RandoMonday: Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #3

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

“New Blood” by Peter Tomasi (story and words), Chris Samnee (artist), John Kalisz (colorist), Pat Brosseau (letterer), & Adam Schlagman (editor)

“Daddy’s Girl” by Peter Tomasi (story and words), Mike Mayhew (artist), Andy Troy (colorist), Pat Brosseau (letterer), & Adam Schlagman (editor)

Blackest Night #0 Director’s Commentary by Geoff Johns, Adam Schlagman, and Eddie Berganza.

Ed Benes, Rob Hunter, & Nei Ruffino (cover) (Note: this covers depicts nothing inside–I really hate that.)

I really enjoyed this mini series, and I did not have very high expectations for it. The Kilowog story was my favorite of this issue, and look who the artist was: Chris Samnee, who is killing it on Daredevil right now. Basically, we get a Kilowog as the new Green Lantern trainee story, but it works very well, if somewhat predictably. The second story is also a bit of an origin story, but this time focusing on Arisia, who is the fifth Green Lantern out of her family that is called to duty. Mike Mayhew’s art was really good, too. And I will also say how much Peter Tomasi’s writing here is so good, and reflective of other things of his (Batman and Robin, anyone?)–basically, if Peter Tomasi is writing it, I will buy it. The issue closes out with one of those pencils-only “director’s commentaries” of Blackest Night #0, with Eddie Berganza and Geoff Johns providing the commentary. I do like these kinds of things if for no other reason than I get a glimpse into the whys and wherefores of the story. However, getting only 18 pages of original content for $3.99 kind of irritates me still, this many years later. Good thing the stories were so good. :)

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