The hits just keep coming! “Blackest Night” supplemental material continues to offer up some good reading. This issue picks up pieces from last issue as well as the “Blackest Night” series proper. After all, haven’t you been wondering what happened to Commissioner Gordon and Babs after Green Lantern and Flash race off to fight Black Lantern Martian Manhunter? Wonder no longer. The answer is right here. Well, part of the answer. Turns out the answer is in essay format and the entire story gets stretched out over (at least) these three issues.
Tomasi is comfortable writing these characters and it shows. It doesn’t matter if this were “Blackest Night,” a tie-in, or the regular Batman title. Tomasi brings good characterization everywhere he goes. Tomasi also provides the best direct explanation of the Black Lanterns to this point. I won’t spoil it here, but Tomasi brings us all up to speed quite nicely.
Syaf’s art is impressive from the first. The closest comparison I can bring myself to make is that Syaf’s work is like a brighter version of Rags Morales, which once you consider the subject matter in this title seems quite out of place. The storytelling, composition, and characterization are great, and Cifuentes and Ruffino only complement the art, giving the story a very cinematic feel.
Don’t let the “Ghostbusters” spoof-like cover scare you off. The story inside is dense and creepy, with some story pieces falling into place a little too conveniently, but never does it become a spoof. Some of the risen Black Lantern villains seem impossibly ill-conceived, but they don’t deviate far from their mortal existence as foils for the current Dark Knight and his predecessor. Tomasi also gives the Black Lanterns flight in this issue, a manifestation of the ring’s energy that makes sense, but hasn’t been utilized to this point as most of the resurrected Black Lanterns either have flight in the super power skillset or haven’t needed to fly.
DC seems to have gotten the “supplemental” ideas right with “Blackest Night.” While I do not feel compelled to purchase all of the “Blackest Night” series and tie-ins, I have found myself at least wanting to sample them all. Some hit me more than others. This series is one of the good ones, which I find quite interesting considering I am not reading any of the Bat-books with any regularity. I chalk it up to Deadman.