Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Superman/Batman #66

“Night of the Cure” Part One


Writer/Penciller: Scott Kolins Geoff Johns

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


Solomon Grundy rises as a Black Lantern, and attacks his fellow monsters Bizarro and Man-Bat. Meanwhile, Frankenstein and S.H.A.D.E. aid Francine Langstrom in an effort to transform Man-Bat into Kurt Langstrom, lest he be trapped in his bestial form forever…


Notes


Um…Yeah. Not my favorite Blackest Night tie-in issue, to be honest. I thought that Scott Kolins’ Solomon Grundy mini-series was fun…but it went on about three issues too long, in my opinion. Love his artwork, but the story was a bit lacking. Just not my cup of tea. Anyway, we soldier onward and upward…


Page 1: This page takes place concurrent with Solomon Grundy #7, page 20. Thus, the events of that mini-series take place the week before the events of Blackest Night (just to put everything in context for you).


Page 2: A really, really, really brief recap of Grundy’s multiple lives and deaths.


Page 3: This page takes place concurrent with Solomon Grundy #7 pages 21-22.


Solomon Grundy, real name Cyrus Gold. First appeared in All-American Comics #61. Has died and returned to life many, many times, the most recent of which was seen in Solomon Grundy #7. Possesses superhuman strength and endurance, and is nearly indestructible.


Grundy is, of course, named after a 19th century nursery rhyme:


Solomon Grundy,

Born on a Monday,

Christened on Tuesday,

Married on Wednesday,

Took ill on Thursday,

Grew worse on Friday,

Died on Saturday,

Buried on Sunday.

This is the end

Of Solomon Grundy.


Page 4: Not sure when the lights went out in Gotham. The only thing that makes sense is that Green Lantern and the Flash’s battle with Black Lantern Martian Manhunter in Blackest Night #2 looked like it took place at some sort of power plant; maybe the explosion there knocked out the power in Gotham City.


A hallmark of this series is the first-person narration by both Superman and Batman ; their internal monologues often conflict with one another. Despite the fact that both title characters are absent from this issue, both Man-Bat and Bizarro get their chance to narrate.


Page 5: S.H.A.D.E. refers to the Super Human Advanced Defense Executive, a U.S. military organization that investigates and contains paranormal and superhuman activity. They first appeared in Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein #3.


Page 6: Man-Bat, real name Kirk Langstrom. First appeared in Detective Comics #400. Able to transform into a bat-like creature with enhanced strength, agility and endurance, the ability to fly with leathery wings the power of sonar navigation.


Man-Bat has been appearing in the Bat-titles as of late; he was an active participant in the whole Battle for the Cowl storyline, and was recently features in Batman: Streets of Gotham #5 and 6.


He also made an appearance in Outsiders (fourth series) #23 in a story that literally takes place only a few hours ago, DCU time. In it, he was down in the Louisiana Bayou, battling the Outsiders alongside Killer Croc. Thus, after that battle, he flew back to Gotham to take part in this story. Boy, his arms must be tired…


Page 9: The Bat-Signal is all broken because Black Lantern Martian Manhunter flung Green Lantern into it in Green Lantern (fourth series) #44 and Blackest Night #2.


The African-American gentleman on this page looks a heck of a lot like Crispus Allen, now known as the Spectre.


Page 10: Bizarro III, also known as Bizarro Superman and Bizarro #1. First appeared in Superman (second series) #160. An imperfect duplicate of Superman with superhuman strength, speed, invulnerability, freeze-vision and heat breath.


In case you were wondering the first post-Crisis Bizarro appeared in Man of Steel #5 and was destroyed; it was a clone of Superman created by Lex Luthor. Luthor created another of these clones to aid him in stopping Metropolis’ Clone Plague in Superman (second series) #87; he died in Superman (second series) #88. The current Bizarro was created by the Joker during the “Emperor Joker” storyline.


Remember, Bizarro says the opposite of what he means. Thus, “Me want enemies!” means “I want friends!” Try it, it’s fun! (And thoroughly annoying after the second page.)


Page 11: Bizarro recalls a simpler time in Solomon Grundy #2, in which he and Grundy shared the contents of a hot dog wagon after beating the holy hell out of one another. Now they’re BFFs.


Page 12: The Bride of Frankenstein, also known as The Bride. First appeared in Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein #3. Possesses superhuman strength and invulnerability, four arms and uncanny marksmanship.


Frankenstein’s Monster, also known as Frankenstein. First appeared (historical) in Detective Comics #135 and (modern) in Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein #1. Possesses superhuman strength and invulnerability due to his unkillable nature.


Francine Langstrom, Kirk’s wife. First appeared in Detective Comics #402. She’s had a rough life; her husband’s Man-Bat, she’s been transformed into a She-Bat, she has a little baby-bat…Give the poor girl a break, hunh?


Basically, the story of Man-Bat is this – Kirk takes his serum so he can do good things as Man-Bat. Kirk stays in his Man-Bat form for too long and begins losing his humanity. Francine gets worried, and Batman gets involved. Man-Bat becomes mindless and no longer wants to be Kirk. Chases and fights ensue. Batman captures Man-Bat and turns him back to Kirk, and Kirk vows to never become Man-Bat again.


And then, a few years later, the cycle begins all over again.


Page 13: Awww, Frankenstein is making goo-goo eyes at the Bride. How…cute?


Page 15: Bizarro recognizes Frankenstein from their confrontation in Solomon Grundy #6.


Page 17: Man-Bat is expressing fear and love, while Bizarro is feeling avarice, rage, hope and compassion.


Page 18: Anyone else think that “Solomon Grundy Kills All Monsters” would be a really cool name for a grunge band?


Page 20: “If we don’t get this cure in you soon – there may never be another chance!” Cue dramatic music!


As Bizarro gets more upset, his emotional state changes. He goes from feeling rage, compassion, avarice and love to the strange “white noise” that Dove exhibited, as seen in Blackest Night: Titans #1-3. Does this mean that Bizarro is now immune to the Black Lanterns as well?


Page 21: Bizarro’s mood has quickly turned to rage, which should be colored red, not the violet hue seen here. However, he does tell Grundy that he “loves” him, so, according to Bizarro’s words, the color is correct (with violet being the color of love). Do I get a No-Prize for that?


Oh, sorry, wrong company…

Green Lantern Corps #42

“Hungry Heart”


Writer: Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Patrick Gleason

Inker: Rebecca Buchman with Tom Nguyen

Editor: Adam Schlagman


Synopsis


After the Black Lantern power levels reach 100%, the Black Lanterns change their tactics and attempt to destroy the Power Battery on Oa. The Green Lanterns Corps go on the defensive, but are overwhelmed by the onslaught. When Alpha Lantern Chaselon’s internal power battery is damaged, Kyle Rayner takes advantage of its explosion to destroy as many Black Lanterns as he can, killing himself in the process…


Notes


Page 1: Isamot Kol, Vath Sarn and Munk (who I kept calling Indigo-2 for simplicity’s sake) last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #41.


All of the Black Lanterns that Vath, Isamot and Munk are facing are either fallen Green Lanterns or their dead children – the Corphans.


“Zamaron, the bastion of love and violet, is gone – their central power battery has been destroyed.” This occurred in Green Lantern (fourth series) #46. How Munk knows this is unknown, since he left Zamaron before the power battery was destroyed. Perhaps he and Indigo-1 share a connection and she relayed this information to him?


Page 3: As first seen in Blackest Night #3, the green light of willpower, when combined with energies from another part of the emotional spectrum, can destroy a Black Lantern.


Page 4: Yep, more Black Lantern destroying. Munk makes it look so damn easy. Seems like this whole Blackest Night-thing is almost over, doesn’t it?


Page 5: Still more explanation about how combining their energies destroys the Black Lanterns, how only direct discharges work, blah blah blah blah blah. Let’s get back to rampant, mindless zombie killing, shall we?


“100% Power Levels Exceeded.” In Blackest Night #4, Black Lantern Jean Loring killed Damage, at which point the Black Lantern Power Levels reached 100%. Which probably isn’t a good thing, when you think about it.


Page 6: Kilowog and Black Lantern Ermey last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #41.


“Devour Will.” This can’t work out well…


Page 7: I think that Kilowog is having a little breakdown here…


Page 8: Kyle Rayner, Soranik Natu and Black Lantern Jade last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #41.


“You’re going to have to speak up, I can’t hear you with my fist shoved in your mouth.” I love this line.


Pages 10-11: Before you ask…No, I am not going to identify all of these dead Green Lanterns, now Black Lanterns. I will point out some of the more distinctive ones, thought…


Ke’Haan, in the bottom left corner, with the large horn jutting out of his head;


Cherniss, top left, he’s a lizard-guy with a long, pale face, his head kinda looks like a moon crescent;


Diamalon, top left, next to Cherniss, he’s a big, round guy with a Mohawk and two tentacles where his arms should be;


Zharan Pel, in the center of the spread, he has a fin on top of his head and six tentacles;


Barin, top center of spread, he has the tendrils growing from his upper lip.


Page 12: Guy Gardner last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #41.


“Pour it on!” Okay, that core gang is all here. In the bottom panel, from left to right, we have a huge, lave-like guy (I have no idea what his name is), Soranik Natu, Kyle Rayner, Brik, Isamot Kol, Kilowog, Guy Gardner, Vath Sarn, Arisia and Munk.


Page 13: The Green Lantern with red skin, yellow hair and bony protrusions is Turytt. Kinda reminds me of Doomsday, now that I think about it.


Salaak last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #40. In that issue, he assumed control of the Green Lantern Corps in the absence of the Guardians of the Universe, despite the protests of the Alpha Lanterns.


“Construct Dark Matter.” Hmmm…I wonder what this is all about…


Page 14: Man, this night is just going from bad to worse…


Page 15: Battery Foundation Compromised.” Well, that’s something you don’t hear everyday…


“This ain’t looking good!” You said it, Guy.


Page 17: Vice of Space Sector 13. First appeared in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1. He was responsible for the Sciencell Riot on Oa in Green Lantern Corps #34, but was recaptured shortly thereafter.


Pages 18-19: Vice really, really enjoys killing, as you can see on this two-page spread.


As seen in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47, Red Lanterns have a certain amount of resistance to Black Lanterns due to their lack of a heart. Black Lanterns, of course, really like to tear their victims’ hearts out of their chests. It’s kind of their “thing,” if you know what I mean.


Alpha Lantern Chaselon last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #40. He’s always jumping to conclusions and killing off rampaging Red Lanterns. Such a wet blanket, that Chaselon.


Battery Present.” Alpha Lanterns are implanted with an internal power battery.


Page 20: “The Alpha Lanterns are the only ones capable of rectifying this situation and preserving the Central Battery.” The Alpha Lanterns are a bit full of themselves and really need to be taken down a few dozen notches.


The aforementioned internal power battery belonging to Chaselon has now been forcibly ripped from his body and has been damaged. This seems like it’s not necessarily a good thing, judging by the way Kyle and Salaak are acting.


Given that the Alpha Lanterns’ power batteries mainline energy straight from the Central Power Battery, they are probably pretty damn powerful. Not the sort of thing you want to have blowing up on you.


Page 22: “Alpha Lantern Battery Detonation Imminent.” See? What did I say about the night just getting worse?


“I love you, Soranik.” Awww, how sweet.


“And you too, Guy. You’ve been like a brother to” Now I’m getting all choked up.


Since we know that Guy Gardner is fated to become a Red Lantern shortly, this must be the event that sends him over the edge to embrace his anger and rage.


Page 23: So is a massive amount of Green Lantern energy capable of destroying the Black Lanterns as well?


Page 24: Poor Kyle. Nice knowing you, pal…


So…what’s the over/under on when he’s coming back?


“Moratorium on sentient ring replacement. Process to Space Sector 2261.” In Green Lantern Corps #40, Salaak decreed that, given the current crisis, no new Green Lanterns would be called; he didn’t want to put untrained rookies in the line of fire. Thus, when a Green Lantern dies, their power ring is being sent to Mogo until the threat of the Black Lanterns has passed.



Monday, November 23, 2009

R.E.B.E.L.S. #10

“The Son & the Stars” Part One


Writer: Tony Bedard

Artist: Andy Clarke

Editor: Brian Cunningham


Synopsis


Vril Dox and his band of R.E.B.E.L.S. team up with Adam Strange and Captain Comet to deal with the threat of the Starro. They flee the planet Voorl to escape from the High Vanguard, but come under attack by Black Lanterns Stealth and Harbinger. A yellow power ring chooses Dox for his ability to instill fear, and he becomes the newest member of the Sinestro Corps…


Notes


Pages 1-3: These scenes depict an extremely brief recap of the history of the L.E.G.I.O.N., as seen in Invasion! #1-3, L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #1- L.E.G.I.O.N. ’94 #70 and R.E.B.E.L.S. ’94 #1-R.E.B.E.L.S. ’96 #17, as well as the more recent Adam Strange mini-series and current issues of R.E.B.E.L.S.


Page 4: Stealth of Gryx, real name unrevealed. First appeared in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #1. Killed in R.E.B.E.L.S. #8. A skilled hand-to-hand combatant who generates a sound dampening aura. Her “unstable alien physiology” has to do with her bizarre mating ritual in which she raped and killed Vril Dox, got pregnant, and then transformed into her native, non-humanoid form to give birth to Lyrl Dox. A little strange. The wonderful conception occurred in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #7, and the lovely birth happening in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’91 #28.


Page 5: Vril Dox II, also known as Brainiac 2 of Colu. First appeared (historical) in Superman (first series) #167 and (modern) in Invasion! #1. Killed in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #7, but he was subsequently revived in a new, cloned body. Possesses a superior intellect and absolutely no people skills.


Adam Strange of Earth and New Rann. First appeared in Showcase #17. He’s a master combatant and an expert tactician armed with Rannian technology.


Captain Comet, real name Adam Blake of Earth. First appeared in Strange Adventures #9. Technically, this is Captain Comet II, who has recently gone by the name of Comet. The original was killed in 52 Week Thirty-One, and was reborn in Mystery in Space #1. Possesses superhuman strength and endurance, telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation and flight.


“You war with Thanagar took a bad turn?” Dox is referring to the events depicted in the Rann-Thanagar: Holy War mini-series.


Page 6: The emergency transmission that Adam Strange picked up from the Flash was seen in Blackest Night #4.


The scene in which Black Lantern Martian Manhunter attacks Green Lantern and the Flash occurred in Green Lantern (fourth series) #44.


Page 7: Starro the Conqueror, formerly known as Cobi of Hatorei. First appeared in The Brave and the Bold (first series) #28. More details about the origins of Starro and the explanation that he’s actually a humanoid warlord were revealed in R.E.B.E.L.S. Annual #1: Starro the Conqueror.


Page 8: Starro’s recent campaign to conquer the universe and Vril Dox’s rebellion against him is the main story seen in recent issues of R.E.B.E.L.S.


Bounder of Cairn. First appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #3. Wears an armored suit that allows him to inflate and act like a wrecking ball, crushing his opponents.


Page 9: Lyrl Dox, also known as Brainiac 3 of Colu. First appeared in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’91 #28. Possesses super-intelligence, which is currently being suppressed by his father.


Strata of Dryad. First appeared in Invasion! #2. Possesses superhuman strength and invulnerability due to her silicon-based form.


Garv of Dryad. First appeared in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’90 #15. Possesses superhuman strength and invulnerability. Despite the fact that this book says that Garv is from Dryad, I really don’t buy it. Garv’s homeworld has not, to my knowledge, ever been revealed, and Dryadian are typically silicon-based life forms, like Strata or Brik from the Green Lantern Corps.


Rocky is Strata and Garv’s son. Cute little guy, ain’t he?


The High Vanguard is Starro’s top soldiers, who command his horde. They first appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #4. From left to right, they are Acarinus, Limina, Smite, Blackfang, Chronar and Brunt.


Page 11: Kanjar Ro of Dhor. First appeared in Justice League of America (first series) #3. A cunning strategist who relies on high-tech weaponry, including his infamous Gamma Gong. You read that right – the Gamma Gong. No snickering.


Amon Hakk of Khundia. First appeared in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’91 #30. A skilled warrior outfitted with a cybernetic arm.


Xylon, Fleet Admiral of the Dominion Homeworld. First appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #4. Military strategist.


omeworld.

Ciji of Durla. First appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #4. Shape-shifter.


Wildstar of Starhaven. First appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #2. An energy being trapped in a containment suit who can fly and track others across the universe.


Page 14: Maltus is the original home to those who would evolve into the Guardians of the Universe, the Controllers and the Zamarons. It is currently the home to L.E.G.I.O.N. headquarters. The planet faces severe overpopulation.


“ – and you realized he doesn’t care enough to rescue me.” Vril and Lyrl have some bad blood between them, mainly due to Lyrl taking control of L.E.G.I.O.N. and hunting down Vril and his allies when he was only a baby. It tends to sour a father-son relationship.


Page 16: “Call me Brainiac 3.” This just so cannot be good.


Page 17: “I suppressed it so he could develop the values and judgment necessary to wield a 12th-level intelligence responsibly.” Why isn’t anyone on that ship laughing their asses off at Dox lecturing about values, judgment and responsibility?


Page 20: Ararinus and Blackfang feel rage, while Chronar and Limina feel fear.


Page 21: Whoops. Poor Limina’s not feeling anything else…she’s a dead one.


Page 23: A few members of the Sinestro Corps. Malia is the pale woman with white hair, while Narok is the guy who looks like a humanoid octopus. The rest are unnamed.


Page 25: Harbinger, real name Lyla Michaels of Earth. First appeared (as Lyla) in New Teen Titans (first series) #21 and (as Harbinger) in Crisis on Infinite Earths #1. Killed in Superman/Batman #10. Able to split into multiple duplicates, fly, and project energy.


I’m not sure why Harbinger appears in this story. I know that she’s dead, and was raised as a Black Lantern and all, but she really never had any connection to the L.E.G.I.O.N. or Vril Dox.


Page 27: In case you were wondering, that is Ciji who is transforming into a protective cocoon to save Amon Hakk, Strata, Garv and Rocky.


Page 28: Tribulus, homeworld unknown. First appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #1. A gigantic, mindless brute that can release blasts of mental lightning.


“I know everything about everyone.” While alive, Harbinger was the Monitor’s right hand woman and, as such, kept tabs on everyone in the Multiverse. After the Monitor’s death, she compiled the original History of the DC Universe, which, unfortunately, is woefully out-of-date.


So, if Narok is from Space Sector 2449, then why is his designation “Sinestro 1287”? Shouldn’t he be “Sinestro 2449”?


Page 30: I have to say, Dox looks good in a Sinestro Corps uniform. And the design lends itself well to Dox’s quasi-fascist fashion sense.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Booster Gold #26

“Dead Ted” Part I of II


Writer/Artist: Dan Jurgens

Additional Art: Mike Norton

Inker: Norm Rapmund

Editor: Michael Siglain


Synopsis


While Booster Gold revisits Ted Kord’s memorial service, Black Lantern Blue Beetle rises and attacks Daniel Carter. Skeets recruits Jaime Reyes, the new Blue Beetle, to aid him in protecting Carter, but they are outmatched. Booster returns from his trip in the time stream and is horrified to see that his best friend has returned from the dead…


Notes


Pages 1-3: This “memory download” is a brief summary of both Booster Gold and Blue Beetle’s origins, as well as how they met and what their relationship is like.


Page 4: Blue Beetle II, real name Theodore Stephen “Ted” Kord. First appeared in Captain Atom (first series) #83. Killed in Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1. A skilled acrobat and hand-to-hand combatant who possesses a genius-level intellect and access to an arsenal of high-tech equipment.


Page 5: Rip Hunter, true name unrevealed. First appeared in (historical) Showcase #20 and (modern) Booster Gold (first series) #13. A genius-level inventor who specializes in time travel and is conversant with fighting styles from every era in history.


Skeets, real name…Skeets. First appeared in Booster Gold (first series) #1. An artificial-intelligence robot that is able to fly, comprised of time-travel resistant plating, and is armed with weaponry and knowledge about the future.


That message from the Flash was first seen in Blackest Night #4.


Page 6: Goldstar II, real name Michelle Carter. First appeared (as Michelle) in Booster Gold (first series) #6, and (as Goldstar) in Booster Gold (first series) #20. Killed in Booster Gold (first series) #22. Returned to life in Booster Gold (second series) #1000000. Possesses magnetically-based powers of flight and enhanced strength, as well as magnetic blasts.


“The Black Beetle” has been a frequent nemesis of both Booster Gold and the new Blue Beetle in recent issues of Booster Gold.


Page 7: Booster Gold, real name Michael Jon Carter. First appeared in Booster Gold (first series) #1. Wears advanced technology that allows him to fly, fire energy blasts, create force field and grants him enhanced strength.


Okay, now the continuity headaches begin…


Pages 8-9: We’re at a memorial service for Ted Kord, the second Blue Beetle, at some point in the past. In attendance, from the back row to the front, moving from left to right, are…


Doctor Fate IV (Hector Hall), Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Mister Miracle II (Scott Free), Big Barda (Barda Free), Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adam), Hawkgirl II (Kendra Saunders), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), the Flash III (Wally West), Black Canary II (Dinah Lance), Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz), Doctor Light III (Kimiyo Hoshi), Guy Gardner, Fire (Beatriz Bonilla DaCosta), Mary Marvel (Mary Batson), Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Batman (Bruce Wayne), Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Donna Troy, Green Lantern II (Hal Jordan), Superman (Clark Kent) and Oberon.


Okay, deep breath time…


Blue Beetle was killed by Maxwell Lord in Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1.


Batman revealed to Superman. Wonder Woman and Booster Gold that Blue Beetle had been killed in The OMAC Project #2.


Wonder Woman then killed Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman (second series) #219.


A despondent and angry Booster Gold then resolved to go back to the 25th century and said goodbye to Fire in The OMAC Project #6.


He returned to the 21st century in Infinite Crisis #2, wearing his new costume (without the collar).


Now then…this memorial obviously occurs after Ted’s death. Also, it’s after Wonder Woman killed Max. But before Booster went back to the 25th century, given his costume and anger towards Batman. So, sometime between The OMAC Project #4 (a follow-up to Max’s death) and 6.


Unfortunately, there’s really no time for the heroes to hold a memorial service at that point, given that the OMACS were about to overrun the world. Doctor Fate was also busy being killed by the Spectre, and Captain Atom was traipsing around the Wildstorm Universe. Barda and Scott Free were probably doing New Gods stuff at the point…no one had seen them for a while.


Long story short? I have no idea when this scene occurs. Maybe it’s on one of the other 52 Earths out there…


Page 10: “Seems like we’d just been together for Sue’s funeral.” Sue Dibny’s funeral was in Identity Crisis #1.


Page 13: Blue Beetle III, real name Jaime Reyes, First appeared (as Jaime) in Infinite Crisis #3 and (as Blue Beetle) in Infinite Crisis #5. Bonded to an alien suit that provides protection, flight, enhanced strength and can generate multiple forms of weaponry.


Page 14: “Booster was there in the Batcave with me when the Scarab first turned me into the Blue Beetle.” This was in Infinite Crisis #5.


Page 17: “My god! He’d gone to Batman for help!” He did! Blue Beetle tried to enlist Batman’s aid in Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1, but was turned away.


Page 19: Remember, kids, Booster Gold with the collar means 1980s. Booster Gold without the collar means new, modern and hip. Tell your friends!


Page 20: Daniel Carter, also goes by the name Supernova. First appeared (as Daniel) in 52 Week 18 and (as Supernova) in 52 Week Fifty-Two. Wears advanced technology that allows him to fly, emit light, project energy and teleport.


Rose Levin, Dan’s future wife and Booster’s ancestor. First appeared in Booster Gold (second series) #1.


Page 22: That Bug (Blue Beetle’s aircraft) is a manifestation from Black Lantern Blue Beetle’s power ring.


Page 23: “Bwah-ha-ha-ha-hah!” If I need to explain it, then you just won’t appreciate it. Pick up Justice League International Volumes 1-4 to fully understand the grandeur that is the Blue and the Gold.


Page 26: Like the Bug, that BB Gun is a construct created by Black Lantern Blue Beetle’s power ring only, instead of producing a blinding flash of light, it fires an energy beam.


Page 29: Black Lantern Blue Beetle is about to rip Supernova’s heart out of his chest. Ick.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

BLACKEST NIGHT timeline

So I get these stupid thoughts in my head sometimes.

“Hey! It would be cool to do weekly reviews for 52!”

Infinite Crisis hardcover! Why don’t I sit down and note all of the changes from the original issues?”

“Why don’t I put together a timeline for the events of Blackest Night?”

Yeah, I’m a masochist sometimes.

What follows is a somewhat coherent timeline of the events of DC’s Blackest Night event, dealing with the main mini-series, as well as related issues of Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps and other tie-in books. I’d like to say that it’s been a blast…well, it has been fun, yes, but it’s also been a big old pain in the neck as well.

A few ground rules before you scroll down for a look. First off, the timeline is separated into three columns – the first is labeled “Blackest Night,” and the third is marked “War of Light.” These are purely arbitrary designations; “Blackest Night” deals with the events happening on Earth, while “War of Light” details what’s transpiring on Oa, Zamaron, Okaara, Korugar, Odym and Ysmault. My original draft of this combined everything into one column, but the war between the various Corps doesn’t really link up to the events on Earth in too many places, so it became a logistical nightmare. Hence, the three columns.

As for how events are arranged in the timeline…well, they’re in order, duh. But, seriously…Basically, I used the Blackest Night mini-series pretty much as canon; as events transpire in the book, so do they occur on the timeline, with a few minor tweaks and merging of several scenes into one here or there. All of the events seen in the other tie-in mini-series and crossovers are based off the main story. Beyond that, there isn’t a whole lot to work with as far as determining which events happening in which order, with the exception of the ever-present “Black Lantern Power Levels” reminders.

So, as you read down the column, the events transpire in chronological order. If an event in the “Blackest Night” column is on the same row as an event in the “War of Light” column, then they kinda-sorta-maybe occur at the same time; I’m using the idea that time moves differently on other planets to explain any glaring discrepancies.

But what about that second column you mentioned, you may ask? Well, for the most part, that middle column is just a black line separating the two events. There are, however, several times in the timeline in which it’s left open, basically to indicate that the events on the “Blackest Night” column take place at the same time as the events in the “War of Light” column. Simple, right?

A final note – this whole timeline is highly subjective and based solely on my interpretation of the story. You may place certain events in a different order, or next month’s issue of Green Lantern Corps will contradict whole rows worth of the timeline.

But it’s what I came up with, for better or for worse. Scroll on down and enjoy.

BLACKEST NIGHT


WAR OF LIGHT

Scar opens the Book of the Black to create the first Black Lantern. (GL#43)



Black Hand goes to his family’s mortuary and murders his entire family. He then turns his weapon on himself, committing suicide. He is reborn as the embodiment of the Black Lantern Corps. (GL #43; This issue takes place sometime near Easter, as evidenced by the “Happy Easter” sign outside of the Hand Mortuary.)




Hal Jordan and Barry Allen visit Bruce Wayne’s grave. (BN #0)




Black Hand digs up Bruce Wayne’s grave and uses his skull as a lantern. He speaks the Black Lantern oath for the first time; power rings explode from the battery on Ryut. (BN #0, BN #1)




HERO DAY ON EARTH

Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner fly over Coast City and light the memorial. (BN #1)




In Smallville, Clark Kent, Martha Kent, Conner Kent and Krypto visit Jonathan Kent’s grave. (BN #1)




In Pittsburgh, Martin Stein, Jason Rusch and Gehenna visit Ronnie Raymond’s grave. (BN #1)




The Titans and the Teen Titans gather to remember their fallen teammates at Titans Tower in San Francisco. (BN #1, BN: Titans #1)




The surviving members of the Flash’s Rogue’s Gallery meet at Avernus in Central City to honor Captain Boomerang. (BN#1)




Former members of the JLI meet in Chicago to honor Ted Kord. (BN #1)




Members of the JSA join Kyle Rayner at Valhalla in Metropolis to remember the members of the superhero community buried there. (BN #1)




Mera and Tempest travel to Amnesty Bay to visit Aquaman’s grave. Tempest urges Mera to allow him to move Arthur’s resting place to Atlantis. (BN #1)


On Oa, the Guardians of the Universe watch as the War of Light unfolds. (BN #1)


Members of the Sinestro Corps attack Zamaron to free their captive members. (BN #1)


Alfred Pennyworth visit’s Bruce Wayne’s grave, only to find it disturbed. (BN#1)


Mongul leads another faction of the Sinestro Corps on Korugar. (BN #1)


Hal Jordan and Barry Allen meet at the Hall of Justice. Barry notices all of the villains’ bodies interred there. Hal tells Barry about all those who have died recently. (BN #1)


The “Lost Lanterns” invade Ysmault to rescue Laira’s body. (BN #1)


The Orange Lanterns attempt to steal the Blue Lantern power battery from Odym. (BN#1, GL #42, BN: Tales of the Corps #1)


Ray Palmer calls Carter Hall and asks him to go with him to Jean Loring’s grave. Carter gets angry and hangs up. Kendra Saunders attempts to reason with Carter. (BN #1)


Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner fly back to Oa from Earth and are joined by Soranik Natu and Princess Iolande. They notice the Black Lantern power rings fly past them towards Oa, despite the shields they create. (BN #1, GLC #39)


Hal Jordan has explained how dark the world has gotten to Barry Allen. Alfred Pennyworth calls the Hall of Justice looking for help. (BN #1)


The Guardians of the Universe prepare to call for a Code Black. Scar attacks, killing one of the Guardians. (BN #1)

Hal Jordan and Barry Allen investigate Bruce Wayne’s grave. (BN #1, GL #44)


Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner attempt to rally the Green Lantern Corps while Soranik Natu and Princess Iolande go to the infirmary to evacuate the patients. (GLC #39)


Black Lantern power rings arrive on Earth and Mars. (BN #1)


The Black Lantern power rings invade the Crypts of the Green Lantern Corps on Oa.

(BN #1, GLC #39)


RISE.

On Oa, fallen Green Lanterns rise up to confront the Corps. On Earth, heroes and villains alike return from the dead. On Mars, the Martian Manhunter returns. (BN #1, GL #44, GLC #39)

Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders admit their feeling for one another. Black Lanterns Elongated Man and Sue Dibny attack and kill them as Black Hand watches. Carter and Kendra rise. Power Levels – 0.01%, 0.02%. (BN #1)


Jade flies from Earth to confront Kyle Rayner. Mass chaos erupts on Oa. (GLC #39)

Black Lantern Martian Manhunter attacks them using his vast mental abilities. Hal and Barry escape; Hal attempts to contact Oa, with no response. Martian Manhunter finds them and collapses a building onto them. (BN #1, GL #44)


On Oa, Scar explains her actions to the rest of the Guardians of the Universe. Power Levels 0.75%. (GL #44)

Black Lantern power rings descend towards Ysmault, Okaara and Zamaron. (GL #44)

Batman and Robin investigate Bruce Wayne’s grave and find the devastation from Hal Jordan and Barry Allen’s fight with Black Lantern Martian Manhunter. (BN: Batman #1)


The Lost Lanterns recover Laira’s body on Ysmault. (GL #44)

Larfleeze watches as his Orange Lanterns try to take Saint Walker’s Blue Lantern power ring from him. (GL #44)

Ray Palmer calls Carter Hall. Carter tells Ray to come over and talk. (BN #2)


Carol Ferris leads the Star Sapphires in defending Zamaron from the Sinestro Corps. (GL #44)

Black Lantern tricks Hal Jordan and Barry Allen into fighting one another. Barry falls into the river, while Hal is flung into the skies above Gotham City. (GL #44)


Scar incapacitates the Guardians of the Universe. Power Levels – 0.91%, 1.20%. (GL #44)

Jim Gordon and Barbara Gordon talk on the rooftop of Gotham City Police Department. Hal Jordan crashes into the Bat Signal. (BN #2)


John Stewart watches as the planet Xanshi reforms. John is shocked. (GL #44, GL #45)

Tempest and Mera arrive at Amnesty Bay with Atlantean soldiers to move Aquaman’s body, but the grave has been disturbed. Black Lantern Aquaman attacks them and kills one of the soldiers. Power Levels – 2.63%. (BN #2)


Kryb and the other female members of the Sinestro Corps are freed from their conversion crystals. Sinestro arrives on Zamaron and tells Carol Ferris to not interfere. (GL #45)

Deadman visits his grave in Gotham City; Black Lantern Boston Brand rises. (BN #2, BN: Batman #1)


Arisia returns to Oa from Daxam and is greeted by Black Lanterns of her father, mother and grandfather. (GLC #40)

In Washington, DC, Hank Hall rises; his brother Don does not. (BN #2, BN: Titans #1)

Kal-L rises. (BN: Superman #1)


Salaak and a small group of Green Lanterns enter the Citadel of the Corps and find the Guardians of the Universe missing. The Alpha Lanterns attempt to take control, but Salaak assumes leadership of the Green Lantern Corps. (GLC #40)

A host of deceased Batman foes, including King Snake and Blockbuster, rise. (BN: Batman #1)


Kyle Rayner is torn while facing Black Lantern Jade, who taunts him with images of those he has failed. (GLC #40)

Mera and Tempest fight back against Black Lantern Aquaman, but Black Lanterns Dolphin and Aquagirl join the battle. Aquagirl kills Tempest. Power Levels – 3.43%. Tempest rises. Mera flees. (BN #2)


Those executed by the Alpha Lanterns due to their involvement in the Sciencell riots on Oa rise. (GLC #40)

Black Lantern Kal-L arrives in Smallville and begins killing its residents. Power Levels 3.44%, 3.55%, 3.82%. (BN: Superman #1)



The Phantom Stranger, Blue Devil, Zatanna and the Spectre visit Boston Brand’s grave. Pariah interrupts them and explodes in a swarm of Black Lantern rings. Black Hand raises Crispus Allen and bonds the Spectre to him. (BN #2)


Former Sinestro Corps members, now Black Lanterns, arrive on Zamaron and confront Sinestro and Carol Ferris. Power Level – 45.43%. Black Lantern Weaponers battle against the Sinestro Corps on Qward. (GL #45)

Hal Jordan recovers and beams information to Oracle’s computer. Barry Allen keeps Black Lantern Martian Manhunter occupied. (BN #2)


Black Lanterns overrun Oa. Power Levels – 45.96%, 45.97%. (GLC #40)

Deadman contacts Batman and Robin and alerts them to the threat of the Black Lanterns. They learn that the Graysons and the Drakes have risen. Batman contacts Red Robin in France to ask for his help. (BN: Batman #1)


Black Lantern Katma Tui goes on a rampage. Power Levels – 46.09%. (GLC #40)

Hal Jordan and Barry Allen momentarily defeat Black Lantern Martian Manhunter, but the Black Lantern Justice League gathers to attack them. (BN #2)


Black Lantern Bzzd kills off more than his fair share of Green Lanterns. Power Levels –46.27%, 46.28%, 45.29%, 46.30%, 46.31%. Guy captures Bzzd, but he, in turn, is attacked by Black Lantern Ke’Haan. Guy incinerates Ke’haan in anger. (GLC #40, 41)

Black Lanterns King Snake, Blockbuster, Ventriloquist, Magpie, the Trigger Twins, Abattoir, Deacon Blackfire and the KGBeast attack Gotham City Police Headquarters. Power Levels – 46.65%, 46.69%, 46.72%, 46.75%, 46.77%, 46.89%, 47.01%. (BN: Batman #2)



Jason Rusch and Gehenna receive a JLA alert. (BN #3)


On Ungara, Abin Sur rises. (BN #2)

Black Lanterns Terra and Omen attack Titans Tower in San Francisco. Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire confront their fallen teammates, while Donna Troy, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash deal with Black Lanterns Terry and Robert Long. (BN: Titans #1,2)


On Ysmault, the Lost Lanterns prepare to leave, but Alpha Lantern Boodikka begins terminating the Red Lanterns. As Atrocitus joins the battle, Black Lantern rings fall from the sky. (GL #45)

Hal Jordan and Barry Allen battle the Black Lantern Justice League. Barry attempts to remove Black Lantern Firestorm’s ring, causing feedback. Power Levels – 50.32%. Ray Palmer arrives. (BN #3)


High above Odym, the Black Lantern rings wait for death so they might descend. The Orange Lanterns struggle to steal the Blue Lantern power battery, as Saint Walker and the Blue Lanterns defend their home world. (GL #45)

Hal Jordan and Barry Allen battle the Black Lantern Justice League. Barry attempts to remove Black Lantern Firestorm’s ring, causing feedback. Power Levels – 50.32%. Ray Palmer arrives. (BN #3)


On Okaara, Larfleeze watches the events on Odym with glee, but is horrified when Black Lanterns of those he has slain rise to consume him. (GL #45)

Firestorm arrives at the Hall of Justice in Washington, DC. He watches the monitors showing scenes of the Black Lanterns all across the world. (BN #3)



The JSA protects Manhattan. (BN #3)



Black Lantern Osiris rises in Kahndaq. (BN #3)



The Black Lantern Rogues march on Iron Heights Penitentiary. (BN #3)



Over Moscow, the Rocket Red Brigade battles Black Lantern Rocket Red. (BN #3)



Black Lanterns Tempest, Aquagirl, Dolphin, Wildebeest and Pantha fly towards Titans Tower in San Francisco. (BN #3)



Black Lantern Unknown Soldier rises in Washington, D.C. (BN #3)



Mera reveals to Firestorm that she sent out the JLA alert. (BN #3)



Jim Gordon and Barbara Gordon escape from Gotham City Police Headquarters with the aid of Deadman. Batman and Robin attack the Black Lanterns with flamethrowers, with little success. (BN: Batman #2)



Black Lantern Elongated Man attempts to kill Ray Palmer. Indigo-1 and Munk arrive. Indigo-1 adds Hal Jordan’s power to her own to destroy Black Lanterns Elongated Man and Sue Dibny. Indigo-1 teleports herself, Munk, Hal Jordan, Barry Allen and Ray Palmer to the Hall of Justice, where they regroup with Firestorm and Mera. Indigo-1 explains to the heroes about the powers of the emotional spectrum and the Blackest Night. Hal resolves to join Indigo-1 and recruit the representatives of the other Corps. (BN #3)


Black Lanterns of the Five Inversions confront Atrocitus on Ysmault. Black Lantern Qull rips Atrocitus’ heart out of his chest, but it only fuels his rage. (BN #3, GL #47)

Larfleeze flees from the Black Lanterns of those whom he killed on Okaara. (BN #3)

Saint Walker strikes back against the Orange Lanterns evens as the Blue Lantern power battery is being stolen from Odym. (BN #3)

On Zamaron, Sinestro battles Black Lanterns of his former Sinestro Corps members Amon Sur and Duel Enkham, while Carol Ferris delivers a blow to Black Lantern Ugg-I. (BN #3)

The Black Lantern Justice League attacks the Hall of Justice. Indigo-1, Munk and Hal Jordan teleport to Zamaron. (BN #3)


Sinestro and Carol Ferris find themselves outnumbered in their battle against the Black Lanterns. Hal Jordan and Indigo-1 arrive on Zamaron and join forces with Carol Ferris and Sinestro. Munk travels to Oa to warn the Green Lantern Corps. (GL #46)

Black Lantern Firestorm splits Jason Rusch and Gehenna from one another, absorbing Jason and turning Gehenna into salt. Power Levels 56.56%, 56.57%, 56.58%. (BN #3)



Hawk and Dove confront Black Lantern Hawk in Washington, D.C. Black Lantern Hawk kills Hawk. Power Levels – 57.03%. She rises. Dove fights them, but is outnumbered. (BN: Titans #1,2)


John Stewart attempt to contact Oa, with no luck. He decides to fly down to Xanshi. (GL #46)

Red Robin rescues Batman, Robin, Jim Gordon and Barbara Gordon from Gotham City Police Headquarters, but the Bat-plane is brought down by the Flying Graysons and the Drakes. It lands in a cemetery. Batman and Red Robin prepare to confront their undead parents. (BN: Batman #2,3)



Black Lantern power rings invade the lower levels of the Hall of Justice and raise the villains interred there. (BN #3)


Khufu and Chay-Ara rise on Zamaron. Power Levels – 63.24%, 68.99%, 71.42%, 75.25%. The Predator entity is freed, and Zamaron is compromised. (GL #46)

Black Lantern Psycho-Pirate arrives in Smallville and begins wreaking havoc on the populace. Above the town, Superman and Superboy battle Black Lantern Kal-L. (BN: Superman #2; This is the earliest that this event can take place, given the fact that Psycho-Pirate doesn’t rise until BN #3.)



The Black Lantern Justice League and a host of raised villains attack Barry Allen, Mera and Ray Palmer at the Hall of Justice. (BN #4)


Star Sapphire Miri and Kryb arrive on Vora but Kryb’s children are gone. (GLC #40)

Deadman recruits Etrigan to aid in the fight against the Black Lanterns as Batman and Red Robin deal with the Black Lantern versions of their parents. They use Mr. Freeze’s cold technology to confuse the Black Lanterns and repel them from Gotham City for the time being. (BN: Batman #3)


Soranik Natu and Princess Iolande arrive at the Green Lantern Corps infirmary and defend the injured from the Black Lanterns. Power Levels – 85.26%. Black Lantern rings swarm in and raise the recently fallen Green Lanterns. (GLC #40, 41)

Black Lantern Psycho-Pirate gains control of Superboy and turns him on Superman, but the Boy of Steel eventually resists and breaks free. Power Levels 93.01%. Superboy uses the Medusa Mask to deactivate Black Lanterns Kal-L and Psycho-Pirate. (BN: Superman #3)



Black Hand wanders through the cemetery in Coast City. Power Levels – 93.55%. (BN #4)


Arisia fends off the Black Lantern versions of her family. (GLC #41)

Black Lantern Firestorm attacks Barry Allen and Ray Palmer. Jason Rusch attempts to take control of Firestorm, but his victory is limited. Power Levels – 93.88%. (BN #4)



Black Lantern Aquaman arrives at the Hall of Justice. Ray Palmer, Barry Allen and Mera escape by teleporting over phone lines. (BN #4)



Black Lantern Azrael confronts the Scarecrow in Gotham City. Power Levels – 95.44%, 95.45%. (BN #4)



Lex Luthor is in lockdown underneath Metropolis. (BN #4)



Barry Allen gives Ray Palmer and Mera a pep talk. Barry races off to warn the rest of Earth’s heroes, while Ray and Mera travel to New York City via one of Mr. Terrific’s T-Spheres. The Justice Society is in the midst of battling the Black Lantern JSA and Freedom Fighters. (BN #4)


Kilowog leads a squad of Green Lanterns, but is overwhelmed by Black Lantern Ermey and his forces. (GLC #41)

Dove and the Black Lantern Hawks arrive on Titans Island. Dove discovers that she can destroy the Black Lanterns with her touch. Black Lanterns Tempest, Terra and Hawk (Hank Hall) survive and flee Titans Island. (BN: Titans #3)


Vath Sarn and Isamot Kol find themselves under fire from Black Lanterns Tanakata Z and Quond, as well as Kryb’s children. When all seems lost, Munk arrives to help defend Oa. (GLC #41)

Barry Allen races across the world in an effort to warn others about the threat of the Black Lanterns. (BN #4)



Wonder Woman battles Black Lantern Maxwell Lord. (BN #4)



Black Canary and Green Arrow hold off Black Lantern Black Canary. (BN #4)



The Titans get their second wind after repelling the Black Lantern Titans. (BN #4, BN: Titans #3)



Black Hand arrives at the Hand Mortuary in Cost City. Power Levels – 97.77%, 97.79%. (BN #4)



Black Lanterns Celsius, Tempest, Negative Woman and Clifford Steele invade Oolong Island and attack the Chief, Robotman, Negative Man and Elasti-Woman. (Doom Patrol #4)



Black Lantern Blue Beetle tracks down Booster Gold and the new Blue Beetle in Metropolis. (Booster Gold #26)



While Black Lantern Harbinger attacks a group of Sinestro Corpsmen, Black Lantern Stealth tries to kill Vril Dox. Dox receives a yellow power ring and becomes a member of the Sinestro Corps. (R.E.B.E.L.S. #10)



Alan Scott and Mera both attempt to halt the Black Lanterns. Ray Palmer tries to inspire Damage, and saves him from an attack by Black Lantern Atom. However, a surprise attack from Black Lantern Jean Loring kills Damage. (BN #4)


Vath Sarn, Isamot Kol and Munk fend off an attack by a group of reanimated Green Lanterns and the Corphans. Ermey is about to rip out Kilowog’s heart but becomes distracted. Kyle Rayner and Soranik Natu defeat Black Lantern Jade. (GLC #42)

Black Lantern Power Levels – 100%

Barry Allen feels a connection to the power of the Black Lanterns. He races to Coast City, only to watch as the Black Lantern power battery rises form the Hand mortuary. (BN #4)


The Black Lanterns on Oa attempt to “consume will” and destroy the Green Lantern power battery. The Green Lanterns Corps attempts to prevent this, but Alpha Lantern Chaselon’s internal power battery is removed and damaged. Kyle Rayner uses the power battery’s blast to destroy the Black Lanterns, sacrificing himself in the process. (GLC #42)

Nekron rises.



To be continued…