Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Blackest Night: Batman #2

“Who Burns Who”

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Ardian Syaf

Inker: Vicente Cifuentes

Editor: Adam Schlagman & Eddie Berganza


With the aid of Deadman, Batman and Robin infiltrate Gotham City Police Headquarters, currently under attack by a group of resurrected Bat-foes. Despite their best efforts, the Dynamic Duo is unable to halt the Black Lanterns for long, but Red Robin’s timely arrival allows them to escape with Jim and Barbara Gordon. The heroes soon find themselves under attack by those closest to them – Jack and Janet Drake and the Flying Graysons…


Compared to this week’s Green Lantern Corps #40, this issue is a breeze…

Pages 1-2: All of these villains last appeared in Blackest Night: Batman #1.

A little recap, so you know who we’re dealing with here…

The KGBeast was a Soviet assassin who first battled Batman when he attempted to kill President Reagan. Yeah, this was a while ago.

Deacon Blackfire was the head of a cult that tried to take over Gotham City.

Abattoir was a serial killer that had some family issues.

King Snake was an international crime lord and martial artist that Tim Drake encountered while training to be the third Robin.

Magpie was a thief whose early efforts were stopped by the combined efforts of Batman and Superman. Yes, you read that right; it took Batman and Superman to capture her. Go figure.

The Ventriloquist and Scarface have been plaguing Batman and Robin for years; out of everyone in this undead group, they are probably the most remembered, which isn’t really saying all that much.

Blockbuster used to be just a big, dumb guy until Neron granted him heightened intelligence, which he used to take control of Blüdhaven, becoming a foe of Nightwing.

Note that the Ventriloquist is the only one who uses his Black Lantern power ring to create energy structures; in this case, multiple versions of Scarface.

Black Lantern power levels go from 46.65% to 46.77%.

Page 3: Batman, Robin and Deadman all last appeared in Blackest Night: Batman #1.

“…coupled with the info that Green Lantern uploaded about these black rings to the JLA server…” Green Lantern did this in Blackest Night #2.

Page 7: Commissioner Jim Gordon and Barbara Gordon last appeared in Blackest Night: Batman #1.

And last, and probably least, are the Trigger Twins, a pair of criminals who resemble the Old West heroes of the same name.

Page 8: Black Lantern power levels at 46.89%.

Page 9: “I should have realized things would go from bad to worse once a Green Lantern smashed into the damned light!” Green Lantern Hal Jordan crashed into the Bat-signal in Blackest Night #2.

Page 10: Black Lantern power levels at 47.01%.

Page 12: “…savoring the distinct subtleties of the fear, rage, love, compassion and willpower coursing through their souls!” What about hope and avarice? Don’t they want to experience those emotions as well? And, up until now, it seemed that those fueled by willpower, like the Green Lanterns, seemed defended against the Black Lanterns.

Page 15: As he enters Barbara Gordon’s body, Deadman sees flashes of her life, including (from left to right) spending time with her father, meeting Batman and Robin (presumably for the first time), fighting crime as Batgirl, getting shot by the Joker, working as Oracle with the other so-called “Birds of Prey” and her relationship with Nightwing.

Page 16: Barbara’s word balloons in Panels 1-3 should be wavier, reflecting Deadman’s presence in her body.

It seems that, when he possesses another living being, Deadman is capable of overcoming his host body’s physical disabilities. As seen here, he can use his acrobatic abilities in Barbara’s body, even though she has been a paraplegic for years.

So why does Gordon have to carry Barbara’s body? Could Deadman only use her legs for a limited time before he did some further injury to her?

Pages 18-19: Red Robin last appeared in Blackest Night: Batman #1.

Blockbuster once again shows us that the Black Lanterns are privy to information that they never had as mortals. To my knowledge, he never knew that Dick Grayson was Nightwing, nor would he have any reason to believe that Grayson is now Batman. The Tarantula killed Blockbuster in Nightwing #93.

Page 23: Jack & Janet Drake, as well as John and Mary Grayson, last appeared in Blackest Night: Batman #1.

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