Blackest Night #8 ( DC – Johns / Reis / Albert / Prado )
The extra-sized conclusion to the most talked-about event in comics is here, and the results will change the course of the DC Universe for years to come. Earth has become the final battleground for life versus death, but how will our heroes fight back against the darkness of sentient space itself? And what does the future hold for Green Lantern, The Flash and the rest of the world’s greatest heroes and villains? Find out here as the stage is set for the next epic era of DC Comics!
*This review comes after reading the many other reactions of fanboys across the web.*
The blazing white light of life as destroyed the Black Lantern plague. Did the end of this event make me squeal with joy? No. Has it changed my opinion of Geoff Johns like it has the attacking band of fanboys? No. Because at the end of it all, Blackest Night’s finale is exactly what I expected. Now Geoff John’s not to blame for the less than stellar ending. Comics have always been a business, and now they are big business but not for the comics. Nowadays the comics take a backseat to movies, video games, TV series, cartoons, and a bevy of various merchandising products. These are things the keep the stock prices up and the presses printing. They are also the reason why DC cannot make drastic changes to their character base. A perfect example would be coming in the summer of 2011 when a random costumer walks into their local comic shop looking for the latest Green Lantern only to find the Sinestro, a villain in the GL movie, is actually the savior of the universe. No, no, no we’ll just keep it the way it is. This is the market we (fanboys) helped create and continue to sustain, so unless we plan boycotting the movie industry or stop buying video games this is what we get.
As for the comic itself, there are not surprises at the end. The good guys win, the bad guys lose, and all is right with the world at the end…almost. I think the biggest shocker in the book was not the heroes that came back, although I think everyone is wondering what the hell Hawk is doing, but the fact that they brought the villains back as well. Max Lord, Boomerang, Prof. Zoom all come back to be the bane of the heroes they torrent. I understand why they left Ralph and Sue Dibny dead, but why bring back Max Lord and not Ted Kord (Blue Beetle)? If it has something to do with the reasons mentioned above, I don’t get it.
Ivan Reis does shine in this issue. He has some spectacular splash pages and a fold out that looked great. I do think that out of all the artists that have done Blackest Night books, he has shown above the rest. Nicely done Mr. Reis.