Writer: Peter Tomasi. Pencils: Ardian Syaf.
What Happened: While Damian takes Commissioner Gordon and Oracle to safety, Batman(Dick Grayson)and Red Robin(Tim Drake-Wayne)try to come up with a plan on how to defeat their Black Lantern parents, who are hanging out in a cemetery. Tim figures this is some kind of second chance and as his BL father replays his death scene from Identity Crisis, Tim jumps to his aid and attacks Black Lantern Captain Boomerang before he can kill his old man again. Dick on the other hand feels these Black Lanterns are simply trying to fool him and Tim, however he gets caught up in swinging from a trapeze with his BL folks like he used to do as a child. Meanwhile, Deadman heads to Jason Blood's home, possesses him and releases the Demon Etrigan. Back at the cemetery, the trapeze with Dick's parents break(like they did when he was a kid)and BL Tony Zucco(the man responsible for the accident that killed Dick's parents)shows up and begins to taunt Dick. With that, Dick flips out and tries to beat BL Zucco to death, while Tim does the same to BL Boomerang. With Tim and Dick both burning with rage, the Black Lanterns decide the time is ripe to kill them and they strike back, beginning to tear the hearts out of Tim and Dick's chests. Deaman(in the body of Etrigan)arrives and begins to burn every BL around. Dick realizes that the BL's just keep reforming and that even Etrigan's immense powers can't kill the BL's. Finally, Dick calls Damian and tells him to send one of Mr. Freeze's guns to his location on one of his old gliders. The gun arrives just as Etrigan expels Deadman from his body. The Black Lanterns try to attack Etrigan, but since he has no heart, they can't do anything to him. Etrigan, not wanting to be involved with this madness takes off. Dick turns Freeze's gun on Tim and freezes him solid before doing the same to himself. The Black Lanterns look at Tim and Dick's lifeless bodies frozen in the ice and not sensing any emotions emanating from either one of them leave. Once the BL's leave, Deadman possesses Tim and breaks him out of the ice before doing the same for Dick. This issue ends with Dick deciding that he will take the knowledge he gained from his battle with the BL's and spread it around the super-hero community, with the hope that the other heroes can figure out a way to stop the BL's permanently.
What I Thought: I liked this issue a lot, although the ending left a bit to be desired. So Dick decides to take what he's learned(which isn't much!)and pass it on? Oooook... I did enjoy the scenes with Tim and Dick and their respective parents, especially poor Tim. How he isn't in a padded cell in Arkham yet is totally beyond me. If I were him I'd be crazier then a bedbug! And anytime Etrigan appears is a major plus in my book as well. One thing that REALLY, REALLY bothered me though was Damian bringing Commissioner Gordon and Oracle back to Wayne Tower where they were patched up by Alfred... What the hell is that all about?!? After reading this mini-series, I honestly believe that Dick could care less if Gordon knows his secret identity or not anymore. Why doesn't Dick just wear a big sign around his neck while he's in his Batman costume that reads, "Hey everybody, I'm Dick Grayson!". Although not all that much happened over the course of this mini(well nothing really vital to the main Blackest Night story at least)I still enjoyed it and would give it a recommendation.
Score: 8 out of 10.You know what? I have to agree with Etrigan, Gotham City does put hell to shame!