Blackest Night #5
Yes, it’s late, I apologize. This issue picks up right after Green Lantern #48 with Hal, Sinestro, Carol, Saint Walker, Ganthet, Sayd, Larfleeze, Indigo and Atrocitus searching for the Black Lantern Central Power Battery. Let’s just say, Blackest Night is really starting to heat up. With this issue, we finally see the rise of Black Lantern Batman, and yes, it IS Bruce Wayne’s corpse that rises. Also in this issue, we see many A-List DC heroes turned into Black Lanterns. These include Superman, Wonder Woman, Kid Flash, Green Arrow, and more. Anyway, enough spoilers, let’s get to reviewing, shall we?
Simply put, Geoff Johns is brilliant. I’ve said it a million times before, and I’ll say it a million more times, he just seems to be able to write any character in any situation at any time. One of the highlights is the exchange between Barry Allen and Nekron, as well as the conversation between Hal and his self-proclaimed “Rainbow rodeo”. Larfleeze continues to keep my gut busting with his unending hunger. The only complaint I have about the writing is that it sometimes intrudes on the action by repeating stuff we (should) know by now.
Ivan Reis does the pencilling while Oclair Albert and Joe Prado take the inking task with Alex Sinclair taking the colors. I am satisfied with DC’s decision to put this series in Reis’ hand’s, because he may be the only guy capable of putting this story into context visually. Reis obviously puts a lot of effort into making his drawings so dynamic while keeping it within the realm of believability. I love the way Reis sets up pages: he draws them from incredible angles and arranges the panels in very interesting ways. For this issue, I don’t have a single complaint about the art. It’s great!
This issue also features another entry from “The Book of The Black: The Burned In Thoughts Of William Hand”. In this entry, Black Hand talks about the last time he had gone to church and had told everyone there that they were all going to die. These entries have been very interesting to me, as they seem to give Blackest Night a deeper meaning than we have been shown so far. All I know is that the next issue is supposed to show us what Nekron is really after, unless the solicits are lying again.