By Ken Tucker
August 21, 2009 at 03:00 PM EDT

This week’s smartest, grisliest mainstream comic book is the first issue of Blackest Night: Superman. It’s part of the Blackest Night miniseries I wrote about a few weeks ago centering around Green Lantern, but in the Superman edition, writer James Robinson has the Man of Steel, infected by this miniseries’ Black Lantern, turn into a kind of zombie-Superman, a bizarre (as opposed to Bizarro), back-from-the-dead-and-angry Superman who digs up the grave of his own father, among other very bad things. Even Krypto the Super-Dog gets hurt in this issue.

Really, these Blackest Night titles (last week’s Blackest Night: Batman was a good ‘un, too) combine the best elements of both superhero comics and horror comics, along with some fine storytelling by Robinson, Peter Tomasi, and the miniseries’ guiding force, Geoff Johns. You don’t have to be a hardcore, know-every-detail-of-the-mythology fan to hop on this train. Check them out.