So Copperhead gets the cover of DC's biggest crossover for this month? Really?
As I feared, this middle issue of Blackest Night does suffer from a bit of the mid-series doldrums. Geoff Johns has a few neat happenings, my favorite is that Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch are battling for control of Firestorm. I'll go on record with the prediction that these two will be sharing the Firestorm body after Blackest Night.
The Flash, Atom, and Mera are the leads here, with Flash anointing them as the current JLA. I like the idea that these guys have to carry the load (of both the world and this issue). There are short bits checking in with other characters. We see Lex Luthor and the Calculator discussing the death of Dr. Polaris II. There is a fun bit with Azrael facing down a fearless Scarecrow (I guess there is no doubt Jean Paul is dead, then). The JSA is fighting off their dead friends and enemies too. The shocking death for this issue is Damage, who has his heart ripped out by Jean Loring. The body count is staying low enough that it certainly could stick after Blackest Night, but I've got to think a lot of these folks will be coming back.
Nekron makes his big debut as the Black Lantern corps reaches 100% of their quota for hearts. That must be a lot of dead heroes (I didn't think there were that many 90s characters left!) Nekron's face is a bit too shadowed, but he looks a lot like all the other gross-out zombies from Blackest Night. I think if we hadn't been seeing so many dead faces, he'd have a more striking visual, but for right now he seems a bit generic. I am impressed he's resurrecting all of Coast City though. I like that the Flash is the only hero to witness his rise. Removing Hal from the story does make it clear that the core GL book is required reading for this crossover.
Ivan Reis is killing on this book. His detail is almost Perez-esque. Everyone looks exactly right in their costumes The inking seems a shade darker than normal, there are a lot of faces covered in darkness throughout the issue.