After the bizarre camp of Blackest Night #5, I was expecting #6 to be a letdown. Despite a few of those old familiar moments of Hal/Barry-wankery (Superman is standing 5 feet away from the ring, but it seeks Barry Allen out as the figure in the world who most inspires hope?), this issue was actually quite enjoyable. Like the last two (and unlike, in large part, the early issues) there was some forward momentum in the plot, some threads finally converged, and, briefly, the book was about more than how awesome Hal Jordan and Barry Allen are. It even manages a few semi-inspiring moments – seeing Ganthet don a ring, or seeing the new (and crazier) Rainbow Corps arrive at the end, just to name a pair of examples.
The book’s brightest moments are hindered by some inordinately clumsy set-up, but overall, Blackest Night is finally picking up. It remains a deeply flawed book, but it has become an exciting, deeply flawed book, and if it is predictable, the predictability of the last few issues has made seeing the events come to pass all the more satisfying, rather than ruining them. Reis’ art looks much better this issue as we step away from the drab black backgrounds in favor of a mish-mash of color in every panel. Overall, the book’s improvement over the last few issues gives me hope for the mini’s conclusion.
– Cal Cleary