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Show More. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. View Product. Secret Origin Part 4! But what dark secret has Atrocitus uncovered about the impending Blackest Night? And what revelation will forever change the relationship between Hal and Carol Ferris? Blackest Night is here as the dead Mongul attempts to establish his hold on the Sinestro Corps by enslaving the planet Daxam and making it the home world of his Corps.
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I didn't have a receipt, of course, but it's surprising what a few minutes of sustained weeping can accomplish. Muttering between sobs about 'the institution' and how you 'never meant to hurt anyone' can only help the situation. The ability to froth at the mouth on command is probably the most useful talent there is, but if you're not blessed with such a gift, just bite your tongue or the inside of your cheek -- bloody drool is almost as good.
The secret is to not ask first. And don't ever speak with near-sighted ostriches that think they're smart. The ratio of their golf-ball-sized brain to their enormous body-mass should give them an intelligence-level somewhere between fungus and flatworm. View all 15 comments. Dec 31, 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 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. I didn't read that story, so it doesn't have any emotional impact for me. It's also possible that the structure of the story just didn't work for me.
This series of graphic novels was presented in a rather non-linear fashion. And while I respect the artistic choice, I didn't enjoy it. Lastly, I'm not a big fan of end-of-the-world events fought by hugely overpowered heroes. It's really hard to pull off in a narratively appealing way. Since I don't have a big emotional attachment to the characters involved or their elaborate backstories, it ends up coming across to me as a series of escalating shark jumps followed by a series of Deus Ex Machina resolutions.
I expect that a lot of die-hard DC comic fans will get a lot more out of this than I did, and as a result enjoy it a lot more. View 1 comment. Jan 02, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi , graphic-novels , shelf , fantasy. Totally freaking kick-ass. It took a hell of a long time to get through, considering that it is interspersed through a whopping 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 Totally freaking kick-ass. 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 all, including the issues in a few volumes that were only partly Blackest Night related.
I learned a lot about the DC universe, too. Am I impressed? Yeah, I am. I thought I was just a Marvel Junkie. Do I have to turn in my fanboy badge? View all 4 comments. Jul 11, Sam Quixote rated it did not like it. Zombie superheroes vs. The storyline entails both sides punching one another until — guess what? Green Lantern and Flash battle Black Lanterns… pages later, more Black Lanterns show up and more superheroes show up to fight them… pages later, same thing as pages ago… pages later… same thing as pages ago.
The end. More pointless fighting ensues. There was one scene that made me laugh — on one of the numerous splash pages, a Lantern from each colour of the spectrum raises their ring and chants their oaths and it made me think that if only the Power Rangers took Poetry , this could be their book. Johns also makes Earth the centre of the universe which I thought was a stupid concept and a bit too egotistical. The villains suck — Black Hand and Necron. Could they have more obvious villain names? The only thing frightening about the bad guys in this book is the bad dialogue Johns has them spout every time they appear.
View all 10 comments. Aug 24, Bookwraiths rated it really liked it Shelves: library , graphic-novels-dc , graphic-novels. 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?
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, Sesana rated it really liked it Shelves: comics , fantasy , superhumans , science-fiction. 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. Unlike Countdown, Blackest Night has a tight, focused story that, while epic in scope, doesn't wander from what's reall 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. Unlike Countdown, Blackest Night has a tight, focused story that, while epic in scope, doesn't wander from what's really important.
Unlike Final Crisis, Geoff Johns delivers a clear, driving narrative. And there's a true emotional connection here, probably best expressed through Barry Allen. Barry is, after all, still fresh off being dead for 23 years, and still learning who's been lost.
And there are the Black Lanterns, which are basically zombies, and that's always a plus. I was really pleased with the art. Including the entire spectrum of Lanterns leads to some beautiful splashes of color against nearly black backgrounds, and it's a pretty effect. I also think that the artistic team did an admirable job of depicting White Lanterns without making them look like holes in the page. I do have to wonder, though, why all the Star Sapphires had to be women in very small costumes. I don't think fanservice has much to do with love.
Jul 01, Richard rated it really liked it Shelves: adventure , comix-graphic-dc-heroes , scifi-fantasy , green-lanterns. 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 Here it is, the culmination of everything that Geoff Johns has been doing in his groundbreaking Green Lantern run. He begins to re-animate the dead across the universe to join the "Black Lanterns" in an effort to extinguish all life and emotion in the universe. So the DC heroes, as well as all seven Lantern Corps have to contend with fighting zombified versions of their dead loved ones, fallen partners, and past enemies, in an effort to protect all life in the universe.
I read this in tandem with the tie-in Green Lantern: Blackest Night , and it seems totally necessary to read it this way in order to truly follow and appreciate the story, especially because Geoff Johns wrote both comics as part of his huge story. You can find the issue reading order somewhere online. I wish they released a big book combining all of this because it really is one big story. I probably wouldn't have liked this as much if I didn't read both books at the same time.
This is an action-packed epic that brought the elements of a pure horror story to the DC Universe, as our heroes basically fight super-zombies. And characters dying and coming back to life has always been a major part of DC comics and I loved that this event looks at this trend in a new way. Even though, again as expected , it suffers a bit from over-crowdedness, this story is chock-full of memorable moments and twists that I won't spoil here.
This event is a must-read if only for the way it completely changes the DC universe. I don't think I ever give these big superhero books 5-stars because they're so busy and barely ever stand alone, being dependent on a lot of knowledge from previous stories. And most times the focus on that stuff and the plethora of characters leaves no room for much meaningful character development. But, the art here is fun.
Green Lantern books are always know for their insane splash pages, but there's some stuff in here that really takes the cake! Nov 20, Eli rated it it was amazing Shelves: dc-comics , , favorites , to-buy. 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 This guy can illustrate. He's one of my favorite artists now. His wo Easily in my all-time favorite comics. His work here was jaw-dropping. Some of the full 2-page panels just blew my mind with how detailed they were.
I'm not really going to go into the plot because there's just so. But Johns and Reis really made a distinct impact on my introduction to the other five Lantern Corps. And then other forms of light: black and white. And then the sheer number of other characters in this. And the way they changed the characters for this comic was so awesome. What can I say? Superhero crossovers make me extremely happy. I'm really glad I thought to pick this comic up. It really just made me so happy.
What more could you ask for? Jun 19, Gianfranco Mancini rated it really liked it Shelves: superheroes-and-supervillains , comics-and-graphic-novels , dc-comics. Luckly I've read last year Identity Crisis and Hawkman: Endless Flight storylines so I could appreciate for good the dramatic and so brutal fight of Hawkman and Hawkgirl against poor zombified Ralph and Sue Dibny, Carter's pain for his beloved not remembering him, Atom's grief and much more.
There are a few intense deaths and horrific moments in this volume, but they were just sporadic and without the gore and the black humour I was just expecting for after reading similar "Superheroes vs Zombies" comics like Marvel Zombies. Really enjoyed storyline and artworks, but first half was for me far better than second half where cheesiness level just went off scale But for these flaw, this is great read if you are into superheroes, space-opera and zombies.
Just not a good idea for a chance buy if you aren't an expert of DC universe continuity and characters. 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 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. That said, I found this storyline tedious and a bit off-putting. I'd heard a lot of buzz about it and figured this comic book line had to be better than the tedious Green Lantern movie we got last year.
Yeah, not so much. It's got some good art and it's engaging at certain points. But overall, this didn't do a lot for me. Mar 06, Shannon rated it really liked it Shelves: top-few-dozen-for-up-next-reading , action , fantasy-scifi , graphic-novels , up-next-for-reading. Then again, this is Green Lantern. It makes Superman seem mundane in its action sequences. I finally learned what all those different green lanterns colors mean. 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, Damon rated it did not like it Shelves: comics.
It is bad. All the build up led to a terrible story. Confused, irrelevant and mixed up. Jan 11, Nicole Shelby rated it it was amazing Shelves: comics , good-again. 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 Except for the Star Sapphires, they are all women. Long time staccacto-girlfriend: Carol Ferris. One more bit of crankiness: I stand by my opinion that these graphic novels needed a better editor. Like I said, I read these two out of order. However, there was several times that if I hadn't read the GL one first, I wouldn't have understood parts of Blackest Night.
The scope of this story was the entire DC Universe. Every character was involved. Old and new. I may not understand the difficulties of putting together a cohesive main story Its so easy to be a sideline critic! Complaints over.
Blackest Night is a – American comic book crossover storyline published by DC As the war between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps reaches its climax, the four Green Lanterns of Earth—Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John. Blackest Night is the final prophecy from the Book of Oa He asks if Kyle is willing to downgrade himself to a normal Green Lantern, which Kyle quickly agrees.
On to compliments. There is no way that I could include every amazing aspect here You open it. That page is amazing. And, that's just the art! Anyone who claims that comic-art isn't REAL art The detail, textures, color, full-spreads, small-panels I've seem some comics where the artist was good The women looked the same, in different outfits.
The men all had the same face. Not here. Every single character was their own character - with very individual looks, costumes, mannerisms, implied movements. It was truly amazing. The black lantern designed-look of each was so cool. There were so many that I would proudly use as art on our walls. I can not express enough how impressive the art in this series was. That danger wasn't realized. Johns wrote a brilliant, interesting, emotional epic. Even if the art wasn't fantastic, if the story was superficial, this would've failed.
It didn't though. It was carefully crafted, emotionally-involving, detail-oriented, GL-mythology-involving, expansive story. The larger view was enthralling, but, it was the characters who kept my addicted. I've said it before, and it bears repeating: some of the best modern writing is found in comic books. I am TRYing to describe how great it was, without giving anything away! He stole the spotlight in every single scene.
I jammed through this so fast, I couldn't get enough. Now, I need to read it again - taking my time to enjoy the myriad of details. One more thing. As dark as this tale got, it was laced with lighter details: i'll just say "zombie sharks". GJ Hal Jordan: "A poet once said "carpe diem quam minimum credula postero", which meant, "seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future. It is to me, anyway. Sure you can't rely on tomorrow, we're not guaranteed we'll have it -- but we can't be afraid of it either. Life was an accident. It has no meaning.
It has no purpose. I don't know why the earth or sky or people exist. And the fact is, i'll probably never know We are the ones that give life purpose We all live for different reasons, Hal. It's up to us to figure those out. Sep 19, 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 I'm not a comic book fan. She said, "You have to try this. Then I settled down for a read. What happened next was I literally stayed put on my chair and did not move for the next two hours, reading and re-reading the book. I can't even begin to tell you what I love about it. Not because there are so many that I don't know where to start, but because I myself have no idea what sucked me in. It could be the story. It could be the illustration.
I'm a newbie and my point of entry into comic books was the movies. It could the zombies. It could be that Geoff Johns's words form a story that was equally chilling and thrilling in every page. But it's probably I was looking at the whole universe through the eyes of an infant. I was wide-eyed and enchanted. This was a new world I was discovering and I wanted to know everything and anything.
It was like stepping outdoors in the playground for the first time when you're a kid. There are already people there and you just want to get to know everyone. Of course this title alone could not satisfy my curiosity; you still need a certain amount of knowledge of the characters, and their history in the DC Universe, as well as plenty of back stories and myths, to be able to fully grasp the intricacies of the series.
So my lack of comprehension at first read is completely my own fault. Luckily, thanks to Johns' masterful handling of the story, I was able to enjoy it and be entertained without worrying about missing information that I would eventually get later on. I like to think that I've been educated a little about the DC Universe and its inhabitants after reading this book and the entire series. My education is still incomplete but I'm not totally ignorant the way I was before. And if there's anything or anyone whom I will gladly allow to educate me further, it's Geoff Johns and whatever his creations are.
Dec 19, Jedhua rated it it was ok Shelves: reviewed , approximate-rating. Starting on Earth, the power rings are used to reanimate some of the planet's greatest heroes. Unlike many big crossover events, aside from Flash and Hal, this one focuses more on some of the lesser-known heroes of the DCU including Atom Smasher, Hera, and Firestorm. While this was an arguably admirable gesture on the part of the writer, it did lead to some problems.
First off, I would think that if you as a reader are to feel anything at all substantial towards these troubled heroes and their loss, you'd have to have followed their histories fairly closely. The problem is, I'm not such a big DC fan, so I only read enough to have been previously aware of bits and pieces of these histories. Interestingly enough though, the halfway measure Johns uses to provide backstory for these heroes is through the taunting monologues of the corrupted heroes Nekron brings back to life.
Other than faces being blown off and hearts torn out, these "menacing" encounters pretty much entail the zombies' attempts to convince the living heroes that they're useless and contemptible human beings whose so-called friends never really cared about them at all. And while all this is going on, simple pictures of the characters' past are drawn, and we get some insight into the tragedy that had befallen them.
This brings me to my second point: the idea that this demonstration of kindergarden-level psychological attack would rattle these seasoned heroes is, at first, laughable. They must have experienced that kind of thing before i. Not surprisingly, this routine soon becomes tedious, and that's problematic, since Johns does this quite a bit in the first couple issues. The only hero who really manages to keep his head on the entire time and behave in the manner a superhero of their status ought to, is the Flash. Since this story primarily deals with a conflict among the Lantern Corps, one might guess that the Green Lantern is the superstar of the book.
However, Flash gets slightly more "screen time" than Hal in the story, and the consideration of which of them contributed more to the story's resolution is somewhat debatable. As DC's herald of hope, I think it makes perfect sense to have Flash serve as coach and cheerleader in this crisis. Unfortunately, a potentially inspirational tale is rendered entirely inert. Mawkish, didactic, and painfully monotonous, Blackest Night isn't able to effectively convey the catastrophic implications of Nekron's villainous plot, nor is it able to get me to care about anything that transpires.
After the first three or so major heroes are converted to the dark side i. I know this is going to sound overly harsh, but as bad as Ultimatum was supposed to be, I think this was even worse. I'm not the kind of person who would shy away from a very grim story, but this one's particularly poorly written and melodramatic. Everyone's either pissed off, moping, bickering with one another, or torturing themselves over past mistakes.
This makes for a very unpleasant read.
But perhaps even worse, is John's failure to slow down, downsize, and allow himself the opportunity to make the conflicts between and within these tight-knit heroes credible and compelling. I really don't think there's any way this could have worked under Johns. Anything less than a complete overhaul — even if he had all the good advice in the world to help him out — would have earned this three stars tops. And even then, he would've needed to bring his absolute best to the table.
Although this was the worst comic book I've ever completed, it's also my very first two-star book!
Gotta at least be able to pat myself on the back; that's quite an accomplishment for me. So thank you, Johns: if I can successfully get through this heap of garbage and come out in one piece, then I can handle nearly anything the comic book industry has to throw at me. Postscript : Johns, did you really think including a supervillain funeral was a good addition to the story? It's almost as if he went out of his way to include everyone in the DC universe in some way, no matter how awkward or silly it appeared.
Was the message that even supervillains have feelings too? Soon, Flash arrives, and in an effort to cheer him up, he tells Hal that death never manages to stop superheroes, and suggests he chill out a bit. Obvious, isn't it? They know it. I know it. We all know it. Still, that doesn't mean you just stand there and say it; it's more of an unspoken truth.
Just coming out and saying something like that trivializes those deaths, and mocks both the characters who are in the process of mourning and the entire comic universe itself. Not such as strong start, but I suppose that's why they call it issue "zero. Aug 06, Aaron rated it liked it. Well, I finally got around to Blackest Night, the must-read crossover event of the summer of !
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 Well, I finally got around to Blackest Night, the must-read crossover event of the summer of !
Every superhero and villain DC has seemingly ever killed comes back to life to battle Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the various Lantern Corps in a free-for-all battle that will shake the very foundations of the universe!
Yeah, that's what happens. I just explained the entire book. You have now read Blackest Night. The plot setup is almost nonexistent, with stuff just starting out of nowhere. I imagine I would've had to have been reading many of the other series in the DC universe, specifically in the Green Lantern sector, to fully understand why any of this crazy zombie superhero stuff is actually happening, but unfortunately I didn't.
So, thanks for making this a standalone story, Geoff Johns. If I'd known I was going to need to do 12 hours of research into the background of every minor hero to have ever died, I would've passed. These crossovers indicate a change in the Marvel Universe itself, making for interesting explorations of that change amongst all the various superhero franchises.
They're typically fairly simple concepts, but played out in a multitude of ways. Blackest Night just didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, as someone who doesn't read a ton of DC. And I'm sorry, but that's not how this should work. I shouldn't HAVE to go back and figure out why everyone is acting the way they are, and where they are in their respective lives.
Can you imagine if the Avengers movie just launched into its story without every even explaining WHO the heroes were?