By Peter Tomasi (writer), Ardian Syaf (pencils), John Dell, Vicente Cifuentes (inks), and Neil Ruffino (colorist)
The Story: The black rings make their way to Gotham, disturbing and raising the dead. Relatives and D-list enemies of the Bat-Family rise, while Deadman comes to Gotham to find some answers. The Blackest Night continues as the trio gets set to take on the Black Lanterns of Gotham.
What’s Good: The dynamic between Dick Grayson and Damian are further explored in this issue, as Tomasi provides us some much needed character moments for the new Batman and Robin. Subjects such as death and family are brought up, serving as some deep dialogue that surely further develops this new duo, while it appropriately parallels the ongoing event. Seeing Grayson during these moments should make his inevitable confrontation with the dead family member in his life the more unforgettable.
What’s Not So Good: Three things. First, this #1 issue falls flat as an introduction to the story. I know that this is Blackest Night, and the dead are rising, but I was hoping to see more than what we’ve been reading. I suppose I expected more than the typical “black ring visits and awakens the dead.” Second, too much Deadman. This is a Batman book. I want to see Batman-related characters, not a bunch of pages dedicated to some B-list hero playing catch up and scenes of unimportant rogues rising. I wanted 22 pages dedicated to the heartbreaking and haunting appearances of the dead family members and the villains that make Batman!
Conclusion: As expected, there’s no indication of Bruce Wayne’s resurrection being deeply explored in this issue. Therefore, this book is nothing more than an entertaining read that doesn’t really offer anything important. Is it a must pickup? Sure? I guess it doesn’t hurt to read another story about the Dick Grayson Batman.