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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401226930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401226930
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Death in superhero comics is notoriously impermanent—characters ranging from world-beaters like Superman to minor bit-players are killed off only to be resurrected later—but never more so than in this miniseries, in which dozens of fallen heroes and villains, including Aquaman, the Martian Manhunter, and Elongated Man, are reanimated as evil, zombielike forces under the command of Nekron, the embodiment of death, who wants to kill all living entities. As always, it’s up to the stalwart superheroes—most notably the original Flash and Green Lantern, both recently returned from the grave themselves—to set things right. Like all such companywide crossover events, the story line was integrated into nearly all of DC’s many titles, but the major events occur in the nine issues collected here. Even so, the absence of the supplemental stories makes Johns’ thorny narrative even more abstruse, especially for casual readers. Reis’ art perfectly matches the script: ostentatiously flashy at the expense of coherence. But for die-hard fans, Blackest Night, which sets in motion monumental changes that will be felt throughout the DC Universe, is a must-read. Grades 9-12. --Gordon Flagg

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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 began his comics career creating and writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. for DC Comics.

His first comic assignment led to a critically acclaimed run on the The Flash and JSA for DC Comics. Since then, he has quickly become one of the most popular and imaginative writers in comic books today, working on titles including a highly successful re-imagining of Green Lantern, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Geoff received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 thru 2005 and 2007 and 2008 and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 thru 2005. Geoff penned the acclaimed "Legion" episode of SMALLVILLE. He also served as a writer for the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. Geoff is currently working on film projects with Warner Brothers to be announced soon.

Geoff recently became a New York Times Bestselling author with the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac with art by Gary Frank among many others.

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If you like Green Lantern and you like event comics, you'll LOVE Blackest Night!
zombie phreak
These do fill in essential chapters to the over all story and build up for future stories.
Michael Saunders
Johns is a great writer and Ivan Reis does a fantastic job on the artwork, very detailed.
Jeremy Forbus

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Nash on November 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
gripping story... shocking moments... geoff johns is my fave superhero writer working today, etc. like other reviewers, however, i think that these "blackest night" collections become nearly incomprehensible when read on their own. when the big two comic publishers do their epic events, they have crossover books to flesh out the story (not to mention, sell more comics). for the most part, these tie-ins simply add a bit more detail to the main event and are not mandatory reading. this is true of "blackest night," for the most part. i think that johns set up this mini-series in such a way that you can get the gist of the story without reading the tie-ins, but it's a bit shallow and hollow without them, especially the tie-ins found in his "green lantern" series. "blackest night" without the johns-written "green lantern" issues is a bit repetitive... a series of fight scenes wherein the black lanterns show up, put a hurt on the good guys, rinse, repeat, etc. with the "green lantern" issues added in, it becomes much more epic, not to mention comprehensible. all of the huge, space opera stuff happens in "green lantern" proper, and these issues (collected in "blackest night: green lantern") are absolutely necessary to getting the whole story. most of the other tie-ins, as entertaining as they may be, don't seem to be as essential to the main story and come off as filler, but the stuff written by johns really needs to be collected together in one place (even is it's split into two volumes).
dc seems to have some difficulty with this, and their major story lines make little sense when important chapters are missing.
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80 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Robert Ortega on August 5, 2010
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Reading the story of the Blackest Night in single form was exciting and pleasing. By the end it felt like 5 years, but waiting on the Graphic Novels of the series was a wanting effort. My disappointment was to read the story out of sequence. All the stories are linked to other titles so reading them in one title per Graphic Novel is confusing. Blackest Night ties into Green Lantern: Blackest Night which ties into short individual Blackest Night titles, like Superman: Blackest Night, Wonder Woman: Blackest Night, Batman: Blackest Night and so on and so on.

The creators of the Graphic Novels should have placed the stories in chronological order and dubbed them Blackest Night series 1, 2 and 3.

It is a must read for fans out there, but I would stick to the single titles as they came available to not get confused.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sean Curley on July 13, 2010
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It would not be far off to say that Geoff Johns basically *is* DC Comics today; of current writers, not even Brian Michael Bendis at Marvel Comics rivals him in terms of sheer personal influence and control over the wider universe. Johns' reign as DC's chief creative force arguably began in earnest with his run on "Green Lantern", which began with "Green Lantern: Rebirth", the return of Hal Jordan as the main Green Lantern (neither the first time nor the last time that Johns would retool a status quo to its Silver/Bronze Age incarnation, albeit with extra violence). "Blackest Night", an eight-issue miniseries published in 2009, represents a climax to several years of Johns Green Lantern stories, while also setting the stage for a passel of new developments in the DCU. At the same time, one cannot help but think it somewhat uninspired when compared against Johns' own "Sinestro Corps War" story, and I think DC has erred somewhat in how they've chosen to package this story. Spoilers follow.

To briefly summarize the plot, the DCU is going to hell, with two major galactic crises, the War of Light and the Blackest Night, being initiatived simultaneously. On the former case, the seven colour Lantern Corps are going to war. This development may arguably be Johns' signature addition to the mythos: he took a single Green Lantern Corps, inducted the preexisting Star Sapphires into the same schema, and created another five to fill out the spectrum, all tied to emotions (and willpower, which, as many have noted, is not an emotion).
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Let me preface by stating that the best zombie comics is still Robert Kirkman's THE WALKING DEAD. But, damn, BLACKEST NIGHT. This latest mega company crossover event deserves all the massive propers it's garnered - the magnitude of this sucker is such that it reduces the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman into mere secondary characters. Relevant storytelling, absolutely dynamic artwork, and a sweeping tumbling of the status quo. It'd be nice to have been all along on board for what's been going on in the Green Lantern universe, but it's not necessary in order to follow BLACKEST NIGHT (Besides, the trade comes with one of them "The Story So Far..." catch-you-ups). The gist? The Black Lanterns are coming; the dead walk the earth. This is the end game of what Geoff Johns has been working towards for the past few years, the final prong in his epic Green Lantern trilogy (after REBIRTH and SINESTRO CORPS WAR). He and artist Ivan Reis deliver the goods, and I can't help but feel that it's downhill from here on out. Brightest Day follows Blackest Night, but that arc isn't nearly as infused with that epic feel.

As we know, death in comics isn't a permanent thing, and sometimes it isn't even an impersonal thing. The Big Bad of this series - and, c'mon now, it ain't Black Hand - is the embodying force of Death, and he's harboring a deep-seated hatred for life. But one of the things that makes BLACKEST NIGHT so intriguing is that it addresses the past few decades' slew of deaths and resurrections of key DC characters, beginning with Barry Allen's fatal sacrifice. It's just a shame that it took Aquaman to be undead to make him relevant. Simply think of recent super-heroes (and -villains) who've passed away and you can pretty much arrive at a roster of these Black Lanterns.
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