Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Outsiders #25

“Turn to Stone”


Writer: Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Fernando Pasarin and Derec Donovan

Inker: Keith Champagne, Fernando Pasarin and Derec Donovan

Editor: Michael Siglain


Synopsis


While Geo-Force, Owlman, Black Lighting and Metamorpho deal with Black Lantern Terra at the Outsiders’ bunker, Katana, Halo and Creeper, with an assist from Killer Croc, fends off an attack by the Black Lantern Yamashiros. In the end, it is Halo, using her light-based abilities, who is able to destroy all of the Black Lanterns, but she mysteriously vanishes after the battle, leaving the rest of the Outsiders to pick up the pieces…

Notes


Page 1: Geo-Force, Black Lightning, Metamorpho, Owlman and Black Lantern Terra last appeared in Outsiders (fourth series) #24.


Page 2: I think that the lesson that I learned from this issue is that if your formerly dead sibling comes back to life and plunges your hand into their chest so that you can rip their heart out…well, then you’re probably having a really bad day.


Page 3: Metamorpho, Owlman and Black Lightning are feeling hope after Terra’s stirring speech, while Geo-Force feels love. The saps.


Pages 4-5: Ouch. That looked like it hurt.


Page 6: Katana and Black Lantern Maseo Yamashiro last appeared in Outsiders (fourth series) #24.


“It reminds me of our days before the boys…” Isn’t it nice how Katana’s long-dead husband can still sweet talk her?


Page 7: “Tell me, what did that magical little sword of yours see?” Katana’s Soultaker sword allows her to capture and communicate with the souls of those she kills with it. By using it on the Black Lantern, she has touched the power of Nekron, which probably isn’t a good thing.


Page 8: Halo, Creeper, Killer Croc and Black Lanterns Reiko and Yuki Yamashiro last appeared in Outsiders (fourth series) #24.


“It’s no fun for us if you pass out.” Black Lanterns are pretty sadistic. They like their victims to be alive and feeling the pain when they rip their hearts out of their chests.


Page 9: I don’t know why I didn’t mention this last time around, but little undead Japanese kids? Creepy.


Page 11: “Croc wants to go back to Gotham.” I hate to tell you this, Croc, but things aren’t much better back in Gotham City…as if that was a surprise. It’s usually a pretty good bet in the DC Universe that as bad as things are, things are usually infinitely worse in Gotham.


Halo sure does know how to handle unruly kids, even the undead, creepy, Japanese kind.


Page 12: “Tochigi” is a city in the Tochigi prefecture, or jurisdiction, of Japan, apparently the former home of Tatsu Yamashiro and her family.


Page 13: Well, it’s about time the heroine with the extra-dimensional light powers put her abilities to good use…


Page 14: Aaaah! Jarring artistic change!


It’s not that I don’t like the artwork of Derec Donovan (or Derec Aucoin, no idea why he has two last names). It’s that his work is so dramatically different from Fernando Pasarin’s that there’s no artistic continuity from the start of the book to the finish. I wouldn’t have minded it so much if one artist handled the Geo-Force/Terra scenes, and the other dealt with Katana and company, or if Donovan just penciled the whole issue himself.


Owlman, Black Lightning, Metamorpho and Geo-Force are feeling rage. At least, I think that’s who those red shapes are supposed to be…


Page 15: Call me stupid (you’re stupid) but can someone explain to me how Terra can hold Metamorpho captive with some rocks? He can shift his body into any compound imaginable with a thought; he should be free from that trap in no time flat.


Page 16: Hmmm, say, speaking of elemental metamorphs…where did Metamorpho run off to? Maybe he got free and is about to incapacitate Black Lantern Terra…


Page 17: Oh, no, that’s right; Metamorpho’s still trapped in the rocks. He needed Owlman and his projectile owl-ears to save him.


Can you imagine Batman shooting projectile ears out of his cowl? It just strikes me a little bit ridiculous is all…


Pages 18-19: Mr. Freeze and Clayface have been in the Outsiders’ custody since Outsiders (fourth series) #23.


Page 21: “The kid gloves are off, sister or no sister!” Oh, now you feel like waking up and fighting, Metamorpho? What was the clincher? Being trapped in rock or having golems made of the Earth attack you?


Page 22: Okay, Black Lantern Terra creating rock structures in the shape of the Black Lantern symbol was pretty neat, I have to admit.


Page 23: Aaaaand once again the Outsiders are trapped by rocks…the shape-shifting metamorph included.


Page 25: Someone needs to give Halo a raise, as she’s the only Outsider who’s done anything in this whole issue.


Terra called Halo by the nickname “Sparkles”…you know, when she was alive and all.


Page 26: Yeah, more lackluster performance by the male members of the Outsiders…


I guess Halo really hated it when Terra called her “Sparkles.”


Page 27: Terra and the New Teen Titans met Halo and the Outsiders in The New Teen Titans #37 and Batman and the Outsiders #5.


Page 28: Yay! No more Black Lantern Terra! That bitch was really getting on my nerves…


Halo is disappearing into the light….don’t go into the light, Halo! Don’t go!


Sorry. Having a Poltergeist flashback there.


Page 29: Wherever Halo has disappeared to, I have a funny feeling it involves the rest of Blackest Night.


Page 30: Since this takes place after the events of Blackest Night, these little reflections are a bit vague, but they close the door on the past year of Outsiders adventures and set the stage for the new creative team, coming next month.



Monday, December 28, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. #11

“The Son & the Stars” Part Two


Writer: Tony Bedard

Penciller: Claude St. Aubin

Inker: Scott Hanna

Editor: Brian Cunningham


Synopsis


Vril Dox and his R.E.B.E.L.S. make a stand against Black Lanterns Stealth and Harbinger as they try to figure out a way to defeat their foes. Meanwhile, Starro the Conqueror and Lyrl Dox find themselves under attack by Black Lanterns of their own, and Lyrl looks to his father for help. Although the Black Lanterns are momentarily contained, a rift widens between father and son and Vril Dox swears to take down Starro…


Notes


Page 1: As of Green Lantern (fourth series) #47, Sinestro ordered all members of his Corps to remain on Korugar until further notice.


Vril Dox , Captain Comet II, Adam Strange, Bounder, Amon Hakk, Ciji, Strate, Garv, Rocky, Kanjar Ro, Xylon, Tribulus and Black Lantern Stealth last appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.


Page 2: “Adam Strange! Zeta-beam my people down to that planet now before they perish!” It was my understanding that the Zeta-Beam was usable only across vast, interstellar distances, and that short jumps were not possible.


Page 3: “It’s up to you, Adam. I can’t port again for another hour.” While Captain Comet can instantly teleport to anywhere in the universe, he must rest for several minutes after a short jump, and for an hour after a long distance. I guess planet side from an orbit around said planet counts as “long distance.”


Page 4: Black Lantern Harbinger and the Sinestro Corpsmen last appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.


Malia is the female member of the Sinestro Corps. Apparently, the pale-skinned guy with bony protrusions on his face is Meershom.


Meershom is feeling fear.


Poor Meershom. I bet he had a really good story to be told about him. Maybe a mini-series, or a prestige-format graphic novel, something written by Miller or Azzarello. I guess we’ll just never know, now will we?


Page 5: Vril Dox is all about willpower.


Page 6: “An Earth-hero named the Flash transmitted a warning explaining what they are.” This occurred in Blackest Night #4 and was recapped in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.


Page 11: Oh good, at least Meershom has come back as a Black Lantern. That’s a relief…


Page 12: Wildstar last appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.


Page 13: Black Lantern Stealth killed Starro’s High Vanguard in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.


“I do not have a heart anymore within my containment suit. I think this confused her.” Those without hearts – like Plastic Man, Red Tornado, and now Wildstar – are useless to Black Lanterns, because they feed upon the emotions within the heart.


Page 14: Lyrl Dox, Starro the Conqueror and Smite last appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.


“And no force field or blockade will ever contain you.” Virl Dox created a force field that has temporarily impeded Starro’s invasion in R.E.B.E.L.S. #6.


Page 15: Starro’s High Vanguard last appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10. They are, from left to right, Limina, Brunt, Acarinus and Blackfang. Not sure where Chronar vanished to. Obviously, they are all now Black Lanterns after being killed by Black Lantern Stealth.


Page 17: Looks like poor, nameless Sinestro Corpsman got himself killed too. I didn’t really see the same “graphic novel” potential in this guy that I saw in Meershom, to be honest.


Page 19: Starro the Conqueror is feeling rage. I think that’s pretty much all he ever feels.


Smite placed the Starro-probe on Lyrl’s back in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10, bonding him to Starro and restoring his previously-diminished intellect.


Page 20: And, after his intellect was restored, Lyrl declared that he wanted to be called “Brainiac 3” from now on.


Xylon is feeling will, Vril Dox is feeling fear, and Kanjar Ro is feeling avarice.


Page 24: “He’s lived through worse.” And this is why everyone hates you, Vril, because you’re just a heartless bastard.


Page 26: Hey! Look! Chronar of the High Command finally shows up! He’s getting pushed through the transmat portal back to Maltus along with everyone else! It’s about time that Black Lantern got involved in all this chaos.


Page 29: Man, Vril Dox sure is pissed off at Lyrl…I mean, Brainiac 3 right now.


Page 30: A look at the future of R.E.B.E.L.S. Looks like Vril Dox is going to have a little family reunion involving his dad, Brainiac, and his descendent, Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes.



Superman/Batman #67

“Night of the Cure” Part Two


Writer/Penciller: Scott Kolins

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


As Black Lantern Solomon Grundy attacks Bizarro, Man-Bat contemplates whether or not he should transform into his human form forever. After Grundy rips out Frankenstein’s heart, Bizarro flings the Black Lantern into the sun. Man-Bat flies off into the night, thinking that he has lost his wife Francine forever…


Notes


Page 1: A backwards and twisted look at Bizarro’s history, as seen through his own eyes.


Bizarro last appeared in Superman/Batman #66.


As noted, the events on Pages 1-3 take place an hour ago, during the events of Superman/Batman #66.


Page 3: “Me am Bizarro! Me want enemies!” Yep, another whole issue of Bizarro-speak. My head hurts.


Page 4: Black Lantern Solomon Grundy last appeared in Superman/Batman #66.


Page 5: Frankenstein and the S.H.A.D.E. agents last appeared in Superman/Batman #66.


The sword which Frankenstein wields once belonged (so he claims) to the Archangel Michael. As such, it’s a pretty formidable weapon.


Page 6: “I did it once – I can do it again.” Frankenstein killed Solomon Grundy in Solomon Grundy #6.


Page 7: Man-Bat and Francine Langstrom last appeared in Superman/Batman #66.


“Be human again! No more nightmares – No more Man-Bat!” Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard all this before.


Page 8: “Man-Bat – will – not – die!” This is what counts for a domestic squabble in the Langstrom household, arguing over whether or not Kirk will continue to transform into a humanoid bat. Every couple has their issues…


Page 9: The Bride last appeared in Superman/Batman #66.


“That’s not the same Grundy we fought the other day.” Yep, the events of Solomon Grundy #6 only happened a few days ago. Talk about decompressed storytelling…


Frankenstein and the Bride are feeling love.


Page 10: “All this started because you wanted to help people. To cure deafness.” Kirk Langstrom originally developed his Man-Bat formula so that he could give humans a sonar-like ability to replace their sense of hearing. He was spurred to do this because he himself was becoming deaf. The first that I recall this being mentioned was in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #5.


Page 11: “Does the light bother you?” As seen in other Blackest Night tie-in issues, the Black Lanterns are susceptible to light-based attacks.


Page 12: So, in the end, Kirk Langstrom overwhelms the power of the Man-Bat and lives happily ever after, as a human being…


Page 13: Or not. Well, that was an extremely quick turn of events, wouldn’t you say?


And why are S.H.A.D.E. agents shooting at Bizarro in the first place? Hasn’t Superman been around for at least ten years or so? Doesn’t everyone known by now that he’s bulletproof? Wouldn’t be a logical assumption that his clone, however screwed-up looking, would also be bulletproof? Why waste the damn bullets?


Page 14: That’s it, Kirk. Transform into Man-Bat and slap your bullet-ridden wife around. That will definitely make things all better.


Damn, Kirk Langstrom seems to have taken spouse lessons at the “Hank Pym School of Marriage.”


Page 15: Instead of heat vision, Bizarro has cold vision.


Frankenstein is feeling love, making him vulnerable to Black Lantern Solomon Grundy.


Page 16: “Frankenstein -- dead!” But, Frankenstein, for all intents and purposes, was already dead, so what’s the difference?


Page 17: Oh, I see Kirk, you smack Francine around and now you’re all sad and weepy, is that how you want to play it?


I feel like I’m on an episode of Tyra right now…”Super-heroes who slap around their doting wives.”


Bizarro is feeling rage.


Page 20: Man, Bizarro sure has a twisted way of showing friendship, throwing Grundy into the sun like that…

Since fire has been shown to not permanently destroy a Black Lantern, I have a funny feeling that Grundy will be making a return appearance before Blackest Night is over. Then again, it is the sun, and it’s really, really hot, so who knows?


Page 21: Yay! Frankenstein lives! Woo-hoo!


Sorry. Got a little bit carried away there…


Page 22: Yay! Francine Langstrom lives…


Whoops. Did it again.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Booster Gold #27

“Dead Ted” Part II of II


Writer: Dan Jurgens

Pencillers: Mike Norton and Dan Jurgens

Inker: Norm Rapmund

Editor: Michael Siglain


Synopsis


Booster Gold and the new Blue Beetle face off against the Black Lantern Blue Beetle, but the heroes find themselves outmatched by their foe. They escape and make use of some of Ted Kord’s old technology to incapacitate the Black Lantern. After burying Ted at Vanishing Point so that his body can’t be used again, Booster and Beetle then fly off to join the Justice League in saving the world…


Notes


Page 1: Booster Gold last appeared in Booster Gold (second series) #26.


Pages 2-3: Daniel (Supernova) Carter, Rose Levin, Black Lantern Blue Beetle, Skeets and Blue Beetle III last appeared in Booster Gold (second series) #26.


Page 4: “According to the Flash, the ring can access Ted’s memory, personality and control his body.” As seen in Booster Gold (second series) #26, Rip Hunter received a transmission of Barry Allen’s “Paul Revere” message, explaining the Black Lanterns to the heroes of the world.


Booster Gold is feeling rage.


Page 5: “Like when we injected castor oil into the creamy filling of J’onn’s Choco cookies. Or the time we put Fire’s panties in dry ice? Or when you sprayed Ralph with WD-40 while he was napping?” As amusing as these pranks are that Black Lantern Blue Beetle is describing, they never actually appeared in any issue.


They did, however, build a resort on a sentient island and proceeded to wake it up, which was a hoot and a half.


Page 6: Booster’s feeling more rage, while Rose’s willpower is strong.


Page 8: Jaime – the new Blue Beetle – sure does have moxie, taking on his undead predecessor like that.


Page 9: Black Lantern Blue Beetle comes complete with a replica of Ted’s BB Gun, which releases a blast of compressed air.


Page 11: “How ‘bout I fix you up with a friend? Sue Dibny is available!” Ouch. That hurts.


Sue Dibny was the wife of Ralph Dibny, a.k.a. the Elongated Man. She was killed in Identity Crisis #1, but was revived as a Black Lantern in Blackest Night #1. She was later destroyed in Blackest Night #3.


Page 13: Rip Hunter last appeared in Booster Gold (second series) #26.


Booster and company have escaped to Rip’s underground bunker in Arizona, which was first seen in 52 Week Six.


Notes on Rip Hunter’s infamous blackboard…


“Beware the Creeper?” Jack Ryder and his insane alter ego are currently hanging out with the Outsiders…is something going to happen with him in the near future?


“When?” I got nothing.


“time of the Time Trapper!” The Time Trapper most recently appeared in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds.


“THE HENSHAW DIRECTIVE = ELIMINATION.” Hank Henshaw is the Cyborg-Superman who destroyed Coast City years ago. Flip to the last page of this issue to see how he might be tied into this book.


Page 15: Skeets is broadcasting Barry Allen’s aforementioned message to Earth’s heroes regarding the threat of the Black Lanterns.


Page 16: “I go back in time, stop Max Lord from killing Ted – Boom! Problem solved.” Booster already tried this, as seen in Booster Gold (second series) #6. It didn’t end well; divergent time lines, Max Lord taking over the world, dead super-heroes, and Ted ended up sacrificing himself in the end.


Page 17: “My own sister disappeared in the time stream and you haven’t done a thing to save her.” Michelle Carter vanished without a trace in Booster Gold (second series) #19.


“—dad.” In Booster Gold (second series) #1000000, it was revealed that Booster Gold is Rip Hunter’s father.


Page 18: KORD Industries was formerly owned by Ted Kord, the second Blue Beetle.


Page 19: “The entrance log. Someone else came through here a few months ago.” A mysterious stranger entered this “Beetle-cave” in Booster Gold (second series) #1000000.


Page 21: Now Booster is feeling rage coupled with willpower.


Pages 22-23: In addition to projecting blasts of compressed air, Ted Kord’s BB Gun also projected intense blasts of light.


“Skeets programmed a flash pattern designed to approximate the emotional spectrum.” Black Lanterns can be destroyed by combining light from two or more branches of the emotional spectrum.


Page 24: Without a host body to inhabit, Black Lantern power rings are pretty much harmless.


Page 25: Vanishing Point is a dimension that operates outside of the normal space/time continuum, existing during the last nanosecond before entropy destroys the universe. It serves as a base of operations for the Linear Men. It first appeared in The Adventures of Superman #476.


“Ted’s funeral was a disaster for me.” A glimpse of this funeral and Booster Gold’s anguish was seen in Booster Gold (second series) #26.


Pages 26-27: The “Blue and Gold” montage includes a multitude of scenes from the past adventures of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. Notable highlights include…


Beetle and Booster sunning themselves at Club JLI on the island of Kooey Kooey Kooey, from Justice League America #34…


Beetle and Booster battling the Ace android in either Justice League #4 or Justice League Spectacular #1…


Booster and Beetle moving crates in the JLI’s Parisian embassy in Justice League International #8…


Booster and Beetle hanging out with the rest of the JLI gang, including J’onn J’onzz, Batman, Captain Atom, Metamorpho, the Flash, Fire and Guy Gardner…


Beetle in bunny ears? No idea? It’s from the Justice League International post card set, all drawn by Kevin Maguire…


Page 28: “I can’t live up to all those JLA adventures you guys had.” Correction, Jaime…they were JLI adventures.


Page 29: Presumably, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle next appear in the pages of Blackest Night, aiding the rest of Earth’s heroes against the Black Lanterns.


Or, maybe not, what do I know?


Page 30: I like the fact that the grizzled tow-truck guy is named “Mac.”


So, what, Michelle travels into the past and starts hanging out with the first tool that she finds? And his name is “Drew,” what the hell kind of name is that?


In any case, Michelle and “Drew” are heading to Coast City, apparently just before it was destroyed by the Cyborg-Superman in Superman (second series) #80. Michelle really should’ve planned this trip a little bit better, don’t you think?



Sunday, December 20, 2009

Doom Patrol #5

“Back in Black”


Writer: Keith Giffen

Penciller: Justiniano

Inker: Livesay

Editor: Elizabeth V. Gehrlein


Synopsis


The Doom Patrol valiantly struggles against the Black Lantern Doom Patrol for the fate of Oolong Island, but it’s the efforts of Ira Quimby that save the day, but at the cost of the heroes…


Notes


Page 1: Robotman, Negative Man and Black Lanterns Cliff Steele and Negative Woman last appeared in Doom Patrol (fifth series) #4.


“Pull it together, Steele. You seen weirder.” Sure you have, Cliff. I mean, compared to a brain trapped in a metal casing, his super-intelligent, French-speaking gorilla sidekick, a guy who can transform into any animal, vegetable or mineral, and a sentient, transvestite street, your corpse returned to life is just a walk in the park.


Page 3: “Awww crap! Not again!” Larry and Black Lantern Negative Woman’s negative spirits battled each other in Doom Patrol (fifth series) #4.


Page 4: Those negative spirits don’t seem to like one another very much, now do they?


Page 5: “Connection severed.” Larry’s negative spirit seems to be able to destroy the Black Lanterns. Thus far bright light seems to do the trick, as well as combining the energies from one or more of the Lantern Corps.


“Rebis? Please tell me that wasn’t Rebis.” Rebis was a member of the Doom Patrol while Grant Morrison was writing the book. Basically, the negative spirit, which had previously left Larry Trainor, merged with Larry and his doctor, Eleanor Poole, to form a new being, Rebis. Rebis was a compound being, made up of all three individuals, and was essentially immortal. What Rebis’ final fate was, and how Larry Trainor returned to his own body remain to be seem. I have a funny feeling that we’ll learn some of this in Doom Patrol (fifth series) #6.


Larry’s will is strong here.


Page 6: The Chief, Black Lantern Celsius and Black Hole guy (does he have a name yet?) last appeared in Doom Patrol (fifth series) #4.


Niles is feeling avarice and fear.


“I, Arani Desai…” Black Lantern Celsius is reciting her wedding vows to Niles, because she feels that he didn’t take their marriage seriously.


“Shouldn’t you be green?” Up until about two years ago or so, anyone wearing a power ring would be a member of the Green Lantern Corps. Now, there’s a whole spectrum-worth of colors for power rings, but Black Hole guy obviously hasn’t been keeping up with things.


It seems that Black Hole guy can create force fields, like the one holding Black Lantern Celsius.


Page 8: Elasti-Woman, Black Lantern Tempest and the Oolong Island security team last appeared in Doom Patrol (fifth series) #4.


The three security team members are feeling rage, fear and willpower.


Page 9: So Rita sucked the undead Tempest in her mouth…and then spit him out?


Ew.


Page 10: “I am so sick and tired…of being defined…by men!” Rita has some issues that she needs to work through…


“The Chief.” Post-Infinite Crisis, it was revealed that the Chief was able to re-grow Rita’s entire body from a piece of her skull. However, her malleable form interfered with her ability to think, and she was kept docile and subservient to the Chief.


“That pervert of an ex-husband.” That would be Steve Dayton, also known as Mento, who has been using his abilities to probe her mind whenever he wants.


Page 12: “Not like your particular breed to play hard to get.” Ouch. Now that’ not a very nice thing to say, now is it? Then again, Black Lanterns aren’t very nice, now are they?


Page 16: I.Q., real name Ira Quimby. First appeared in Mystery in Space #87. Possesses super-intelligence, the level of which is determined by the amount and duration of sunlight he is exposed to.


“I’m living proof that you can’t keep a superior intellect down.” In Justice League: Cry for Justice #3, it was revealed that I.Q. has been aiding Prometheus in his master plan. To repay him for his services, Prometheus caused I.Q. intellect to reduce to an infantile state. Quimby has obviously has his intelligence restored since then.


“Cale” refers to Veronica Cale, the president of Oolong Island.


Page 17: “Not so much fun without a T-shirt, is it?” Black Lantern Tempest is being derogatory towards Rita again; I assume that he’s referring to a wet T-shirt contest here.


Page 18: “The so-called ‘Science Squad’ is deploying a portal. Bastardized Boom Tube tech.” The Science Squad is the playful nickname given to the scientists who work on Oolong Island, who were originally brought there by Chang Tzu to build the Four Horsemen as seen in 52. They used advanced technology, some of which was from Apokolips, like the Boom Tube technology that they have utilized to create a transport system.


Page 19: “Caulder’s whore! You’ll die cursing his name!” Man, everyone’s dumping on Rita today.


Page 20: “The creation and the deployment of the Four Horsemen, put lightly, did not sit well with her.” The Science Squad on Oolong Island created the Four Horsemen, which were then sent to Kahndaq, where they destroyed much of the country and killed Isis and Osiris. Black Adam, in retaliation, later laid waste to much of Bialya. Veronica Cale was sickened by the destruction and death and she had a hand in creating.


Baron Bug, real name unrevealed and does anyone really even care? First appeared in House of Mystery #163. He builds mechanical bugs. That’s it. Slightly more deadly than the Bug-Eyed Bandit, but not by much.


“Keyed into a JLA distress beacon.” I.Q. and Baron Bug have tapped into the JLA distress beacon sent out in Blackest Night #5, calling any and all heroes to Coast City to battle Nekron.


Page 21: So I presume that we’ll next see the Doom Patrol and their Black Lantern counterparts in the pages of Blackest Night, where they’ll team up with the rest of Earth’s heroes.


In the meantime, the Chief and Oolong Island are in pretty bad shape.


Page 22: A look into the future of the Doom Patrol; I’m really excited to see a flock of pelicans attack Larry Trainor, personally…

Adventure Comics #5/508

“He Primed Me” Part Two: Flame War


Writer: Geoff Johns and Sterling Gates

Penciller: Jerry Ordway

Inker: Bob Wiacek and Jerry Ordway

Editor: Sean Ryan


Synopsis


Superboy-Prime struggles to defeat the Black Lanterns that Alexander Luthor has assembled against him, with little success. He gives in and lets the power of the Black Lantern power ring take him, but his powerful mixture of emotions destroys the Black Lanterns. His lost love Laurie is returned to him, but she is more than she initially seems to be…


Notes


Page 1: Superboy-Prime and Black Lanterns Charaxes, Breach, Razorsharp, Bushido, Nightblade, Major Disaster, Geist, Ballistic, Alexander Luthor of Earth-Three, Sun Boy of Earth-Prime and Element Lad of Earth-Prime last appeared in Adventure Comics #4/507.


Pages 2-3: As seen with Bushido, Ballistic and Nightblade, the Black Lanterns are able to use their power rings to create replicas of their weapons.


Page 4: “You should burn for what you did to all of us.” That caped guy? The one who’s projecting fire at Superboy-Prime? That’s the Element Lad of Earth-Prime, not Sun Boy. Sun Boy’s isn’t wearing a cape and his head is on fire.


“You had a temper tantrum and people died.” Even though that was basically the entire plot to Infinite Crisis, it more specifically refers to the events of Infinite Crisis #4, in which Bushido and a slew of others, especially Titans, were killed.


Page 5: Metatextual commentary time…Superboy-Prime is going after the DC Comics staffers that he believes are responsible for his downfall over the past few years.


That’s Senior VP-Executive Editor of DC Comics Dan DiDio there…


Pages 6-7: More DC Comics staffers…


Panel One: Dan DiDio and Simona Martore…


Panel Two: Sean Ryan, Wil Moss and Elizabeth V. Gehrlein…


Panel Three: Janelle Siegel and Mike Marts…


Panel Six: Harvey Richards…


Panel Seven: Mike Carlin and Rachel Gluckstern…


Page 8: And finally Eddie Berganza and Adam Schlagman, editors of Blackest Night.


Is that Geoff Johns on the phone with them? Superboy-Prime would definitely have a bone to pick with him…


Page 10: As seen in Adventure Comics #4/507, Superboy-Prime’s “Fortress of Solitude” is the basement in his parents’ home, where he reads comic books and checks out the DC Comics message boards all day long.


Superboy-Prime is feeling rage…again.


Page 11: That photograph of Superboy-Prime, before his powers manifested, and his girlfriend Laurie Lemmon, depicts events as seen in DC Comics Presents #87. The picture, which was taken off-panel, represents a simpler time; shortly after it was taken, Superboy-Prime left his world to join Superman of Earth-One to fight in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, in which Earth-Prime was destroyed.


Superboy-Prime is feeling – yep, you guessed it – rage.


Page 12: “You know what you did to Laurie when you lost control:” As revealed in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5, Superboy-Prime killed Laurie.


Page 14: “Die.” The Black Lantern power ring is killing and then reviving Superboy-Prime as a Black Lantern in a method similar to the way in which Superman, Wonder Woman and company were transformed into Black Lanterns in Blackest Night #5.


Page 15: Superboy-Prime is going through an emotional rollercoaster here, feeling will, compassion, avarice, fear and rage. It makes him a more attractive target for the Black Lanterns.


Page 16: A “Superboy-Prime’s Greatest Killings” selection brought to you by the power of rage and the color red.


Page 17: So, this is interesting – it seems that Superboy-Prime’s Black Lantern power ring actually changed into a Red Lantern power ring because of the power of his emotions. Superboy-Prime can even do the whole “blood-vomiting” thing like the rest of the Red Lanterns.


Page 18: And now Superboy-Prime is feeling love. Apparently, his emotions are so powerful that they not only destroyed his Black Lantern power ring, but they also annihilated all of the Black Lanterns.


Note that he’s feeling all of the emotions on the spectrum, except for one…


Page 19: “They turned me into this monster. They turned me into a villain.” Earth-Prime and the intentions of DC Comics writers and editors aside, Superboy-Prime has been ranting and raving about his lack of responsibility for his actions since Infinite Crisis, so this isn’t a new refrain. Since his arrival on Earth-Prime, he hasn’t done anything other than cause chaos and bring misery to others, so who does he have to blame other than himself?


Basically, he’s become like anyone else who bemoans their lot in life; “It’s not my fault, I’m not responsible, why can’t I have something better?” He’s a whiny, miserable, self-important little bastard who needs to grow the hell up and take the reins of his life.


Whoa. Went on a little rant there. Sorry.


Wait, actually I’m not. Honestly, I’ve grown tired of this character and really think he needs to be put out to pasture for a bit of time…like forever.


Moving on…


Page 20: Hey, look, it’s Laurie! She’s looking none the worse for wear…well, with the exception of the broken arm that her wonderfully-psychotic boyfriend gave her…


“They heard you, Clark. They’re sorry.” “They,” meaning the writers and editors are DC Comics. “They” does not refer to me, however. I don’t feel sorry for him at all.


(I know, I know, I’m hating on a fictional character. Deal.)


Superboy-Prime is feeling hope, the one emotion he wasn’t feeling on Page 18.


Laurie, however, is a Black Lanter, so he shouldn’t be feeling hopeful for too long, heh heh heh.


I have problems, I know, I know…



Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blackest Night: The Flash #1

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Scott Kolins

Editor: Adam Schlagman


Synopsis


While Barry Allen warns Earth’s heroes about the threat posed by the Black Lanterns, Eobard Thawne rises and becomes the new Black Flash. Barry seeks out the aid of Solovar in Gorilla City, only to find that his former ally has also been raised as a Black Lantern. Meanwhile, Captain Cold and the Rogues head to Iron Heights to deal with the undead Rogues plaguing the prison…


Notes


Page 1: This scene takes place concurrent with Blackest Night #4, page 14.


In fact, this whole issue takes place between Barry Allen’s “Paul Revere run” and when the Black Lantern Power Battery reaches 100%, Blackest Night #4, pages 14 and 20. Not a whole lot of time, but the Flash does move at super speed, now doesn’t he?


The Flash II, real name Bartholomew Henry “Barry” Allen. First appeared in Showcase #4. Died in Crisis on Infinite Earths #8. Returned to consciousness in DC Universe #0, physically returned in Final Crisis #2. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Able to move at superhuman speed due to his connection to the Speed Force.


Avernus is the hidden graveyard of the Rogues, located somewhere in Central City. It first appeared in The Flash (second series) #217.


Flash III, real name Wallace Rudolph “Wally” West. First appeared (as Kid Flash) in The Flash (first series) #110 and (as the Flash) in Crisis on Infinite Earths #12. Able to move at superhuman speed due to his connection to the extra-dimensional Speed Force.


Linda Park-West, wife of Wally West. First appeared in The Flash (second series) #28. Works as a journalist in Central-Keystone Cities.


“Irey” is Wally and Linda’s daughter Iris, who can also move at superhuman speed.


Captain Cold, real name Leonard “Len” Snart. First appeared in Showcase #8. Wields a gun that allows him to freeze an object to absolute zero. The de facto leader of the Rogues. Last appeared in Blackest Night #1.


Pages 4-5: A really, really, really brief recap of Barry Allen’s origin and history, with a particular emphasis on recent events as seen in The Flash: Rebirth mini-series.


Page 6: Seen herein Avernus are statues memorializing the Golden Glider, Captain Boomerang and the Top.


Tarpit, real name Joey Monteleone. First appeared in The Flash (second series) #174. Body is made of molten asphalt which burns upon touch and is virtually indestructible.


Captain Boomerang II, real name Owen Mercer. First appeared in Identity Crisis #3. Able to more at superhuman speed for short bursts and is armed with an arsenal of normal and trick boomerangs. Last appeared in Blackest Night #1.


Page 7: “I was a Rogue. An Outsider. A ‘hero’ and a ‘villain.’” Literally. Owen Mercer has been a member of the Rogues, the Suicide Squad and the Outsiders.


Page 8: And now we have a little recap of the twisted life and times of Professor Zoom, a.k.a the Reverse-Flash.


With the return of Eobard Thawne, what becomes of Zoom? You know, Hunter Zolomon, Wally’s super fast nemesis? Did we forget all about him already?


Because Tarpit doesn’t have a heart and is useless to them, the Black Lanterns don’t see him as expressing any emotion. Will Tarpit be the hero that saves the world from Nekron?


Man, would that ever be a cop out ending…


Page 9: The police officers in the panel with Wally West are Jared Morillo and Fred Chyre of the Keystone City Police Department.


The Titans – Kid Flash II, Donna Troy, Starfire, Dove II, Cyborg and Beast Boy – appear immediately after the events of Blackest Night: Titans #3.


Page 10: The Reverse-Flash, also known as Professor Zoom, real name Eobard Thawne. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #139. Killed in The Flash (first series) #324. Returned in The Flash: Rebirth #3, although the circumstances of his return have re to be revealed. Able to tap into a Negative Speed Force that allows him to move at superhuman speed.


The Black Flash first appeared in The Flash (second series) #138. Basically, it serves as “Death” for the speedsters in the DC Universe, returning them to the Speed Source, the source of the abilities. Barry Allen was recently transformed into the Black Flash in The Flash: Rebirth mini-series.


Page 11: “What would Iris say?” The Black Flash means Irish Allen, Barry’s wife.


Page 13: Another recap, this time explaining Barry’s friendship with King Solovar of Gorilla City.


“Grodd” refers to Gorilla Grodd, a hyper-intelligent telepath from Gorilla City who has been a foe of the Flashes for years.


“Bruce” refers to Bruce Wayne, the Batman.


“The case is solved now.” Presumably, the mystery surrounding the murder of Nora Allen, Barry’s mother, will be solved in The Flash: Rebirth #6…someday.


Page 15: King Nnamdi, son of Solovar. First appeared in The Flash (second series) #194. Assumed rule of Gorilla City after the death of his father.


Nnamdi was seen painting that wall mural of the Flash family and the Speed Force in The Flash: Rebirth #1 & 2.


Barry is feeling hope.


Page 16: King Solovar, former leader of Gorilla City. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #106. Killed in JLA Annual #3. Possesses force of mind powers and telepathic ability.


Barry’s hope has given way to feeling of rage.


Page 17: Heat Wave, real name Mick Rory. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #140. Possesses a handgun-sized flamethrower and wears an asbestos suit that protects him from fire and heat. Last appeared in Blackest Night #1.


Weather Wizard, real name Mark Mardon. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #110. Able to manipulate the weather; this was formerly controlled through the use of a wand, but he has since internalized this power. Last appeared in Blackest Night #1.


Mirror Master III, real name Evan McCulloch. First appeared in Animal Man #8. Uses mirrors that produce a variety of effects, such as hypnosis, invisibility, holograms, communication, physical transformations and traveling through other dimensions. Also armed with a laser pistol. Last appeared in Blackest Night #1.


Mirror Master I, real name Samuel Joseph “Sam” Scudder. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #105. Killed in Crisis on Infinite Earths #10. Used mirrors that produced a variety of effects, including hypnosis, invisibility, holograms, communication, physical transformations and traveling through other dimensions. Last appeared in Blackest Night #2.


In case you were wondering or confused, Captain Boomerang, while a member of the Suicide Squad, indulged in his criminal tendencies and moonlighted as the Mirror Master for a time, making him Mirror Master II.


The Top, real name Roscoe Dillon. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #122. Died in The Flash (first series) #243. Returned in the body of Senator Thomas O’Neil in Hawk & Dove #27. Killed in The Flash (second series) #222. Able to spin at high speeds, which induces disorientation and vertigo in others. Last appeared in Blackest Night #3.


Captain Boomerang I, real name George “Digger” Harkness. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #117. Killed in Identity Crisis #5. Armed with an arsenal of normal and trick boomerangs. Last appeared in Blackest Night #3.


Golden Glider, real name Lisa Snart. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #250. Killed in The Flash (second series) #113. Wears a pair of specially-designed ice skates that generate their own ice, allowing her to skate on any surface, including in mid-air. Last appeared in Blackest Night #3.


The Trickster I, real name James Jesse. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #113. Killed in Countdown to Final Crisis #22. Wields an arsenal of trick devices, including air-walking shoes, itching powder, exploding rubber chickens, sharpened jacks and other joke-themed weapons.


And although he’s not seen, he is a part of the Black Lantern Rogues and is at least mentioned by Mirror Master…Rainbow Raider, real name Roy G. Bivolo. First appeared in The Flash (first series) #286. Killed in The Flash (second series) #183. Wears specially-designed goggles that allow him to project solid beams of light, with each color affecting his target differently. Last appeared in Blackest Night #3.


The Trickster II, real name Axel Walker. First appeared in The Flash (second series) #183. Wields an arsenal of trick devices, including air-walking shoes, itching powder, exploding rubber chickens, sharpened jacks and other joke-themed weapons.


Page 18: “I heard these things killed Hawkman and Hawkgirl.” That was in Blackest Night #1.


Page 20: “Like Ralph and Sue.” Ralph Dibny, a.k.a. the Elongated Man, and his wife Sue Dibny, were both revived as Black Lanterns and later destroyed.


Page 21: “Power Levels 100%.” In Blackest Night #4, Black Lantern Jean Loring killed Damage and the Black Lantern Power Battery reached 100%. Due to his death and rebirth, Barry seems to have a stronger connection to Nekron than other heroes, and instinctively knew that they were needed in Coast City.


Page 22: Iron Heights Penitentiary is a maximum-security prison located outside of Keystone City that houses the Flash Rogues when they are incarcerated. It first appeared in The Flash: Iron Heights #1.