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Blackest Night (Blackest Night #1)

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Throughout the decades, death has plagued the DC Universe and taken the lives of heroes and villains alike. But to what end? As the War between the different colored Lantern Corps rages on, the prophecy of the Blackest Night descends and it's up to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps to lead DC's greatest champions in a battle to save the Universe from an army of undead ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by DC Comics
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Anne
Original review:
Mmmmmm....Zombies!

Updated review:
It's come to my attention that not everyone realizes what an amazing event this was.
*eyeballing multiple Goodreads friends*
It's an incredibly fun Let's-Turn-Superheroes-Into-Zombies kind of thing.
And if you didn't like this, then...
Well, I don't know, I guess you didn't like it.
Just know that you are wrong .
Very. Very. Wrong.

If you haven't read this (possibly because some reviewer that smells like two-day-old Taco Bell has led you astray), then
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Sam Quixote
Zombie superheroes vs. non-zombie superheroes – that’s basically what Blackest Night is. The storyline entails both sides punching one another until – guess what? – the superheroes win!

This is a 300+ page book that really doesn’t explore further than this basic this premise and therefore could’ve been far, far shorter than it was. From the moment the Black Lanterns show up at the start, resurrecting dead superheroes to fight the ones who’re alive, nothing much changes until the book ends. It’s s
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Sesana
After reading the meandering and disappointing Countdown to Final Crisis and confusing and disappointing Final Crisis, it was so, so nice to read a DC crossover that delivers. If you haven't been keeping up on the new spectrum of Lanterns, I'd suggest reading Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps first.

So, where does Blackest Night succeed where Countdown and Final Crisis didn't? Unlike Countdown, Blackest Night has a tight, focused story that, while epic in scope, doesn't wander from what's reall
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Michael
I'm sure I'll annoy Green Lantern fans everywhere by saying I don't honestly see what the big deal about this cross-over event is.

I should probably preface that by saying that I'm more a Marvel than a DC reader, so part of this could be my own natural bias coming into play. And part of it could be that I haven't read every single issue of Green Lantern leading up this storyline, so I could be at a huge loss on picking up the nuances of the tale.

That said, I found this storyline tedious and a bit
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StoryTellerShannon
MINI REVIEW: in which Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps must save Earth from an undead apocalypse which includes fallen heroes and villains. Impressive artwork and character reveals are good but the plotting of the story goes back and forth at the expense of the over the top action (and we have to read crossovers to “get” the entirety of the tale). Then again, this is Green Lantern. It makes Superman seem mundane in its action sequences.

I finally learned what all those different green lante
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Stefanos
I have never read a graphic novel this epic before. Blackest Night is nothing sort of the Apocalypse in the DC Universe only its way cooler. There are so many fascinating concepts including the emotional spectrum and the seven factions of light; green, blue, orange, indigo, yellow, red and violet which represent willpower, hope, avarice, compassion, fear, rage and love respectively. Fortunately I was aware enough of the history of the Green Lantern so this wasn't difficult to follow like so many ...more
Mackenzie
I'm not a comic book fan. Let me just say that up front. I am not normally so interested in any comic book series and I am quite sure I'm the least qualified person on earth to say anything about this title or any comic book on the planet. And most comic book readers are quite geeky about it so I wouldn't want to step on anyone's toes by pretending I'm an expert. However, allow me to say this: Geoff Johns, I'm a fan.

I read the Blackest Night series after a colleague recommended it to me. She sai
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Aaron
Well, I finally got around to Blackest Night, the must-read crossover event of the summer (of 2009)! I'm about 5 years behind on this, and I think there's two ways to look at this: either this hurt my overall experience with the story, or the story doesn't really hold up over time. Essentially this is Marvel Zombies, only they found a way to make it fit within continuity. Every superhero and villain DC has seemingly ever killed comes back to life to battle Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the variou ...more
Susan
Undead villain Black Hand is working with the embodiment of death, Nekron, to eliminate all life in the universe. Black rings turn the dead into Black Lanterns, although it is later explained that these are not the actual dead, but just a version of them that the rings somehow download and project. This is a sloppy idea--how are the rings downloading information from rotten brains, and isn't personality more than just brain cells?--but it allows Johns to sidestep the idea of souls and have the B ...more
Aaron
While vampires have been all the rage, lately, zombies have not been too far behind. Like Marvel, DC Comics had a cross-title series that introduced zombies into the canon. In Blackest Night, Johns has found a way to bring back some of DC Comics most popular (and less popular) fallen heroes and villains from over the years.

It all starts when some of the fallen heroes start to arise, attacking some of those who would be considered their nearest and dearest friends. In the process, they kill their
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Aaron
Death is still held up as the ultimate failure and punishment in superhero comics, despite the fact that heroes and villains come back regularly. A lot of readers bemoan the use of the resurrection as a storytelling device since it's been done so often, but really, it's the threat of death and the actual dying of a character that should probably be derided. After all, we know (or should know) the death is not going to stick, and the character may go through some changes but will ultimately be ba ...more
Nathan
Geoff Johns has a talent for writing and partnered with Ivan Reis' outstanding artwork he brings a legend that is rooted deep in the Green Lantern mythos for readers to enjoy. The build-up to Blackest Night was excellent, the different corps were introduced slowly so the reader could see each had distinctive members and powers. When bringing a number of characters into an event so massive such as this, it is easy for writers to forget about some in the writing process but Geoff Johns has orchest ...more
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Nicole Shelby
>>>before this review...read mine for Blackest Night: Green Lantern....

Okay. Confession: I misunderstood the order of the graphic novels and read BN:GL first. Wrong! Don't do that! Like any series, reading it out of order messes it all up.

I read all the preludes and buildups first. And while I appreciated the grand setup for the large event coming...i've got to show my crankiness. Specific subtleties aside: every one had the same basic plot = new color in the spectrum revealed, Hal Jord
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Kevin
This title follows the main plot line of defeating Black Hand and Nekron. It includes the most important sections of the Black Ring Zombie invasion. I guess you could read just this if you want the bare bones plot, but it really won't mean much without the other 2/3 of the story.

I really enjoyed Blackest Night, silliness and all. I highly recommend that this be read with the main Blackest Night: Green Lantern Series and Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps using an order like this:
http://new.dcuw
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Giovanni Gelati
I have turned into a huge Geoff Johns and Green Lantern fan. I saw this and had to pick it up; The Green Lantern and zombies. Could it get any better? Yes, I opened it up and began to get absorbed in it. Check out the particulars on this graphic novel:
“Comics hottest writer Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS WAR, THE FLASH, ACTION COMICS, JSA) and superstar artist Ivan Reis raise the dead in this hardcover collection of the most anticipated comics event of the year!
Throughout the decades
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Ashish
There's different ways to read comics. While each individual book is a story, the lore is built up over several dozen, no, hundreds of preceding comics across decades, over crossovers, reboots, reinterpretations, plotlines, and tributes. Every comic contributes two things - the story itself, and one tiny particle of the overall mythology.
That said, I grew up with comics from second-hand bookstores. I would read across story arcs, between genres, back to front and sideways... basically anything
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Devon
Hal Jordan always seems to be at the center of all the problems in the DC Universe lately. In this latest DC Universe Cross-over, the universe is seeing the dead rising and they're attacking the ones that once loved them. While I won't go into major details (which can be found easily with a few google searches), I will say this was a very interesting read, and it was satisfying, but it was a loaded satisfaction. I, personally, love DC, Green Lantern, and almost anything related to the comics, so ...more
Alan
Writer Geoff Johns does some things very well for this event comic. He keeps the action and pacing at the appropriate levels. Readers cans probably read this one volume alone without having to to read the others (I chose to read the others). So on the plus side the reader gets a decent, not great, explanation for why there are some many colored Lantern Corps now (tying it into the standard colors of the spectrum is a decent idea). We are told why Earth is important (I'll avoid that spoiler). And ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
The story in this graphic novel is great. It’s entertaining and surprising. This is a must read for Green Lantern fans, or even just comic book readers. There are tons of characters that you will recognize and some surprising main characters in the series. The fights are great, the colors are amazing, and the textures of all the costumes are great. You might have to read other DC comics to get what’s going on though. I was surprised that Batman was dead the entire time. (Not a spoiler, its part ...more
Khairul H.
Horrible! A third-rate villain is used by another lame head-villain in order to extinguish life from the universe. The heroes stop him but not before fighting some corpses of fallen comrades and foes. I never thought a story about superheroes fighting zombies could bore me but it did. Too long and underwhelming, Blackest Night's only saving grace was Ivan Reis's pencils which is always a pleasure to the eyes.

This is just a story vehicle for Geoff Johns to bring back characters that were killed o
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Braxton
Wow, it is hard to put into words how awesome this was. The writing was excellent, and I was completely blown away by the artwork, especially as it got closer to the end. I don't think I have ever seen so much going on on a single comic page before. Also, unlike a lot of Marvel events, I was able to easily follow the story, without having to read all of the tie in comics. I recommend that anyone who is a fan of superhero comics read this NOW!
Gregory
As with every cross-over event in comics, Blackest Night has a lot going on and it all happens really fast. Leading up to Blackest Night, we've been introduced to the Sinestro Corps (wielding yellow rings), the Blue Lanterns, Red Lanterns, The Star Sapphires (and their violet rings) and Larfleeze and his orange ring and we've heard of the Indigo Lanterns. Blackest Night comes in the middle of an all out war between most of the Lantern Corps and threatens the entire galaxy and beyond. Black Hand ...more
Philip Athans
Loved it, but I have to take the 6th book out of rotation and put graphic novels back into an alternating rotation with short story collections--my attention has officially been split one portion too far and I'm not finishing anything but the very fast-to-read graphic novels, and even my monthly comic books are falling by the wayside.
Caz Edmunds
Having rediscovered my love for Green Lantern, this compilation is certainly worth keeping and worth the wait.

So glad Geoff Johns is on the helm for this.

A must read for old and new Green Lantern fans. DC Universe in chaos with this storyline. Brilliant
Jesse Athey
I liked it. I'm not a zombie fan mostly but this was a good story. 3.5 stars.
Nick
The final piece to Geoff Johns' jaw-dropping trilogy to bring Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps front and center in the DCU proper, Blackest Night is a crowning achievement that had my inner geek flying high from beginning to end. I've read through a number of the comments on the boards, and while I do understand some complaints (inaccessibility, unknown characters as leads, silly color-coded concepts), reading Blackest Night collected is surprisingly rewarding. I read each issue individual ...more
Lauren
This is everything that is good about comics. Blackest Night is pure, unbridled fun. It's also an exposé on the significance of death in a place where Death Is Cheap.

I've been a big fan of the Green Lantern for a long time, and Geoff Johns' work on that comic is excellent. To see it all leading into this had me in squealy fangirl mode pretty quickly. The book doesn't disappoint, either.

It blends together prophetic influences from some of Alan Moore's best work in mainstream comics with a Marvel
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Mark
I have always been a GL fan, I think because anyone could be GL. It is not like superman where you are born a superhero. It is also better than Batman in some ways because you are definitely a super hero as opposed to Batman being a normal hero. I have always liked the PSIONIC like powers of the power rings it allows the wearer to create anything they want to. Blackest Night is a far reaching GN/Comic series that touches many of the DC superheroes and does a great deal to put a light of scrutiny ...more
Danyal Khan
AMAZING!!!! Probably my favorite comic book event (that I've read) so far!!!! A lot of people complain that this isn't a stand alone story, which is true. Although there are numerous amounts of tie-in books, the only other essential book you have to read to get the full story is Blackest Night: Green Lantern, which is a phenomenal supplement that gives the story more depth. Personally, I like the idea of tie-ins because that way the story can be covered more throughly, a problem that was suffere ...more
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990’s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more
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