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Geoff Johns has written Infinite Crisis, 52, Green Lantern, X-Men, The Avengers, Superman, and many more. Doug Mahnke has pencilled Aliens, Batman, Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein and Superman: The Man of Steel. He is now the artist on Stormwatch: Post Human Division. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401229522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401229528
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Ozone Joe on July 15, 2010
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This review really exists in 2 parts, one very positive and one very negative.

The positive first: this is really the end result of some stunningly fine effort to make Green Lantern into a top level brand again. Geoff Johns has the rep he does for a reason, and starting with 'No Fear' he has made the Green Lantern name a flagship of the DCU. In this collection, the 'Blackest Night' story is in full swing and the war among the rings is ripping across the Universe. The artwork is sharp, and the stakes are made very clear as the conflict builds to involve even the Spectre, DC's avenging hand of God.

Now for the negative, and really the reason that this collection gets 3 stars and not 5. Why DC would decide to collect pieces of the 'Blackest Night' run in collections by comic title and not story chronology is baffling. I usually choose to avoid the cliffhanger nature of monthly comic portions of a major crossover in favor of reading big blocks in collections. With an event like 52, DC rightly released the whole story as collected editions, making it easy to find and read the whole thing without chasing pieces in various trades. Here, they only collected the Green Lantern comic, with no regard for story continuity. Imagine watching a show like The Wire or Lost, but skipping a few episodes every time. That's what they've done here. In place of the story, we have 2 paragraph summaries of what's missing! Chopping this event up like this does a disservice to both the creators and fans by providing an incomplete story. A shame.

So there's the reason for the 3 star rating. The story is top notch, the method of collection is amateur hour.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. David Swan VINE VOICE on July 16, 2010
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I gave Blackest Night four stars because it was pretty much relentless action almost from beginning to end and I felt readers need the occasional breather. It also seemed to be incomplete, missing a lot of back story with events happening with no resolution. Having read THIS book (confusingly ALSO called Blackest Night) it's clear to me that the actual story is interlaced between the core Blackest Night series and the ongoing Green Lantern series and possibly the Lantern Corps series. Reading just one book leaves a ton of questions open. For example in Blackest Night the Spectre is taken over by the Black Lantern Corps and then... nothing. In this book the Spectre is a member of the Corps with no explanation and has a HUGE impact. You need both books to make sense of it. This book offers up the back story on how the various lantern corps joined together to fight the Black Lanterns. As much as Blackest Night needs this book this book needs Blackest Night even more.

The fact of the matter is that I enjoyed this collection more than the Blackest Night mini-series itself and that may be because I read this second and it felt a lot more complete. Since it's from the Green Lantern series it's much more Lantern Corps centric featuring the ongoing fighting between the seven colored corps including battles between Atrocious and Larfleeze and Sinestro and Carol Ferris so on. One question I had was how come Larfleeze seems to have diminished in power since I last read about him. In previous books he was supposedly as powerful as an entire corps with his amazing 100,000% fully powered ring but now he seems about on par with Atrocious or Sinestro. Mongul makes a fantastic appearance in a dual with Sinestro.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Penrose on August 23, 2011
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DC Comics really did a disservice to this book and its readers. This collection is part of the mega huge event known as Blackest Night. The individual issues of this basically take place in between issues of the main Blackest Night series. So, each chapter of this basically jumps all over the place. It is not a fluent story whatsoever. DC needed to collect all the issues together not just this. It is very hard to tell chapter to chapter as what is going on and why its important. The art, mostly by Doug Mahnke, is good but the Black Lantern version of many characters are so undistinguishable its hard to tell who's who and why it matters. Overall, DC made a mess. This entire collection, which isn't all here, is good. Here however its just some sequential issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sergei kochkin on January 14, 2014
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I read all the reviews prior to embarking on this epic read reading Blackest Night (BN) and Blackest Night Green Lantern (GL43-52) simultaneously in the order they were published: basically BN0-BN6 switching back and forth with GL43-49 followed by GL50-51, BN7, GL 52 and finally concluding in BN8. Does it help that much understanding this story? Not that much with the exception BN8 wraps things up and is the bridge to Brightest Day. You could read these 2 graphic novels independently and remain just as confused. It does help to read the books prior to this especially the 2 preludes to Blackest Night which are Rage of the Red Lanterns (red power of rage) and Agent Orange (Orange power of Avarice), less so on the endless Sinestro Corps (the yellow power of fear).

I give the art work 5 stars and the story 3 stars. The story is very very long if we go back to the various preludes such as Rebirth and Fear leading to Sinestro Corps with endless battles, endless flashbacks, annoying redundancies. It is a classic battle of evil (black, death) and good (white, life). It's uniqueness is to be found in the use of different colored lantern corps with assigned emotions or attributes. Only through the combination of these colors and powers/emotions/attributes does light (absence of color) emerge victorious, the exact opposite you would expect, since all colors combined really equal blackness. This quasi-philosophical graphical novel is entertaining but drags and we learn that chaotic and emotional life is better than a boring universe which is at peace through the blackness of death. So now we wait for Brightest Day for the conclusion.
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