In the post DC Rebirth universe of comics, labels such as Elseworlds are no longer used, but the idea of alternative takes on major events is still used by DC. Case in point: Tales from the Dark Multiverse, a line I have really been enjoying so far. In this latest treat we go back to a Green Lantern event that saw all of the Emotional Spectrum come together to aid the White Light of Life and stop Nekron and the Black Lanterns from killing the universe. How is this one shot different? Well, let us take a peek and see some of the differences!
In this version of the Blackest Night the problems have hit the fan big time as it seems that Earth and all of the heroes have succumbed to the power of the Black Lanterns — it doesn’t show which pivotal moment from the original Blackest Night the heroes lost, but it really does come down to when Sinestro had the White Lantern ring. I like how the narrative tells us that in the original version Sinestro shared the power when even the panels paint a different story, which totally fits the character of Sinestro very nicely. Just in case if you were wondering about the other Lantern members, it looks like they were taken by the Black Lanterns as well. So in this universe Sinestro straddles the line between life and death as a member of both the White and Black Lanterns as the Limbo Lantern.
If you’re a fan of Sinestro this is a great issue to grab as it really is his story. We get to peek into his greatest fears and thoughts — again though, don’t take them at total face value, as this is an alternate universe. “Sinestro has failed the universe” is the overall theme and why he suffers and artist Kyle Hotz does a great job of showing us a tortured Sinestro. One of the best moments is when Sinestro is forced to face Hal Jordan and Soranik Natu; dealing with the fate that he has dealt them and the universe is just pure sadness, but I don’t mind as it is Sinestro who has to carry that weight. Kyle Hotz’s pencils really reminded me of Kelley Jones’ art with those thin, lanky, and boney dead characters, so it does help to set the mood of the story.
Since Blackest Night was published, characters have either fallen or risen in fame, so luckily for Mister Miracle and Lobo they get a moment to participate in the event. The Krypton show and Tom King have given fans reasons to pay attention to the “Main Man” and the “Un-trappable New God.” Mister Miracle had a good buildup and reason for being in the story, but in the end it wasn’t much of a payout; honestly, this got my brain coming up with some great ideas and how cool it would’ve been to see Mister Miracle, the Anti-Life Equation, White and Black Lantern rings interact, but we didn’t get that much payout. Luckily you will get to see more of the New Gods in Black Lantern form with this issue.
Lobo was great in this issue and honestly it felt like the way he was written could’ve taken us back to his comic book series back in the day, so Tim Seeley does have a great grasp on the Main Man. Hopefully we will be treated to more of that in the future. Dove wasn’t too bad in the series, but I felt that she had more potential and it would’ve been nice to explore what was going on with her and the White Light, but even in the main DC Universe that hasn’t really been explored. So if you want to revisit a darker version of the Blackest Night or get some more Mister Miracle or Lobo in your life I would recommend this issue for you.
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