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Tpull's Weekly DC Comics Review – Part 1

Okay, I admit it: I watched the football games before writing up the reviews. It was worth it!

Blackest Night: Flash 2

by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins

The pattern is very familiar at this stage of the game: all sides have nightmares running after them, tying to tear their hearts out. Kolins does good work, although I must admit I want to see him work better on his lines when he does faces. The Flash looks like an old man every now and then. Johns writes his continuity well, so we pick up where Barry gets a blue ring, and his struggle against all dead Flash villains goes pretty well, until Solovar shows up.

The Rogues have some interesting adversaries as well, and some neat aspects are the low amount of love that Captain Cold has, and the departed Top revealing that Weather Wizard and he were originally planning to take out Captain Cold and run the Rogues. We end with Owen showing up to whisk away his dad, the first Captain Boomerang, claiming he knows how to “bring him back.” That’s interesting enough to make me want to come back next issue, how about you?

Green Lantern Corps 44

by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

The war zone continues, with the attackers undermining the green power battery. Kyle runs off to get the red ring off of Guy, even when Vath points out how many of the Black Lanterns Guy is destroying. Kyle decides he can’t risk whatever damage that red ring might be doing to Guy. It’s a good call, but I must admit, in a battle like this, I’d be sorely tempted to let him keep going for a little while longer.

Mogo pulls a neat trick and increases his gravitational pull, which affects everyone. He is somehow able to separate the good guys from the bad, and the Black Lanterns descend to Mogo’s core to burn forever, a nice modern version of hell on earth for them. (Note to self: Do not EVER mess with Mogo.) Guy Gardner’s still on the loose, though, and he seems to have a mad-on for Kyle, but we’ll see what happens next month. Although the events here do not appear to have much linkage with the rest of the event at the moment, the stakes are still high here, Gleason’s art is as good as ever, and the action is steady. It’s still a marvelous companion piece, and probably the best that a title like this could ever hope for.

Phantom Stranger 42

by Peter Tomasi and Ardian Syaf

This issue is mostly a fight to free the Spectre from the power of a Black Lantern, and Phantom Stranger enlists the aid of Deadman and Blue Devil. I really dig Syaf’s artwork here. I’m not sure how much credit goes to the good inking and the great color choices, so all I can say is the whole team done good. The Spectre slips away, and Phantom Stranger helps Deadman possess his true Boston Brand body, and somehow that body is important, but we aren’t really told why.

Blue Devil hangs back in Nanda Parbat to guard the corpse, while Deadman leaves at the end to delivers Hal Jordan a warning. The story feels somehow incomplete, and not enough done to shed better light on the Phantom Stranger himself. But then, that has always been part of the allure of the character, and I suppose if any story should seem a little offbeat, it should be this one. I read it ties in with issue #41 of the title which also dealt with Deadman, but I haven’t read that one. I guess the rest of these two tales-in-one will reach closure elsewhere.

Starman 81

by James Robinson and Fernando Dagnino

David Knight becomes a Black Lantern for this issue, and the Shade steps up to be his main foil for the duration. Bill Sienkiewicz does the inking for Dagnino’s art, but it comes across as excellent in some places and rushed in others. David rips out Shade’s heart, and said heart then reaches out with tendrils to completely envelop and dismiss the Black Lantern.

That’s pretty much it. This issue was also used to have the Shade confess he loves Hope O’Dare, but Robinson messes it up at the end when he has her respond, “I don’t not love you.” I don’t know any woman who bothers to speak that way, and it is completely unnecessary, just Robinson trying to be cute again. Little else happens here, and we have a series that has Starman in the title, but spends all its time on the Shade. I think it should have been something different.

Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.