Moreover (unlike many comics crossovers), BN is very tightly and carefully interwoven with the crossover issues of related series, namely Green Lantern (also by Geoff Johns) and GL Corps (by Peter Tomasi).
However… the “second-tier” crossovers may be another story. For instance, the first issue (of three) of Blackest Night: Superman leaves me scratching my head a bit.
Herewith, some top-of-my-head reactions to the issue (written by Superman scribe James Robinson, drawn by Eddy Barrows):
- So, the former President of the United States (Pete Ross) is managing a general store in Smallville, and sweeping his own front walk? Not giving speeches, not serving on boards, not writing his memoirs? No sign of Secret Service protection, either? I know Pete’s a fairly humble guy, but this struck me as absolutely ridiculous.
- I had assumed that Clark’s presence on earth in BN #1 meant that BN was occurring after the end of his self-exile in World of New Krypton, but apparently not. A throwaway line in here tells us that Clark’s “just visiting.” He seems kind of casual about it, frankly, compared to his wholehearted dedication to New Krypton in his own titles. Was it so important to get Superman into this “event story” that it merited carving out an exception to the dominant theme of his own current book (which, oddly enough, Robinson co-writes)?
- Kal-L’s symbol was drawn wrong, on both his tombstone and his costume. Sloppy.
- I was kind of annoyed to see the zombified Kal-L (and his version of Lois) at all. Surely, if there are any characters at all in the DCU who deserve to be left to rest in peace, it’s them. Don (Dove) Hall was at peace (in BN #2), but they weren’t?
- Plot so far: bad guy attacks Clark’s loved ones. Seen it a million times. Theme so far: Clark loves his mother and his protégé, Conner. Meh. We already knew that. Does this story have any real point to it?
I haven’t read the Batman or Titans crossover specials yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for something a bit more relevant, though… or at least more engaging.Tags: Blackest Night, DC Comics, super-heroes, Superman