Blackest Night #7
This issue, as it is the second to last in the series, was expected to be packed with answers to the many questions we all have: What is Nekron’s true goal? What are the Guardians hiding? How can the Black Lantern’s be destroyed? Well, thankfully some of our questions are answered. The Guardians have been hiding things, Nekron does have a goal, and the Black Lantern’s can be beaten. Now that the rainbow brigade have the knowledge necessary to beat the BL’s, can they?
Geoff Johns (the writer of the series) is known for reinvigorating and refreshing characters many people under the age of 30 would otherwise overlook. Blackest Night has always had it’s main focus on minor characters while keeping the larger-known heroes of the DCU outside the spotlight. Johns consistenly writes good stories regardless of what character’s he has to work with, and BN is the biggest evidence of that fact. We don’t see Batman and the Joker dueling it out, nor do we see Superman and Luthor in conflict. Instead we see a group of heroes and villains united against the one thing that will stop at nothing to destroy them and everything they hold dear.
The issue is drawn by Ivan Reis, inked by Oclair Albert, and colored by Alex Sinclair. Reis is steadily becoming a favorite artist of mine, and this month’s “Wizard Magazine” ranked him #1 on their Top 10 Artist’s list. He has consistent renditions of each character along with the ability to think outside the panels and present panels in a way that makes me feel like it’s a movie on paper. Whether he’s drawing power ring-wielding aliens or zombies controlled by power rings, his art is always top of the line.
Overall a pretty good issue with great dialogue and quite a few tricks up it’s sleeve. The only thing I didn’t like about this issue is the fact that it doesn’t show more of earth’s heroes fighting Nekron and his army of undead lantern’s. I would love to see Batman and Robin make an appearance helping Gotham’s citizens stay out of harm’s way. Anyway, this is how I would rate the issue:
Overall a good issue that is definitely worth picking up. That’s all for now folks!