Daily Archives: April 23, 2009

Night of the Living Dead

Blackest Night #0
“Death Becomes Us”
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils/Cover artist: Ivan Reis
Inks: Oclair Albert & Rob Hunter
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Nick J. Napolitano
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: Free

This is one of two free comics DC is offering for Free Comic Book Day, scheduled for May 2 this year (the other is DC Kids Mega Sampler, obviously designed for new, young readers). As the title suggests, this is a prologue to DC’s big summer event, but it also serves as a primer on the Green Lantern Corps, the other color corps that have debuted recently and play a role in the event. Furthermore, the 12-page story also sums up recent events in the DC Universe, mainly, those that involve the deaths of a number of super-heroes, including Batman and the Martian Manhunter. Despite the fact that this story is steeped in DC continuity and a contrived (by fun) event concept, it’s accessible, which is exactly what one of these free comics ought to be. The goal of Free Comic Book Day is, after all, to attract new readers to the medium. DC’s goal with this publication, however, seems to be to attract existing comics readers — mainly Marvel fans — to its universe of colorful characters.

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