Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Blackest Night #5

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Blackest Night #5

Nekron Rises!

Green Lanterns

Does he ever!

I hope that you were all good boys and girls, and read Green Lantern #48 first. It isn't THAT necessary, but it does explain how they all ended up together. And that is one HELL of a splash page, as drawn by Ivan Reis. He's really outdoing himself on the artwork.

So...all seven representatives of the various Corps end up on Ryut, in Sector 666, looking for the Black Battery. They all get to recite their various oaths, which secretly thrills me down to my toes. Well...all except Larfleeze, who doesn't have one. Larfleeze continues to delight me.
Oh, and Ganthet and Sayd have tagged along just for fun.

So while our heroes and heroines are standing around looking heroic, back on Earth, Barry is confronting none other than Nekron himself...who is Up To No Good. Black Hand is oozing around, throwing double entendres and generally being squicky. Things aren't going well, until Wally shows up with the rest of the still living Good Guys.

As an interesting aside, in New York, the Atom and Mera are fighting a Black Lantern version of Jean Loring. And you thought she was a wackydoodle BEFORE! Jean grabs the two of them, and they ALL shrink down and end up inside of the Black Rings. I have a feeling that this is going to be important later on.

Back at the BIG fight, they've discovered that Dove somehow has the power to disrupt the Black Lanterns. Oh, and Barry tells Bart not to call him "Grandpa". It makes him feel too old. Of course to Bart, anyone over twenty is ancient. And who should show up, but Scar, the Mad Guardian. Before she can get her nasty hooks into Barry, the seven Corps members...who you remember were standing around...all make a spectacular entrance! 'Cuz that's just how they roll. In a rather surprising turn of events, they all handle her rather...well...handily.

They finally do come face to face with the Black Lantern's Battery, and all of them are pouring it on. Carol remarks that she could swear she once saw this on a Saturday morning cartoon, to which Hal replies, "Me too." That did crack me up. Oh Geoff Johns, you sly dog, you.

Unfortunately, all of this outpouring of energy from the various rings isn't doing a damn thing, much to Hal's consternation. Black Hand on the other hand is quite jubilant. It is at about this moment that things REALLY go to hell in a handbasket, as Nekron tells "Bruce Wayne of Earth...RISE"

Oh crap. Crappity crap crap, to be precise. That oddly enough is just about the reaction of everyone there. And, as they are reeling from the appearance of a zombified Batman, Nekron pulls out his other secret weapon. All of those heroes who died and later came back? Well...turns out that they only did that because he LET them. And now their time is up.

Buddy Baker of Earth, Tora Olafsdottir, Diana Prince, Kal-El of Krypton, Conner Kent, Bart Allen, and Oliver Queen of Earth...DIE!

Then Nekron says something rather strange. "You have served your purpose'Bruce Wayne'. Back to rest." And Batman disintegrates. I thought the "Bruce Wayne" in parentheses was interesting. I suspect shenanigans somewhow.

But still, all of the formerly dead, then alive and now dead again heroes have blanked out eyes, snarls on their lips, and really really cool outfits.

Oh, and black rings are also chasing Barry and Hal.

Now THAT'S one heck of a cliffhanger!

Blackest Night may have started just a little bit slowly, but it is certainly gaining momentum now! I can't WAIT to see next months issue!


At 7:41 PM, Blogger poops said...

Didn't catch the 'Bruce Wayne' in parentheses...that stirs the pot a bit!

I love the idea that all of these super hero deaths/rebirths are linked somehow...leave it to Johns to create a larger picture of all of these individual storylines...I love it!

Another great issue, along with GL#48!

Also, if anyone is thinking Larfleeze has become the Jar Jar Binks of Blackest Night, go back and re-read the Agent Orange arc in GL...the guy is ultra-creepy and don't forget he did lop off Hal's arm!

At 12:06 AM, Blogger MetFanMac said...

This is the issue that got me completely hooked. The splash page where the black rings attach themselves to the live heroes was the first time I ever said "Oh my G-d" while reading a comic book.

Minor nitpick: since when does Jean Loring have stretchy powers?

Oh, and wild prediction: the real Bruce Wayne comes back and becomes the White Lantern. Remember, if it comes true, you heard it here first!

At 3:58 AM, Blogger notintheface said...

For the most part, I'm digging the BN series itself. It's kind of like "Just Imagine: Steve Niles Creates The DC Universe".

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Okay, okay, I'm FINALLY, FINALLY really hooked on this series, thanks to the alive again/dead again heroes aspect.


At 11:56 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Geoff Johns just keeps throwing all KINDS of new and exciting concepts at us!

Poops, it's easy to underestimate Larfleeze I imagine, because he IS inherently ridiculous. He's also crazy and dangerous as hell.

There's quite a bit of speculation about whether or not that was the REAL Bruce Wayne. It does seem strange that Nekron wouldn't make further use of him. As it was, he certainly threw everyone off balance for a bit, which MAY be what Nekron was banking on.

Sea, as if Guy doesn't have enough problems with Kyle biting the dust, now Ice! Sheesh!

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Brian Smith said...

On the one hand, I loved that Abin Sur is part of the Indigo Tribe's oath. On the other hand, I thought rhyming "Abin Sur" with "formorrow sur" was kind of a cheat; if the Green Lantern oath rhymed "evil's might" with "Green Lantern's might" we'd all call "bad poetry," darn it. :)

And that splash page was killing me because I kept trying to avoid looking over to the right and reading Larfleeze's oath too early. The fact that his dialogue wasn't at all what I was expecting didn't make that page any less awesome, though.

At 5:12 PM, Blogger poops said...

You nailed it, SallyP..."ultra-creepy" should be left for the likes of Black Hand and Nekron (Jacko, R. Kelly, circus clowns, etc.), where as Larfleeze is definitely more "crazy and dangerous as hell."

Also, MetFanMac's prediction is a good one...I spent all morning saying to myself how ridiculous it sounded, but spun back 180 degrees by the time I got home from work!

We all assume Big Bruce is coming back to be The Bat (Holy Unintentional Alliteration!) at some point, but what happens to Dick? He can't go back to being Robin, and Tim Drake is doing the whole Red Robin thing now, so where does he go? Nervous breakdown, Daddy needs to take the reins back? I don't think so.

Maybe Bruce comes back, but remains outside of the whole super-hero thing, a la Hal Jordan as The Spectre...Bruce Wayne, White Lantern...hmmm...me thinks MFM knows the score...

At 6:55 PM, Blogger Fernando said...

It is awesomeness in the form of a comic.

On a side note I donĀ“t like Ganthet and Sayind messing around. I was hoping to see Hal or Siniestro taking control, being liders or whatever. Guardians around means no fun for the ring bearers :P

Also, completely agreed on the White lanters thingy.

At 9:28 PM, Blogger LissBirds said...

I think Nekron represents Dan DiDio. Or vice versa?

This issue was an epic win all around. I know some people thought they figured out the ending by guessing that all the corps would combine to form white light. Bravo to Geoff for thinking of that already and having it not work for the rainbow corps.

And I. love. Larfleeze. Wanting the special Guardian because it's worth more? That is priceless.

At 9:30 PM, Blogger LissBirds said...

Oh, and I forgot to add Larfleeze's "oath." I love how Johns can keep the humor up in a series this dark. I really do need my comics to be funny on some level. The "good news/bad news" exchange between the Flashes was another example.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

The whole story is just so inherently horrifying...you need a touch of levity, to keep it from going completely off of the rails.

I have to admit that I thought the whole Blackest Night storyline started just a little bit slowly. But it sure as heck is gaining momentum now!

At 3:55 AM, Blogger Saranga said...

I assumed the quote marks round 'Bruce Wayne' was simply referring to the way these aren't the real heroes, just the shape of them being worn by the rings.


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