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Kirk: No clue, to be honest. There's been speculation on Nekron due to a Green Lantern annual a while back with the, at the time (they got better), dead Green Lantern Corps being revived to fight Kyle, but that was all part of the linewide annual storylines at the time and Nekron even mentions he was not responsible for the undead lanterns.
Starbreaker was another option with Ash's (the Green Lantern tracking down the Anti-Monitor, sent by Scar) history of fighting him and the cosmic vampire-esque abilities, but he's been in JLA recently and not a great fit either. But there were also those little German speaking gremlins that were after Black Hand in the early issues of Green Lantern. They spoke of Thanagar, which was where Starbreaker was from and where he had been revived at in a recent Adam Strange miniseries. The gremlins spoke of a Black Hand experiment and how he'd be useful now. Still, tough sell with Starbreak now being used in JLA.
My dark horse pick goes out to Mandrakk. I know, I know, he didn't exist until Final Crisis, but his Monitor origins and insane power levels and Green Lantern vendetta and the way time was so messed up in Final Crisis could have him as the one to imprison the Anti-Monitor and lead the vampiric/life stealing Black Lantern Corps. He's probably sore over how the GLC's 'killed' him in Final Crisis, too. Like I said, a dark horse pick.
Matt: Dan Didio, of course.
Ryan: As long as it has nothing to do with the Countdown/Final Crisis Monitors, I’ll be happy.
Will we see a White Lantern that uses all the rings or some variation of that theme to combat the Black Lanterns?
Kirk: God, I hope not. The Captain Planet, 'by our powers combined', theory that's been floated around since the multiple corps were first introduced is by far the worst idea I've ever heard and combines the most ridiculous aspects of the multiple coloured corps and emotional spectrum.
Matt: This theory has been around for so long that it would be disappointing to see such a hyped miniseries be robbed of the big reveal. But I wouldn't be surprised if the white light is actually life itself and that it ends up being what defeats the Black Lanterns.
Ryan: I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. No White Lanterns, please.
Eric: If not I will be sorely disappointed. You get the colors of the visible spectrum when light is shone through a prism. Black is the absence of colour and Hal has been getting almost a ring from every Corps he's run into, so I think Johns is setting that up.
Will we see multiple corps post-Blackest Night? If so, which ones survive?
Kirk: All of them survive except the Black Lanterns (Black hand probably sticks around and maybe Scar). Most will be decimated though. Red's probably down to Atrocitus and a few others. Larfleeze still just off on his own with his precious. Green Lanterns will be led by Green Lanterns, Guardians kicked out of their own corps or killed off. Sinestros will still be a force, but hurting from their civil war with Mongul and attack on the Zamarons. It would be foolish to throw away all the development of these corps after so long just for one event. Numbers scaled back and more personalities and fleshed out mythos for each post-Blackest Night.
Matt: I have a feeling that the Blue Lantern Corps won't make it out of this alive. They will probably become martyrs.
Ryan: I can honestly see the Green Lanterns laying low after this—at least, the Green Lantern Corps as we know it now. The Guardians will definitely be gone and the numbers will be thinned considerably. I also can’t see the Black Lanterns sticking around for too much longer, unless they are dropped off in a parallel universe to be played with later.
Eric: The Green Lanterns, Sinestro Corps and Star Sapphires should all stay around since they predate Rebirth. I can see maybe a couple of other members from the other Corps but not in any significant numbers.
What are you looking forward to seeing the most during this event?
Kirk: Everything Sinestro related. From the assault on Zamaron to more interactions with his daughter to the eventual team up with Hal Jordan. Where most people believe Hal is the big hero and star of this event, to me, it's going to be Sinestro, who seems to be the only one with half a clue as to what is going on in regards to the numerous prophecies and other corps.
Matt: To see what's going to happen to the Black Lanterns after Blackest Night is done. I don't think they are going to stay around, but will the heroes have to destroy the corpses of their loved ones?
Ryan: I can’t wait to see Black Lantern Terra confronted by the Titans. The Judas Contract is amongst my all-time favorite DC stories and I think it will be great to see the Titans being forced into accepting her death by seeing her as a Black Lantern. This could finally wash away everything that has been done and undone with her since her original death that simply didn’t work.
Black Lantern you'd most like to see in this event?
Kirk: Alex DeWitt (see image to the right), ahaha. Seriously, though, if Abin Sur doesn't show up, I'll be extremely disappointed.
Matt: At this point, it seems that DC is bringing back just about every dead character they have. Here's hoping for Morpheus, of Sandman fame, to make it. He already has the black speech bubbles!
Ryan: I’m with Kirk, I’d love to see Abin Sur return here to face off against Sinestro, Atrocitus, and Hal. That would make the entire event for me.
Eric: Risk's arms. And Bzzd, my favorite Green Lantern.
Speaking of Black Lanterns, are these characters the same ones we knew before they died? Do they retain aspects of their personalities or are they just mindless slaves to the rings?
Kirk: Tough call. I think they are merely husks of their old selves controlled by the rings, but with the knowledge of their past lives. They are the zombie versions of themselves, but not actually that person back from the dead. Time will tell.
Matt: Probably slaves to the ring or else they wouldn't attack their loved ones.
Ryan: If they were just mindless zombies or hyper-violent husks (a la 28 Days Later), some of the spin-off stories wouldn’t be as compelling. Why should we care how Beast Boy reacts to zombie Terra? Now, I would care if Terra still retained a lot of her personality, but also craved death on a massive scale and was torn between the power of her ring and the power of her heart (awww).
On the topic of death, is Ion really dead?
Kirk: No. Superman-like characters that derive their powers from a yellow star don't die in yellow stars. Sodam Yat will be back at some point and stronger than ever.
Matt: No corpse? No way!
Ryan: No way. Ion is going to come back bigger and badder than ever before after this. Peter Tomasi did such a great job fleshing out the character over the last few storylines that it would be at total waste to just kill him off now.
And speaking of Ion, will we see the fear entity, Parallax, at some point?
Kirk: Hmm, I'm going with no. I'd like to see him, but I just don't see it happening. We haven't even seen a Green Lantern charging their ring in a power battery in a comic since the Sinestro Corps War. It's just not a plot point anymore. Randomly bringing the batteries back into the story just to have Kyle's, Hal's, John's and Guy's all stolen/broken into and Parallax freed when it hasn't been mentioned or shown in 20+ issues would just seem contrived.
Matt: That bug already had his 15 minutes of glory, let someone else have the spotlight! Although he could come back out if one of the four Green Lantern Corps that currently have him trapped dies.
Ryan: I think so, but only as the entity that we saw in Green Lantern: Rebirth. I also suspect that we’ll see the Parallax analogues for the other Corps as well.
Eric: Probably not, but I do want a couple of the other entities to show up. I really want to see the Rage one.
What about Cyborg-Superman and the Manhunters? Will they make an appearance?
Kirk: I'd love to see them back in, especially the Manhunters. Would make a great foil for Atrocitus with the fact the Manhunters wiped out Sector 666 way back when. Cyborg-Superman, who cannot die, would make an interesting enemy of the Black Lanterns. Or maybe he'd seek out the Black Lanterns as an ally in an attempt to finally die, similar to his allying with the Sinestro Corps and Anti-Monitor. Lots of possibilities there.
Matt: I agree that their involvement would make for an interesting story, but, at this point, there's so many parties involved already that it's probably best if they don't appear until after Blackest Night. Although, having an Atrocitus vs. Manhunters fight does sound all kinds of awesome.
Ryan: I think there are some cool stories that could be told, especially with the Manhunters and Atrocitus, but at some point, enough is enough. If there is anyone that could be counted out of this massive story, my money is on Cyborg-Superman and the Manhunters.
Eric: Maybe, but there is already too much going on in the series as is, so I doubt it would be anything significant.
Will the Guardians of the Universe survive after their numerous mistakes and wrong doings?
Kirk: In some capacity. They'll definitely have to pay for their crimes and general dickery over the past year or more. Don't think they'll be leading the GLC's anymore. Their time as self appointed guardians of the universe is over. Won't be all killed off again, though. Maybe the Alpha Lanterns will turn on them like the Manhunters did, but this time to hold them accountable to their own laws.
Matt: I don't think they will all survive. Scar is getting killed for sure, though. After all they have done, things are bound to come back and bite them in the behind. I am thinking that Sayd and Ganthet may come back to lead the Green Lantern Corps after Blackest Night.
Ryan: I don’t think the little blue men will come out this alive. If the Guardians do survive, they can’t be trusted and won’t be heading up the Green Lantern Corps. I wouldn’t be surprised if the big name Lanterns (Kilowag, Salaak, Guy Gardner, etc) take larger leadership roles to fill in the gap.
Eric: Yes, since, well, they always do. Plus, you would have the problem of who would replace them, which you could get maybe an arc worth's of story out of, but then any new Guardians would inevitably end up acting like the old ones anyway, so it would be a waste to replace them out right. I can see a couple dying though but not a majority.
Outside of the 'red shirt' Green Lanterns, will any major players or supporting characters die in this event?
Kirk: Soranik Natu. She's Kyle Rayner's girlfriend AND Sinestro's daughter. If the first reason wasn't enough (every single female Kyle has ever known, especially girlfriends, has died I think), being Sinestro's daughter just put a bullseye on her forehead and I'm sure she's going to be taking a dirtnap by the end of this event.
Matt: Death seems kind of a silly threat in an event that is all about bring back the dead, doesn't it? Seriously though, one of the four main Green Lanterns could easily become a casualty in this event. Hal Jordan is obviously safe, but John Stewert, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner could be on the chopping block.
Ryan: I think we are going to see a major Green Lantern die. My best guess would be Kyle or John, since no writer in the last 5 years or so has been able to figure out a good way to use either of them - they’d both make better martyrs than unused background players. Beyond that, I suspect the Green Lanterns will thin their ranks considerably, with B and C-list characters like Salaak, Soranik Natu, and Arisia being potential victims.
Eric: Having a character die in a story about the death seems kind of redundant, but I could see some characters dying and becoming Black Lanterns for the duration of the event. I think Blackest Night will actually end with most of dead characters in the DCU alive again.
As a final question, who is the mystery character mentioned in this Newsarama interview that the following quote is taken from?
And then there’s a character that’s really surprised me. I don’t want to give it away but she’s one of the strongest and most recognizable characters in the DC Universe, and yet she hasn’t been in the spotlight for a very long time. But she will be now. For quite some time to come. - Geoff JohnsKirk: Donna Troy is my guess. Past with Kyle, Wonder Woman level, cosmic ties, highly recognizable, but never been a major factor. She hits every single point Johns spoke of and is the only choice I can think of.
Matt: I was thinking Harbinger, from Crisis on Infinite Earths fame, but then he says this character has been created in the 60's, so it probably is Donna Troy.
Ryan: I think that Donna Troy is the safe bet. Despite numerous attempts, DC has yet to really find a place for her.
Eric: A friend of mine suggested Barbara Gordan and given that Johns was going to write All Star Batgirl at some point, I can see her being the character Johns is talking about.
That's it for our speculations and predictions. We always love to hear from our readers, so feel free to comment on what you think is going to happen in The Blackest Night. You can take a shot at answering the various questions posed in this post or just give your general thoughts and speculation on what you think is going to happen and what you are looking forward to seeing.