No, I’ve not slacked off for the past 3 weeks. I was away for work.
I’ve been catching up on the previous few weeks of comics and not surprisingly, Blackest Night continues to be brilliant.
Even the side series such as Blackest Night: Superman and Blackest Night: Batman impressed, which is much more than what can be said for the side series of other Mega Crossover events these days.
The inclusion of the crap talking Deadman to the uneasy alliance between the new Batman and Robin is simply… awesome. I was going to complain that too many of the classic Batman Rogue Gallery seemed to be dead, maimed or rendered lame these days, then along came this little ditty…
Brrrr…. what is it? Chills running down my spines is what it is.
Blackest Night: Superman took a very different direction from the other Blackest Night books so far. At the core of it all, Blackest Night is a book about zombies, and conventional wisdom dictates that zombies are commonly associated with… slasher flicks. And what would be a better place to base a slasher flick than the small American cornfield town of Smallville?
Also, it’s the first time I’ve seen an individual running so many colors on the emotional spectrum as seen by Black Lantern Kal L.
As for this week’s entry… to be honest, I am still waiting for my Secret Warriors to come in. I was very sure that THAT or Green Lantern #45 (being a Blackest Night book. Did I mention I adore the series right now) would be the books to top the charts this week. So before, I procrastinate any longer with this week’s entry, I decided that we should just move on.
Green Lantern #45, while good, focused too much on the War of the Lights in space. While it fleshes out Sinestro even more (if you can believe it. The guy has a Corp named after him) as a character, not much happened on Earth, which I felt was where the real fun is.
My problem with the War of the Lights is that there is too much baggage. Too many characters running around that is simply over the head for casual (really) fans like myself. There is too much history to catch up on that I simply cannot be bothered for the moment.
Ditto for Batman and Superman. I just know that the new Batman *spoiler alert?* is Dick Grayson and the new Robin, Damien Wayne. Superman’s New Krypton is a story line that I have not even begin to wrap my brain around.
Don’t even get me started on the X family of books. I cannot get who’s dead and who’s not anymore.
That is the reason why those books have not been on the Comic of the Week list so far. Though to be fair, Detective Comics this week is kind of brilliant. Like the continuation of the Dark Prophecy for Batwoman.
That is why I’ve decided to cheat a bit and put a Trade Paperback as my Comic of the Week.
Presenting Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.
Yes, it’s another zombie book but an uber brilliant one. It is not so much the brain eating brain-dead-guys or the hack-slash gore (I hate gore) that are cool, as the interactions between the various survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Kirkman just uses the scenario his exploration into the (sometimes dark, somewhat hopeful, always… human?) human psyche in this ongoing soap opera series.
The TPB is at its 10th volume right now, and I think we have just began to comprehend how far this rabbit hole really goes. By this volume, the main protagonist, Rick is not so much an anti hero anymore. He is just a Survivor like everyone in the book. Nothing more. Nothing less. As the world continues to trudge around knee deep in zombies, we began to see, through Rick’s interactions with new found Survivors and his current crew, what being a Survivor truly entails. It is not a pretty sight. But one you cannot stop starring at.
Highly recommended for… well… EVERYONE. Even those that don’t normally like zombies. Trust me, it’s worth it.
And yes, I trade wait for this series. For one thing, I cannot justify the money output for a black and white series every month. For another, I am pretty sure the anticipation from the month to month cliff hangers will kill me.
Speaking of zombies, apparently Marvel decided to hop onto the bandwagon with this as well.
Apparently Dead Mutants will rise.
Wish we could say the same about originality…