Friday, March 19, 2010

The DC books from me 3-17

Green Lantern Corps 46

No picture for this one because of difficulties getting one :(

The end of Blackest Night, part 1. All of the various multi colored lantern corps begin converging onto Earth and the black lantern Anti-Monitor makes an appearance, as well as black lantern Ice, for the first time. Things then start to get really wacky as a black lantern refrigerator full of Kyle Raynor's first girlfriend appears in space and we get to relive Major Force's now reviled act of aggression against sensability in comics. It is probably sad to say I am de-sensitized enough to violence to not be ashamed of my favorite medium for allowing such a scene to be put into ink back in the 90s, or be reminded of it, again, today.

Its nice to see Dove continue to make appearances, though. Blackest Night: Titans is continuing to show its one of the few tie-ins people honestly should have bought into for story purposes

Fables 93

I love Fables to death. Month after month Bll Willingham knocks it out of the park. However, given that his main narrative is the ever-present doom of Mr. Dark in the mundy world, I find it annoying that we get these 2-5 month side tales every once in a while. With the Adversary as the antagonist, the threat of danger against the protagonists and suspense raised because of that was lower due to the relative proximity of the two. It was fine to have these arcs spread across the tales of the Fables war against the Adversary because there was no great sense of urgency to resolve the conflicts in story. However, I find that, in story, there is a greater sense of urgency to resolve the issue of Mr. Dark and, thus, these side trips to Bufkin's fights against Baba Yaga and Fly's kingdom, while entertaining, become frustrating.

That aside, this story was pretty good. John's idea of using the story of a fable to help him locate his only witness for the trial ahead was an inventive, meta, use of the characters' nature. I do not think I've seen this use of the fact that the character's are fictional beings, before, in such a way by the character's themselves. It was quite inventive and helped in telling a larger story of nature vs. law and to what degree society should provide leeway and excuse the actions of people due to their customs. In the end, Willingham sets up a future story to tell that will center on the possible decline of Fly's kingdom.

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