Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 Review

Kill The Universe With Life

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Kyle Hotz, Dexter Vines, Walden Wong, Danny Miki, David Baron, Allen Passalaqua, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: November 13, 2019

We're Dark Multiverse bound as Tempus Fuginaut continues to poke around and look for beings that could possibly become heroes in some Crisis that's coming down the pike or as we've seen more recently, maybe he just likes to watch.  It's the latter that we're getting here as we look in on a world that didn't do so well in the Blackest Night and Nekron and his Black Lanterns not only destroyed Earth, but took out the rest of the Universe as well. Let's jump into this story and see the last living beings left in the Universe and how they plan on making things right.  Let's check it out.

For this story our main characters are Dove, Lobo, Mister Miracle and a Limbo Sinestro that bears both a White Lantern ring and a Black Lantern ring, which really means...... he's just there and can't do much of anything beyond resurrecting people for a moment before they're turned back into Black Lanterns.  The thing about Sinestro this story is, he's the reason that our heroes didn't win the Blackest Night.  Originally he shared the power of the White Lantern, but in this Universe he kept it to himself, dooming all of creation and now in this fucked up world, he'll do just about anything to relieve his guilt of his worst mistake.  

Throughout this story we see our characters coming together in order to achieve Mister Miracle's plan to save the Universe and with it, we're shown a shit load of different Black Lanterns which is cool and also we see a fully thought out plan by Scot Free that will actually do the job in saving everything.  Too bad that this is the Dark Multiverse where nothing can ever go right because even though we're almost a month into the end of the Universe, somebody has to think that they're loved one can still be saved or that they can't live without them, leaving every else to be up shit creek without a paddle.  There is a kind of satisfying ending for this issue..... as much satisfaction that one can get from a Dark Multiverse story and like the previous stories in this strange, strange series, the Twilight Zone feel is here and actually turned up a notch because the twists and just desserts just keep coming in this story.

All in all, I do feel that this story might have been better served if it was a just a bit shorter because we did just spend a lot of time in space, with nothing really beyond black backgrounds, where our characters just kept reminding themselves about who each of them are, but even with this aspect I think that this story might have been the most thought out one that we've gotten so far and works the best for the story that it's continuing in this Dark Multiverse tale.  Like I said, there's a lot of black backgrounds, but beyond that aspect I really enjoyed the art and thought what we got here was really solid........ Just wish it was about ten pages less solid.  This is a weird series and even though I haven't loved everything that we've been getting out it, I do have to admit that these are a fun distraction from our everyday DC Comics.

Bits and Pieces:

While this is probably the best thought out story that we've gotten in this strange series, it really could have been so much more if it was tightened up a bit and if the art had more to do than have dark, space backgrounds.  This is was fun though and think that it has worked the best for the type of stories that we've been given so far and I hope that this level of quality continues as we move forward. 


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