[Blackest Night] Damn Dirty Zombies 15: "All Will Be Well"
Damn Dirty Zombies 15: All Will Be Well
Did everyone have a good holiday? We hope so! Fortunately, the war against the agents of death didn’t take a two-week break. We have lots of story threads continuing, and even beginning to merge more closely together. Spoilers set to maximum, as your recaps begin… NOW.
Hal picks up a GL Corps merit badge for “Historian” with his succinct recap of how all the resurrected/BL heroes originally died and came back, though he does skip a couple that seem to be otherwise occupied (Tora, Buddy . . . Hal’s got no love for you). Barry thinks fast (it’s what he does, kids) and pulls Hal two seconds into the future to shake the black rings.
Miles away, inside Damage, Deadman manages to take over BL Jean Loring Eclipso for a few seconds to allow the Atom (Ray Palmer flavor) and Mera (any remark regarding anything remotely resembling fish flavor is sure to either be edited or get me tweeted about by humorless, self-important bloggers, so I’ll…oh, what the hell. Leave it, Lucas; it’s just more hits) to escape. Since the Black Lantern rings are all connected (), Atom and Mera jump out of . . . BL Wonder Woman’s ring and right into the Coast City fray. Two clever points to Geoff for making that all work out.
Going back to our earlier mention of “running like hell”, that’s what John Stewart is doing in space. Remember how he spent several issues of this mini approaching Xanshi, which was sure to be loaded with damn dirty zombies? Yeah. In GL, he found ‘em. And now they’re after his GL ass and headed straight for Earth. Sure, he could probably try to swerve and get them to attack Venus, but I don’t think they’re gonna buy that one.
On the ground, Mera gets red with rage as she prepares to throw down with BL Diana. THAT is interesting, since you may recall that the Morrison-era JLA frequently flirted with possible couple-dom between WW and Aquaman. Is Mera not only enraged but . . . jealous? Where would jealousy fit in the emotional spectrum? Jealousy is the “green-eyed” monster, but will is green. Greed is kind of like jealousy, since jealousy is about wanting something you don’t have. But as it is, Mera may be all “Uh-huh, no Marble Girl’s puttin’ her hands on MY Aquaman”, so I suppose that Rage will do just fine.
By now, Barry and Hal are back, and the Color Gu—sigh—New Guardians realize that they’re going to need the combined might of ALL the Corps ALL together to break the big Black Lantern. Knowing that they need more color gun, Ganthet deputizes himself and becomes, after eons of being a Guardian, a Green Lantern. Ganthet uses the self-replicating emergency system inherent in the various rings to get the other jewelry to pop out MORE multi-hued rings that would “deputize” other sentient beings for each corps for up to 24 hours. So, some of those earlier cameos? Payoff time.
Blue Lantern? One hopeful Barry Allen; I can only assume that this was because Barry was closer than Barack, which is sure to disappoint Caleb. Red Lantern? One angry Mera. Indigo Tribe? The compassionate Ray Palmer, who has had to come to terms with the sentence, “Sorry that my wife stepped on your wife’s brain.” Sinestro Corps? Scarecrow, perhaps the only guy on Earth more appropriate than Lee Ving. Orange? The rather inspired choice of Lex Luthor.
And love? Life’s sweetest reward? The ring goes to Wonder Woman, breaking the BL connection and providing her with an outfit that Hippolyta probably wouldn’t approve of (“You go out dressed like that? What’s Man’s World going to think? You’re supposed to teach peace, not give it away.”).
So, by the end, faster than you can say “Care Bear Stare”, we’ve got NEW New Guardians, complete with power rings, all already possessing super-abilities, and at least two more waves of DC Direct figures using pre-existing body molds.
Where does that leave us? Next month is a skip month for the regular big mini, but there will be the eight “returning series” that fill the month with one-shots. You’ll see “The Atom and Hawkman”, “Phantom Stranger”, “The Question”, “Starman”, “Weird Western Tales”, “The Power of Shazam!”, “Suicide Squad” and “Catwoman”. Some people have accused DC of doing this as a cynical marketing stunt. I can prove it isn’t. Do you see “Blackest Night: Sonic Disruptors”? Well there you go.