Blackest Night #8- As a rule, I dislike it when writers return characters back to life. In my view, characters that are dead should stay dead. So it’s a mark on the writing ability of Geoff John that I actually enjoy the resurrection of all the characters in this issue. There were a couple of big scenes in this issue with Ivan Reis showing his worth by going to town with tem. However, I’m still a little disappointed by this finish. Basically #8 had the problem of #7. There was just too much going on. Although it’s not as bad as #7, there are still parts where things just jumped. The defeat of Nekron was one of them. Did he die because Blank Hand was defeated, or was it because of the Anti-Monitor, or was it the combination of both? The real problem I think was that Geoff Johns had a lot more to say and not enough pages to do it. Everything was squeezed into #8 and this caused the issue to be a letdown. In the end, Blackest Night is a good series that could have been great.
X-Men: Second Coming #1- Ever since the words “No More Mutants” were muttered, the X-Men had been in a downward spiral. It’s been more than 2 years and I still don’t understand why Marvel allowed it to happen. In one stoke, they put writers in a straitjacket because no new mutants could be introduced and they had to go on a merry-go-round to explain why mutants who lost their powers can get their powers back…cough, Magneto, cough. So for nothing but the reason that they will (potentially) get rid of this stupid, brainless plot, I am looking forward to Second Coming. Maybe now, the X-Men can return to been great.