WEIRD WESTERN TALES (BLACKEST NIGHT) #71

Review by: daccampo

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Written by Dan DiDio
Art by Renato Arlem
Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

Hands down, the best thing about this issue is the cover. Bill Sienkiewicz crushes it.

Renato Arlem’s interior art is moody, but a bit inconsistent and the storytelling is at times unclear.

Didio’s story. Hmm. There’s a good idea in there… I’ll give you that. I think he chose the right plot for a single issue story… the great grandson of Quentin Turnbull (who–? doesn’t matter) runs a facility in in a ghost town for Simon Stagg (of Metamorpho fame). Stagg captures a black ring and brings it to Turnbull. Because Turnbull’s facility is working on alternative fuel research, so it’s naturally a great place to dissect a Black Lantern ring (ooh-kay, says I, but then again, I wouldn’t know any other place to take a zombifying ring, so let’s go with that). But the ring proves to be too much to handle, and zombies, which include a handful of overrun the facility.

The dialogue is clunky and downright cringeworthy. One example might be: “Oh, Lord! The Wall! It exploded! It can’t be! We’re supposed to be safe here!” This balloon is, naturally, placed over a picture of zombies breaking through a wall.

The story serves up a cute twist as Turnbull faces the ghosts of his
family’s past, but as there was never much to latch onto with Turnbull
(an unpleasant character from the start), the story never rises above
“plot-plot-twist-end.” Not too satisfying.

I really like the idea of these canceled series returning for one-shots, and I have high hopes for the others, but this one was not a pleasant read.

Great cover, though.

Story: 1 - Poor
Art: 3 - Good

Comments

  1. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Has to be better than DiDio’s "Aquaman saves baby Jesus" Christmas story from last year. Crazy. 

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