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Review Group Week 216 - BLACKEST NIGHT #8

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Postby MrBlack » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:11 am

Blackest Night #8

Blackest Night was a series of awesome moments spread throughout an otherwise pointless story, and issue #8 was no different. I found myself enjoying the "big" moments every few pages (yes, I still get excited over the Anti-Monitor), and even tittering over the foldout splash page ("Osiris? SQUEEEEEEEEE!"), but those could not save the unfocused narrative. Did Nekron even do anything besides talk a lot and tangle with Sinestro? At the end of the day, this is yet another overlong setup for the next big event rather than a satisfying story in its own right.

The saving grace of the series has been the art, and Ivan Reis knocks it out of the park this issue. The aforementioned fold-out splash page is a great example, but my favorite panels might have been those featuring the reunion of Aquaman and Mera. Reis managed to cram a ton of emotion into those handful of panels.

Buy this one for the purty pictures.

Story: 4
Art: 10
Overall: 7

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Postby MrBlack » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:12 am

Writing that short review, I just reminded myself that I have the oversized Anti-Monitor Heroclix figure boxed away somewhere.

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Postby Old Man » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:33 pm

This is how a mega-event should be written. A lot of things happen and an ending is reached. At this point, you could stop reading comics forever and never wonder how the event finished.

Somebody asked where they should start if they wanted to get into Blackest Night. The answer is Blackest Night #1, but if you want to fully enjoy all that is happening, you have to start with Green Lantern: Rebirth. That is how far back the roots for this series go.

Somebody who only reads the Wickipedia recaps might very well say that it doesn't sound that good. That's because it is best enjoyed by reading it, not just summaries...something that seems to happen all too often. There is more physical and emotional impact through the direct involvement of watching a football game as opposed to read a story in a newspaper.

I suppose the DC haters, the Geoff Johns haters, and the Dan DiDio haters are going to find ways to tear this apart. More power to them. This is Johns's best work to date. Hopefully, we will get more of this in the future.

The art is superb. There are only a few places where it is not perfectly clear what is happening, not on every page, as is often the case today.

If you are a superhero fan, this is the best it gets for big events. On that basis, I give it a 9.9. It's almost perfect, and is on a par with Watchmen.
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Postby thefourthman » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:37 pm

But see I am a Johns fan. I am a DC fan, I am a superhero comics fan and I did not like this.

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Postby Old Man » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:38 pm

Jubilee wrote:I'm not paying for this POS.


Next time Jubilee has a pick, I'm not reviewing it. I'm sick of this attitude.
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Postby thefourthman » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:39 pm

Old Man wrote:Next time Jubilee has a pick, I'm not reviewing it. I'm sick of this attitude.

What if it is a book you really want to read?]

Not that I am defending his shitty attitude.

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Postby Old Man » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:43 pm

amlah6 wrote:That's a pretty dick statement directed at the people of Ohio.


The people are the same in Oklahoma and Ohio, only the necks are redder in Ohio.
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Postby Old Man » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:44 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:They both exist one has cleveland and the other has the Klan and sister fucking...I don't know which is worse.


The Klan is worse than sister fucking.
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Postby Old Man » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:45 pm

Jubilee wrote:I went into this issue knowing it would be a clusterfuck from the spoilers.


Exactly a point I made above. Don't read it, read the recaps, then hate it. Typical internet punk.
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Postby Old Man » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:51 pm

Dragavon wrote:You might be the only one who believes that. Most of us are just disappointed as hell with this book


I'm not.
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Postby Old Man » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:57 pm

thefourthman wrote:What if it is a book you really want to read?]

Not that I am defending his shitty attitude.


I'll read the book, but not review it.
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Postby thefourthman » Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:16 pm

Old Man wrote:I'll read the book, but not review it.

so the group suffers cause twigg is a twit?

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Postby Old Man » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:21 pm

thefourthman wrote:so the group suffers cause twigg is a twit?


You think it doesn't already? Seriously?
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Postby Old Man » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:25 pm

Jubilee wrote:My favorite review, from a man much more articulate than I:

(snipped for brevity)



If you're going to steal someone's review, you should at least mention their name.
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