A graphic novel review written by: Lee Sonogan
(2009) Graphic novel
“If you’ve read a superhero book published by DC Comics within the last few years, and were completely blown away by it, there’s a good chance that it was something written by Geoff Johns,” – Washington Examiner
Blackest Night was my first Green Lantern graphic novel I brought a few years ago. The crossover of DC Comics shows how epic a Green Lantern story can be in comparison to how the Green Lanterns are portrayed in pop culture. Death is a common element that is shown in this story that conflicts with Green Lantern’s emotional spectrum.
Directly speaking to your expectations do not listen to the mixed reviews. Something sucks you into this story where you must stick around to see the major event at the end. After reading this story you will want to read its sequel and any other Green Lantern stories to gain more context with the characters.
As our most iconic characters face brutal downfalls it creates doubt in the eyes of the reader. As a result, it made me believe there was not going to be a happy ending. If interested in an introduction Green Lantern story and are not familiar with the Green Lantern concepts, do what I did and read this graphic novel.
As our most iconic characters face brutal downfalls it creates doubt in the eyes of the reader. As a result, it made me believe there was not going to be a happy ending. If interested in an introduction Green Lantern story and are not familiar with the Green Lantern concepts, do what I did and read this graphic novel. Easily in my all-time favorite comics. I told myself I was just going to finish part 3 last night and sleep. Then I read parts 4 and 5. Then I gave up and read it before I went to sleep. And let me tell you, it was better than sleep. Geoff Johns really crafted something amazing here. The storytelling was phenomenal and the dialogue was impeccable. Ivan Reis… *slow clap evolves into a disturbing cacophony of congratulation* … This guy can illustrate. He’s one of my favorite artists now. His work here was jaw-dropping. Some of the full 2-page panels just blew my mind with how detailed they were. I’m not really going to go into the plot because there’s just so. much. there. But Johns and Reis really made a distinct impact on my introduction to the other five Lantern Corps. I had always known about the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps, but I didn’t know there were five others. And then other forms of light: black and white. And then the sheer number of other characters in this. It was a Green Lantern comic, but the entire Justice League, Teen Titans, etc. was in this thing. And the way they changed the characters for this comic was so awesome. I LOVED IT. What can I say? Superhero crossovers make me extremely happy. – Eli (goodreads.com – 5/5)
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