As the cover shows, one of the main focuses of this issue of Blackest Night: Titans is Donna and her ex-husband and child coming back as Black Lanterns. Of course, we’re still ignoring the fact that her kid was actually a lot older when he died, because I guess a Black Lantern 6/7 year old is less creepy. New Earth I guess.
There’s a couple of main points of interest in this issue. The first involves Donna as she gets bitten by her Black Lantern son. This results in some sort of infection affecting her. This is the first time we’ve seen something like this, as previously most of the power from Black Lanterns seemed to stem from their rings (reference the notion that the rings are wearing the bodies from Blackest Night #3). My only thought is that this could be related to the black “goop” we’ve seen from Scar and Black Hand. Donna’s on the sizable list of characters who’ve cheated death and resurrected, so I wonder if this could be linked to why she’s been affected this way. More next issue hopefully.
The other main thing I found interesting was the continuing situation with Dove. The original Hawk is still goading her after killing her sister last issue (who promptly comes back as a Black Lantern herself), and we still see that the Black Lanterns are unable to get an emotional reading from Dove. From what we see of the fight, it does seem like Dove is getting angry over her sister’s death, so rather than Dove being emotionally balanced in some way (as Mera tried to do to shield herself), it seems more like its something external protecting her from the Black Lanterns. Presumably related to her powers, and that same thing is also still protecting the original Dove from being brought back?
I think this issue maybe does suffer from being the middle part of the story (similarly BN: Superman #2 did the same) but I’m enjoying this tie-in a lot more than I expected to. The stuff with Donna’s family evoke’s the pure horror feel used elsewhere in the crossover (especially BN: Superman #1) and the stuff with Dove and the Hawks seems to hint towards bigger revelations later in the main Blackest Night series.