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Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps

(Blackest Night #4)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,060 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The secrets behind the Lanterns of Blackest Night are revealed!
Bear witness to Blue Lantern Saint Walker's pilgrimage of hope, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris' sacrifice for love, Green Lantern Kilowog's courageous beginnings, Red Lantern Vice's source of rage, Orange Lantern Blume's bizarre creation, and the first appearance of the mysterious Indigo, leader of the Indigo Tribe
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by DC Comics
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Each character has a tale to tell!

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: Tales of the Corps” #1-3. Featuring a part of the “Blackest Night” event.

Creative Team:

Writers: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi

Illustrators: Jerry Ordway, Chris Samnee, Rags Morales, Eddy Barrows, Gene Ha, Tom Mandrake, Mike Mayhew & Ivan Reis


In this tie-in miniseries, par
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a welcome series of side-stories featuring one member of each of the different corps, all of whom are adjacent to the MC's. I think it provides a bit of excellent depth into the series even if it does nothing to propel it.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This trade can easily be divided into two parts: the actual Tales of the Corps, and a Superboy-Prime story.

Tales of the Corps ties in to the Blackest Night storyline, but it obviously isn't essential. It's a series of short stories that serve to explain the different aspects of the emotional spectrum. Like I said, it's not essential to understanding Blackest Night, but it would certainly be helpful for somebody like me who hasn't kept up on Green Lantern and doesn't know a thing about the Orange
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
3 because the last story was very funny: the one about Superboy Prime.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's a hodgepodge of different things, most of which I liked. The first half includes one story from a specific Lantern in each of the different corps. Some of the characters I was familiar with and some I was not, so it made for interesting reading.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics, 2019
This was pretty enjoyable. I liked learning about the different Lantern Corps. I think the best part, even though it was a little slow at first, was Geoff Johns' short story from the first-person perspective of William Hand pre-Black Hand. He was such a weird kid and that was written so well. The only part that really drug on for me was the inclusion of Superboy-Prime and Action Comics at the end. Some of the issues were a little dull, but the Action Comics part was my least favorite part. I rea ...more
Desiree Brunelle
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blackest night tales of the corps, written by Geoff Johns and others. Is a tale how one's torcher, seeking for hope, anger of loss, lust for love, and death. can change even the strongest beings into something spectacular or make them a of evil and hatred. almost all lanterns had a loss that changed them into something good, or something terrible. Bleez is a beautiful angel that suffered a tremendous loss, her mother was killed by a yellow lantern, he keeps her captive for two days as a slave, h ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
this was a really good book. it has a lot of dialog and great graphics. i enjoyed it but it was not my kind of story. it had a lot of action in it also.
i gave it a 3 star rateing because it was a good book but not my kind of book. but i did like it. i reccomend this for anybody who like a super hero comic.
Yeah, wasn't a fan of this one.

The art was definitely not my style, and I just couldn't bring myself to care about most of the stories. We certainly jumped around enough, so you'd think I'd find something in here that would really catch my fancy either art-wise or story-wise, but not really. For the most part I was bored and just trying to push through to the end. The plots for the most parts were predictable and formulaic. I did enjoy Kilowog's story more than the others, because, duh, it's Ki
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
ComicWorm Speaks!

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps

by Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, and Sterling Gates

Acquired: Barnes & Noble
Series: Blackest Night
Paperback: 176 Pages
Publisher: DC Comics

The Story: In this 3-issue miniseries, the secrets behind the Lanterns of BLACKEST NIGHT are revealed! Bear witness to Blue Lantern Saint Walker's pilgrimage of hope, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris' sacrifice for love, Green Lantern Kilowog's courageous beginnings, Red Lantern Vice's source of rage, Orang
Zachary Taylor
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This was largely an introduction to the different rings, with a few pages into the mind of Black Hand, and an introduction (for me) to Superboy-Prime. Not mad it, but not overly blown away either.
Diego López Ocón
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not going to lie, this was way better than I thought for a tie in.
Victor Orozco
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. I have to admit these Blackest Night stories are a magnificent tie-in to the events of the main story. Though its a bit confusing. I imagine all these stories together would be the size of a textbook. But its still good to read them nevertheless.

This collection of the Blackest Night Tales of the Corps takes its involvement in the Blackest Night with tales of some of the major events of every single Corps of the Spectrum. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and Black Lante
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite-comics, old
I've already said what I think of Blackest Night, so this review will just be about this book specifically. This is a collection of tie-in stories about members of the various lantern corps. Not all of them are directly related to the the main Blackest Night storyline, but all of them are about death or the dead.

New Blood is a touchingly personal story about Green Lantern Kilowog, the recruit instructor. Kilowog is a longstanding character with a storied history, but he's seldom the focus of att
Kevin Knowles
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, green-lantern
A collection of short stories giving more detailed backstory to some of the players in Blackest Night. Most should be read before, but The Birth of Nekron should be read right before Blackest Night #6 and the Book of the Black should be read after you finish the whole Blackest Night series.

New Blood is a story about how Kilowog came to be the hard nosed drill sergeant Green Lantern fans love. It is in some ways a typical war story, but it provides great grounding for Kilowog. I liked the ending
Wing Kee
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Little short tales that world and character build. Good but not essential and a fairly mixed bag in all counts.

I like world building and character building so I was excited to read this book, I knew it was not going to be super great in terms of quality but as I said, I like world and character building.

World: The art is all over the place with the different artists, some are very good, like the Kilowag story, and some are not so great, like the Saint Walker story. The world building here is lig
C.J. Edmunds
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Much has been said about Green Lantern’s Blackest Night, not to mention the subsequent back stories and tie-ups. In my “immersion” course into the Green Lantern Universe two years ago, collecting the many graphic novel compilations and tie-ups has been a journey for me and with Brightest Day Volume 1 released last year and Volume 2 and other tie-ins this year, I know my “work” is cut out for me.

But for this time, I got pulled into collecting another tie in for the Blackest Night and this chronic
Emily Green
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps includes stories for all eight corps, beginning with the Green Lantern Corps, the Lanterns with which readers are most familiar. Each of the other colored Lanterns represent a different emotion or concept, with black being death. Most of the stories are origin stories. The volume creates a mythology surrounding the Corps.

The most compelling story is actually for death, a journal of William Hand, a psychopath who cannot understand fear of death, though his fasci
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics, 2013
This book basically tells origins and backgrounds of certain characters like Bleez, Saint Walker, Arisia, and Kilowog. Elements from these stories are brought up throughout the other BN books, so reading this, while not necessary, is recommended.

Each story is a nice little stand-alone that's easy to read and entertaining. Personally, my favorite was the Saint Walker origin. I love me some Saint Walker. But they were all good in their own right.

If you want to read Blackest Night, I would suggest
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I really enjoyed this tie-in to Blackest Night, though it's not nearly as essential as the rest of them. This pretty much tells tales of one member of each Corps and how they ended up where they are now: Kilowog, and how his training made him into who he is (and foreshadows at another event down the road); Bleez of the Red Lanterns, and how she ended up consumed by Rage; Mongul's son and his involvement with the Sinestro Corps, perhaps alluding to problems down the road for the DC Universe; Sain ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
I never got Green Lantern. Like his name -- I would have went with Green Ring or something. I never understood why he could make some things but not others with his ring, like how in the modern comics his replacements were able to make functioning green rockets, but Hal Jordan pretty much made big green fists. As for his replacements, why are there five green rings on this one planet simultaneously? I never understood why they got rid of the yellow weakness or the 24 hour charge. Clearly, other ...more
Gabriel Wallis
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Honestly, I wasn't too impressed with this graphic novel. I liked the tales presented, but they just didn't catch my full attention. It was great to read about Green Lantern Kilowog's beginnings, Green Lantern Arisia's beginnings, Red Lantern Bleez's beginnings, Blue Lantern Saint Walker's beginnings, a tale about Orange Lantern Larfleeze, a tale about Mongul's son, a tale of the Indigo Tribe, the Star Sapphire's beginnings, a Black Lantern tale, and Superman-Prime's beginnings. Not to mention W ...more
Brad McKenna
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Even further away from the main action in The Blackest Night collection, only some of the chapters even had to do with the battle. That said it was interesting to see the back story on a central character from each of the Corps. There was also an interesting synopsis of each of the Corps and what the stand for, full text, not issues. Plus there was a journal from William hand, which was pretty good as well. Lastly, it ended with a couple of issues of Action Comics, which was about Superboy readi ...more
Keith Rommel
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Collected in this TPB is Tale of the Green Lantern Corps, Tales of the Red Lantern Corps., Tales of the Orange Corps., Tales of the Sinestro Corps, Tales of the Blue Lantern Corps., Tales of the Indigo Tribe (my least favorite), Tales of the Star Sapphires, Tales of the Black Lantern Corps., The Symbols of the Spectrum (a story about each ring), The Book of the Black (A William Hand journal so to speak), Adventure Comics. I would have given this a five star rating if they would have left out the ...more
Zinz Vandermeer
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was probably my favourite of the Blackest Night companion books, loved getting deeper into the stories of the various colour corps. Some of them made me laugh, many of them made me cry. All of them were written to make you see the characters from a different angle.

Bleez and Saint Walker in particular made me cry, and as such I think I connected to them on a deeper level. I don’t know what it is, but if a comic book brings me to tears, I consider that a successfully written piece of work.

I d
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
The best of the Blackest Night event collections, this grouping shares tales from each Lantern corps: Bleez's conversion to the Red Lanterns, Orange Lantern Larfleeze's addition of Blume, young Mongul's early lessons that will help him take over the Sinestro Corps, Arisia's induction into the GLC, Walker's transformation into a Blue Lantern candidate, the Indigo tribe's "compassion," Carol's return to the Star Sapphires, and Nekron's arrival. The only disappointment is the inclusion of a "real w ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
This mixed bag of short stories is for completists only. It is like a bunch of sprinkles on the fudge-covered sundae that Blackest Night (and its Green Lantern companion) was. A little extra that is by no means essential. I for one will not be reading this book again.

But I'll have another sundae.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are excellent short stories in this book and some not so great stories. As I've been mostly reading Green Lantern out of order and am still not current with the title to date, I found this book quite helpful in distinguishing the many differences between the different colored rings. If you're not already aware Geoff Johns and others have completely refined the mythology of the Green Lanterns and have helped maintain the course of keeping the character commercially and critically successful ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
Not as compelling as the first Blackest Night book, this one deals with multiple members of the ring corps. There are some really great stories in this one, though. Kilowog's story, as well as the Blue Lantern Saint Walker's story stick out foremost in my mind and are worth checking out just by themselves. The rest, unfortunately, are rather forgettable. It was interesting to see what the other corps are up to, but save yourself some money and visit your local library to check this one out.
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed, westend
These anthology types can be pretty interesting. This was, generally, not.

Probably the most interesting is the authors' apology for the Final Crisis storyline, which would probably inspire more emotion if I cared about "Superboy Prime" or the Final Crisis storyline. I don't. And the recap makes it clear that, based on the character's behavior, I should not be looking for this redemption that is delivered.

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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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