DC launched its Blackest Night event in 2009, a time when Geof Johns was the hottest writer around. He’d turned the bottom-selling and usually silly Green Lantern comic into a flagship title that supported its own spin-off book (Green Lantern Corps) and even got a movie green lit.
Blackest Night was also the moment when Johns jumped the shark. He never got better than this.
The story of Blackest Night was simple: A new force behind a new power ring (black) has the ability to raise the dead, which it does, and tries to take over the universe. There were tons of spin-offs, lots of high drama, and subtle touches like the “Happy Easter” sign above.
It all started in Green Lantern #43, which the above sequence is from. The event was line-wide, with dozens miniseries and tie-in comics, but this feature will focus on the Blackest Night series itself, occasionally veering off into issues of Green Lantern when they mattered.
I remember liking the first half, not liking the second half. Let’s see how it fares on a re-read.