BLACKEST NIGHT #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
First thing most current Green Lantern readers will notice about Blackest Night #1 is that it starts out farily slow. Those expecting a full blown Sinestro Corps Special repeat to kick off this event will be a tad disappointed with the "here's everyone that's dead and will more than likely be back at some point during this event" bits of exposition that filled out the first dozen or so pages.
There was one problem with this section, though. Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner had been shunted off to Earth at the end of the last Green Lantern Corps due to suspension. No call came back to them to come to Oa to aid the Green Lanterns and they were both shown honouring the dead on Earth earlier in the issue. Soon as the black rings hit Oa, both are back there, front and center. I assumed the suspension to Earth was to keep both safe as the Black Lanterns storm Oa, but that's obviously not the case. Even if they hadn't been suspended, their sudden appearance on Oa was a bit jarring considering their being on Earth prior.
Another noteworthy fact was that Sue didn't have any powers, even with her ring (I touch on ring power levels in a bit), while Ralph had his stretching powers. They also had twisted versions of their personalities and knew the two Hawks.
Also, it looks like the Black Lanatern rings have no power starting out. After ripping out both hearts, Sue and Ralph absorbed, for lack of a better word, their essence and the rings gave off the messages, "Power Levels 0.01%", and, after the second heart, "Power Levels 0.02%". The fact both rings gave the messages, I'm tempted to say the rings aren't charging and that it looks like they are funnelling this lifeforce/emotional energy to the Black Lantern Central Power Battery. Otherwise, each Black Lantern ring will require about 10,000 kills to fully charge.
Verdict - Must Read. Slow start for anyone following the buildup to this event, but kicks it into high gear about halfway through and never slows down. Lots of new Black Lanterns to mull over and tonnes of new information to speculate on. Not a flawless issue, as it has its faults, but was damn entertaining and a great way to kick off this event.