Blackest Night #8 review- “HOLY ####!!!”

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And now for a quick, heat-of-the-moment review of Blackest Night #8:

“HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!”

And furthermore…

“HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!” “HOLY ####!!!”

That’s the April Fools’ version of the review, by the way. 😉 Seriously though, there’s really no other way to describe this issue. Dave hit the nail on the head. Fans of Johns’ last Green Lantern epic, the Sinestro Corps War, knows Geoff Johns can write some spectacular endings. Well, with Blackest Night #8, Johns ups the ante… into the stratosphere. After reading Blackest Night #8, I realized I honestly didn’t need to read any more comics today. It’s that good.

I don’t know where to begin really without spoiling it. So much happens, and so much is the culmination of the other seven issues of Blackest Night. If you thought last issue’s plot twists are big, then brace yourself for this issue. So many developments occur, both big and small, within these pages, yet nothing feels squished in or forced. Johns has always been a master of the dramatic plot twists, particularly at the end of an issue, but this entire comic is loaded with surprises from start to finish. Even if you’ve guessed some of them, you’ll end up missing at least half.

I have to mention Ivan Reiss’ art. I absolutely have to. Since Blackest Night began, Reiss has taken his work not one, but many steps higher than usual, giving the series a level of scope and detail that would make guys like Rags Morales and George Perez proud. Well, this issue, he tops himself. He really, really tops himself. Just about every panel is beautifully drawn, from the armies of Lanterns to a twist so huge, it needed a four-page GATEFOLD SPREAD to be shown. And the gatefold spread was Reiss’ idea! He’s clearly put so much into Blackest Night and it’s really, really paid off.

Let me put it like this: a lot of fans are going to be happy. If you were one of those people bemoaning the “darkness” of Blackest Night, well, fret no more. If you were angry at all the darkness and death the DC Universe has gone through during and since Identity Crisis, this issue will make you happy. This issue changes everything and sets us up for what’s coming next.

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5 Responses to “Blackest Night #8 review- “HOLY ####!!!””

  1. davidry214 Says:

    Goki: I couldn’t have said it better myself. I wholeheartedly agree with every last word.

    I mean, HOLY ####!!! As I mentioned in the weekly recommendations, I thought the pacing turned a little rushed in #7 (though not terribly so). However, #8 didn’t feel that way, despite even more happening.

    Have four pages ever had such a potentially massive impact on the future of a comics company? That four-page spread was just so freakin’ epic.

    The immediate aftermaths were spectacular, too — particularly for any romantics. 😉

    And Reis’ art was the stuff of legends. My all-time favorite artists are probably George Perez and John Byrne, and as great as they are, I don’t think either of them (or anyone else) could have nailed the art any better than Reis did. Just breathtaking. I think he had three two-page spreads, two full one-pagers, then the heart-stopping four-pager. He’s been great all series, but I don’t think I’m exaggerating at all to say that this issue was one of the best drawn comics I’ve ever seen. Just wow.

    Suddenly I’m really pumped for Brightest Day!

  2. gokitalo Says:

    It’s going to be ####ing awesome!!

  3. 3/31/10 REVIEWS!! « Eat More Comics Says:

    […] more time: HOLY ####!!! I don’t know how much more I can say without spoilers — which means I’ll probably […]

  4. spiffyithaca Says:

    Damn. I feel like a chump.

  5. davidry214 Says:

    You ARE.

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