Blackest Night

Plot: Nekron and the Black Hand begin their war on life and light in the universe. Fallen villains and heroes are resurrected and become evil Black Lanterns in service of their dark lord, Nekron. Intent on making zombies out of everyone, Hal Jordan and the Justice League are Earth’s last defense against the Black Lanterns. All across the universe enemies have to unite to save existence from the blackness that ensues.

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Ivan Reis
Inker: Oclair Albert
Colourist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Nick J. Napolitano

Closely tied to the events in Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis comes another crisis… Blackest Night. After Batman’s death at the hands of Darkseid and the deaths of other heroes, the Justice League is left reeling. Meanwhile, the black rings raise the dead who attack the living, leaving the League witless and compromised. Johns starts things off slowly, allowing us to identify with the sense of loss and powerlessness that death brings but shows that hope exists in the most unlikely people and places. He methodically begins to smash our peace and calm as each chapter unfolds and the tension is sustained throughout the novel by the reintroduction of first and second tier characters possessed by the rings.

The drama never becomes too morbid or dull and is balanced by interesting secrets and plot twists. The ensemble cast works well and even though Superman and Wonder Woman are background characters, Hal and Barry manage to engage the reader sufficiently enough not to miss Wonder Woman and Superman’s presence too much. Plot holes do exist and you might ask, why the Guardian Scar is in cahoots with Nekron and why does Sinestro suddenly appear out of thin air. Questions may be answered in the other titles of the series but such blatant omissions used to spark interest in the other editions are unwarranted.

The excitement reaches a crescendo with the introduction of the white light and its connections to earth and all of it is brilliantly displayed by Reis’ superb artwork. The line work, inks and colours are immaculate. The zombie angle does tire as is the case with Blackest Night but Johns and Reis work exceptionally well together and the strengths of the story outweigh any bad that there is. New readers won’t be as confused as they might assume even though there is a fair bit of cross over.

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