Many thought Batman and Robin #15 would get the prize this week (as most other comic book sites seem to be giving it to), but I just can’t get enough of Cullen Bunn’s epic tale in The Sixth Gun #5. Mystery, suspense, gun-slinging, the undead – these are just a sample of what’s in this fantastic series. And it’s continually building its own mythology by giving us a taste of where this series could go next once this story arc ends.
This is not to say that Batman and Robin #15 was left out in the cold. Another solid issue continuing Dr. Hurt’s pursuit of the Bat demon Barbatos. Irving’s art is breathtaking and the last page reveal is no shocker given what DC is promoting next month, but is still a solid cliffhanger to whet our appetites for what Peter Tomasi has in store next for the series.
Brightest Day #12 briefly detours out of the Blackest Night part 2 domain and back into Martian Manhunter’s storyline. A lot of comparisons to the Garden of Eden tale, which makes it all the more compelling when Manhunter continually refutes his newly discovered Martian companion’s, D’Kay, attempts at starting a relationship and re-creating Mars. We all knew what was coming next out of this, but it still doesn’t take away from one of the better sub-plots coming out of this year-long event.
In this week’s episode, I touch upon a little bit of The Sixth Gun #2, a book from Oni Press that came out last week but was only able to get recently. This book peeked my interest back on Free Comic Book Day and I looked forward to the day they’d continue the Wild West saga of this mysterious gun.
From there, we get into the slim pickings of a week in books what with Comic Con here in full force. Even so, Brightest Day took the prize by putting focus back on its strong sub-plots (No Hawkman!) and teasing some revelations to come. I even give props to Johns and Tomasi for getting me interested in Firestorm again. This makes it all a great set-up for what’s to come with the big reveal behind the purpose of these characters’ resurrections in issue 7.
Enjoy the show!
Tim and I are back from technical difficulties that plagued us the previous two weeks, and we are all about Blackest Night this podcast. There are spoilers everywhere so you are warned.
We review Blackest Night 2, Green Lantern 44, Blackest Night Superman 1, Blackest Night Batman 1, and a little Tales of the Corps 1.
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What’s your take on Blackest night so far? Where do you think it’s going?