The Atom & Hawkman #46 (DC Comics)
by Geoff Johns, Ryan Sook & Fernando Pasarin
Of the eight Blackest Night tie-ins in “resurrected” comic-book titles that DC published this month, this is the only one that’s actually integral to the larger plot of the event, but since this was penned by Blackest Night writer Geoff Johns, that doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Still, there should’ve been more of a cue to Blackest Night readers that they might not want to skip this tie-in. Despite the title, the focus is clearly on the Atom and his backstory. Johns shows some affection and respect for the character here, and judging from the prominent role he’s played in the event, it’s possible DC is trying to boost his profile in its stable of super-hero characters. Johns provides an accessible script (at least as far as the Atom’s background is concerned), and his take on Ray Palmer as someone who hides from the world is an interesting one. Still, I wasn’t all that interested in the larger role that the dead Jean Loring plays here. Hopefully, this will be the last we see of the character. Johns does advance the plot of the larger event somewhat by revealing a lot more about the Indigo Tribe and their powers. Of course, the revelation that the Indigo “Lanterns” can manifest the power and light of any other Lantern Corps left me wondering why they need the other Lanterns to help in this crisis.
As has been the case with a couple of the other “resurrected” comics DC issued this month, the publisher pulls a fast one on readers and retailers alike when it comes to the content. This was solicited as being illustrated by Ryan Sook, whose work on his last project (Wednesday Comics) was much celebrated. While Sook does provide some of the visuals in this issue, he’s joined fellow artist Fernando Pasarin, who provides linework for latter pages in the book in his competent but unremarkable style. Furthermore, Sook’s work here is far more conventional in tone than we’re accustomed to seeing from him. Still, I did like his take on Indigo 1 as well as multiple incarnations of the Black Lantern Hawks. 6/10