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Blackest Night (Green Lantern, by Geoff Johns #12)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  7,950 Ratings  ·  334 Reviews
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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Aug 08, 2010 Anne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone with a Green ring
Reread: 2015
And my opinion still hasn't changed...


This was probably my favorite event...ever.
When I read this for the first time, it blew me away! Not only that, but it solidified me as a Green Lantern junkie forever.
Exhibit A:


At this point, I don't even know how many GL titles I've read, and I'll be the first to admit that I find very few of them exceptional these days.
I can't stop. I keep chasing the dragon in the hopes of finding another book that makes me feel the way this one original
My Blackest Night: A Victim Speaks Out

Right back at ya, big guy. :) And Geoff Johns sucks too.

Please excuse the 300-proof hatred; I'm a vitrioholic. ;-) Apologies to my friends who liked 'Blackest Night'. I feel terrible that you genuinely liked this shit. ;-P (I'm kidding, of course; it's theoretically possible that for people immersed in the green Kool-Aid, it all makes perfect sense. Even superhero fans without a Phd. in recent Green Lantern history may be familiar enough with the chaotic '
Dec 31, 2015 Patrick rated it it was ok
A bunch of people were talking about how much they enjoyed this story, and Green Lantern is one of the very few comics I used to read and enjoy as a kid (though very briefly). So I decided to try it out.

Maybe it's the fact that I don't read many mainstream superhero comics, so I have trouble following these big crossover events where everyone and their 30 years of dramatic baggage is brought into the spotlight. I don't know who so-and-so's dead girlfriend was 10 years ago. I didn't read that sto
Jan 02, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
Totally freaking kick-ass.

It took a hell of a long time to get through, considering that it is interspersed through a whopping 106 issues of story set-up, main and side action, and the epic fight on so many different fronts. One issue here, one issue there meant that I was eagerly checking the list to see when the main action would come back around.

I could have cheated and read this and a few of the Black Lantern volumes and ignored the rest, but I'm very pleased to have gone ahead and read them
Sam Quixote
Jul 11, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it
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
Mar 05, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it

This is the core story of the Blackest Night storyline with Blackest Night: Green Lantern and Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps being more companion books the other 2 books are not really necessary but it gives you more of a complete story beacuse they fill up alot of holes in the story.

Hal Jordan and members of the Green Lantern Corps are parading in Coast City, on the anniversary of the day Superman was killed by Doomsday which has since become a national holiday for remembering fallen heroe
Aug 24, 2015 Bookwraiths rated it really liked it
I liked it, but the last couple issues were hard to get through, because -- as other reviews have already said -- things quickly turn into an ordinary slugfest without any real plot. Sure, it was cool to see Lex Luthor with a ring, but what did it do to develop the story? Nothing. Same with Superman and Wonder Woman and all the rest. Guess what I am saying is this should have been even better than it was.
Nov 20, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing
Easily in my all-time favorite comics. I told myself I was just going to finish part 3 last night and sleep. Then I read parts 4 and 5. Then I gave up and read it before I went to sleep. And let me tell you, it was better than sleep.

Geoff Johns really crafted something amazing here. The storytelling was phenomenal and the dialogue was impeccable. Ivan Reis... *slow clap evolves into a disturbing cacophony of congratulation* ... This guy can illustrate. He's one of my favorite artists now. His wo
Feb 28, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Jan 08, 2016 Skip rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Skip by: Anne
Shelves: graphic-novels
Just did not like this at all. Could not follow the plot, which was basically re-animated dead zombie superheroes battling current alive ones. I do not know enough of the DC League of Justice characters and their normal personas to follow who is who, and what animosities exist. The story was presented in a very disjointed and non-linear way. SO gGlad to be done so I can read something enjoyable again.
Scarlet Cameo
Dec 04, 2016 Scarlet Cameo rated it really liked it

Nicole Shelby
Jan 11, 2012 Nicole Shelby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-again, comics
>>>before this 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
Sep 19, 2011 Mackenzie rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2015 Damon rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
No. It is bad. All the build up led to a terrible story. Confused, irrelevant and mixed up.
Jun 29, 2011 Stefanos rated it liked it
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
Aug 06, 2011 Aaron rated it liked it
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
Oct 18, 2010 Aaron rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 22, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
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
Norman Kim
Jan 21, 2016 Norman Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-comics
Ehh. Didn't like it. I usually stop reading if I'm not liking something, but I felt this was a story I needed to have read through.

Confusing art, convoluted, cheap and imo completely meaningless storyline, cheesy dialogue, and no sense of any real danger. Several underdeveloped character plotlines, which I'm assuming are further extrapolated upon in the tie-ins but only made this collection seem random and haphazard. However, I suppose it was entertaining in the same way gawking at bright light
Jesse A
Sep 05, 2014 Jesse A rated it liked it
I liked it. I'm not a zombie fan mostly but this was a good story. 3.5 stars.
Bader Al Shirawi
Feb 12, 2015 Bader Al Shirawi rated it it was amazing
An additional star for the amazing artwork.
Dec 19, 2015 Jedhua rated it did not like it
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Other Useful Reviews: Sam Quixote's review

Book Info: This collection contains Blackest Night issues #0-8.

{1.5/5 stars} (Rounded Down)


In Blackest Night, Black Hand – under the orders of his dark lord Nekron – sets out to spread his infectious Black Lantern rings throughout all of existence. Starting on Earth, the power rings are used to reanimate some of the planet's greatest heroes. Feeding off their feelings of guilt, anger, and fear, the power source of the Black Lantern Corps nears 100% ca
Giovanni Gelati
Dec 09, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 06, 2013 Dev rated it really liked it
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
Aug 05, 2011 Nathan rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 28, 2012 Ashish rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Nov 03, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
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:
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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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