Blackest Night #8
The stunning conclusion to Blackest Night went out with a bang. The issue is in stores now, and if you haven’t picked it up, make sure you do because there is a pretty good chance it will sell out. To put it simply, I loved the issue, and even though it doesn’t answer all of our questions, it is still a fitting end for DC’s biggest event in years. DC even used fold out pages in this issue, and while I won’t say why they did just yet, I will after the review portion of this post. Speaking of the review, let’s get to it!
The issue is written, spectacularly by Geoff Johns. The characterization in this issue is mesmerizing, and their are many heartfelt moments that pushed me close to crying. No lie. It’s obvious these characters have lost their patience with current events and will do just about anything to defeat Nekron and save their friends that have been infected by the black rings. The issue has no filler whatsoever and is 100% action until the very end. While not all of our questions about Blackest Night are answered, some are but more are created. This issue does a pretty good job of displaying what Brightest Day will be about, and helps anticipation for that series grow.
The issue is pencilled by Ivan Reis, inked by Oclair Albert and Joe Prado, and colored by Alex Sinclair. Reis’ work during Blackest Night was amazing, and this issue is so amazingly eye-pleasing, I don’t think I’ve seen better art in a long while. The panel choices are great, the splash-pages are beautiful, and Reis’ lines are amazing, it’s so good I’m surprised the issue wasn’t delayed. The composition is excellent, and all the characters are distinct and facial expressions in this issue tell a lot of the story.
–Many dead heroes and villains are resurrected, including Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Osiris, Jade, Maxwell Lord and Captain Boomerang, with the exception of Elongated Man and his wife, Sue Dibny. The page showing them resurrected is the aforementioned fold out page. Simply amazing.
–Black Hand is kidnapped by the Indigo Tribe after the life entity brings him back to life, severing Nekron’s connection to the living, allowing him to be defeated.
–Hawkgirl remembers her and Hawkmans past lives together, and they kiss.
–Deadman, long-time ghost-hero of the DCU, is resurrected.
–On the last page, we see a White Lantern Corps power battery sitting in the bottom of a huge crater in the middle of a road.
That’s right everybody, I gave this issue a 95. While it’s an amazing conclusion to the event, too many questions went unanswered and many more arose.
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