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Blackest Night Kindle & comiXology
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The Green Lantern Corps now face opponents (and allies) of the rest of the light spectrum - Red rage, Blue hope, Orange avarice, Yellow fear, Violet love and the mysterious Indigos. There is an imbalance of light, and the prophecy of the blackest night has come to pass. The dead have risen. The Black Lanterns want your Life. Death wants his due.
I should begin by saying that the Blackest Night story is the culmination of many of the plot lines that have been running in the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps series. While it can be enjoyed by itself, if you want to fully appreciate the epic scale of the event you would need to read the Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern tie ins. (Though you would find the main story perfectly fine by itself).
One of the complaints directed towards the core series is that it lacks characterisation on many of the core characters. Particularly Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. They were not mistakenly omitted. They were covered in their own series, which tie directly into each issue of the 8 part series (and fill the gaps in between too).
For those completists that want the FULL story:
Begin with the frankly incredible Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War (Vols. 1 and 2)
Then move onto the "Official Preludes to Blackest Night"
Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns
Green Lantern: Agent Orange
Green Lantern Corps: Sins of the Star Sapphire
Green Lantern Corps: Emerald Eclipse
As for the Main story:
Blackest Night: Green Lantern
Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps
With respect to the main story - the order of reading is the above, issue by issue. I.e. Part 1 of Blackest Night 'continues' in Green Lantern and then Green Lantern Corps.
I must admit thats a hell of a lot of reading. But each volume is amazing. The writing is superb, plenty of action, plenty of characterisation, plenty of plot twists, and the art in every volume is beautiful. I was aware of this reading order beforehand and thought it worth sharing.
This blockbuster series is highly recommended. I loved it. I hope you do to.
I'm not going to give away any spoilers here, but if you're a fan of G.L. then you will be more than satisfied with this next chapter in the mythos; and if you're a casual fan, you will simply love the exciting DC drama that unfolds in John's cinematic style.
The artwork of Brazilian artist Ivan Reis is outstanding, particularly the full spread shots, and the superb creative team is completed with Oclair Albert and Joe Prado.
Take my work for it people...Buy it...Read it...Love it!
Blackest Night is, as the cover would suggest, very much a Green Lantern story, despite the involvement of a huge cast of characters from across the DCU. Personally, I've never really been into the Lantern Corps stories so the lore was mostly new to me. Kudos must be given to Geoff Johns for presenting such dense lore in an easily understood way without being reductive or hurting the story.
The premise here is basically that the Black Lantern corps, who are fuelled by death, are trying to kill everything in the universe and are recruiting dead heroes and villains to aid them in that goal. As with all crossover events, the deeper your knowledge of the DCU continuity, the more value you'll get from Blackest Night, with numerous references to other stories and some relatively minor characters given important roles in the story. That said, the central thread of the plot is easier to follow and I found it enjoyable. I also enjoyed the colourful and detailed artwork.
Unfortunately and again, as with all crossover events, the greatest detractor from the story is the pacing, as the story moves at breakneck pace in order to give as much of the huge cast as possible something relevant to do. I also found it odd how some major players in the DCU barely make an appearance. It's good that not all stories revolve around the same characters time and again but it's strange to see huge figures like Superman and Wonder Woman almost anonymous in the story, seemingly only present to add raw power to proceedings.
Overall, I enjoyed Blackest Night. It's one of the better crossovers I've read, with some great moments, both small and big, and a plot that holds together despite its many strings. Worth the price of admission.
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