Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blackest Night: Superman #3

“The Long Dark Night”


Writer: James Robinson

Penciller: Eddy Barrows with Allan Goldman

Inker: Ruy José with Eber Ferreira

Editor: Adam Schlagman & Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


While Krypto saves Martha Kent from Black Lantern Lois Lane, Allura orders a force field activated that will protect New Krypton from the menace of the Black Lanterns. In Smallville, Superman is on the verge of being defeated when Superboy frees himself from Black Lantern Psycho-Pirate’s control. Together, Superman and Superboy incapacitate the Pirate and Black Lantern Kal-L, but realize that there is still more work to be done…


Notes


Page 1: Krypto was last seen in Blackest Night: Superman #1. Poor little guy got a nasty beat-down from Black Lantern Lois Lane-Kent.


Pages 2-3: Supergirl and Black Lantern Zor-El last appeared in Blackest Night: Superman #2.


Notice that Zor-El is trying to get Supergirl to express an emotion other than “will.” He finally succeeds, making her angry.


Black Lantern Psycho-Pirate last appeared in Blackest Night: Superman #2.


Psycho-Pirate’s having a field day here, making the people of Smallville go mad with avarice, love, rage and fear.


Pages 4-5: Superman, Superboy and Black Lantern Superman last appeared in Blackest Night: Superman #3.


Superboy is currently under the Psycho-Pirate’s control.


Superman and Superboy are a rainbow of emotions; together, they are expressing the entire emotional spectrum.


“I wrestle between being you or Luthor everyday!” A revealed way back in Teen Titans (third series) #1, Superboy is a clone whose DNA donors are Superman and Lex Luthor. As seen in current issues of Adventure Comics, Conner Kent is struggling between these dual natures.


Pages 6-7: Martha Kent and Black Lantern Lois Lane-Kent last appeared in Blackest Night: Superman #2.


“You’ve lost everything. Your husband cold and dead.” Jonathan Kent died in Action Comics #870.


“Your son too. First you lose him to the city.” That would be Metropolis, of course.


“Then to that city whore version of me.” I’m pretty sure that Lois Lane would take exception to being called “that city whore.”


“And now you’ve lost him to his people.” The Kryptonians from Kandor left Earth to reside on New Krypton in Action Comics #873. Superman went to live there as of Superman: World of New Krypton #1.


“Conner will grow and leave too.” Conner is, of course, Superboy, who is currently living with Martha is Smallville.


Page 9: As we’ve seen several times before, Black Lanterns can almost immediately regenerate any damage done to them as long as their ring is functioning. As revealed in Blackest Night #3, the power of a Green Lantern power ring, when combined with the energy of another emotional spectrum, can incapacitate a Black Lantern for good.


Page 10: Damn. Remind me to never try and steal one of Krypto’s treats from him. He can be an angry pup.


Page 11: Allura last appeared in Blackest Night: Superman #2.


I was wondering how the Kryptonians were going to be kept off the board for the remainder of this story. “We need some manpower. Think Superman can get a couple hundred thousand Kryptonians to help us?” Yeah, that would be a fantastic finish to this story.


Page 12: “Come, ‘my husband,’ I’ll have that kiss after all.” After he rose in Blackest Night: Superman #1, Black Lantern Zor-El said to Allura, “Kiss me.”


Page 13: All of these panels are from Black Lantern Kal-L’s point of view. Thus, he sees Superboy’s emotions lit up like a Christmas tree. Conner goes from rage, avarice and fear to a mixture of fear, hope and rage as the Psycho-Pirate’s hold on him weakens.


Superman isn’t showing any emotion, presumably because he’s unconscious.


I do feel like Superboy gets off a little easy here. I really don’t see that point at which he breaks free from the Psycho-Pirate’s control. Is it the sight of Superman about to be killed? He was okay beating the crap out of his friend, but as soon as he’s about to be killed, that’s no longer cool? Sorry, it doesn’t totally work for me.


Page 14: Superboy uses his tactile telekinesis on Black Lantern Kal-L. This is the first time since his resurrection in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4 that he has used this power.


This page is also the start of several pages drawn by artist Allen Goldman. He’s a decent artist, but I don’t think that he’s as good as Barrows, and I find the artistic change jarring. Look, I understand that artists work hard, deadlines creep up, and sometimes they fall behind, and I don’t mind it as much on a regular, monthly series, but this is a three-issue mini-series, gosh darn it. (Yes, I typed it, gosh darn it.) I think that if Mark Bagley can drawn over one hundred issues of Ultimate Spider-Man without a fill-in, then I think that other artists can draw three issues of a mini-series.


Okay, sermon over. I’m getting off my soap box now.


Page 16: Yep. They’re going absolutely crazy in Smallville now.


Black Lantern power levels at 93.01%. Gee, you think something big is going to happen when they reach 100%?


Page 17: The Medusa Mask is the source of the Psycho-Pirate’s powers.


Superboy is all about hope and will now.


Page 19: Using the Medusa Mask, Superboy is expressing the more “positive” emotions of will, love, hope and compassion in an effort to calm the citizens of Smallville.


“Here, creep, look at me!” Superboy’s going after Black Lantern Psycho-Pirate now.


Page 20: With that flaming hair-do, Black Lantern Zor-El is looking a hell of a lot like Firestorm these days.


Page 21: Force field around New Krypton activated! We won’t be seeing any of those meddling Kryptonians for a while, now will we?


Page 22: Superboy uses the Medusa Mask to make Black Lantern Kal-L feel emotions – all of them. This cause his power ring to malfunction, just like the Psycho-Pirate’s did (you can see the Pirate’s Black Lantern power ring attached to the mask when Superboy holds it up to his face).


Page 23: With the Black Lantern power rings “switched off,” Kal-L and Psycho-Pirate are nothing more than corpses again.


Page 24: Note that the sun is rising over Smallville. This is the first real indication in the Blackest Night series of how time is progressing. Thus far, the events of the story have only taken a few hours, starting with “Memorial Day” for heroes in Blackest Night #1, which was “yesterday” in the DCU.



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #41

“Hungry Heart”


Writer: Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Patrick Gleason

Inker: Rebecca Buchman, Keith Champagne & Tom Nguyen

Editor: Adam Schlagman


Synopsis


Chaos, on the form of Black Lanterns, sweeps across Oa…


Soranik Natu and Princess Iolande protect the Green Lantern Infirmary, but are forced to evacute and send the injured to Mogo for safety. Soranik then aids Kyle Rayner in defeating his ex-girlfriend, Jade…


Guy Gardner destroys Ke’Haan, but realizes that he is in trouble when the Black Lantern reassembles itself before his eyes…


Arisia has a family reunion of sorts with her parents and uncle, all former Green Lanterns…


Kilowog holds his own until he comes under attack by Ermey, his former mentor, who blames his former trainee for his death…


Isamot Kol and Vath Sarn face not only a horde of dead Green Lanterns, but also a pack of dead Green Lanterns’ dead kids, Kryb’s former children. When all looks lost, a member of the Indigo Tribe arrives to lend a hand…


Notes


Page 1: Princess Iolande and Soranik Natu last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #40.


The Black Lanterns (former Green Lanterns) seen here are Arkkis Chummuck (guy with the hairy face), Kreon (guy with the golden patch over his left eye) and Galius Zed (the huge head with arms and legs).


Page 2: Damn. That’s gross.


Page 3: Ew. Even grosser. (Is that a word?) Galius Zed is reforming around Soranik.


Black Lantern power levels at 85.26%.


Soranik is feeling will, rage and fear.


Page 4: Wow. The grossout levels increase. Undead Galius Zed guts everywhere.


“Rise.” Still more Black Lanterns. I assume that’s Tomar Re in the center of that panel; Avir is left of him, while it looks like Rak Arranya to the right of him, crawling across the ground.


Once again, despite my intimate and pathetically scary knowledge of random DC Universe characters, I still need to do a lot of digging and research to identify some of these Green Lanterns. If I make a mistake in naming, please kindly let me know.


Page 5: Guy Gardner and Ke’Haan last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #40.


Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner rescued Ke’Hann and the other Lost Lanterns from the Manhunters on Biot in Green Lantern (fourth series) #13. These “Lost Lanterns” were those who battled a maddened Hal Jordan in Green Lantern (third series) #49 and were left for dead, only to be captured and imprisoned by the Manhunters.


Page 6: More blood and guts everywhere.


Page 7: Voz of Space Sector 571. First appeared in Guy Gardner #11. Serves as warden of the Sciencells. He was attacked and injured by Red Lantern Vice in Green Lantern Corps #35.


Page 8: “Mogo” refers to the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2261 that just happens to be a planet. The Lanterns use it as a place of rest and meditation.


Page 9: Kyle Rayner and his lovely ex-girlfriend Jade last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #40.


Kyle is expressing will and rage.


Jade has been using her Black Lantern power ring to show Kyle all of the people that were close to him that died because if his actions.


Page 10: Kyle and Soranik are expressing healthy amounts of will, rage and love.


Page 11: “I bet our heartbreaker boy told you it was your sweet little face he saw in the gleaming sapphire crystal.” Back in Green Lantern Corps #32, Star Sapphire Miri showed both Kyle and Soranik a sapphire crystal in which they each saw the face of their true love. Soranik saw Kyle; he said that he saw her as well, but, in truth, he saw Jade.


Okay, say it with me – Awkward!


“Here’s how it always ends, you know, for Kyle’s girls…on a box, or worse like the rest of us.” Kyle really does have bad luck with women. Like, Matt Murdock-level bad luck. Alexandra DeWitt was killed by Major Force, Donna Troy was killed battling a Superman Robot, and Jade died saving the universe.


Page 12: Arisia, Santara Rrab, Fentara Rrab and Marata Rrab last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #40.


Arisia is expressing will, fear and love.


Page 13: As explained by the automated Hall of Lanterns, Arisia is unique in that she comes from a family of Green Lanterns. He father, mother and uncle have all served the Corps.


Page 14: Arisia’s family and their place in the Corps were explored in Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #3.


Page 16: Kilowog last appeared (very, very briefly) in Green Lantern Corps #40.


Page 17: I would have made more of an effort to identify some of these Green Lanterns, but they’re all dead to me now.


Ermey, former drill sergeant of the Green Lantern Corps. First appeared in Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #3; killed in that issue. Trained Kilowog and uses the term “poozer,” which translates to “useless rookie.”

Accompanying Ermey are Zharan Pel (the guy with the beak and the tentacles flailing around) and Starkadr (the stocky pink guy with nose tendrils).


Page 18: Ermey recalls his death and Kilowog’s role in it slightly differently than it was depicted in Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #3.


Page 19: Despite Ermey’s taunting, Kilowog doesn’t give in and only expresses willpower.


“Brillolog” is Ermey’s derogatory mispronunciation of Kilowog’s name. Similarly, he mispronounces Kilowog’s home world of Bolovax Vik as “Ballowax.”


Page 21: Isamot Kol and Vath Sarn last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #40.


Tanakata Z and Quond were murdered in Green Lantern Corps #12 in an effort to falsely implicate Guy Gardner and strip him of his role in the Green Lantern Corps. Vath and Isamot were two of the Lanterns who found their bodies.


Page 22: Ew. Creepy.


There Black Lantern children are Kryb’s children. More importantly, Kryb’s children are the children of members of the Green Lantern Corps that she has abducted and taken as her own. Since her imprisonment by the Star Sapphire of Zamaron, these kids have gone hungry. Very hungry. They were last seen in Green Lantern Corps #39. Apparently, they have died and come back as Black Lanterns. As seen in Green Lantern Corps #40, Kryb and Star Sapphire Miri are searching for these kids.


Once again…Creepy.


Page 23: “Nrrr – Light bright – Bright light!’ Anyone else have a flashback to Gremlins?


This member of the Indigo Tribe last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #46.



Saturday, October 17, 2009

Blackest Night: Batman #3

“Who Burns Who”


Writer: Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Ardian Syaf

Inker: Vicente Cifuentes

Editor: Adam Schlagman & Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


Batman and Red Robin face unimaginable foes – their resurrected parents, and deal with the anger they have over their deaths. Deadman forcibly recruits Etrigan the Demon to their cause, but the heroes only succeed after they are able to mask their presence using one of Mr. Freeze’s cold guns. The Black Lanterns leave Gotham’s defenders behind, but more black rings race across the sky in search of hosts…


Notes


Page 1: Batman and Red Robin last appeared in Blackest Night: Batman #3.


Pages 2-3: I’m gonna take a wild guess here and say that the Black Lanterns used their power rings to create the circus big top and the Drake’s home as seen here.


Page 4: Robin, Barbara Gordon, Jim Gordon and Deadman last appeared in Blackest Night: Batman #2.


“Damian, is Barbara and Gordon okay?” Two things wrong here. First, I know that there are two Robin’s here, but Dick really shouldn’t be calling Damian by his first name while in the field. Sure, the only one there who doesn’t know Robin’s true identity is Jim Gordon, and he looks fairly unconscious, but let’s try to keep some secrets under wraps, okay?


Secondly, the sentence should read “Damian, are Barbara and Gordon okay?” Sorry, but I nitpick stuff like that.

“…muscles are aching…” Deadman took control of Barbara’s body last issue and was able to use her body to run and carry Jim Gordon to safety, thus her aches and pains now.


Page 5: Anyone know who “Archibald Stanton” is? I’m at a loss.


“And we’ll follow the yellow brick road back to under the Wayne Foundation Tower.” Hello? Gordon’s right there? Secret identities mean anything to you guys?


Look, I’ll allow that there’s been overwhelming evidence over the years that Jim Gordon probably had some clue that Bruce Wayne was the Batman. He’s no dummy. And I’m sure he didn’t want to openly admit it, because of his respect for the Dark Knight. However, until a story is published that explicitly states that Gordon knew Batman’s identity, I’m pretty much in favor of the new Dynamic Duo at least making an effort to keep their identities a secret, okay?


Of course, what does Dick Grayson know about secret identities? He spent years dating a seven foot tall alien model, who also happened to be a member of the Teen Titans, who was openly involved with Nightwing. Way to go, Grayson…


Page 6: Etrigan the Demon, real name Jason Blood. First appeared in The Demon (first series) #1. Has superhuman physical abilities, a command of magic, resistance to injury, and can project mystical hellfire. Blood has limited precognitive and telepathic abilities and is an expert on magic.


Is that supposed to be Alfred that Deadman is possessing to meet with Jason Blood? I assume so, but I’m not sure.


Page 7: Dead is experiencing Jason Blood’s life and times as he enters his body. Depicted here (going clockwise, from the center) are Etrigan the Demon himself; Morgaine Le Fay; Jason Blood (with the pipe); Harry Matthews (with the cigar); Randu Singh & Angeli; two depictions of Glenda Mark; and Merlin, as he bonds Etrigan to Jason Blood (in the medieval armor).


The full incantation to release Etrigan goes something like this…


Yarva Demonicus Etrigan.

Change, change the form of man.

Free the prince forever damned.

Free the might from fleshy mire.

Boil the blood in heart of fire.

Gone, gone the form of man,

Rise the demon Etrigan!


Page 8: Jack Drake and the Flying Graysons last appeared in Blackest Night: Batman #2.


Anyone else wonder about where Janet Drake wandered off to? I know that she was long dead before Jack Drake was killed, but couldn’t she have had her own little melodrama with which to influence and haunt Tim?


Jack Drake is reenacting the moments before his death at the hands of Captain Boomerang. His dialogue on this page is from Identity Crisis #5, page 20.


Page 9: Jack Drake’s dialogue is from Identity Crisis #5, page 22.


“…Anything and everything is possible – That’s why I know that somewhere out there even Bruce is alive.” Tim makes an incredibly good point here. In a world of New Gods, demons, aliens, and Multiverses, in a world where everyone and their cousin has come to back to life at one point or another, is it really so inconceivable that someone like Batman, who has a contingency plan for everything, would still be alive, despite the fact that he was seemingly obliterated by Darkseid? Really, no so much….


Page 10: Batman is expressing willpower and compassion, while Red Robin is feeling love and hope.

Jack Drake’s dialogue is from Identity Crisis #5, page 24.


Page 11: Batman’s compassion for Tim is now replaced by rage at having to burn the things posing as his parents.


Page 12: Jack Drake’s dialogue is from Identity Crisis #5, page 27.


“Tell Dick to take care of you.” In the original version, Jack said, “Tell Bruce to take care of you.”


Page 13: The events on this page correspond to Identity Crisis #5 pages 28 & 29.


I’m not sure if the Captain Boomerang that appears here is a Black Lantern or an energy construct generated by Jack Drake’s ring for the purposes of this little show. Presumably, Black Lantern Captain Boomerang is with the rest of the Rogues.


“Are you just going to stand there? Your father needs you!” A-ha! There’s Janet!


Page 14: Tim cradling his undead father resembles the pose of Batman holding a distraught Tim in Identity Crisis #6, page 4 (one of the most heart-breaking panels of all time, in my humble opinion).


Red Robin has given himself fully over to rage now.


Page 16: Anthony “Tony” Zucco, murderer of the Flying Graysons. First appeared in Detective Comics #38. Depending on which version of Zucco we’re dealing with, he’s died at different times. His most recent “death” was in Batman #438, Chapter Three of “Batman: Year Three.”


Page 17: Batman and Red Robin are both full of rage now, making them prime targets for the Black Lanterns.


Page 18: Yay! Etrigan to the rescue! Actually, it’s Deadman, utilizing Etrigan’s body. Same difference.


“Jacques Martin” can refer to one of three people – the head coach of the Montréal Canadiens, an artist of Le Journal de Tintin, or a French TV host and entertainer. Of these, only the last is actually deceased.


Page 19: “Mr. Freeze” refers to the classic Batman villain who uses cryo-technology in his crimes.


The “Wingers” to which Batman refers made their debut in Nightwing #141.


Not to beat this “secret identity” thing into the ground…but how does one explain what the Wayne family butler is doing in Batman’s bunker? Does it ever cross Gordon’s mind that it’s a little strange that Alfred Pennyworth is hanging out with Batman and Robin?


Page 21: Notice that while the Black Lanterns see that Red Robin is expressing will and rage, and Batman is feeling hope and fear, they can’t determine Etrigan’s emotional state. Black Lanterns have the same problem with Dove, as seen in Blackest Night: Titans #1 and 2.


Page 22: Black Lantern Blockbuster is unable to affect Etrigan because the demon lacks a heart.


Similarly, because Batman and Red Robin’s hearts are stopped due to their being frozen, the Black Lanterns seem unable to detect them.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Green Lantern #46

“Feared”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Doug Mahnke
Inker: Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen and Doug Mahnke
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Synopsis

As Zamaron falls to the Black Lanterns, Hal Jordan and Indigo-1 team-up with Sinestro and Carol Ferris and travel to Korugar. There, Sinestro defeats Mongul in combat and retakes control of the Sinestro Corps. The victory is short-lived, interrupted by the arrival of Black Lantern Abin Sur…

Notes

I apologize in the delay of these annotations. Life just keeps on preventing me from getting to the computer for long periods of time.

This was, by far, my absolute favorite issue of the Blackest Night story so far. Unfortunately, issues like these take me forever to write about, because there’s so damn many Lanterns of all shapes and colors flying around that I have to reference. Oh, well, things could be worse…

Page 1: The Zamarons last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #45.

The Predator is the love entity that powers the Star Sapphires. It is similar in nature to Ion and Parallax, the entities of willpower and fear respectively. Presumably, all of the Lantern Corps are powered by entities such as these.

Page 2: Sinestro, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris and Black Lantern Amon Sur all last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #45.

Page 3: Amon Sur is joined by two other fallen members of the Sinestro Corps in confronting Sinestro. They are…

Horku of Space Sector 2 (the big rock guy). First appeared in Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1. Killed in Green Lantern Corps #17.

Enkafos of Space Sector 2981. First appeared in Green Lantern Corps #14. Killed in Green Lantern Corps #16.

Page 4: Slushh has consumed Steppe, Greethun Orsos and Mullane along with Amon Sur, and his insides have liquefied their bodies. This is why the rings have sought them out again to revive them once more.

Page 5: Hal Jordan, Indigo-1 and that big guy who is also a member of the Indigo Tribe all last appeared in Blackest Night #3.

Page 6: As seen in Blackest Night #3, the green light of willpower, when combined with energies of the other emotional spectrums, can destroy the Black Lanterns.

Carol Ferris is tackling Black Lantern Duel Enkham.

Page 8: “On the eve of my execution at the hands of the Green Lantern Corps, you were going to ask me something.” This transpired in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1.

Page 9: “Khufu of Earth. Chay-Ara of Earth.” See? Told ya it was them.

Pages 10-11: So, now not only are Hawkman and Hawkgirl Black Lanterns…but their original bodies have been co-opted as well. Interesting development.

Oh boy. Things are getting bad. Black Lantern power levels are jumping up to 75.25% here.

“All unengaged Black Lanterns follow the indigo light.” Thus far, the Indigo Tribe has remained under Scar’s radar, not involving itself in the War of Light. That’s all changed.

Page 12: John Stewart last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #45.

“What the hell am I thinking?” I was just about to ask you that myself, Mr. Stewart.

Page 13: “Power levels 43%. Empathy restrained.” This is the first time we are given an insight as to how Indigo-1’s powers work. Does she weaken when she holds back her emotions? Or does that actually strengthen her abilities?

“I empathize with you, Sinestro. I know what you want. I know what you need.” Compassion is the need to help others and to alleviate their suffering. Thus, Indigo-1 is giving Sinestro what he needs most, so that he can then be an asset to the group.

Page 14: Mongul last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #39. He has taken control of the Sinestro Corps – I mean, the Mongul Corps – and established his base of operations on Korugar.

“Warworld” was the first Mongul’s base of operations, an artificial plane that he used for his gladiatorial games. To my knowledge, the current Mongul never had a Warworld of his own, so the comment that he will make Korugar into his “new Warworld” seems a bit strange.

Page 18: Sinestro’s energy construct is in the form of Abin Sur.

Pages 20-21: Damn. That looks like it hurt.

I guess the message is clear…don’t screw with Sinestro.

Page 22: Back on page 3, Sinestro contacted the members of his corps and ordered them to abandon the Anti-matter Universe and relocate to the designated safe-world. It seems that Korugar is that safe-world, as the power battery has been moved here.

Page 23: Sinestro reunites with his corps. Seen here are Maash (the guy with three heads, one on top of the other), Arkillo and Murr the Melting Man (behind Arkillo). I can’t identify most of the others.

Black Lantern Abin Sur looks at the quartet of Lanterns and “sees” them according to the colors of the emotional spectrum which they wield, not what emotion they might be exhibiting at that moment. Sinestro may wield the power of fear, but he’s not the type to get afraid easily.

Page 24: Abin Sur was, of course, Hal Jordan’s predecessor as the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814. Arin was his sister, unseen before Green Lantern (fourth series) #45. Apparently Arin and Sinestro were romantically involved; whether or not Arin was the mother of Soranik Natu, Sinestro’s daughter, remains to be seen.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Blackest Night: Titans #2

“Bite the Hand that Feeds”


Writer: J.T. Krul

Penciller: Ed Benes

Inker: Scott Williams & Ed Benes

Editor: Eddie Berganza & Brian Cunningham


Synopsis


While Donna Troy confronts her long dead husband and son, the rest of the Titans battle Black Lanterns Terra and Omen. Meanwhile, Dove finds herself outnumbered by the two Hawks, and realizes that she needs help in defeating both her former partners. Back in San Francisco, Terra buries Titans Tower underground, and more Black Lantern Titans arrive to finish the heroes off for good…


Notes


Page 1: Donna Troy last appeared in Blackest Night: Titans #1.


Note the Black Lantern logo on Robbie’s rattle…those forward-thinking Black Lanterns are so into marketing! It’s great!


Page 2: Terrence “Terry” Long, first appeared in New Teen Titans (first series) #8. Husband to Donna Troy. Killed in Wonder Woman (second series) #121.


Note that Terry is dressed in his tuxedo from his wedding in Tales of the Teen Titans #50.


Robert “Robbie” Long, first appeared in Team Titans #1. Son of Terry Long and Donna Troy. In an alternate timeline, Robert would become the villain known as Lord Chaos. Killed in Wonder Woman (second series) #121.


Pages 4-5: Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy, along with Black Lanterns Terra and Omen, all last appeared in Blackest Night: Titans #1.


“And, when you’re done, you bury us in the backyard – like dogs.” Not that I’d totally agree with Omen, but she does have a point – the Titans don’t exactly have the greatest track record for keeping their members alive and healthy.


“And I don’t believe in ghosts.” Okay, Vic, sure you don’t. Have you met the Spectre? Or Deadman? The father of your teammate Raven was a demon lord from another dimension, but you find it difficult to believe in ghosts?


Beast Boy is awash in emotions – love, fear, rage and hope.


Page 9: Dove, Hawk and Black Lantern Hawk all last appeared in Blackest Night: Titans #1.


Black Lantern Power Levels at 57.03%.


Page 10: As seen in Blackest Night: Titans #1, Black Lanterns can’t “see” what Dove is feeling. Whether or not this has to do with the fact that she is powered by the Lords of Order has yet to be revealed. Also, as seen in Blackest Night #2, Don Hall, the original Dove, could not be raised, due to his unique nature.


Page 11: “Holly was my only sister. I never knew her growing up, but she became my best friend.” Dawn never knew her sister because she was seemingly retconned into existence when Geoff Johns reintroduced Hawk and Dove in Teen Titans (third series) #22. Before this issue, Dawn was an only child. The story behind why Dawn and Holly grew up apart has yet to be told.


Page 13: “Stop? Honey, this night’s only just begun.” Note that the events beginning in Blackest Night #1 up until now have only spanned a few hours. It will be interesting to see if all of Blackest Night actually takes place over the course of one night or not.


Page 14: Kid Flash and Wonder Girl last appeared in Blackest Night: Titans #1.


I Am Legend was a 2007 film starring Will Smith based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel of the same name. Smith plays a scientist living in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan inhabited by animalistic-victims of a virus that resemble zombies.


Kid Flash is expressing fear, while Wonder Girl is feeling hope. Donna has strong will, but she is mis-colored violet (love).


The black wound on Donna’s neck reminds me of Scar, the Guardian of the Universe working for the Black Lanterns.


Page 15: Black Lantern Omen is showing the Titans lives of true happiness – Cyborg, as a whole human being again, and Starfire, married to Dick Grayson.


Pages 16-17: Damn, the Titans go through those towers like they were Kleenex.


Page 18: Yep, Dove is still immune to the Black Lantern’s power.


Page 20: Note to all – if the Black Lantern symbol appears in your eyes, then it’s not a good sign.


Page 22: Black Lanterns Tempest, Aquagirl and Dolphin last appeared in Blackest Night #2.


Pantha, real name X-24. First appeared in New Titans #73. Possessed enhanced agility and strength, razor-sharp claws and heightened senses. Killed in Infinite Crisis #4.


Wildebeest, also known as “Baby.” First appeared in New Titans #85. Possessed super strength and the ability to grown into an adult form when provoked. Killed in Infinite Crisis #4.


This group of Black Lantern Titans made a cameo appearance in Blackest Night #3, as seen on a Hall of Justice monitor screen. They were flying towards Titans Tower, mere moments before this scene.

This Week's Haul

Hands down, the best books of the week were Blackest Night-related. Blackest Night: Titans #2 was great, and Green Lantern #46 was quite possibly the best chapter of the event so far. So, instead of doing a Book of the Week, I’ll be doing something a wee bit different. Details towards the end of the column…

Teen Titans #75: New writer Felicia D. Henderson is off to a good start, reintroducing Raven and Beast Boy to the team and giving the book a much-needed dose of fun and promoting camaraderie among these Titans. However, it seems like J.T. Krul is stepping in for a few Blackest Night tie-in issues, so I wonder is Henderson will be on the book long enough to get any momentum with her story.

Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink #5: With only one issue left to go, this mini-series finally gets somewhat interesting. Why did it take five issues to even remotely care about these characters?

The Last Days of Animal Man #5: I accept that this is just a “possible future” for the man with animal powers, but it’s a pretty good one. It’s not the usual dystopian, world-at-war scenario, and Buddy Baker’s life has actually turned out ok. With all that said, I really do hope that he survives next issue.

Gotham City Sirens #4: Joker emerges from the shadows to take his revenge on “Bruce Wayne” and Harley Quinn; hilarity ensues. Honestly, as much as I love what Paul Dini’s doing on Batman: Streets of Gotham, I find this book somewhat pointless. Not bad, just fairly unconnected to the rest of the Bat-books and pretty much inconsequential. Just my humble opinion.

Justice Society of America #31: The schism in the ranks of the JSA grows ever wider, as philosophical differences between the heroes force each of them to take sides. Oh, and Mr. Terrific dies! Well, probably not, but it looks like he does. And Doctor Fate has some pretty quippy lines of dialogue.

Superman #692: In the aftermath of “Codename: Patriot,” Metropolis is a mess. Mon-El is dead, the Guardian needs to step up, and Sensor Girl is revealed. What? Yeah, that kind of came out of left field for me. I enjoy James Robinson’s writing, but he sometimes puts a subplot on the back burner for too long – like the Zatara story – and then, when he reintroduces it, I have to dig through my long boxes to get myself up to speed and just what in the world is going on.

Wonder Woman #36: Wonder Woman and Giganta team-up to talk relationship-problems, while Paradise Island experiences a rash of immaculate conceptions. All-in-all, another solid issue from Gail Simone.

Astro City: Astra Special #1: The last time we saw Astra, she was in her tweens. Oh, my, how the time flies. She’s graduating from college, and wants to introduce her boyfriend to the wonderfully bizarre cosmic lifestyle she grew up in. Matt, Astra’s boyfriend, acts as our eyes into Astra’s world, showing us what it’s like to be a visitor/outsider to a superhero family. While I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Astro City: The Dark Age, these shorter stories are a nice change of pace every once in a while.

And now, the most disappointing book of the week is…

Justice League of America 80-Page Giant #1: Oh, how much I wanted to love this book. Really, really I did. I love the JLA, in all of its forms, even when the line-up or creative team isn’t what I’d like it to be. So, it was with much excitement that I picked up this issue…and with great disappointment that I found it lacking. I liked the basic story – the JLA is split up and thrown through time after battling Epoch, the Lord of Time, and they must struggle to return to their eras and beat him. But that wasn’t the plot, not really. They were thrown through time, had unimportant adventures, and then only returned to the present through Snapper Carr’s help. The League didn’t really do anything; even the final battle occurred off-panel. The individual chapters were okay, but the writing was inconsistent and I found the artwork, as whole, to be unimpressive. And can someone tell me why Steel, who was absent in the framing sequence, wound up in the past with Wonder Woman? For me, the guest appearance by heroes and villains throughout history were the highlight, but they really couldn’t save this book.