, I knew this was a cool geek moment by Johns that was suppose to get me all hot and bothered for the next issue. Instead I was left thinking what did this have to do with anything related to the ‘Big Mystery’, I guess it’s a case of once bitten, twice shy, Johns jerked me around so much in Blackest Night that I have become automatically suspicious of anything he does story-wise.

I can’t quite put my finger on why it is this book felt so lifeless for me. Perhaps it was seeing Hal Jordan and Sinestro still hanging around bickering like kids, long after they should have parted ways. Maybe it was the fact I have just never been a fan of many of the characters the Johns has chosen to focus on here, Aquaman, Deadman, Firestorm, J’onn J’onzz and the Hawks have never been big draws for me as a comic reader. Or it could be that there is too many characters being dealt with here, some of the characters get as little as two pages of face time in this book, certain scenes feel rushed or incomplete, perhaps fewer characters would have allowed Johns to focus more on the core story. I have a bad feeling that unlike Blackest Night the readers will be forced to buy the crossovers to get the complete story here and if that is the case I will be taking a pass on this one. I am really feeling “event” fatigue at this point and I am more than happy to spend my money on ‘smaller’ stories was focused plots, good characters that I care about and writer that just want to create a likable story and not the next big, world shattering event.

Rating: **

Doomwar #3 (of 6)
By Jonathan Maberry and Scot Eaton

I know this book is two weeks old, but I was surprised to see it on the shelf this week during my visit to my LCS. I am loving this series so far and I know this is a tough story to following along with if you miss a issue, so picking this one up was a no brainer.

First thing I noticed was the cover by JRJR was his best effort so far, and by that I mean the least sucky and the easiest on the eyes. Sorry Romita Jr. fans, but this a far from his best artwork. Opening the comic up finds T’Challa and his forces back in tentative control of Wakanda. Unfortunately, Dr. Doom was able to defeat the final lock on the vault containing Wakanda’s supply of Vibranium and has made off will every last bit of the valuable metal. After two fast paced issues filled with action, writer Jonathan Maberry slows things down quite a bit in this issue. The story breaks down into two parts, T’Challa enlisting the help of the Fantastic Four to help him find the stolen Vibranium and the second part being a flashback revealing how Dr. Doom managed to delete the final lock on the vault that was suppose to keep guys like Doom out. The storyline with T’Challa and the Fantastic Four is pretty standard stuff, I never realized what a crutch Mr. Fantastic has become in the Marvel U, this was the second book this week I read with a hero calling on Reed to help solve a problem for them. I think Reed Richards needs to start screening his calls or he will never get any quality time with the wife and kids. The second part of the story dealing with Doom is by far the meatier part of the book. Maberry expands Doom from a evil super-villain who wants to conquer the world for selfish reasons, to a true believer, who really believes what he is doing is the best thing for the Earth in the long run. This mini-series is still the best thing Marvel is putting out this year and if you are not reading this series yet… well, I would tell you start reading it, but you really need to start it from the beginning to understand and get the full impact of the story. So for you late comers, wait for the trade.

Rating: ***½

Fantastic Four #578
By Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham

This is part four of of the ‘Prime Elements’ storyline from Jonathan Hickman and he is still piling it on in terms of creating a epic storyline with no mercy for the casual reader. I couldn’t even begin to summarize the story so far, there is no way to put what’s happening here in a nutshell. I would venture to say a person just picking up this issue to give it a look through would be scratching their head as to what is going on, and I would not blame them in the least if they put this book back on the shelf and moved on to something else. But for those of us who have been following along from the start you could call this a Johnny Storm issue. Poor Johnny has a “Looking for Mr. Goodbar’ moment with a woman he meets in a bar that leads him to make a rather rash decision that could spell disaster for him and everyone in the Baxter building. Oh, and for those keeping track, the fourth civilization is revealed and the war of the four cities begins. I liked this issue overall and it was nice to see The Human Torch get the spotlight for change. I am starting to worry a bit that Hickman might start losing people if he introduces any more plot elements into the story.

Rating: ***

Invincible Iron Man #25
By Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca

An over-sized issue to kick off the post ‘Siege’ era for Matt Fraction’s Iron Man book. I am happy to say the extra pages contain no filler, just a whole bunch of story dealing with Tony Stark attempting to rebuild his life, rebuild his company and repair a lot of burned bridges. There is a whole bunch of stuff happening here in this book, so don’t be surprised if you have to read this one a few times to absorb everything that happens in this comic. At times it feels like there might be too much ground being covered here. Tony has a lot of stuff on his plate and at times the story seems to rush through certain scenes leaving me unsatisfied. I wanted less of the Hammer girls, a story that quite frankly feels a bit rehashed and not very original, and more of Tony mending relationships with Pepper Potts and Thor. Tony has a scene with Mr. Fantastic (to the rescue again!) where they talk about everything that is happening with Stark’s body and the aftereffects of the Extremis armor, but the one thing they don’t talk about is what happened during the ‘Civil War’. Tony starts to head down that road and Mr. Fantastic, instead of talking with Tony about what happened, simply says, “Well what’s done is done and what’s now is now.” Really? That’s all Reed has to say on the subject? He should have just handed Tony one of those picture’s of the kitten dangling from a string, with the caption “Hang in there!” on it. I liked most of what Fraction was doing here, but I just wanted more of the personal stuff with Tony and less of the Hammer girls and Detroit Steel.

Rating ***

Thunderbolts #143
By Jeff Parker and Miguel Sepulveda

This issue marks the end of Norman Osborn’s version of the Thunderbolts. A lot of action and not to much talking, the whole issue is one long pitch battle. The Mighty Avengers taking on Scourge, Mr. X, and Grizzly for control of the Spear of Odin. Ghost, Paladin and Ant-Man also do what they can, pitching in to help make sure Osborn never gets his hands on the Spear. Nothing earth shattering or really surprising happens here. Everyone that should get their asses kicked get them kicked pretty good, villains that should get a second chance get one and Norman doesn’t get his spear. There are a couple of good moments, Ant-Man gets the chance to rub the yellow off his belly and Mr. X gets the beat down of a lifetime from Quicksilver. The book ends with Luke Cage taking over the Thunderbolts and talking about bringing villains up, instead of bringing them down, at least I think it was Luke Cage. Did I mention the art was pretty bad in this issue? I wonder if the editors at Marvel looked at that last splash page and told Miguel Sepulveda, ”Hum, why don’t you put a name tag on his jacket, just to make sure.” I am looking forward to Jeff Parker’s continuing run on Thunderbolts and this was a pretty satisfying end to this current incarnation of the Thunderbolts.

Rating: ***

-IM

Ironmuskrat does most of the heavy lifting in this Capsule Reviews post while I just pretty much throw in a quick two cents worth in an attempt to get back on the review wagon.

Rating System:
**** : Excellent
*** : Good
** : Fair
* : Poor
Zero : Horseshit

Avengers vs. Atlas #4 (of 4)

I have been really enjoying this mini from Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman. Nonstop action and lots of clever dialog from Parker, It was just a good old fashion, fun comic. However, I hate to say it, but the last issue was by far the weakest for me, not to say it wasn’t good, it just wasn’t as fun as the previous books. The big problem was Parker reached the end of the mini series and found himself having to explain just what the hell was going on in last four books. That lead to a lot of talking and not much action, with the brains of the Avengers and Atlas (Giant-Man, Marvel Boy) talking about the nature of the Temporal Virus and how to stop it, with everyone else just standing around looking on. It doesn’t help that our heroes are dealing with alternate time-lines and time travel, all things that don’t lend themselves to quick or easy explanations. I almost wish Parker had not made such an effort to tie the plot lines up and just left things to our imagination. Still, I enjoyed the series overall and I am looking forward the Atlas relaunch next month.

Rating: ** for this issue, **** for the series overall – IM

REBELS #15

This issue deals with the aftermath of the Staro invasion and finds Despero being hailed as a hero who stopped Staro. On the other, hand Vril Dox is vilified as the cause of the invasion in the first place. A pretty good issue that is mostly set up for future story lines. Dox has to find a new place to call home due to the fact everyone in that part of the galaxy wants to kill him, Staro finds that he still has allies loyal to him without being mind controlled and Starfire shows up to visit the Vega system and ends up making an amazing discovery. Tony Bedard writes some good moments here. One being where Dox is almost speechless that he isn’t being recognized as the hero he feels he is. And another where we see Starfire’s sadness at what happened to her home world and how much things have changed in Vega system. I guess the only part of the book I didn’t like was Staro’s fate, I sort of had to roll my eyes at that one, but I guess you can’t let a good villain go to waste. Oh! and I know how much you like redheads Jose and there is a very nice cheesecake shot of Starfire in this one from St. Aubin.

Rating: ** – IM

Brave and the Bold #33

I know I criticized JMS on the last issue of B & B for moving away from examining the inner thinking and personal conflicts of the heroes and sticking to a more impersonal storyline. I wanted to see into the minds of our heroes as they struggled to make tough choices about fighting crime and even about their own mortality. Well, all I can say is J. Michael Straczynski hits this one out of the park, he creates a powerful story about fate, love and trying to do the best thing you can to help someone even though you are helpless to really help them in the ways you wish you could. The story seems like a simple one, Zatanna convinces Wonder Woman and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) to head out on the town for a girls night out. Zatanna has a secret motive for this night on the town however that will affect the life of one of our heroes forever. I won’t spoil the story if you haven’t read it yet, but JMS writes a story that is funny, sexy and terribly sad at the same time. This is by far my favorite Brave and the Bold story by JMS so far. Straczynski does in this issue what he has been excelling so far on his run on the Brave and the Bold, taking heroes and putting them in tough spots and letting the readers follow along as our heroes agonize over life changing decisions. No Jesus Saiz this week, but Cliff Chiang has a somewhat similar style and does a good job bringing this story to life. I don’t know what else to say about this book, it really knocked my socks off.

Rating: **** -IM

Joe the Barbarian #4

Well, we are at the halfway point here on Grant Morrison mini and I can honestly say I am still not sure what is going on… well, that is not entirely true. This issue actually explains pretty much everything that is going on with Joe and the two worlds he finds himself bouncing between. I guess I should say I don’t care about the overall plot right now because I am so fascinated by the world that Morrison has created here and the very cool characters that inhabit it. Sean Murphy does such an amazing job on the art I find myself getting lost in the beauty of his artwork. I think this a case where the fantasy world Joe finds himself swallows the storyline whole and makes it take a backseat to the visuals. I don’t want to sell Morrison short on his storytelling, but right now I find myself appreciating the artwork more than what is going on with Joe’s personal life or the whole forces of good battling a rising evil that threatens the land storyline. I know I will go back and reread the whole series after all eight issues come out and pay more attention to the story. For now I will be content with visions of aerial battles with flying stingrays and a Leonardo Di Vinici flying machine.

Rating: *** – IM

American Vampire #2

I told myself ‘No more vampires!’ I am so tired of them and all the Emo crap that seems to be attached to them these days. Pop culture in the past 20 years have cut the nuts off of the once proud creatures of darkness and turned them into fodder for silly teenager dramas. But I can admit that American Vampire comes out of the gate firing on all cylinders. I like the way Scott Snyder and Stephen King are taking a genre that I thought was played out and breathing new life into it. Vampires are back to being brutal killing machines that not only want to drink your blood, but they want to take your money too while they’re at it. Most of the vampires so far appear to be of European origin and want to forge a business empire in the United States. The star of this book so far is Skinner Sweet, he appears to be the first American born vampire created by accident and is very different from his European counterparts. For one thing they hate each other with a passion and Skinner appears to working against their interests in America. That is not to say he is a hero, Sweet is a murdering, amoral outlaw at heart and his motives for his actions are not clear at this time, but I doubt he is acting out of any kindness in his heart.

Once again the book is split into two parts, that take place about 40 years apart. The first story is written by Scott Snyder. Snyder’s story once again deals with a young actress named Pearl, who finds herself surviving (or not surviving) a feeding frenzy from our European Vamps. She is helped by Skinner Sweet, for reasons that are unknown at this time. The second story is by Stephen King and deals with the early days of Skinner Sweet life as a new created vampire. Scott Snyder again has the better of the two stories this time around, but in King’s defense he is left with mostly the background story of Skinner to write and I get the feeling King’s half of the story will start to get better as he fills in more details of Sweet’s life. Rafael Albuquerque does a very job as the artist on this book, bring the story to life and making the vampires (especially Skinner) savage creatures that jump out at you from the page. I will be certainly be picking this book in the future to see just what that evil little shit Skinner is up to.

Rating: *** -IM

Brightest Day #0

Not a very good start. The Hawkman and Hawkgirl dialogue alone almost killed this issue for me. Maxwell Lord making (almost) everyone on the planet forget about him and what he did? Really? Didn’t DC already do a mind wipe story this decade? And Hawk is now DC’s version of Wolverine?

I did like the Martian Manhunter scene as well as the Jade/Kyle Rayner bit. I am really interested in knowing who wrote what in this issue between Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi. The art was decent enough.

Rating: ** -J.

Doc Savage #1

How this comic got the “OK” to be published mystifies me. This is the first issue to a new series for a character that most new readers aren’t familiar with so it should be solid right from the get go. At times it felt that the dialog presented on certain pages didn’t really correspond with anything that was going on and it really was just a jumbled, unreadable mess. And what the hell happened to Howard Porter’s art? He is much better than this. I think I’ll just stick with the main First Wave book for now.

Rating: ½* – J.

Flash #1

Now this was a surprise. After not being very impressed with the cliché ridden Flash: Rebirth and not being a very big fan of Francis Manpul’s art I was expecting to completely dislike this book. That did not happen. This issue was a fun read and Manapul’s art suited it very well. Johns does a good job of (re)introducing the supporting characters for this title as well as keeping a good pace to the story. And the 25th century’s version of the Rogues? Did not see that coming and I thought it was pretty cool.

How can this be? I enjoyed a Geoff Johns book? I thought I was supposed to hate him (according to some CCW viewers)?

Rating: *** – J.

Ultimate Comics Avengers #6

For fuck’s sake. After five and half issues of nonstop killing, implied sexual assault and a baby getting thrown out a window Mark Millar expects readers to sympathize with the Red Skull? Yes, apparently the Red Skull just wanted the Cosmic Cube so he could use it to go back into time and make sure Steve Rogers (his daddy) came back home from World War II so he could have a family and a happy childhood.

This has got to be the most ridiculous, lazy ass storytelling I have seen in quite some time. At no point in the entire series did the Skull come off as being conflicted about what he was doing. At no point did the reader want to feel sympathy for this character. But on his death bed he lays out what his true intention was all along and the reader is supposed to just fucking buy it? And then if the reader does sympathize with the Skull and believes “Gee, I guess me wasn’t a bad guy after all” Millar has the Red Wasp shoot him in the head, killing him. “But he just misunderstood this whole time! You didn’t have to kill him, you bitch!“ might think said reader. WTF.

Again, tragedy is being forced into a story to get the reader to empathize (right before smacking them in the face mind you) without any substance or context. The decent (if not at times just painfully boring) art of Carlos Pacheco helps this comic gain a half star.

Rating: 1/2* – J.

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Title: Blackest Night #6
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciler: Ivan Reis
Inkers: Oclair Albert and Joe Prado
Publisher: DC
Price: $3.99

DC Comics gave everyone Blackest Night #6 as a slightly belated Christmas present in a week without comics. I wasn’t sure what Geoff Johns could possible do in this newest issue to top the incredibly unexpected ending in Blackest Night #5, but I was more than ready to find out.

So were my socks blown off and my eyeballs made sweet, sweet love to the way they were in issue #5? I hate to say this, but the answer was “not really”. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great moments in this book. The problem is those moments didn’t really add up to much and didn’t move the story forward. The whole book felt like filler to me. A creamy, delicious custard filling, but still filler in the end. Geoff Johns seems to be doing a little showboating here, he knows he is in the zone right now when it comes to writing stuff that will drive comic book geeks wild, creating those little moments that make you sit up and go “fuck yeah”! Johns does that several times in this book. Barry Allen saving Hal Jordan and himself from the Black Lantern rings(cool). Deadman showing up unexpectedly to impart some timely information to Atom and Mera(cool). John Stewart flying one step ahead of a gazillion Black Lanterns storming towards Earth(super cool). Ganthet of Oa setting into motion the formation of a duplicate set of Lantern leaders(fucking cool) and finally Diana Prince breaking free from the control of the Black Lantern ring and becoming a member of the Star Sapphires(unbelievably fucking cool). Whew! I need a cigarette after all that! So how could I have a problem with this book after so much coolness?

Two things..

First, the book finishes with a two page splash panel showing the new set of Lanterns flying in to save the day(nice pants Ray Palmer), in the corner is a blurb about the next book “Black Hand Unleashed!”. Oh yeah, that guy, where was he at in this book? More importantly, where the fuck was Nekron at? Remember him? Super evil dude that was in the last issue killing off Superman, Wonder Women, Green Arrow and a bunch of other heroes? Everything in the first four books was building up to Nekron finally showing up in issue #5 and bringing things to a head with the remaining heroes on Earth. In Blackest Night #5 Geoff Johns does this beautifully. Nekron shows up, talking big shit about ending all life in the universe and showing just how powerful he is by killing off a bunch of good guys with no effort whatsoever. The situation at the end of the book looks very dire for anyone still alive on Earth. So what does Nekron do in issue six to top his performance in last book? He strolls off, mumbling about being hungry. That’s it! One tiny panel in the whole book. After five issues of build up, Nekron disappears from the entire story. The worst part is that no one seems to care. I realize that our heroes have a big fight on their hands dealing with the Black Lanterns, but if you can only keep an eye on one bad guy during the fight, that’s the guy! If Nekron starts wandering away during the battle to parts unknown, you might want to least send one hero to see what he is up to. Nekron disappearing from issue #6 brought the story to a grinding halt for me.

Second, as cool as the second Lantern Corps team was, I have to ask, why? What purpose do they serve really? I know they are suppose to help hold the line until the rest of the Lantern corps get to Earth. However, the way they come into existence seems very contrived and just seems like an attempt by Geoff Johns to create one of those cool geeky moments to thrill the fans. If Green Lanterns can duplicate their rings in times a great crisis and create temporary members, wouldn’t that have been something they should have done sooner in the series? Ok, I do understand this “ring duplication” has been used before in continuity but why didn’t they do this earlier, like say, when Oa was almost destroyed? It seems like one of those way too convenient plot devices used by another comic book writer that catches a lot of shit on the CCW site. Honestly, the new Lantern team was a pretty cool idea and it was fun to see who Johns picked for each different Lantern Corps, but not at the expense of the main storyline.

Blackest Night #6 still gets a big thumbs up from me despite the problems I had with it. There are many individual moments that are very cool, but I am getting the feeling that Geoff Johns is starting to tease me a little bit. OK, Johns, I get it, your a great writer and can get me all hot and bothered whenever you want but I am tired of only getting to second base with you. At some point we are going to have to go all the way. Please, lets finish this event so I can get on with my life and start making fun of the Siege!

IM

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I pretty much agree with everything Ironmuskrat said in his review. This was another enjoyable issue to the series but that is not saying that I didn’t have a couple of “nerd nitpicks” myself. It’s funny that the two problems that IM had with the book didn’t bother me as much as they did him BUT I had two different problems with this issue that bothered me as much as his two problems bothered him. He he, did that make sense?

So, my two “nerd nitpicks” with the story were:

1. Barry Allen and Hal Jordan jumping 2 seconds into the future in order to “severe the connection” between themselves and the Black Lantern rings chasing them.

Talk about a waaaay too convenient plot device. This is the pure definition of deus ex machina. I’m sorry, but if I call BS on certain Marvel writers for pulling this kinda stuff, I am going to have to call BS on Johns’ use of it as well. When you throw some sort of time travel into the story to solve a problem usually you create even more problems. For instance, why not jump backwards in time to right before Nekron possessed the JLA? If Barry can’t “control” his time traveling abilities without the Cosmic Treadmill why not just go further back than that. Doesn’t really matter when, right? Just as long as it’s before the JLA get possessed.. And how does Barry and Hal being 2 seconds in the future really keep the rings from finding them? And IF time traveling without the Cosmic Treadmill is pure guess work for Barry how does he know they jumped just 2 seconds into the future? Arrrrrgghh…Mind Explosion!!!

2. Barry Allen gets the Blue Lantern Ring?

Johns got a little too cute with his deputized lantern corps. Mera, Luthor, Scarecrow and The Atom are all cool choices that made sense. The reason I have a problem with Barry getting the blue ring only exists because Johns decided to give Wonder Woman the Star Sapphire ring. Wonder Woman was under the control of the Black ring when she received the Sapphire ring which in turn broke the connection of the Black ring. Now, if the duplicated rings can in fact overtake the control of the Black rings why would the blue ring choose Barry and not Superman. Some would say that he is the personification of hope in the DCU, no? This is a problem of Johns own creation. Had he just given the Sapphire ring to another hero who didn’t have a Black ring I wouldn’t be thinking about this. I would just be like “Well, Diana didn’t get the Sapphire ring because she is not able to since she has a Black ring. I‘m ok with that.” But I think it comes down to this: Geoff Johns obviously has a fondness for Barry Allen. Much like Bendis has for Luke Cage and Loeb has for, er, Rulk. The reason for Barry receiving the Blue rind exists outside of the context of the story and that’s my problem.

Again, these really are “nerd nitpicks.” It may sound like I am giving a Johns a pass for these little inconsistencies while I probably would have thrashed another writer for doing the same. The difference between Johns and other certain writers, in my opinion, is that Johns really hasn’t done too many things to raise my ire. He doesn’t seem to come off as brash or pompous and I get the feeling that he is a team player when it comes DC events. As long as he doesn’t let his fondness for certain characters take complete control over his storytelling in the future All Will Be Well.

J.

Title: Green Lantern #48
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy w/Tom Nguyen
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99

This could quite possibly be the best issue of the Geoff Johns written Green Lantern series I have read. There is so much going on in this issue (quite like the last few) that, in a less capable writer’s hands, this story could easily fly off the rails. And the fact that it doesn’t is a testament to why Johns and DC Editorial have made Blackest Night the success that it is. Here are some quick reasons why this issue worked for me:

1. 7 Lanterns, 7 Voices: Do you know how refreshing it is to read a comic consisting of 5 or more main characters and NOT have all those characters sound the same? Now, if you only read New Avengers or Dark Avengers you would have no idea what I am talking about but if you read Agents of Atlas, Fantastic Four or Invincible Iron Man you do. Here Geoff Johns has given every Lantern such a distinct voice that it would be quite easy to pick out who is who just by reading the dialogue. It helps every character stand out from the pack.

2. Every Lantern Has Their Time to Shine: 5 issues ago it was The Black Hand, 4 issues ago it was The Star Sapphire, 3 issues ago it was Sinestro, the last two issues it was Indio-1 and in this issue it’s Atrocitus and Larfleeze. Devoting time to each individual character goes a long way in helping the reader to become emotionally invested in those characters and the overall story.

3. Atrocitus and Larfleeze: I haven’t cared for Atrocitus since his introduction in the Secret Origin storyline. To me, he just seemed like another ruthless, violent character that was quite shallow. And I do have to say that I fucking HATED Larfleeze in the Agent Orange story arc. I can not tell you how much this character annoyed me…but because of this issue I have changed my opinions of both of those characters. Atrocitus has a pretty heart breaking scene toward the end of this issue and, well,…Larfleeze was kinda the highlight of the entire issue. I would be lying if I said I didn’t actually laugh out loud when I read the issue’s last page.

4. Doug Mahnke’s Art: This guy is just incredible. If it weren’t for his art on this book I could almost guarantee you I would not be enjoying it as much as I am. Mahnke, Gleason and Reis’ art is just as important to the success of Blackest Night as are the reasons I stated above.

This issue lead straight into Blackest Night #5 where some major shit went down. Haven’t decided if I’m going to do a written review for it or save it for our tapings this weekend. Only time will tell.

Also, watch out for spoilers in our comment section if you have yet to read this issue or Blackest Night #5. Just a fair warning.

J.