Saturday, April 3, 2010
March ends with a Blackest Night filled Moments of the Week, with the conclusion to DC's mega event claiming a huge chunk of the moments this week. We've got a few other books featured as well, such as Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men: Second Coming and even JLA, so hit the jump for these and more!
Amazing Spider-Man #677
I liked seeing Peter shown putting his brain to work for a change. This isn't rocket science, but something simple like looping a camera image was nice to see from him. Rare to see him do something like this anymore.
Who can stop the Juggernaut? Captain Universe.
Blackest Night #8
Sinestro controls the White Lantern Entity for a couple issues and 'dies' two or three times without really doing anything noteworthy. Hal Jordan gets it for two seconds and resurrects everyone in the DCU and creates an entire White Lantern Corps.
And for his next act, Hal kills Nekron in one hit. Full death in the next moment. For this one, though, I want to point out just one instance of the sub-standard art I mentioned in my review. Note the heroes in the second panel and complete lack of depth or detail. Nekron in the third panel looks likea completely different character from all the previous drawings by Reis of him.
It's still better than most art you'll find in books, but you can't tell me it's up to Reis' regular standards. Even the previous White Lantern Corps page looks like he did the basic layouts and the inker or some ghost artist filled in the details compared to his previous work or even the upcoming LIVE moment. None of these numerous moments has any backgrounds either. That's a major failing in my eyes. Your mileage may vary.
The aforementioned one-hit kill on Nekron. Spent the three issues he was in the series for standing around, called up the Entity, the one thing that can kill him, and then died in one hit once Hal took control of it from Sinestro. Personally, I would've killed everyone on Earth, then killed the Entity, but that's just me.
This was a huge foldout piece of art showing off everyone resurrected (or most of them) by the White Lantern rings. It's everyone that was shown in the spoiler images floating around just before Blackest Night #8 shipped, so no surprises here. As I mentioned in the art discussion above, this looks amazing, but once you stop and examine it for a moment, even this has it's problems.
For one, it's a poster. There's no story here. People were revived, but everyone is striking a pose. Even Firestorm is just making random nuclear explosions for no reason. Then there's the fog covering up everyone's feet (Liefeldian technique at its finest) and, like every other moment, no background to speak of. Characters are pretty and make a great poster, but I don't like this kind of art in a book. I know Reis can draw. If I wanted a poster, I'd buy one. This is a story and this is four pages wasted on character sketches coloured in. Put this in an art book from Reis and I'll buy it in a heartbeat. Here, it's just four wasted pages to me.
This resurrection makes even less sense to me than the others. They spent an issue having everyone fight and defeat the Black Lantern Anti-Monitor over in Green Lantern Corps. Instead of killing him, he got put right back in the lantern. Then he was resurrected and whisked off to the anti-matter universe by Nekron before he could even do anything. They've really undermined any threat the big AM had. No one even reacted to his return, despite his being a universal threat bigger than Nekron. Not even Barry Allen, the guy who "died" to stop him in the original crisis batted an eye at his return.
One of the nicer moments in this issue. I don't even like Aquaman or Mera and this was great. Nice backgrounds, too.
Deadman gets revived as well. Very odd choice seeing as being dead is kind of his only gimmick. Note he has the White Lantern ring on his finger. Reverse-Flash was never shown with one on his hand in Flash: Rebirth, so we can't presume they need the ring to remain alive, but it seems like it would be the case to me.
Compassion = slavery.
You'd think the people with the strongest willpower in the entire universe (aka Green Lantern Corps members) would have some ability to resist telepathic suggestion. Hell, you'd think the ring could stop it for them. Nope. Sucks that they didn't do a retcon on Max Lord's heel turn while they were busy reviving him. I figured they'd have him brought back good for that JLI biweekly reunion book.
Dark Wolverine #84
The Daken/Bullseye kiss everyone is making a big fuss over. I think it was all a dream based on spoilers I've read online like the previous 'kill's Norman Osborn' splashpage that was caused by the Fates. Think people were saying it resets to just before this with it all being a vision the Fates show Daken. Could be mistaken though. But the fact remains, two men kissing in comics is apparently news, so here's the image.
Fantastic Four #577
The Universal Inhumans introduced in this issue or also known as "Black Bolt's Harem".
The Universal Inhumans are awaiting Black Bolt's return so they can reclaim New Hala. It's that blue marble in the moment above.
Justice League of America #43
The Multiverse? DC has one of those? I didn't know that. It's about time they started using it after all the time they wasted setting it back up.
Frankenstien Punisher, known as Frankencastle, riding a dragon while firing an anti-aircraft chaingun and killing cyborg samurai guys. All is right in the world.
X-Men: Second Coming #1
Cable and Hope are in trouble. The X-Men see two fans chasing them on the freeway. What do they do? Kill everyone.
My thoughts exactly Illyana. And what's up with Cable? He sees his persuers get completely taken out by the X-Men and...keeps driving? I thought he was trying to meet up with them? Why not stop and help/team up with them?
Oh, they didn't kill everyone in that opening jack knife/killing spree? Let's fix that! At least Nightcrawler still has something between his ears. I kinda understand why Cable kept driving away now.
And the person behind the attack on Cable? Bastion, though I'm not sure what's up with his new look/pose. Last I checked, over in X-Force he was still humanoid and leading his Purifiers/army of techno-organic undead human squad (Bolivier Trask, William Stryker, etc). Probably just going for the symbolic 'Jesus on the cross' look.