Comic Reviews: Tales of The Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night and Far Sector!
Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 (DC Comics)
It’s time to jump into the Dark Multiverse of DC once more, and this time we’re focusing on an event that’s a little more recent than the others: Blackest Night. Tim Seely and Kyle Hotz’ take on the Green Lantern event is just as dark as the previous specials, but it’s lacking a certain sense of plot and pacing that the others had.
Instead of giving up the power of the White Lantern like he did in the events of the actual Blackest Night, Tales from the Dark Multiverse‘s special asks “what if Sinestro kept that power for himself?” Well, the answer to that is that it causes the character to be infected by the Black Lanterns, but since he’s currently wearing a White Lantern ring, half of his body is infected and zombified, and the other is slowly trying to fight off the infection. Traveling the cosmos, Sinsestro comes across Lobo, who’s delivering Dove to a prison planet for a mysterious benefactor. Naturally things go awry from there, leading to a spiral of events that make an already dark story even darker, and create a world far more depressing than we could ever imagine.
I’m a big fan of these “what if “ types of stories, and while Blackest Night is certainly a solid entry in this run of Dark Multiverse specials, it’s not nearly as engaging as the Knightfall or Death of Superman ones that came before it. That may have to do with my personal attachments to those two stories, but Seely’s script is kind of at a disadvantage by starting off with almost all of the major DC heroes already destroyed. While it’s neat to see these characters all zombified, removing a lot of them off the board at the beginning of the story leaves us with very few “regular” characters to care about, even thought Seely does a great job with his characterizations of the remaining heroes.
The art, however, is pretty damn awesome. Kyle Hotz’ style is eerily reminiscent of Kelly Jones, and it fits perfectly with this type of story. Hotz’ expressive faces are used expertly in this issue, and he really goes nuts with the gross and inhuman zombie effects on the well-known DC heroes. It’s art that’s very effective and suits the story very well.
You always run the risk with certain “What If” type stories not being that great, and while Blackest Night is certainly not as good as the two that came before it, it’s still pretty solid, and will probably appeal to fans of Green Lantern who devoured that original story. As it stands on it’s own, it could’ve been better, but it also could’ve been a whole lot worse.
Far Sector #1 (DC Comics)
In layman’s terms, the Green Lanterns are “Space Cops”, even though that’s an element of the Corps that is rarely seen in modern comics. Outside of the beginning of Grant Morrison’s recent run on the character, this aspect of characters with the title of Green Lantern is ripe for exploration in comics, and now under the 12-issue series Far Sector from author N.K. Jemisin and artist Jamal Campbell, we’ve got the hard-boiled space murder mystery we didn’t know we needed.
New recruit Sojourner Jo Mullien has been assigned the City Enduring, a massive city planet somewhere in the far sector of the galaxy. The races of this city have had peace for decades, until now, when one of their own is murdered. But with a race of people that are designed to not feel anything, how could one person feel enough rage to commit murder? And how will Mullien’s limited experience as a Green Lantern affect her ability to solve this crime?
Those factors lead to a very intriguing first issue, which is chock full of surprises. The creativity brimming from Jemisin’s script is pretty impressive, and this first issue is so well done that you’d never expect it to be her first comic work. This concept is fully realized from the get go, and a huge surprise since I had a very minimal idea of what this book would be about.
Adding to the impressiveness of the book is the art rom Jamal Campbell, who’s easily one of the most underrated artists working in the industry today. Whereas he already had impressive visuals with Naomi, with Far Sector he has the chance to really go crazy with the outer space visuals, and his designs for City Enduring and the aliens that inhabit it are spectacular. Far Sector is easily one of best looking books around, and it’ll only make Campbell a more in demand artist.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Far Sector, but it absolutely blew me away with how awesome it was. This looks to be a pretty impressive debut for N.K. Jemisin, and I’m absolutely going to keep checking this series out.
Posted on November 13, 2019, in Comic reviews and tagged Blackest Night, DC Comics, Far Sector, Jamal Campbell, Kyle Hotz, N.K. Jemisin, Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night, Tim Seely. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.