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Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns…
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"Across the DC universe-- the dead shall rise. They are driven by the darkness of death itself. They seek to blot out the light of life forever. And they use the resurrected bodies and minds of the dead to do it. They are the Black Lantern Corps. And the shadow of their Blackest Night has fallen on every corner of the DC Universe. In these chilling stories, the Black Lanterns have come for the hearts of an army of the DCU's most powerful heroes and villains. The souls of Superboy and Green Arrow-- Catowman's deadliest enemy and the Atom's closest allies-- the legacies of Starman and the Question-- the weirdest, wildest Western heroes-- the magic of the Phantom Stranger-- the power of Shazam! All will be used to fuel the fire of the Black Lanterns. And the lives of all they touch will be changed forever"--Dust jacket.… (more)

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I was underwhelmed by the Blackest Night mini-series, but it seems some of the most interesting stories were told on the periphery – but even then, Rise of the Black Lanterns is a mixed bag.The idea that Nekkron had a hand in guiding 'dead' superheroes back to life makes a virtue of one of comics' most annoying, and Rise wisely ignores the guff from the main series about how the heroes "would've managed it anyway". Tony Bedard's Superboy piece makes similarly fun use of complex comic continuity to ask, "Just who is dead right now?"

Diogenes Neves's artwork on the Green Arrow segment is the standout, showing us events from the internal perspective of the possessed Oliver Queen and the external view of those trying to stop him. When the stories don't work, they're uninteresting meditations on the nature of characters who didn't sell – Alan Moore was right when he said much comic book writing is still stuck in the mid-80s. Sadly, those unnecessary pieces outweigh the good, but if you can borrow a copy – or even pick up the individual issues – the Green Arrow and Superboy pieces are worth your time. ( )
  m_k_m | Apr 15, 2013 |
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