DC’s Blackest Night event is now over, and since several comic book websites are posting Brightest Day preview images, I think I’m not spoiling anything by revealing that several heroes have returned from the dead. With all the talk about Brightest Day now in comic news I still want to spend a moment to reflect back on Blackest Night.
Blackest Night, for those unfamiliar, has been a DC cross-comic event. Focused on Green Lantern, the story is about the dead rising from the grave and beating the crap out of the living. The Green Lantern Corps teams up with several other Lantern Corps’ resulting in a color filled fight I have not seen since the Power Rangers movie. The good guys win and several dead characters are brought back.
As I’ve stated before, I’m not a very big zombie fan; mostly because everyone and their uncle have been doing zombie stuff. Zombie movies, zombie Pride and Prejudice, Marvel zombies, this seems like one of those fads we’ll be hearing about on VH1’s “remember the 2000’s.”
That said, I thought DC’s Blackest Night was really cool. Mostly because of all the character development that went on. I don’t like the fact that Barry Allen has returned from the dead, but damn if he wasn’t a great character to read in this story. Considering that Blackest Night released along side Flash:Rebirth, I felt that THIS was his true “return to glory” story. Flash was as much of a star in this as Hal Jordan was.
Then there was Mera, a character who quiet honestly I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about. She was a supporting character in a title that couldn’t selling (sorry Aquaman fans). She never played a large role in DC events, she never appeared as a guest star in other titles, and even when all the DC heroes would get together (like Green Arrow’s wedding) Mera was nowhere to be found. Then Blackest Night came out, and she was kicking ass with high-heels on!
Mera’s proof that a low-power level, less main stream character can go very far if handled properly. I’m excited to see her appear in more books! Hell, I’d almost buy an Aquaman comic book for her over Arthur! I’m also really happy to see a woman take on such a strong role in a comic book event. I don’t think we see enough of that. I’m aslo glad that Geoff Johns, the writer, decided to use Hal Jordan’s own title to show “Hal Jordan” moments, allowing the main book to flesh out the other characters.
I can’t talk about Blackest Night without talking about the fight scenes, which where awesome! Usually when a comic book hero turns evil, for some reason, they don’t fight as well. They fight more vicious, but they still seem to loss to their sidekicks. Well not this time around! I never thought I’d view Elongated Man as a physical threat, but it’s amazing what a hunger for flesh will do for ya in a fight! And how does the current Firestorm, Jason Rusch, defeat his predecessor? He doesn’t! And his girlfriend has to pay the price. Poor Jason has to watch helplessly as a zombiriffic Ronnie Raymond, the original Firestorm, kills his suga baby. Jason was in the JLA for like 2 weeks and then the guy has to put up with that shit! Sucks to be him, but I love read’n it!
Other cool things about the series? Nekron got one badass face lift, Wally West hasn’t been side-lined, and Lex Luthor gets a power ring! We also get to see Sinestro use the white light! Why is this so cool to me? Because it brings up an underlining attribute of Sinestro many people forget. He’s a villain, but not in his own mind! Sinestro views himself the hero the universe needs and the Guardians as the ones ruining it. Blackest Night was filled with really cool moments!
But where there uncool moments also? If you ask me there were. The biggest and most contrivers thing to come out of Blackest Night is the group of resurrected heroes and villains. Many characters came back from the dead at the end, some were expected and some were not. While I, and most of you, saw this coming it still didn’t make me happy. I’m really tired of the revolving death door comic books have. And now I feel that it’s gotten just lazy. They aren’t even trying to explain why some people come back and some do not. The only character I’m that interested in reading about from the “risen” list is Deadman. This is going to be a very interesting new direction for the character. Everyone else? You want me to get excited about Hawk?! Really? And look, DC brought back all of Barry’s old villains, just in time for his new ongoing series. Ain’t that a shocker……You give us Max but you leave Tempest dead?! Come on now!!
At this point in time it’s hard to feel any sense of empathy when a character died in comic books, because one way or another they’re coming back. If I was a hero in modern day comic books I’d laugh my ass off at death traps! Cause I know I’ll come back after some midget makes a power ring, or after some teenager punches a time line (both of which have happened)!!!
So Blackest Night has been a good read. Lots of great moments and lots of great art. Now let’s see how Brightest Day compares.