by: David Pinckney
Blackest Night was the biggest event in the DC universe since Final Crisis
and has led into the universe's next event, the Brightest Day. As most
of us do after an event like this, we tend to think back on the story
as a whole which is the goal of this article and we are going do it spoiler
Geoff John's Blackest Night was great from the start. He gives the reader
a very good introduction that promises a normal day in the DCU but eventually
goes tragically wrong. From here, he does what he does best, he gives
the reader a sense of urgency and just enough information to make you
want to come back for more. Through the eight issues there is an amazing
sense of pacing which is rather uncanny for comics of this nature. Are
there slow patches? Yeah, but not so slow where you feel yourself trust
trying to just dredge through it. We get a balance of some what slow,
but very interesting and crucial informational parts, and a lot of very
well done action scenes.
So what is the Blackest Night? Essentially, it's about the Black Lantern
Corp “raising the dead” to fight along side their corp to erase life and
emotion from the universe. Naturally the world's first line of defense
is its ever popular super-heroes, but at the forefront of this battle
between the dead and the living is Hal Jordan and the rest of the lantern
corps. This really brings for an interesting assortment of fights as we
see our dead heroes fight the living heroes in a universe altering grudge
match. This scenario makes in very hard for our living heroes to fight
their former companions. An internal conflict plagues almost all of the
heroes as they have to put aside their thoughts and feelings towards the
ones they once fought along side of and put them back into the grave they
came from by any means necessary.
How it ends is for you to find out (I'm sticking with the spoiler free
article) but it does invoke a bit of mixed feelings in some, for me, I
believe that it ended very well. Like it or not, we cannot deny the fact
that this was more then just a solid series of comics. That said, at the
end we do get a new lantern corp that steam rolls us straight into the
follow up event, Brightest Day.
In many ways the first three issues (issues 0-2, the only three out as
of now) are in no fashion brighter then Blackest Night. There is still
some pretty dark directions the stories take. With the dark and gritty
aside, we now see how some of the heroes are coping with the events that
happened prior and we get a question that still is up for debate, the
question being “Who will wield the white light”. This question gives us
so much to wonder which is what John's is good at, keeping us guessing.
From the beginning we know of one who wields the light, but considering
it's a corp we can assume there will be more then just this one person.
This isn't simply just a clean up of Blackest Night, rather it's an extension
of the series from a different point of view with a new goal in mind.
We have moved from defending the world from an onslaught, to our heroes
figuring out what to do with all that has changed since Blackest Night
#8. As for now, it's pretty good. Easy to follow, thought provoking but
too early to tell the overall direction it's going to take.
Many people may be thinking “alright, well I missed out on Blackest Night,
can I still read Brightest Day?” and the answer to that is, sorta. You
don't need Blackest Night to
read Brightest Day per say (this is based on the first three issues of
Brightest Day) but it helps a lot and by not reading Blackest Night you
are missing out an a fantastic limited run series. You will be able to
piece together some information with just Brightest Day issue 0 through
2, but you won't get the same feel that you would get if you read Blackest
So should read
the two events? Yes. Regardless if you are a DC fan or not, both series
are written so well, that you can't help but love something about it.
John's can even make characters that readers don't like pull some sort
of emotion from them besides blind rage at their sheer presence. I know
this from experience. If your local comic shop has Blackest Night still
in stock you owe yourself the favor of at the very least, checking it
on this article here or on our forum.