A suprising number of pages are devoted to Mera and Tempest as they discover that Aquaman's body is missing from his grave. Just like the other Black Lanterns, Aquaman seems to be the same guy we knew, only evil. It was a bit more heartbreaking seeing the undead hero face off against his wife and former sidekick. I did get a chuckle about Dolphin and Tula both coming back and fighting over Garth, that was very amusing. I never thought I'd read about a zombie boasting about her hotness like Dolphin did here though. Very odd. The new death happens in this storyline as Tula rips out Tempest's heart and he joins the ranks of the Black Lanterns. There is no way all these deaths will stick. I am impressed at how important Mera seems to be to the story.
There is also a sequence with the magic users of the DCU. Black Hand brought back the Spectre as a Black Lantern, so that's not good at all. This was the storyline that interested me the least. I'll wait for the Shadowpact team to show up.
The issue wraps up with the Black Lantern Justice League facing down Hal and Barry. The membership as of now seems to be Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Elongated Man, Sue Dibney, Firestorm, and Martian Manhunter. I was really hoping that Hawkman would have killed off the Atom too, so he would be there, but I didn't spot him in the splash page. Will zombie Blue Beetle and Aquaman be joining soon? I hope so!
This is like watching a train wreck as the DCU heroes get mangled and killed. Part of the reason I'm enjoying it so much is that I honestly can't believe that most of these deaths will stick. If they do, then the DCU will never be the same as it essentially takes all the fun away with shock deaths. But I'm confident Johns is better than that and we're just getting a fun little horror book that will end with a more restrained status quo.
Ivan Reis is drawing a classic here. I believe this story is going to become a DCU classic, and Reis' storytelling is a big reason why this is working so well.