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Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns

(Blackest Night #7)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  906 ratings  ·  45 reviews
This essential Blackest Night tie-in title is written by event architect, Geoff Johns along with collaborator James Robinson, Peter J. Tomasi and others.
Eight classic titles from DC's past return for stories featuring characters from their original runs dealing with the events unfolding in the DC Universe which show the amazing reach of this mega-crossover event.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by DC Comics
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I did like reading some relatively unknown titles (to me), but none of them had quite as much impact upon me as the core DC group.

With one exception. I really loved the Atom storyline. He's just interesting enough to make me want to hunt down his other comics. Goofy Ray Palmer from the Arrow tv series isn't that interesting, but the one on the page might make up for that.

And no, he's not just an Ant-Man redux! ;) I swear, the more I read of both DC and Marvel, the less I give a shit about who st
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
This Blackest Night trade is quite a mishmash. The idea was to bring back several canceled series from the dead for the event, publishing a single issue of each to tie in to the Black Lantern Corps storyline. Some of them are better than others, and I could swear the quality started to decline as I got deeper into the book. (The Catwoman story, while good, is also available in one of the Gotham City Sirens books, so I had already read it.) The Green Arrow story (from his perspective while his bo ...more
I'll start off with this: The Green Arrow issue was phenomenal. If every other issue in this bind up was straight-up horrible, I still would've felt like this was worth the read solely for that issue alone. Honestly, quite a few of the other issues were horrible (I'm looking at you, Weird-ass Western Tales #71), but the Green Arrow story with Dinah and the kids - wow. Just... wow.

Alrighties, now that I've got that out of my system, a little more detail. This add-on to the Blackest Night event s
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I'm still working my way through the Blackest Night collections (the thing that has probably made me swear off event comics-Marvel had just about done that all ready) and this volume could have gotten a higher score if they had done two things-included the Gail Simone and John Ostrander issues I expected to be in this trade. 1) I usually like Ostrander's and Simone's writing, and Ostrander's Suicide Squad issue fit the theme here 100% (new issues of canceled series). James Robinson seems mu ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time reading anything in Blackest Night and considering this is considered the weakest set of comics in the event, I'm looking forward to reading the rest. I loved seeing them take old series and giving them one more issue by bringing them into the saga of the Black Lanterns. I think it fits the whole theme of it really well. The biggest complaint I saw about this collection was that it didn't have any flow. To me that's stupid, because it's not one story, it's multiple stories ...more
Wes Lisi
Nov 02, 2016 added it
Recommends it for: I would recommend this to someone who is a extensive DC comics fan
The book is part of the blackest night series of the green lantern saga. When reading this the stories that were being told had no reason with the rest of the other stories. The stories were about heroes that were being controlled by the black lanterns. These heroes could be dead or alive it did not matter. This shows the art style of the comic. This page was probably my favorite of the stories. The art style was very dramatic earthy and rough. The comic w ...more
Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Lacks narrative coherence, but a fun way to sample diffrent titles, writers and artists.
Curtis Chen
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
A mixed bag, but worth reading for the Green Arrow story alone.
Shawn Fairweather
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
4 stars for most of the artwork and 3 stars for most of the writing. Peter Tomasi and Geoff Johns get the obvious thumbs up for me as I am a big fan of their writing, some of the other entries however...well, theres a reason why some of their series were cancelled. What Rise of the Black Lanterns does is it shows a glimpse of various other series characters in the DC universe and how they approach the introduction of the Blackest Night and how it will eventually feed back up into the Green Lante ...more
Christopher Wolbert
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
More of the same in the Blackest Night collection. It's time to move on.
Victor Orozco
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 Black Lantern Corps takes its involvement with the Black Lanterns striking in several major places. St. Roch, Star City, Metropolis, The Fortress of Solitude, Opal City, Gotham City, etc. Each containing a major confront
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blackest Night cross-over event was a big deal in the DC Universe. Obviously, they couldn't fit all of DC's stars into the main series, so Rise of the Black Lanterns collects Black Night stories that appeared in some of their other regular series. We get issues of The Atom & Hawkman, Catwoman, Phantom Stranger, The Power of Shazam, The Question, Starman, Weird Western Tales, Green Arrow, and Adventure Comics. Some of these stories help to fill in some of the gaps in the main Blackest Nig ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rise of the Black Lanterns is essentially the tie-in collection book. While the other volumes (save perhaps Tales of the Corps) of Blackest Night have a story line, this volume is made up of nine comics that tied into the main Blackest Night story, specifically:

Atom and Hawkman 46, Catwoman 83, Phantom Stranger 42, The Power of Shazam 48, The Question 37, Starman 81, Weird Western Tales 71, Green Arrow 30, and Adventure Comics 7.

As it's a collection book, it's hard to judge the book as a whole b
Michael Mills
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I was underwhelmed by the Blackest Night mini-series, but it seems some of the most interesting stories were told on the periphery – but even then, Rise of the Black Lanterns is a mixed bag.The idea that Nekkron had a hand in guiding 'dead' superheroes back to life makes a virtue of one of comics' most annoying, and Rise wisely ignores the guff from the main series about how the heroes "would've managed it anyway". Tony Bedard's Superboy piece makes similarly fun use of complex comic continuity ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Pretty much a mop-up of what else was left in the Blackest Night storyline that hadn't made a collection yet.
Highlights for me: Green Arrow, decent story, Ollie trying to fight off the Black Ring with his 'family' trying to save him.
Atom and Hawkman, because Atom was just kick ass in this Event, and I want to read more about him now.
Phantom Stranger: Stranger, Boston Brand (Deadman), Blue Devil and more! I like the quirky ones on the edges of reality.
Question: Not bad, Lady Shiva and Vic Sage d
Brad McKenna
Jul 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
I really don't like to give overly negative reviews, but I can't help it in this case. You can skip this collection and not miss a damned thing in The Blackest Night Saga. This is a prime example of a money grab. I understand the desire to rope in the entire DCU for an epic event like The Blackest Night, but this was a completely useless collection for me. Unless you're a fan of the titles, I don't see a reason to pick this one up. That said, I can even see those fans being annoyed at the 1 issu ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm not a big fan of the Blackest Night event. I think it takes some big imagination to try and pull all the different timeline pieces and continuity messes that DC has made over the years. However, it's still a weak overall effect and the anthology comics contained in this volume just feel gimicky to generate more dollars.

Most of the art is superb and it's nice to have all of the different cross-overs contained in one volume. Unfortunatly, most of the stories lack as the writer is handcuffed wi
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I read Blackest Night, Blackest Night: Rise of the the Black Lanterns, and Blackest Night: Green Lantern concurrently, skipping from one to the other to keep the story in chronological order, more or less. It was a decent story, with some nice character moments. The expanded color lantern corps were interesting. I really cared for any of the Green Lanterns when I actively read comic books and this didn't want me go read any more. There were some real moments with Green Arrow, Flash, Atom, and Fi ...more
Because I inadvertently started reading in media res, I'm not sure what to think about this graphic novel in which black rings of power bring various DC superheroes (including the Spectre--ridiculous!) back from the grave as "Black Lantern" zombies. Perhaps in the context of what came before and what follows, this makes more sense and is more enjoyable, but it doesn't do much as a stand-alone volume. Sadly, this is the only portion of the saga that the local library network owns, and so I'll onl ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Black Lanterns get some spotlight time, as we examine their trials and tribulations against the DC Universe. Green Arrow fights against the black ring, Deadman must battle his own corpse, Atom and Hawkman have a not-so-old-fashioned team-up, Osiris deals with a world that has moved on, Spectre gets help from Phantom Stranger, Question fights Question, Black Mask looks to get revenge on Catwoman for his murder, Jonah Hex and his old rival must team-up to follow Nekron's wishes, and Superboy u ...more
A large component that goes into liking or hating this book is whether you'd care to see these characters either in Black Lantern or in mortal anguish.

I. Ray Palmer, Hawkman, Hawkgirl
II. The Phantom Stranger, Blue Devil, Spectre, Deadman
III. Green Arrow, Black Canary, Connor Hawke, Mia Dearden
IV. Superboy, Wonder Girl, Krypto
V. Starman, Hope O'Dare, The Shade
VI. Renee Montoya, The Question, strange demanding lady???
VII. Catwoman, Black Mask, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn
VIII. Jonah Hex, mean sideburn
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
This collection of Black Lantern stories were an odd mix of characters and plotlines. They are all loosely connected to the Blackest Night storyline but some seem to take place in different times. Also, one of the problems with this massive event is that many writers interpret the Black Lanterns differently. After reading this the main thing I thought was why? Why were these written? What was the purpose? Nothing was added to the overall arc and mostly the artists just got to show off some new B ...more
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Justyn Rampa
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Half of this enjoyed, half of this I was mostly bored, and one comic I just found completely uninteresting.

I don't have a lot to say, the strongest issues for me were The Atom and Hawkman, Green Arrow, and The Phantom Stranger (all of those issues were in the beginning of the volume) as well as Catwoman (although the art left a bit to be desired). The Superboy comic was decent as was Starman.

I could have done without The Question and Jonah Hex and Shazam.

So it didn't end well which is likely why
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it
As a collection of stories involving Black Night, there was enough for it to be a decent read. I really enjoy the concept of the various rings representing emotions, and got better sense of the interconnectedness of the DC universe. However, this was a distinctive tie-in and there was a real sense of each story only truly fitting within the separate individual series and only limited consistent narrative cohesion.
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics, 2013
I really want to give this a higher rating because the good was really good, but there were a lot of stories that just didn't appeal to me at all.

I really liked Atom and Hawkman, Power of Shazam, and Adventure Comics (especially Atom and Hawkman). But the Weird Western Tales, Catwoman, Starman, Phantom Stranger...they were just uninteresting to me. I simply don't really care about those characters.

The Green Arrow and Question ones were decent, but I didn't love them.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good idea with only decent execution: since the dead were "rising", use a bunch of canceled series, given an extra issue number from where they finished off, to show some other Black Lanterns. Most were OK, some eh, but a really good extra issue of James Robinson's Starman, featuring the Shade taking down a Black Lantern Starman David Knight, complete with plenty of references to the old series, was a wonderful edition that made the whole book worth checking out.
Dean Olson
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, owned-comics
A collection of "resurrected" titles to go along with the theme of the resurrected dead in the comics. The different stories vary in strength with the Starman one being my least favorite, probably cause I haven't read Starman yet. I think Power Of Shazam was the strongest with The Atom & Hawkman on the top of the list.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Awesome. I love seeing some of the characters come back as Black Lanterns and how they each deal with it. Some of the art toward the middle is horrible looking though, I really don't like when the panels look like colored sketches. It seriously makes me want to put the down permanently. I didn't expect some of these stories at all so some were awesome to see.
Tom LaRosa
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
Following the events of several more of the B-List superheroes, this overall compilation was very hit or miss. Some of them were very enjoyable, such as Atom, Green Arrow, Phantom Stranger/Deadman, Superboy and Catwoman- others were less so (The Question, Starman, Weird Western Tales, Power of Shazam).
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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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