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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 CorpComics 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 Corps throughout the universe, explains villain Black Hand's connection to death and the Black Lantern corps and features key plot points that are essential to enjoying the storyline to it's fullest.Collecting: Green Lantern 43-52...

Title : Green Lantern, Volume 9: Blackest Night
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Green Lantern, Volume 9: Blackest Night Reviews

  • Alejandro
    2019-01-15 18:25

    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 JohnsIllustrators: Doug Mahnke, Ed Benes & Jerry OrdwayWAIT, ISN’T THIS A GREEN LANTERN EVENT?The Green Lantern comic book titles had been the “lung” of DC Comics like for four years if not more, and while the inner events of it had been best-selling stuff, the general DC Universe events (like Final Crisis) were highly critized, sooooo……it was time for DC Comics to take over the next Green Lantern event and make it as a “general DC Universe” event, opening the gates for Geoff Johns to become the chief writer of the entire DC Comics developing the “New52” era. Hey! I’m not complaining, I just sharing some facts.Therefore, Blackest Night instead of being developed only in Green Lantern & Green Lantern Corps titles as it was the usual movement in the previous Green Lantern events; DC Comics published a 9-part miniseries for the event per se, along with a big bunch of tie-ins titles. Since I’m just a simple human with limited economic funds, I had to prioritize and I focused on buying: Green Lantern (this one), Green Lantern Corps, Blackest Night (main event), Tales of the Black Lanterns (hey, they were just 3 issues, so what the heck?) and the tie-in of Teen Titans (basically since it was about Terra and I am a huge fan of her), including the FCBD issue, the Director’s Cut of Blackest Night One-shot.And you have to admit that making a “general DC Universe” event of Blackest Night was a smart move since it made possible to include a lot of dead characters that they aren’t Green Lantern material.THE OMEN BEGINSThe Guardians of the Universe were afraid of this prophesy since eons ago.The Blackest Night was called to be the end of Oa, the GL Corps and basically the whole universe as we know it.Yep, it is something bad.And therefore, the Guardians basically lied to their GL Corps about it, even taking away the pages mentioning the prophesy from the Book of Oa, it was a taboo issue, and they did all in their power to avoid the proliferation of the Emotional Spectrum in the universe.Yes, they have the Green light, the Zamarrons have the Violet light and even Sinestro had been playing with the Yellow light for years, but Larfleeze was confined in a space sector avoiding the knowledge of the Orange light, and the other lights weren’t discovered yet……until Atrocitus put the wheels into motion, sharing his knowledge about the Blackest Night to Abin Sur, and this one told to Sinestro. It took years, but finally the stages were in the right place to provoke the rising of the missing Emotional Spectrum lights paving the way to……the Black Lantern Corps!An army of the dead, armed with power rings!The dead ones from all univere are rising with one single goal……to end all life.And all this will begin with Black Hand, yes that lame villain of Hal Jordan, BUT it was proof that there aren’t lame characters in reality, but only creative teams without imagination, and Geoff Johns was brilliant setting up Black Hand in the middle of the event, giving him a scary origin and turning him into one of Hal Jordan’s most fearsome enemies.DESPERATE TIMES, RISKY SOLUTIONSEach Emotional Spectrum corps is fighting against the Black Lantern Corps, and since you can guess that there are more dead people than alive, the ranks of the Black Lantern Corps are increasing per second in the whole universe……so the different light corps started to recruit unlikely new members, and since Blackest Night wasn’t a Green Lantern event anymore……characters from the general DC Universe are starting to become new members of the different corps!Also, while some corps are in some kind of good terms like Green Lanterns with Blue Lantern Corps and the Indigo Tribe……the Blackest Night is too overwhelming and it’s a fact that not even three corps were gonna able to defeat the Black Lantern Corps……so it’s time to call truces and to form uneasy alliances with the other dangerous and unstable corps.However, maybe even the joining of all the Emotional Spectrum corps would be enough when the Black Lantern Corps would recruit one of the most powerful beings in the universe as a member of their insidous corps……and Hal Jordan will have a very bad idea to face this, where you won’t be sure if one threat justifies another one.John Stewart will have to face the darkest parts of his past.And in the middle of this unholy war……will rise the most unlikely new champion!The Blackest Night is here!

  • Bradley
    2018-12-28 18:34

    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 is necessary and right. I feel like I'm overflowing with information and the lives of a truly epic number of characters and their struggles.I heartily recommend reading this entire monster epic the same way. Total Immersion. Even the less impressive volumes are worth it after the fact.I'm pretty speechless, all told.

  • Richard
    2019-01-15 15:24

    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 aside their difference and band together to save all life in the universe. It was fun seeing all of these personalities together and there are some great action sequences. And man, Larfleeze is so much fun to read. Again, it MUST be read in issue order with Blackest Night.

  • Anne
    2019-01-05 15:33

    It does a nice job filling in the blanks from Blackest Night. Good stuff.

  • Sesana
    2018-12-26 22:34

    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 what was happening in Blackest Night itself. Basically, it's a book of B-scenes. There's still some good scenes and some good characterization going on here. If you enjoyed Blackest Night itself, you'll certainly want to check this out, but you might want to re-read Blackest Night right before tackling the Green Lantern tie-in.

  • Jbainnz
    2019-01-04 16:25

    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 really don't understand why they didn't include this Ito the main collection of Blackest Night. There is heaps of essential stuff that happens in this book that have direct repercussions in the main BN issues. The problem here is that because it's tying in directly o the event, it has jumps throughout the stories that upon only reading this make no sense at all. So why not flag this book collect them all in one cohesive story? Ok so now that I'm done with the negative I can start with the actual content here. While the main event was all action, all the time, this book focuses on what's going on behind the scenes. The 7 corps' are at war with each other, I'm guessing this is leading out of The Sinestro Corps War event? Anyway, this kicks off with a backstory issue for William Hand aka Black Hand. I for some reason thought this villain was fairly new, little did I know he came about in the 60's. His story was bloody creepy as hell, even had a nice appearance from Atrocitus in there, another character I thought was new-ish. Shows how much I have to learn about the Lantern mythos! So after the origin story it kicks off with Barry Allen aka The Flash and Hal looking over Bruce Wayne's aka (do I really need to say it?) empty grave. After a cool fight with a zombie Martian Manhunter, Hal is transported with Indigo-1 to attempt to unite the corps' to fight off the Black Lanterns. There are heaps of amazing moments in this book that build on the BN event to make it even more epic. Unfortunately due to my lack of GL mythos knowledge, some parts were over my head. Especially when it came to what was going on with the corps prior to the book. But nevertheless I could easily keep up with what was going down. To top it all off the art is amazing. Doug Mahnke creates some truly beautifully coloured spreads, which is essential when you have a book comprising of all the different colours of the emotional spectrum. I would suggest that if your going to read this, then read it alongside Blackest Night. You will have to jump from book to book to get a cohesive read, but it will be well worth the reward.

  • Gavin
    2019-01-15 18:44

    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) - Wonder Woman.This was very cool, taking each person's base emotion that drives them and manifesting in a power ring to help combat the black.I'm not going to get too much more into it, suffice to say that there are 12 people who are brought back to life by the force that counters the Blackest Night, and some of them will be surprises! (some unwelcome too)I also really enjoyed seeing Sinestro and Atrocitus, the heads of Sinestro Corps and Red Lantern Corps, being able to run rampant, and the fact that the Red of Rage was almost the most powerful against the Black, but that every colour was more powerful when working in tandem with another colour.I would for sure read more about the Red Lanterns as it seems Atrocitus has every reason to be as angry and full of rage as he is, given what was done to him and his people.I really liked seeing the so-called 'evil' shades of the spectrum being shown as just another slice of the whole, and really, being driven there by something perfectly understandable.

  • William Thomas
    2019-01-02 15:32

    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. It's completely relentless pace is the drawback here. The reader is overloaded with information- and color. Epileptics beware this book. But getting past the frenzy we have a reanimated Manhunter, Hawkman and Aquaman. Undead, soulless Black Lanterns who crave flesh. DC zombies. It's too much fun.

  • Jarrod Wright
    2018-12-28 20:24

    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 Sinestro corps that have now become his worst enemy. Lead by Sinestro they recruit other corps and inlist various heroes and villains to help defeat the zombie heroes. This graphic novel has provided me with an amazing story and a fun time and I extremely recommend it.

  • Khairul Hezry
    2018-12-25 19:34

    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.

  • Jake
    2019-01-16 22:38

    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 Lantern which is the embodiment of "life." In his new form he helps the Lantern Corps defeat Xanshi, a resurrected planet and source of the black ring plague. The story ends here and continues in the next issue. Stay tuned in Good Reads near you.

  • Edward Davies
    2019-01-08 15:43

    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.

  • Gef
    2018-12-29 17:26

    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 like Thor with his hammer, Captain America with his shield, Batman with a slew of cool gadgets and a bad-ass car. These were characters that really caught my eye, and then there was Green Lantern with his ... green lantern?The onset of my bias against the Green Lantern is pretty clear, but I still wanted to give the guy a chance, especially since he recently got his own movie. Good for him. I had never read a Green Lantern comic though, and I had no idea where to start. Then I read about this epic saga that went on in recent years that had Green Lantern joining forces with other superheroes to fight off a new enemy known as the Black Lantern who had an army of undead superheroes. Zombie superheroes? All right, you've got my attention.Here's the problem: this graphic novel is not for newcomers to the series. Green Lantern: Blackest Night isn't even the first book in the series. Apparently there's one that precedes it simply titled Blackest Night. Serves me right for not doing my homework on the books before putting a search through my library's inventory for "green lantern blackest night." I was pretty much doomed to failure from the get-go. So, as soon as I opened the book, I was already lost. I've missed out on the beginning issues of the saga, and it turns out that a lot of stuff is omitted, too. The book is compiled from Green Lantern issues 43 through to 52, but between issues I'm left to think the saga is occurring in other DC titles, because huge swaths of plot are distilled to a couple of paragraphs before jumping back into the story. It was terribly frustrating to read this book with only a vicarious understanding of the Green Lantern's history, trying to read the tea leaves as it were in finding out what kind of backstory he has with heroes and villains that crop up through the course of the book, only to hit road blocks by reading interludes like:"Black Hand digs up Bruce Wayne's skull under his unseen master's orders."or:"Now the Flash, Mera, Wonder Woman, the Atom, Scarecrow, Lex Luthor, and Ganthet have been recruited to fight for the fate of the universe."Wait--what? Bruce Wayne's dead? Lex Luthor is a deputized Lantern? What the aitch is going on? These are plot points that would have been great to actually see depicted on the page, not alluded to in one-sentence asides.If this Blackest Night series is as disjointed as I'm led to believe from how this book played out, then I really don't see myself reading another book in the saga. I can play catch-up with the DC universe up to a point, but if getting the full story requires a scavenger hunt for god knows how many books in order to appreciate the full scope of the Blackest Night storyline, then count me out. This is one of the reasons why I never got that involved with comic books as a kid.

  • Kaique
    2019-01-18 17:33

    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!

  • Teri
    2019-01-08 18:19

    Feel free to sing along if you know the words:In brightest day, in blackest night,No evil shall escape my sightLet 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 ever quite get a hold on Kyle Whatshishead that replaced Hal. It wasn't the same.Many years later, I come to find that Hal came back. Oookaaaaaay... It felt a little cheap to me--having "been there" to see his death and all--and I just didn't know what to think of DC comics anymore.Then I picked this book at the library, and suddenly I'm in love with DC all over again.This is one book in many, many volumes. Seriously, you need a loan to buy all the storylines. You're better off getting them at your library. Blackest Night: Green Lantern has characters from all over DC. And I mean every one of them that ever lived and died. It's actually a little overwhelming at times. Old hard-core fans of DC might know many more of the names that came up than I did, but the core--Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and of course Green Lantern(s)--all make an appearance. And they do not disappoint.One of the best books I've read of 2011.And yes. I did cry.

  • Kevin
    2019-01-23 23:28

    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: other tie-in books are optional with the possible exception of Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps which gives backstory on some of the lesser known Lanterns. All these enrich the story and really make it the epic it deserves.

  • Alexander Sauer
    2019-01-01 23:40

    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 Lantern Corps, Blackest Night Tales of the Corps, Blackest Night Black Lantern Crops Volumes 1 and 2 and finally Blackest Night Rise of the Black Lanterns. AND THEN, after you've read all of those, to read the finale of Blackest Night you need to read the Brightest Day books, volumes 1-3...Luckily it seems you only need to read BN and BN Green Lantern to get the main heart of the story. So while this is an epic and worthwhile tale of the Green Lanterns Corps, it is still an incomplete collection.

  • Tim
    2019-01-19 15:37

    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 the actual Blackest Night issues and Green Lantern, so releasing them as two separate volumes was a less than elegant solution--you can get pretty much the entire story just reading Blackest Night itself, but really only get about half the story here with some unexplained jumps in continuity. To get the full story you would to flip back and forth between the two collections, which is less than optimal. I hope somewhere down the line DC rectifies this and does an Absolute edition that combines the two into one volume with the issues in the correct reading order.

  • Trey
    2019-01-16 19:41

    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.

  • Sonic
    2019-01-18 15:25

    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
    2019-01-07 19:31

    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.

  • Lamont
    2018-12-25 22:34

    Sh*t gets real in this one.

  • Reme
    2019-01-16 20:21


  • Liz Neering
    2019-01-15 19:42

    Lovely art and an engaging story, but difficult to follow without additional background.

  • Paweł
    2019-01-09 20:39

    Walka ze sługami Nekrona to najlepszy crossover jaki czytałem. Żeby go ogarnąć, trzeba jednocześnie czytać 3 serie: Blackest Night, Green Lantern i Black Lantern Corps.

  • Mohammad Aboomar
    2019-01-04 21:27


  • Wing Kee
    2018-12-30 15:42

    The gathering of the Corps!This was a really fun arc, because while it was really fast paced it also allowed for some great character moments as it tied into Blackest Night.World: The art is stellar, the power of the rings, the motion, every title in the Green Lantern family has been killing it, it's phenomenal. The world building finally really comes to a head with all the time Johns spent in creating the Corps. But that's not the only thing that happens this arc, it's not "the stage is set" and the story can go on, cause the stage is still evolving and we are learning new things as this story moves along at breakneck speeds. The stuff with Nekron and the White Lantern, all of that is still amazing world building that furthers the story and also the world, as the events of Blackest Night has huge consequences for the entire DCU.Story: Great! The gathering of the Corps together to fight Nekron was great. The pacing was super fast and reads like an action movie but the amazing thing about this story is that amid all the action there is still enough time for great characters moments. The action is insane, Sinestro v Sapphire, Sinestro v Mongul, Parallax v Spectre, just so many many to name. Johns is also amazing in wrapping up a couple of stories that have been going on before Blackest Night like Mongul. These were done so well and not thrown away but further emphasized the story and the world. The story is very straightforward but at this climax of the Blackest Night story it is great, it's a wonderful ride.Characters: The book is packed with a huge cast and a huge story but the amazing thing about it that amid all the action there are so many huge character moments. The dialog between the Corps members, the gathering of the group and finding the leader, they are all choked full of character beats. All characters act the way they should and all of them have a role to play and none of them feel left out. This character balancing act is a testament to the writing ability of Johns. It's amazing. I won't ruin anything, just read it.Amazing, not only did we get a wonderful Blackest Night event, we also got great character moments AND Johns was able to wrap up A LOT of stories that have been dangling since before Blackest Night (Mongul, Korugar, Xanshi...). Amazing writing and an amazing story. The changes to the DCU are huge and the implications stunning. Onward to the next book!

  • Kasandra
    2019-01-07 15:43

    I have a lot of little gripes about this copy. First of all I hadn't read the blackest night story, and didn't know it existed, the back never mentions this is more of a companion read. The cover is misleading having Blackest Night scrawled over the cover and both this and the "blackest night" collection have Green Lantern on the cover.I thought the story was pretty interesting for this being one of the first Green Lantern comics I've read but I am so disappointed in this comics collected in this version. If you haven't read this story or haven't followed you will probably get irritated at it.After the end of each comic a blurb updates the reader as to what has been happening the overarching "blackest night" DC storyline. Some of it is major details being explain in little paragraphs (for instance it explains how to defeat the black rings but the comic which shows this is completely missing). This means you get parts of the story, like Hal fighting in Coast City then he is on some other planet with the blurb summing it up. It skips over how the DC heros are turned into undead black ring bearers too, which is probably one of the best parts of the book. Very annoying. I guess if you have the Blackest Night collection you won't mind but as a new reader of comics it is very difficult to find a collected series that really makes sense (like the Knightfall Batman has all other works that fit the story). Also it ends with a "cliffhanger" story is continued in Blackest Night... I like Geoff Johns work that I've read (like Batman Earth One, the New 52 Aquaman and Green Lantern) and I would like to read the actual Blackest Night story but I thought I'd try to warn others to skip this collection if you want to start Green Lantern and haven't read anything else...I also didn't care for the Deputy Lanterns costumes. Flash looked way too much like Captain America, Spectre in this comic looks like Dr Doom. I did like they decided on Scarecrow for fear. But the Deputies hardly make an appearance. If you are interested the the Blackest Night story, there is an Absolute Blackest Night. Just recently released about a month ago that finally collects them all in order so you don't have to read one book and then find the other and fill in the gaps....So the story may be worth of 4 or 5 stars but this selection of comics only gets a 2.

  • orton41290
    2019-01-06 23:33

    Blackest Night: Green Lantern (or really Green Lantern: Blackest Night) covers the nine issues of Green Lantern that came out during the Blackest Night cross-over event. So, even though 75% of Blackest Night was already about Hal Jordan, BN:GL does help fill in some of the gaps in the main series. We start off with Black Hand's new (and revised) origin story, we get Sinestro confronting Mongul over leadership of the Sinestro corps, and we see our temporary rainbow lantern group recruiting Parallax to take down Black Lantern Spectre. These are the only real stand out events. The rest is minor fighting between corps (and between Luthor and Larfleeze within the Orange Lantern ranks), occasionally popping over to John Stewart doing something (I still have no idea how he fits into this event. He's usually be himself, somewhere doing something that seems of questionable importance), and small little glimpses over to the real action that was taking place in concurrent issues of Blackest Night. For these nine issues, the Green Lantern comic series was basically a companion series to the Blackest Night limited series, so unless you are reading all the BN issues in their original release order (which was too much for me to keep track off) you will probably be confused about when things are happening within the series. We make huge jumps in time and pass over large events in the main BN series, but nothing too important happens here (I still also don't know who the Indigo Lanterns are. This is third book I've read in the BN series and they are still, largely, a mystery) and no huge twists are revealed. Everything is minor side stories and supporting material. I really do like seeing the "Rainbow Lanterns" do things though. Having Wonder Woman interacting with Sinestro and seeing Larfleeze fight with Lex Luthor is awesome. Most of these guys hate each other, but they are forced together against a common enemy. Even though this book is another unnecessary addition to the BN story, it is still fun to experience the odd pairings that BN has made possible. Also, they have to bring PARALLAX to fight Spectre, so you know things are going to get messy!

  • Mark Johnson
    2019-01-23 20:35

    I've enjoyed almost everything that Geoff Johns has done on Green Lantern since his phenomenal Green Lantern: Rebirth mini-series resurrected Hal Jordan and returned him to his superheroic roots. Unfortunately, Blackest Night is pretty disappointing. The Blackest Night mini-series wasn't very good, and the Green Lantern tie-in, while being genuinely enjoyable at times, and having some great ideas and cool moments, is severely handicapped by the main series. When first published as individual issues, each chapter was released at the same time as the coresponding chapter of the main Blackest Night series, allowing this book to fill in certain gaps in the story or expand upon something only hinted at the mini-series. This makes it essential reading, combining the two books into one 18 issues long epic. Unfortunately, that doesn't really come across in this colected format since DC decided to collect the books separately instead of in one massive trade. As a result, entire chapters are missing and storylines are suddenly dropped or started in the middle with little set up (except for a few short paragraphs briefly summarizing the missing issues): In one issue Green Lantern and the Flash are fighting someone and the next issue Green Lantern's been teleported to another planet with no explaination as to how the fight ended. It makes it fairly confusing if you haven't read the main book, and if you have, kills the tension as you know what's going to happen next.On the plus side, the artwork is phenomenal, and there are some great character moments, humorous bits, and intriguing ideas - in fact, I think Johns' writing in this book might even be better than it is in the main series - but even that can't save this story from being shackled to a poorly written/managed summer event. Thankfully, the next Green Lantern trade, Green Lantern: Brightest Day, is not as closely tied to the (also unfortunately disappointing) Bightest Day event and, while not perfect, is a return to form for Johns.