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Green Lantern, Volume 9: Blackest Night

(Green Lantern (2005) #9)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,881 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Comics hottest writer Geoff Johns (Green Lantern, The Flash, Action Comics, JSA) and superstar artist Doug Mahnke (JLA, Batman, Superman) raise the dead in this must-read tie-in to the most anticipated comics event of the year, Blackest Night. This hardcover collection starring Hal Jordan expands on the War of the Light as the evil Black Lanterns descend on all of the Corp ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2010)
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The Blackest Night is upon us!

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 “Green Lantern” #43-52. Featuring a part of the “Blackest Night” event.

Creative Team:

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrators: Doug Mahnke, Ed Benes & Jerry Ordway


The Green Lantern comic book titles had been the “lung” of DC Comics like for four years if not more, and while the in
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's a toss up between this volume and the Blackest Night for being my favorite out of the entire story arc.

Hal went through a damn lot of changes, and some big changes just made the whole thing a delight to read.

No spoilers. It's just too fun and funny and impressive at the same time. I mean, damn. The rings of death and the gates of everlasting peace being opened to yell out, "Shut the fuck up, kids! People are trying to sleep, here!"

Putting this volume in context with all those other tie-ins
This is not only one of the best volumes in the Geoff Johns Green Lantern run, but it's also essential reading in tandem with the main DC event book, Blackest Night. As the dead across the universe are rising to form the "Black Lanterns," the leaders from all of the colors of the emotional corps (Hal Jordan: Green/Willpower, Sinestro: Yellow/Fear, Carol Ferris: Violet/Love, Atrocitus: Red/Rage, Saint Walker: Blue/Hope, Indigo-1: Indigo/Compassion, and Larfleeze: Orange/Avarice) must all put asid ...more
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
It does a nice job filling in the blanks from Blackest Night. Good stuff.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I just give everything four stars now.

I was a bit disappointed that there was no solid conclusion in a TPB.

Some things just seem to happen out of the blue.

Especially from issue to issue. It is likely the plot moved forward in small ways during offshoot issues, as is often the case with these huge events.

There is too much going on.

There are too many characters to juggle.

This is a long-term fan’s book more than it is a book for folks new to the DC Universe.

This book made me realize how
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
You can read Blackest Night without reading this Green Lantern tie in. You can't read this without already knowing what goes on in Blackest Night. The events in this collection literally happen between issues of Blackest Night. It probably would have read better if the two had been collected in the same volume. Because Blackest Night itself was the main series, nothing truly significant can happen on its own in the Green Lantern issues, and each issue had to be prefaced by a brief description of ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This is pretty much essential along with Blackest Night itself. I read the 2 books simultaneously in order to fill in some of the bigger gaps.
I enjoyed this tremendously, as I did Blackest Night iself.
Some highlights: The Lanterns getting 1 deputy each from Earth and who they were: Red (Rage) - Mera, Orange (Avarice/Greed) - Luthor, Yellow (Fear) - Scarecrow, Green - Ganthet the Guardian, Blue (Hope) - Barry Allen Flash, Indigo (Compassion) The Atom Ray Palmer, and Violet/Star Sapphires (Love) -
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Horrible multi-coloured mess.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this 4.5 stars not for a stand alone read, but for the content that builds in with the main Blackest Night event.

This was a good story to tie into Blackest Night, however on its own it's very in-cohesive. If you had no prior knowledge to the event then unfortunately you would be in confusion city after reading this, seriously, it would make no sense to you what-so-ever. Luckily for me I just read BN recently, so I was able to somewhat figure out what took place when in the story.

I r
William Thomas
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
The god of DC comics, grand architect of DC, Geoff Johns has created something that is both fun and important in the DC universe. For the most part I find that Johns typically takes himself far too seriously. But in the Blackest Night books, he really let's his hair down.

Overall I'd have to rate the Blackest Night a 4 star crossover. What holds it back? The enormous breadth of the crossover and the fact that DC jammed each and every page full to the brim with no breathing room for the reader. I
Jarrod Wright
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Green Lantern, Vol. 9: Blackest Night is a book about the reluctant truce between all of the emotional color ring guardians to battle the dead bodies of all of the fallen DC Comics super heroes. The corrupted guardian has created his own corps of black lanterns that resemble zombies and spread across the univerce spreading the death and destruction of the corrupted rings.
Hal Jordan; the current green lantern corps member protecting earths sector, has to team up with his former allies the Sinestr
Khairul Hezry
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Slightly better than the main Blackest Night book which is nothing more than damning with faint praise. This is also where I step off the GL bandwagon. It's been fun but I've grown bored of Jordan's adventures.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first this book was kind of weird because dead super heroes like Superman and Batman come back to life as zombie villains. (Keep in mind this is both Marvel and DC super heroes combined.) The story won me over because it is still a good action fight between good and evil. The good guys are the super heroes who have not been affected by the black lantern plaque and they win in the end. Sinestro, the previous leader of the Fear Lanterns and nemesis of the Green Lanterns, becomes the White Lante ...more
Quentin Wallace
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This job filled in a lot of the blanks from the main Blackest Night series. It was interesting to read them both in sequence and see how it all fits together. The art is great, but I do have to say drawing these Green Lantern books had to be either the most fun ever or the biggest pain ever because there is a LOT going on. Once the Green Lantern series introduced all of the various other color spectrum lanterns the series became one of the most visually interesting comics ever. Good series if yo ...more
Jenn Marshall
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
Having never read a Green Lantern story, I almost gave up after the first book because I was so unfamiliar with the stories and characters, but this was so good. I'm excited to see where they are going next.
Edward Davies
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An action packed volume, though it is a little bit marred by the fact that this wasn't presented with the 25 parts in order but instead divided into the mini-series, the Green Lantern stories and the issues from Green Lantern Corps. I'm thinking I'll probably read the Blackest Night mini series volume next to at least get the conclusion to this storyline.
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Green Lantern has always been one of those superheroes I considered to be the most cartoonish of the lot. The kind of superhero that strains credulity with everything from his appearance to his speech. I always thought Superman looked silly as heck with his red-and-blue spandex, but at least he was the strongest force in comic books to the point of omnipotence. Green Lantern had strength too, but he got it from a lime-green Coleman's lantern for crying out loud. As a kid, I saw superheroes l ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc
Good tie-in to Blackest Night. This felt very essential especially if you enjoyed the main event. Highly recommended to read this right after it (or even along side it), because otherwise you could feel lost at times. Not that good on its own, but it works greatly in the bigger picture!
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Feel free to sing along if you know the words:

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!

First of all, I'm a Hal Jordan girl, all the way. I was there back when Hal became Parallax and died, and I cried actual tears over a comic book. Shortly thereafter, I stopped reading comics all together because it was becoming too expensive of a hobby with all the titles I was picking up, and I just couldn't ev
Kevin Knowles
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, green-lantern
This book follows Hal Jordan trying to gather the warring Corps to fight the Blackest Night with a mostly minor story of John Stewart fighting demons from his past. This book will feel very incomplete without Blackest Night, so read them together at minimum.

I really enjoyed Blackest Night: Green Lantern, silliness and all. I highly recommend that this be read with the main Blackest Night Series and Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps using an order like this:
Alexander Sauer
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty awesome collection of the Green Lantern Blackest Night story. It is hands down one of the most amazing and epic saga of the Green Lanterns and the entire DC universe.

Sadly if you want to read the complete BN storyline you need to get the other 6 collections. And, most confusing, this turns out to be book 2 out of the BN story. Book 1 is Blackest Night. Book 2 is Blackest Night: Green Lantern. Meanwhile, as a prequel/simultaneous story with book 2 are:
Blackest Night Green Lante
I originally read this as the actual issues were released through 2009-2010. I've read the actual Blackest Night mini a couple times now but had forgotten what went down in the Blackest Night Green Lantern (and Green Lantern Corps) titles and rather than dig out my loose issues I just grabbed the hardback collections from the library. As great as the story was, DC really kind of dropped the ball when it came to releasing the main story collected. The main story arc goes back and forth between th ...more
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book collects Green Lantern #43-52, but between the issues, the story is advanced in a separate mini-series, Blackest Night. Before each issue, we get a little recap to catch us up, but I find that insufficient. It's like reading every other chapter of a book. And then issue #52 ends on a cliff-hanger... to be resolved in Blackest Night! You'd probably be best off reading this volume in one hand and Blackest Night in the other.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I told myself that I was not going to read any comics or graphic novels that have what I consider inadequate or sub-par artwork.

well then you have something like this book, in which the art is so awesome, I just had to read it.

Since I felt like I was only getting part of the story, I cannot give this more than 3 stars, but it was fun.
Shannon Appelcline
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
Pretty hard to separate this from the main Blackest Night volume, as the story flows freely between them. Generally, a nice crossover with lots of big picture heroics and a gradually evolving storyline. Not deep, but fun and a good payout for the previous year and a half of story.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sh*t gets real in this one.
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Liz Neering
Dec 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Lovely art and an engaging story, but difficult to follow without additional background.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how epic and sweeping in scale this event has proven to be. The use of colour has always been excellent in Green Lantern stories, but the spectrum of emotions versus the black rings is beautifully brought to life here. And the horror of all our loved ones coming back as ghastly versions of their past selves, hell-bent on destruction with all their faculties in tact, rather than just being mindless zombies, is incredibly powerful. How are Hal and the gang going to resolve this?!
Chris W
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An incomplete story, you're better off just reading Blackest Night. It jumps pieces without any explanation. A lot of action scenes with little reason to care unless you're already invested in Hal Jordan
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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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