Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS WAR, THE FLASH, ACTION COMICS, JSA) and superstar artist Ivan Reis raise the dead in a story that rocks the foundations of the DC Universe! Throughout the decades, death has plagued the DC Universe and taken the lives of heroes and villains alike. But to what end? As the war between the different colored Lantern Corps rages on, the prophecy of the Blackest Night descends, and it's up to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps to lead DC's greatest champions in a battle to save the universe from an army of undead Black Lanterns made up of fallen Green Lanterns and DC's deceased heroes and villains. This collection of the best-selling epic is the culmination of the events that Geoff Johns has been leading to since he re-launched the Green Lantern franchise in 2006! Collects BLACKEST NIGHT #0-8.
Complicated, but good
Blackest Night is an engaging story with a premise that grips you right from the start, that DC's greatest heroes and villains are rising from their graves. And of course, want to destroy all life in the universe. Definitely an epic story filled with tension and epic battles throughout and worth a look. If you are a hardcore comic/DC or especially Green Lantern fan, more the better. I am a middle of the road fan, not highly steeped in comic lore and I got through it, but I found parts of it confusing. They do a pretty good job of trying to fill the reader in at some times, others not (for example, the characters often call each other by first name, especially the dead, who are often very similar in appearance) so unless you have deep enough knowledge as to who the characters (and there are probably hundreds in this) to recognize them by a first name reference and zombified appearance, you won't know who they are. And that was probably my only real complaint from this, not knowing who all the army of Black Lanterns are. You're right in the thick of Lantern mythology too. If you don't know all about Guardians of Oa and Power Batteries and so on, read up a bit first and you'll enjoy this even more.
That aside, it was artistically very interesting and beautiful. The dark undertones really add to the feeling of dread. The storyline was fast paced, hard hitting and action filled, with significant moral/ethical elements (how do you emotionally prepare to fight and kill...or re-kill your dead friends?. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind missing a detail or two to take in a solid read.