Blackest Night - Week 4 [6/22 - 6/29]


Greetings @LanternCorps!

We’re reading through Blackest Night. The plan is to read 3 or 4 issues a week. Please avoid spoiling anything from issues beyond this week. If you missed last week, you can check it out here

The issues for this week are:

Feel free to use any, all, or none of the questions below as discussion starters.

  1. Did you have a favorite issue this week?
  2. Was anything surprising to see?
  3. Is Blackest Night Gotham any worse than regular Gotham?
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Not super familiar with where the Titans arc, but the denial of the black ring was an interesting concept. Having watched Titans on here, I understand the Hawk/Dove thing a bit better now, so that’s nice.

The intro of Deadman was good. Damian going nuts despite not knowing what was happening was nice to see. Nightwing really seems to be taking on his new role as Batman as well. I didn’t know anything about Deadman first I read this, and I still don’t really know anything about him, but I think he was introduced well.

I’m really enjoying the black power levels slowly rising. It gives that anticipation and excitement of what’s going to happen when they hit 100%. Also, huge fan of the zombie-vision. Seeing colored silhouettes of people based on their current mood is really cool. Loved the panel of Superman with a spectrum of emotion.

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I have said before I will say it again. This story line is absolutely the greatest story line in all comics. In 2009 when this came out nothing Marvel, Image, IDW or any of the companies, heck even anything else DC had going at the time could touch this event.

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I kind of fell off of this because I was having so much fun with the mafia game. The storyline is pretty fresh in my mind but I need to figure out exactly where we are this week before I comment on anything specific.

I will say that I didn’t always like how the black lanterns power came from “getting a rise” out of someone. But after reading it fairly recently .I think it’s fan service. The heroes reveal a lot about themselves as they interact with the BLs. That is a great way to get to know them. Plus, the use of obscure (sometimes dead) characters is great for fans who know who they are and it’s cool to see them in the story. Black Hand being the BL “general “ is great. He was kind of interesting before this, but a little obscure and maybe low level. It’s nice that he’s in the limelight. Geoff Johns is great at bringing forgotten characters back to life.

I never really knew that BK was so meaningful to veterans. Kind of makes me think of it in a different way. Ya know a good way.

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Man! I love this story! From the creepiness of Black Hand to the incarnations of the characters as black lanterns. I pick up on small nuisances every time i read it.
I think my favorite issue this week was definitely the Titans. Could you pack anymore action into the book? The fight between the Hawks and Dove was epic! Very brutal. Also, I love Starfires bluntness. When she shared her feelings on the Tera statue, you could almost hear someone saying “What? We were all thinking it!”
The Superman issue was cool cuz,
1 It’s fun to see Supes with a sidekick and Connor kinda fit that role here
2 Who doesn’t love a Superman with Superboy by his side throwdown against Superman from Earth 2?
I didn’t really like Dick Grayson as Batman so this wasn’t a favorite read of mine but you could feel the despair from him when Dick found Tim’s, and then his own parents graves desecrated. I did enjoy Damian not being such a lil ■■■■ as usual in this issue.
I love this story and am getting more excited as we get more into it. I can’t wait for next week!

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The ladies fighting over who was Aqualad’s favorite is the best bit in the main issue. Really ladies, this is what we are going to fight about? But the Batman issue was the strongest single issue. Grayson musing about death is heartbreaking. Also, that variant cover was just gorgeous.

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My favorite book in this group is Batman because I think it is a great extension of what is going on in Morrison’s Batman and Robin with Damian and Dick trying to save Gotham the best they can.

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My favorite issue of this group is BN 2. I love Hal and Barry, so any chance to see them team up is excellent.

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Same here @c-m-woodworks.91222

I love this story line like i have said in the other threads.
I have said before as well. That Black Hand honestly gives me the creeps thanks to this Story Arc.
The Superman side story was great.
I do find it interesting though that for some reason I heard the Wayne’s were off limits for Geoff to make BL.
Not sure if it’s true or not, but they didnt come back.

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Having started Injustice right before starting BN, I had to stop for a second when they talked about Lois.

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Catching up on everything, I know I’m behind, forgive me, But to pick a favorite is tough. this was a good group because of the start of the short run Tie Ins Like Bats and Supes.

I LOVE Boston Brand, and I really found Batman #1 to be funny, Damian Kicking the crap out of Dick. The comments Brand makes about Damien being a “Loose Cannon”. Red Robin’s Page was great!

Having the whole Super Family Together, with Connor, Kal-El, Krypto’s drawn amazing with his cape!

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