Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Blackest Night:: The Flash #3

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Scott Kolins

Editor: Adam Schlagman


Barry Allen struggles to save his grandson Bart from the sway of the Black Lantern power ring, while Captain Cold and the Rogues battle the Black Lantern Rogues at Iron Heights. And what connection does the Reverse-Flash have to the Brightest Day that follows the Blackest Night?


Page 1: Captain Boomerang II last appeared in Blackest Night: The Flash #2.

This is Sandblast’s first (and presumably last) appearance.

“I can make Captain Cold forget you’re a sex offender.” As Captain Cold explains later in this issue, the Rogues don’t hurt women and children, making Sandblast “ineligible” for membership in the Rogues.

Page 2: Sandblast is feeling fear.

Page 3: Black Lantern Captain Boomerang last appeared in Blackest Night: The Flash #2.

At the end of Blackest Night: The Flash #2, Owen snatched Digger from Iron Heights in the midst of a battle with the Rogues. So, how long after that moment is this scene taking place? I know that Owen can move at superspeed, but that’s an awful lot of bodies that Digger has down in that hole with him that he has killed.

Page 4: Barry Allen and Wally West last appeared in Blackest Night: The Flash #2. This issue seems to take place immediately after that one and before the events of Green Lantern (fourth series) #51.

Page 5: Saint Walker and Black Lanterns Solovar, Firestorm, Reverse-Flash and Kid Flash last appeared in Blackest Night: The Flash #2.

Barry is using his Blue Lantern power ring to create an energy construct of Firehawk to keep Firestorm busy.

Saint Walker is using his to create constructs of Gorilla Grodd and his warriors to plague Solovar.

Page 6: “He might be dead now, but I know he’s resurrected at some point in his own relative future.” As seen in The Flash: Rebirth mini-series, Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash, came back from the future to attack Barry Allen and the rest of the Flash Family. The only problem with that? Barry killed Thawne way back in The Flash (first series) #324. Thus, at some point in the future, Thawne must be resurrected so that he can return to his own century so that he can come back to fight Barry…again. Make sense? Good, because time travel gives me a headache…

Page 7: 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, but his actual resurrection remains to be seen. Last appeared in The Flash: Rebirth #6. Able to tap into a Negative Speed Force that allows him to move at superhuman speed.

“…but I put him, alive and almost well, in Iron Heights myself last week.” Continuity note! The Flash: Rebirth #6 occurred “last week.” And the events of Blackest Night seem to be taking place over the course of two days or so. This means that the last year or so of DC Comics are taking place over the course of about nine days or so. Ye gods!

Captain Cold, Trickster II, Weather Wizard, Heat Wave and Black Lanterns Trickster and Rainbow Raider last appeared in Blackest Night: The Flash #2.

The Rogues have had better days…

Mirror Master is erroneously depicted on this page, and the word balloon attributed to him belongs to the Trickster.

Page 8: Mirror Master II and Black Lanterns the Top and Golden Glider last appeared in Blackest Night: The Flash #2.

Heat Wave seems to be doing a halfway decent job of melting the Black Lantern power rings.

Page 9: Black Lantern Kid Flash experienced feedback when trying to rip Wally’s heart out of his chest because Wally’s costume is made of pure Speed Force. That’s not the easiest material to get through.

Page 10: “Infection Detected. Infection Expelled.” Wally seems to have been sucked into the “phantom zone” like area in which those taken over by the Black Lantern power rings inhabit, where they can watch what is going on in the world but not affect it. Wally is the “infection,” and is promptly expelled.

Page 11: The Black Lantern Rogues have detected something, but they can’t get a good read on it. Previously, Black Lanterns have tried to read Etrigan the Demon and Dove and had the same reaction of confusion.

Page 12: The confusion for the Black Lantern Rogues stems from Eobard Thawne, who has the “Brightest Day/White Lantern” symbol emanating from him. Presumably, Blackest Night is the catalyst for Thawne’s returns, but, because he is technically dead in the present, the Rogues don’t understand what they are looking at. Is he alive? Is he dead? They don’t have a clue.

“Don’t know. Don’t care.” I just love Captain Cold’s attitude.

Page 14: Okay, I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one. Captain Cold uses his cold grenade at Iron Heights, trapping the prison and everyone in it, including Eobard Thawn, in an iceberg. At the same moment, Black Lantern Reverse Flash is frozen. Since Thawne is something of an anomaly here, there isn’t anyone else to compare him to, but I theorize that, because two versions of Thawne are “alive” at once, what happens to one affects the other. Does that make sense? Until Johns gives a better explanation, that’s what I’m going with.

“I vibrate through things and they explode.” Wally has a negative effect on objects through which he vibrates. This “upgrade” in his power occurred in The Flash (second series) #100.

Page 15: “Nekron’s calling Firestorm away. Martian Manhunter and Superman.” As seen at the end of Green Lantern (fourth series) #51 and the beginning of Blackest Night #7, Nekron has begun to gather together all of his Black Lanterns so that me may kill the universe. Heavy stuff.

Page 17: Yeah, so I have no idea why Thawne’s reflection is in the ice surrounding Black Lantern Reverse-Flash. I’m waiting to see if an explanation is forthcoming.

Pages 18-19: “This ain’t Hellraiser, Owen!” Hellraiser is a 1987 film based on the novel The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker. I’m assuming that Captain Cold is making this reference because, in the movie, a man killed by the demonic Cenobites consumes blood in an effort to restore his physical body to life.

Captain Boomerang is feeling rage, love, avarice and hope. Captain Cold is feeling nothing.

Page 20: “Owen. The Rogues don’t kill women or children.” Yeah, yeah, I know, there have been instances in the past when the Rogues were shown killing woman and children, most notably back in The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive when they attacked and killed Bart Allen, then known as the Flash. However, no offense to anyone involved…that series sucked. Really it did. Even writer Marc Guggenheim couldn’t redeem it. So let’s forget about it.

And let’s rewrite the above line so that it reads, “The Geoff Johns-written Rogues don’t kill women or children.” Happy?

Page 21: But the Rogues do kill those who kill women and children…

Captain Boomerang is feeling fear, hope, love and avarice.

Page 22: Poor Owen. He only wanted to resurrect his super-villain, deadbeat dad by sacrificing anyone who came into his path. That’s all.

I liked Owen Mercer, and maybe his story isn’t over yet. I’m sure that Reverse-Flash isn’t the only person making a comeback once Blackest Night is over…

Page 23: Barry, Bart and Wally are racing towards the Black Lantern Spectre, with whom Hal and the rest of the Lanterns are battling in Green Lantern (fourth series) #50-51.