Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis - Blackest Night (4 stars)

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Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis - Blackest Night

(DC/Titan)

The first Green Lantern (aka Alan Scott) was created by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell in 1940. But it was the introduction of Hal Jordan in 1952 that was the birth of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force who wield a power ring (fuelled by their own force of will) to bring justice to the universe. Geoff Johns continues to reposition the Green Lantern at the centre of the DC Universe with an eight-issue crossover that is perhaps the darkest tale in the history of the Corps, as the Black Lantern arrives on Earth with the power to resurrect the dead.

This is an epic story drawing on a multitude of heroes (living and dead), and while horror and capes aren’t always an easy mix, Johns manages this precarious balancing act by keeping the heroes in the forefront and never pandering to any zombie clichés. The art throughout is suitably stunning, featuring some wonderfully detailed multi-character double page spreads brought to vivid life by Ivan Reis.

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