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Welcome to the Minutia! The Little Things. The Supposed Items That All Add Up.
Such is Stress! I earnestly need to stop having meltdowns or showing it. Stress. It adds up too. I have a loose belief that Stress would be the Brown Lantern in the Emotional Spectrum but that’s taking the piss out of the Super Elegant Metaphor but iDigress…
So to de-stress this weekend I selected a mighty huge stack of funnybooks…DC’s BLACKEST NIGHT. Written by DC-Uber Scribe Geoff Johns, BLACKEST NIGHT is a 9-issue mini-series involving the entire DC Universe.
It was an event I was into hook, line & sinker.
I bought the tee shirts (except Green & Violet…I have to have room for my FLASH tees).
I hustled down all the rings.
I have numerous crossovers & tie-ins to enumerate & tally…there are 8 individual funnybooks over 6 titles other than the core that are between BLACKEST NIGHT #s 5 and 6. Would anyone but me find this entertaining?
I’m actually finding some of the secondary stuff to be superfluous, most noticeably GREEN LANTERN CORPS by Peter Tomasi & Patrick Gleason. Although while sporting well drawn, jaunty, jarring zombie action, it was a bit tiresome in the dialog department and ultimately dragged down its contribution to BLACKEST NIGHT. By GLC #46, I found myself asking the Comics Gnome what was the point of it? He said to stop thinking so damn much & enjoy the pretty pictures.
Buy The Numbers
The Usual OCHO Caveat pertaining To Number: There Are Too Many of Them & Thinking About Them Gives Me Headaches.
I wonder why I’m broke sometimes and I look at a pile of receipts for take-out, delivery & beer. Funnybooks though are a different beast.
Let Us Once Again Review ”The Bargain”: in 2010 a pack of cigarettes is about $8.00. I was a pack-a-day smoker making 7 timesX $8.00 equaling= $56.00 per/ Week.
The Comics Gnome Stack is usually never over $20 per/ Week.
As we’re fond of Saying here on OCHO, “Do The Math, Mouthbreather!”.
Maybe that $30 per/ Week would be a great place to find savings…
On with it!
The Complete Sully-Edit of BLACKEST NIGHT, including pricing, sequential reading order and a brief thought about the magazine & its tale.
- GREEN LANTERN #43, $2.99. The Prologue to BLACKEST NIGHT with the Origin Story of our Bad Guy, the Black Hand.
- BLACKEST NIGHT #0, Free. Free Comic Book Day in 2009 had this Zero Issue primer for anyone not tuned in. I missed going to the FunnyBook Bodega on that Saturday so I bought it for Fifty Cents off the wall rack.
- BLACKEST NIGHT #1, $3.99.
- BN: TALES OF THE CORPS #1 (of 3), $3.99. The first (of many) 3 issue tie-in series under the Blackest Night banner along with other heroes of the DCU.
- GREEN LANTERN #44, $2.99. The Brave & The Bold fight the Dead & The Stinky. Good stuff.
- BN: TALES OF THE CORPS #2, $3.99.
- GREEN LANTER CORPS #39, $2.99. All the dead Green Lanterns buried on Oa rise. Mayhem & lots of bad expository dialog ensue for the next 7 issues but action scenes a plenty! A Mixed bag Indeed.
- BLACKEST NIGHT #2, $3.99.
BLACKEST NIGHT BATMAN #1 (of 3), $2.99. Wait for it…
- BN: TALES OF THE CORPS #3, $3.99. Altogether, Tales of the Corps was good. #3 has our 1st interaction with the elusive Indigo Tribe and a Director’s Commentary Pencils-Only reprint of Blackest Night #0. This one’s for all the geeks…probably replaced the one-shot SECRET ORIGINS & FILES ANNUAL magazine we usually get in these DC events.
- BLACKEST NIGHT SUPERMAN #1 (OF 3). $2.99. On first read I thought it was pretty good. On this reading I’ve decided it nonessential. The pencil work though is amazing by Eddy Barrows, who through this won the monthly SUPERMAN title. A complete waste of characterizations of all the Supermen involved; dead or living.
- BLACKEST NIGHT BATMAN #2 (OF 3), $2.99. I didn’t bother getting #3 and I’m thinking of mailing BN Batman #s 1 & 2 to Mario, stationed in Baghdad to give to the soldiers.
- GREEN LANTERN #45, $2.99. I buy Green Lantern every month anyway and Blackest Night is founded in the GL Mythos.
- BLACKEST NIGHT #3, $3.99. Good issue, great art. Black Lantern Firestorm was really creepy. Job well done.
- BLACKEST NIGHT SUPERMAN #2 (of 3), $2.99.
- GREEN LANTERN #46, $2.99.
- GREEN LANTERN CORPS #40, $2.99.
- GREEN LANTERN #47, $2.99. The story has to cover a lot of ground AND reach the Issue #50 milestone near the climax of the Event.
- BLACKEST NIGHT SUPERMAN #3( OF 3), $2.99.
- BLACKEST NIGHT #4, $3.99. Another strong, eagerly anticipated issue and a great time to mention the backup feature. Part of my goal in the re-read was to really “grok” the Second feature that I honestly skimmed over in my initial reading. It’s a text-oriented, illuminated by pencils on the side as an old Irish-Catholic Vellum. The Book of the Black: The Burned-In Thoughts of William Hand. The diary of a madman to excuse an Ozzy reference…but by BN#8 the Book of the Black is a major & cryptic clue of the Future.
- GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41, $2.99. Creepy elements with Zombie babies. Always a good way to creep out a party.
- GREEN LANTERN #48, $2.99.
- BLACKEST NIGHT #5, $3.99. Whoa. Wow.
- ADVENTURE COMICS #4, $3.99. Written by Geoff Johns and bringing in one of my favorite CRISIS villains, Superboy-Prime. I’m actually convincing OCHO’s esteemed Doctor Hooey to give Superman a good try but he resists. Superman is a milquetoast, he says. I say adventure & villains aside, he’s still the ultimate immigrant story ruled by his Smallville, Kansas, All-American Kent Farm Family upbringing. The Clark Kent of Earth-Prime though…did not have a youth on a farm, raised by his Kents in the American suburbs of the Cold War. Earth-Prime is supposed to be a fictional “Our Earth” and Superboy-Prime since 2005’s INFINITE CRISIS has come to represent the worst in “fanboy” culture & the Dark Age of Comics. Part 1 of 2
- GREEN LANTERN CORPS #42, $2.99.
- BOOSTER GOLD #26, $3.99. Came with a Power Ring as did Adventure Comics #5 and Blackest Night #1. Other tie-in issues of other properties sported different Corps Rings but I got those rings later on just by asking my FunnyBook Bodega staffs, “got any spares?” Part 1 of 2 but did not get the second chapter.
- BLACKEST NIGHT FLASH #1 (of 3), $2.99. The best tie-ins come from the hands of Geoff Johns, conductor & main writer of the Blackest Night. The BN Flash mini is the best of the 3-issue BN stories. Paired with his years-long FLASH collaborator Scott Kolins, this is a pretty decent side-story.
- BLACKEST NIGHT JSA #1 (of 3), $2.99. James Robinson (STARMAN) is repaired with Eddy Barrows from their BN Superman 3-issue to more success here as the NYC-based Justice Society, a team based upon legacy characters get to fight Black Lanterns of their forebears. Includes better use of the Black Lantern Earth-Two Superman as well. In the end, BN JSA was kind of redundant and just another extra taking up space in the CRISIS Longbox.
- ADVENTURE COMICS #6, 3.99. This is the hidden gem of the entire run. A huge homage to the Julie Schwartz days of adventures set in Earth-Prime where we saw fictional versions of DC writer & artists interact with DCU Heroes. I remember in the early 70s, Carey Bates-Prime, a character based on the DC writer with his glasses & ‘fro hairdo in a ridiculous uniform with “Plotter Power” facing off against the JLA & JSA. Not to mention what could be for hopefully a long time the Last Superboy-Prime Story with an ambiguously creepy ending. I could cheekily say “Whatever Happened To The Boy Of Yesterday?”
- GREEN LANTERN CORPS #43, $2.99. Goodness! Guy Gardener becomes a Red Lantern upon seeing Kyle Rayner’s death. Kyle gets medical & power ring help and is resuscitated…Guy goes on a Two-Ring Kill Spree which makes all the boring dialog before this a little forgivable.
- GREEN LANTERN #49, $2.99.
- BLACKEST NIGHT #6, $3.99. In a word, antepenultimate.
- GREEN LANTERN CORPS #44, $2.99. More Red Lantern Guy Gardener Goodness.
- GREEN LANTERN CORPS #45, $2.99. Even More Red Lantern Guy Gardener Goodness…this needs its own TPB!
- GREEN LANTERN #50, $3.99. Extra-Jumbo King Sized for the Issue #50 Milestone. Every Issue written by the Master Himself, Geoff Johns. It has been a great five years hasn’t it.
- GREEN LANTERN #51, $2.99.
- BLACKEST NIGHT JSA #2 (of 3), $2.99.
- BLACKEST NIGHT JSA #3 (of 3), $2.99. Another $10 dollars down the drain. I could bought two chicken and eaten for a week…AND made chicken stock.
- BLACKEST NIGHT FLASH #2 (of 3), $2.99.
- BLACKEST NIGHT FLASH #3 (of 3), $2.99. Great Flash story with Barry Allen, the Blue Lantern Flash. I really want the action figure but I do not want to be that fan…
- THE ATOM AND HAWKMAN #46, $2.99. Written by Geoff Johns with art by the incredibly talented Ryan Sook. This is a keeper and going into the 13-issue stack I’m giving Posty to read for BLACKEST NIGHT. Ray Palmer, Indigo Tribesman ATOM versus his Black Lantern Best Friend HAWKMAN for a few pages then a deft recap of 2004’s IDENTITY CRISIS…the Atom has his compassion tested by the Black Lantern of his sinister villain ex-wife.
- BLACKEST NIGHT #7, $3.99.
- GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46, $2.99. Thankfully the last issue of GLC I’m ever “forced” to buy. Again, the art was stellar especially with Kyle’s Black Lantern Alex-Stuffed Refrigerator in Earth’s Orbit was absurd & had a “2001: A Space Odyssey” visual feel to it. Kudos to Patrick Gleason! Once again containing lots & lots of useless dialog dragging its feet and bringing down the pacing of the core story.
- GREEN LANTERN #52, $2.99. As GL #43 which started off this grand list, GL#52 gets in core story although it is “brilliantly” dovetailed into…
- BLACKEST NIGHT #8, $3.99. What’s so brilliant is that you needn’t have even read Green Lantern #52 in order to “get” what’s going on. BN #s 0-8 read fine on by itself little added to it.
At the end, it was a great mini-series and I think a good place to say “enough” with the Event Comics. Geoff Johns is helming the BRIGHTEST DAY, the 27-issue, bi-weekly conclusion to BLACKEST NIGHT.
I bought the 56-page BRIGHTEST DAY #0 for $3.99…should I include it here? No. But I will get my White Lantern Ring this Wednesday completing my collection when Brightest Day #1 hits stands.
I do have the tee & matching bandanas for all the shirts.
I only wear the ring, shirt & bandana all together on Saturday Mornings.
Total Funnybooks: 45 magazines.
Total Cost: $148.06 from June 2009-May 2010, average of $13.46/Month…well under $56.00/Week for “Squayahs”, huh?
So to the Little Things! Huzzah! They do add up nonetheless they still roll up and go in the back pocket. It’s how I ruin their resale value. I guess they’re only really valuable to me…or to the pennypushers in New York! Heh!
BLACKEST NIGHT, collects #0-8, hardcover, $29.99, on sale July 7, 2010.
They keep making them, I’ll keep buying them. I want to buy less but…I’ll keep my bargain. It works.
ED NOTE-5/2/10, UPDATE:
i boosted the Black Lantern Firestorm image from this guy because it was so contextual to what I was laying down...
Nonetheless here is a counter to my extolling of Blackest Night.
THOUGHT BALLOONISTS's complete & utter dissecting of this event but in a Negative Light. it's a great read. Please do. It was great to read before I embark on Posty's 14-issue Blackest Night Edit from me that I'm "proofreading".