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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Blackest Night #3 - Nov. 2009

Comics Weekend "Blackest Night" by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, and Joe Prado.

Blackest Night rolls on, with the heroes starting to get a handle on what they're facing.

The new Firestorm shows up at JLA Headquarters, where he--they--determine that someone activated the Emergency Signal. Aquaman's, specifically.

But it wasn't Aquaman:
After getting the assistance of some "Purple Lanters", Green Lantern, Flash, and the Atom make their way to JLA HQ, as well, where Mera tells them the bad news about Aquaman and Aqualad:
...I like the second panel, where Flash immediately knows who Mera is. Its a small moment, but helps underscore just how long these people have known each other.

There's some suggestion here that the undead heroes aren't necessarily the real deal--its possible the rings are the culprits, and they are simply using the bodies of Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, etc., to do their bidding. I guess we'll see.

As if all this wasn't bad enough, more undead come to life, this time a group of villains: Dr. Light, Copperhead, Pyscho-Pirate, ready to cause even more havoc. To be continued!

I've gotten into my general feelings about this series discussing the previous issues, so I won't get into it again here.

One thing I do really like is how well Mera's being handled here--Geoff Johns has brought her back to her roots as a powerful, resourceful hero in her own right, and I only hope that if/when Classic Aquaman returns, this Mera is there with him. Heck, I like this Mera so much I'd love to see her get her own back-up strip, since DC is doing those again.

Speaking of back-ups, this month's DCs feature a new house ad:
I dig the old school-ish-ness of it, but of course I'm a little disappointed--though not surprised--that Aquaman isn't represented.

It's a new version of a classic ad from the 1970s, which was this:
It was even worse on this ad--Black Canary and Deadman, instead of Aquaman? What a dis!


Wings1295 said...

While I do love how Mera is being handled, finally, I am still totally BLAH about this whole storyline. Gah...

Scurvy said...

I LOVE the way Mera is portrayed here! Especially where she pis Firestorm to the wall. Don't mess with her, huh?