For a crossover event it was perfect. Had lots of hype so it drew people in. Story was easy to follow and accessible to anybody (a problem events like Final Crisis had). It focused on a core group of characters (the Green Lantern group) while showing small flashes of the rest of the universe. This is important because it gave the readers people to latch on to while not oversaturating the event by throwing everything and the kitchen sink at them. Meanwhile the tie ins all followed a pattern (black lantern ressurecting a friend of the main character) that made them easy to follow and while exposing you to a knew character, also showcased an emotional experience based on that characters history so you felt like you came away knowing something about that character which might persuade you to continue reading it (I know that I only pulled R.E.B.E.L.S. and Secret Six because of the tie in, and otherwise wouldn't have given them a shot). The main story itself was just a very colorful if simple comic book event that had clearly defined villains (the black lanterns) while everybody else was a protagonist so it was the entirity of the DCU, including villains, vs these evil zombies. Pretty straightforward and again accessible. Also the fact that the entire thing was based around emotions gave the characters clear struggles that made them relateable.
Perfect for what it was, if not the most complex and high art level of comics ever. But then again no event should really try that.
Art was really good.
Everything else is meh. The build-up was solid, and Blackest Night started strong, but by issue 3 it was kind of lame and followed the normal comic event arc (enemies are strong, heroes are owned, then heroes somehow figure it out, and enemies are getting one-shotted very easily, everybody joins for the final attack, etc etc etc).
Blackest Night started good and the finished terribly IMO.
I like swords.
Blackest Night only managed to summarize and expose the absurdity of comic book deaths and character returns.
It started to feel more like loose commentary, rather a story. Combine that with the offbeat colored ring gimmick, and you have something that just doesn't work as a story anymore. You can't have a dozen guys returned from the dead standing around fighting zombies. They don't realize the irony in this? They don't question it? At some point, these guys need to stop and go 'wow, what did you see when you died?" Someone is going to start a new religion at some point. At least a social group. You all came back from the dead!! Do something with your SECOND life than the same crap you did the first time that got you and others killed.
I'm glad the multiple character deaths have been wiped from continuity. Talk about a silly base to write from.
I don't know why it was so popular, really. I guess Marvel fans are attracted to shiny colorful things? Power Rangers? Anyone will buy zombies these days. As stupid as they are.
Last edited by DrSimonHurt; 01-03-2013 at 11:51 AM.
Goodness, no. It wasn't about anything.
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