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Blackest Night

(Blackest Night #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  9,945 ratings  ·  464 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 (first published 2009)
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Aug 08, 2010 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
The dead will rise and the universe will fall!

I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I’ve chosen this TPB edition to be able of making a better overall review.

This TPB edition contains “Blackest Night” #0-8. Featuring the main story of the “Blackest Night” event.

Creative Team:

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrators: Ivan Reis with Doug Mahnke (in issue #0)


The Guardians of the Universe were afraid of the Blackest Night, and not only because it was a
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. And apologies to my GR friends who liked 'Blackest Night'. I feel terrible that you genuinely find this shit entertaining (I'm kidding, of course; it's theoretically possible that people who deliberately baptize themselves in the Hulk-piss Kool-Aid of Spandex-wearing cosmic super-douchebags Hal Jordan & Kyle Rayner, it all makes perfect sense.

Dec 31, 2015 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 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 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
Aug 24, 2015 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.
Feb 28, 2012 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
Nov 20, 2015 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
Here it is, the culmination of everything that Geoff Johns has been doing in his groundbreaking Green Lantern run. And it's so epic that it affects more than just the Green Lantern stories, it becomes a major DC Comics event that rocks the entire universe! As prophesied, the rise of the different colors of the emotional spectrum and the ensuing conflict between them has stirred Nekron, the embodiment of death. He begins to re-animate the dead across the universe to join the "Black Lanterns" in a ...more
Gianfranco Mancini


Not bad at all and Ivan Reis amazing hyperdetailed artworks are just over the top, but my knowledge about DC characters is still too much flawed to fully appreciate this event basing its roots on several past events that I've not read about like main villain past appearances and the (temporary, of course) demises of iconic characters like Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter and something like a thousand of heroes/villain I've never heard of...

May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-reads-kapow, scifi
The truly epic Johns led space opera sees the entirety of the Green Lantern continuity combine with the entirety of Crisis continuity to see the coming of the Black Lanterns and the evil they bring… and the uniting of the seven Lanterns and DC Universe heroes to combat them, with a shocker of a shocker finale! 7 out of 12
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
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
For me, and for I suspect for a lot of readers, The Blackest Night crossover was the perfect culmination of everything that was going on in the DC Universe in the 2000s.

Written by the legendary Geoff Johns--featuring Ivan Reis's gorgeous art in the vein of Alan Davis--in the climax of his Green Lantern run, the brilliant idea of multiple colored corps led up to this event. As Green was will, there was the Yellow of fear, Red of rage, Blue of hope Orange of Avarice, Indigo of love, and Saphire o
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 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.
Aug 21, 2015 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.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Other Useful Reviews: Sam Quixote's review

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

ABSOLUTE RATING: {2/5 stars}



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
Nicole Shelby
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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 Jordan comes
Sep 19, 2011 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 06, 2011 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
Jun 29, 2011 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
Christopher (Donut)
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoopla-comics
Good. I'm not too keen on the "Where's Waldo" style clusterfarks:

(of which there are many)

If someone had asked me a week ago what "The Indigo Tribe" is, I would have guessed "folk rock."

Overall quite impressive.
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 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
Shahriar Shafin
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the book that changed my entire mind about Green Lantern. before reading it, I was like, who is this guy? He is a green hero, who does his work with lights.. bleh.
But then, I read Blackest Night. And my world changed.

It's a very cliche premise, right? Dead people rising, day of reckoning, zombie apocalypse, bla bla bla, right?


Geoff Johns managed to get past every overused stuff of horror fics. He reached down and grabbed something almost all zombie fics fail to capture.

Wiola Myszkowska
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Jan 21, 2016 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 rated it liked it
I liked it. I'm not a zombie fan mostly but this was a good story. 3.5 stars.
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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 1990s 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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