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Thursday, July 1, 2010


Rating: 3.3 out of 5

This story was very intriguing and I enjoyed reading it.  I'm not sure how many issues are involved in the whole story line, but the writer, Paul Cornell,  is on the series at least through #894. With 40 pages a story, he should be able to give us something good.

FULL REVIEW, Some spoilers 

< This is one of those times that the Regular cover is better then the Variant.
This is also one of the times where the story is better then the art work, and carries the book. Not that the art was bad, but it wasn't the grandiose stuff that has been coming out.  For the most part the art fit well with the story.
For 40 pages the issue passed quickly and was entertaining.  The writer, Paul Cornell, has written several Doctor Who novels, so ... he is no stranger to writing a entertaining story with interesting characters.

I'm not normally the type to like stories that have only the second bananas in it, and Lex Luther is not... my favorite bad guy, so I'm a  little... trepidatious  about the future issues in the story, but I'm intrigued enough to WANT more, which is true to form for the story.

During the Dc Comics Blackest Night mega event, Lex Luther wore the Orange Lantern ring of Avarice, extreme greed. Now that the ring is no longer on his finger, he still has the extreme greed.  He has always been greedy so whats the difference, he used to have  the ability to wait in order to obtain something that one wants.  
The  wanting ...and longing... that he has now, takes precedence over everything.   

He is already wealthy, so the extreme that he craves the most is power (nothing new). Specifically, he wants the power that a Lantern ring will provide. Why is he interested in the Black Lantern Rings? They all disappeared... didn't they? Because he is a smart man, and he knows that they are not totally gone.  All those rings and all that power for the taking.

It has the banner of Blackest Night: AFTERMATH  and looks like it could be a really sweet ride to read.

Banner: Blackest Night : AFTERMATH
Title: The Black Ring - Part One
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Pete Woods
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover: David Finch, Joe Weems & Peter Steigerwald
Variant Cover: Finch & Steigerwald

Publisher: DC comics
August 2010



Intel from DC

When Lex Luthor finally regained control of LexCorp, he thought he had everything he wanted. But in BLACKEST NIGHT, he briefly became an Orange Lantern and got a taste of true power. Now he'll do anything – anything – to get that power back. Buckle in for a greatest hits tour of the DCU's most wanted as Lex Luthor begins an epic quest for power, all brought to you by new ongoing writer Paul Cornell (Dr. Who, Captain Britain and MI-13) and artist Pete Woods (WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON), with covers by David Finch (BRIGHTEST DAY, Ultimatum)!


Intel from DC

Lex Luthor's all-consuming quest for power leads him straight into conflict with Deathstroke, the Terminator! What happens when the DCU's most ingenious mastermind meets its most lethal killer? We don't know, but it's sure gonna be fun finding out …

This issue also features a new Superboy story by Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and Pier Gallo (ADVENTURE COMICS) – the creative team of the upcoming new SUPERBOY ongoing series!


Intel from DC
Lex Luthor is a pro at breaking man's laws, but when he leads a raid on one of Gorilla Grodd's bases and breaks The Law of the Jungle – "Don't Mess with Grodd" – can he make it out alive? Or will he become Grodd's latest meal?

Plus, this issue kicks off an exciting new co-feature starring Jimmy Olsen by up-and-comers Nick Spencer (Existence 3.0, Morning Glories) and R.B. Silva (SECRET SIX)! Get ready for an entirely different look at Metropolis – courtesy of Superman's pal!


Intel from DC

ON the blog at DC

Coming in 2011 maybe January.
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Pete Woods
Collects: ACTION COMICS #890-895
$19.99 US, 144 pages


  1. I enjoyed this issue too. I have never read anything by Paul Cornell and after reading this I'm looking forward to following his Action run.

    I have been watching Smallville lately and find that Paul writes Lex a lot like his character in the show. At lest that's how it felt to me. Maybe it did because I just finished watching 3 episodes and then read this issue. All and all I always feel bad for Lex.

    I feel like nothing never really works the way he wants it to. Especially in the show. Even if he has good intentions it always turns out to be self centered and backfires in the long run.

  2. I don't know witch episodes Paul wrote but I did like the Lex character when he was in the show.
    I think the show went down hill after Lex's character left.

  3. Oh I haven't gotten that far in the show yet.

    We are currently on the 2nd season.

    I would say right now that he is one of the stronger characters.

  4. What do you think about the new post on the DC blog about Death being in Action Comics? I found this news to be very exciting. I like how Action is starring anti heroes or villains right now.

    I don't know much about Death but I loved the Sandman book I have read so this just intrigues me to no end. I find it very exciting learn about other characters in the DCU.

    Is Death a villain or a hero?

    I wonder if Lex thinks of himself as a villain?

    Sorry to ramble on and on in your post. I just got excited about Action Comics today.

  5. That article looks cool, I'm gonna add it to my post.

    I knew of... Death, but I think she was in the Books of Magic, because I don't have but two Sandman books. AND I don't have all the Books of Magic, so I just skimmed those, so I don't know much about her.

    I need to get Sandman, but I just don't have the time lately to back read and I've got so many back issue comics that I haven't read, I don't think I'll ever get caught up.

    BUT her showing up in Action comics, under the "Blackest Night Aftermath" title, looks like it's gonna be cool.

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  7. They are already advertising a HC for this storyline.