We're passed the halfway point in Blackest Night. It seems like issue #1 was so long ago. Like most of you, I was super excited over this series. With all the 'deaths' and Blackest Night tie-ins, is that excitement still there?
There was a reason that issue #4 didn't get reviewed. While I really enjoyed this issue, I feel as if I've had too many "events" lately. Despite the quality of this issue along with the twists and turns, I just can't get as excited as I was in the beginning. It's an unfortunate thing and this issue doesn't deserve to get the brunt of my 'comic-event overload.' Part of me is just jaded over all the crazy things that happen in this issue. We saw the "rise" of a major character. Do you buy it? I have a hard time with it. Then there's the ultra-craziness at the end. Let's be realistic, there's just no way that's going to stick. But you could say the way it happened could be a factor in that.
Geoff Johns is continuing with his masterplan. I have to wonder how many people on the "inside" know where he's taking all of this. I'm digging it but I have to say I'm looking forward to the end. It's simply been event after event. We all need a break. Events shouldn't drive all the comics. It may not be easy to write a good event but it's also not easy writing single story arcs that can have a big impact. That would be my challenge to all the publishers behind these big events. Let's see some great stories that don't have to be pumped up into some crazy crisis.
Ivan Reis continues to nail it with the art. Alex Sinclair goes all out with the colors. When the "Rainbow Rodeo" appear, they almost jump off the page. If you've read the first four issues, there's no question whether or not you're going to read this one. It's good stuff. I definitely will have to come back and read the entire story after it ends and I have time to recover from all of it. It's an enjoyable story but I need some time away from all the events. But there's no way I can walk away from this series at this point.