Overall: This issue mainly revolves around the Firestorms, with a little bit of Aquaman thrown in for good measure. First up the Aquaman stuff, since it was pretty simple. Aquaman and Black Manta fight, which buys the Aqualad some time to get his adopted father to safety. Eventually Aquaman throws Manta in front of a truck, gathers Aqualad and his old man, gets in the truck and drives away, leaving Manta standing in the background. The Firestorm stuff was WAY more convoluted, but I'll do my best to make sense of it. The evil Black Lantern Firestorm(who is now calling himself Deathstorm)absorbs Prof. Stein and Jason Rusch's father to mess with the two Firestorms. Deathstorm then heads to the White Lantern Power Battery, picks it up and summons Black Lantern versions of all of the characters who came back to life at the end of Blackest Night at the behest of some unseen force. Oh, and for some reason Mars has a forest in the shape of the Black Lantern symbol on it, which the Martian Manhunter isn't overly pleased about.
What the bloody hell was this all about?!? So Deathstorm is still around because the other two Firestorms won't let him go? What does that even mean?? They secretly want their evil Black Lantern counterpart hanging around? And what's up with Deathstorm being able to lift the White Lantern Power Battery by “corrupting” it? Was that really all it took to pick that damn thing up? And are we supposed to believe that it was Nekron's voice guiding Deathstorm's actions? Because if that's the case, he sure didn't bother staying “dead” for long. One more thing, did we really need the Black Lanterns to return ALREADY??? I mean Blackest Night ended what, 6 months back tops? DC is already bringing back these characters? We couldn't even wait a year before the Black Lanterns return? With the Black Lanterns and apparently Nekron back already, what exactly did the end of Blackest Night accomplish? Besides that we had the Black Manta/Aquaman fight which ended with Aquaman throwing Manta into a truck and then proceeding to drive away in said truck while Manta stood there watching perplexed. Way to take care of your enemy Aquaman... On top of that, Manta tells Aquaman during their fight that when he gutted Aquaman's infant son the kid whimpered. Umm, when the hell did THAT happen? I recall Manta leaving Arthur Jr to suffocate in a glass bubble. He never gutted the kid! Can't the writers of this crap even be bothered to get their facts straight?? As for the Black Lantern symbol on Mars, why not I guess... I'm through trying to figure out this comic.
Score: 4 out of 10.You know, it's stuff like this that causes comic fans to think Aquaman is so weak.