This Week’s Comics

It’s another light week, but at least there’s a couple solid books out.  I’ve been getting caught up on back issues, though, so expect looks at Avengers/Atlas, Thunderbolts, and The Muppet Show tomorrow.  Here’s what I’m looking at this week.

  • BATMAN AND ROBIN #7 – I’m glad this book is making its return…Between Batman being dreadfully dull and Detective pricing itself out of acceptability, I’ve really missed good Batman stories.
  • GREEN LANTERN #50 – I don’t know what to expect from this, especially since Matt recommended I pass on #49, but between Blackest Night going on and the tragic events of the LAST GL #50, I’m sure it’ll be something big.
  • X-BABIES #4 (OF 4) – While I was in my LCS the other day a woman came in asking if X-Babies #4 was out yet.  So apparently there are some people who really dig Royal Roy and Top Dog meeting up with infant clones of the X-Men. BUT YOU SHOULDN’T BE ONE OF THEM!

That’s it for me.  What are YOU getting?

(Insert Your Favorite Color Here)-est Night

So.  Blackest Night.   Matt is terrified of it’s potential sucking, and I can’t afford it.  Still, it’s worth looking at (SPOILERS and SPECULATIONS ahead).FLSH?  Flesh?  Oh!  I get it now!

A few things to get out of the way first:

  • I thought the idea of the Sinestro Corps was brilliant.  I can’t believe no one had ever thought of it before!  It’s a definite credit to Geoff Johns that he was able to find something so novel and run with it.
  • I think the idea of the Rainbow Corps is a little suspect, though, especially right after the creation of the Sinestro Corps.  Obviously someone would have come up with it eventually, since the yellow corps was genius and broadening the concept is just reducing it ad absurdum.  Still, Johns put a ton of thought into this.  We saw him at the Green Lantern panel in San Diego last summer, and he knows how everything plays out and interrelates.  It’s quite impressive, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Even if you're a White Lantern, it gets chilly in space.Now here we are at Blackest Night, a pretty good concept even if the war of the colors is overcomplicating things (staggering them would have been a little easier to absorb).  I may be wrong here, but it seems fairly obvious that we’re going to see a White Lantern by the end of this cosmic adventure.  My original post was going to be questions and pontifications about who the most likely candidate for White Lantern.  At the top of my list was going to be Kyle Rayner, since he’s been a Green Lantern and a godlike space deity (a great name for a band, too).  Then I read this over the weekend and it all became clear.  No more guessing required, I think it’s all falling into place that Kyle will become a (the?) White Lantern in the end, potentially after becoming a Black Lantern.

I just hope he doesn’t drift off to “learn about the universe,” DC’s standard tactic when they create a character so powerful they no longer know what to do with them (I’m thinking of The Spectre and Firestorm here, specifically).

Any other thoughts or theories out there?  Am I right or way off-base?  I’d love to hear what other people are thinking.