The primer will run for the next two weeks and will feature summaries for everything you need to know going in, speculation and predictions on what will happen during and after the Blackest Night and corps profiles that will clue people on each of the new corps, their strengths, weaknesses, key members and more.
This introduction post will serve as an index for the primer, which officially kicks off tomorrow, and will also act as a FAQ and informal Q&A post where you can ask us any questions you'd like to see answered in the primer or just to speculate on what will happen in the upcoming event. Hit the jump for more!
- What is Blackest Night?
- What is Blackest Night about?
- How many books are involved in the event?
- Is there a checklist?
- Where can I find out more information?
- Any questions?
The Blackest Night is the upcoming line-wide Green Lantern event for DC Comics. It was hinted at over a year ago at the conclusion to the Sinestro Corps War and is the culmination of everything Geoff Johns and company have done on the Green Lantern titles since Green Lantern: Rebirth.
What is Blackest Night about?
As the book has not come out yet, we can only speculate the exact details, but Green Lantern villain, Black Hand, will kick it off by recruiting various dead super heroes and villains into the Black Lantern Corps through their Black Lantern rings.
Meanwhile, the other eight corps will be consumed in a War of Light that will see each corps pitted against each other. It is speculated alliances will be formed and that they may all have to unite in order to stop the Blackest Night.
All you need to know is this is the spiritual sequel to the blockbuster Sinestro Corps War and the final act to Geoff Johns trilogy rebirth of the Green Lantern franchise.
How many books are involved in the event?
While DC will try to tell you that the only book required will be the self-titled, eight issue mini-series, Blackest Night, you can be all but certain that the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps monthlies are in all likelihood essential to the story and should be followed. Any other tie-in appears to be just that - a tie-in - and it has been indicated that Blackest Night will be roughly 50-60 issues for those willing to pick up every single tie-in.
Is there a checklist?
Yes, there is and you can view it below. However, it only covers books up until October and does not include any preludes, such as Blackest Night #0 from Free Comic Book Day.
I've never read any of DC's Green Lantern titles, have no clue who or what a Black Lantern is or why everyone is suddenly coming back from the dead. Where can I find out more about them?
Over the course of the next week or so, Matt and Kirk will be publishing a series of posts covering the basics of everything related to this event, from summaries of key plots and stories that led to the event to summaries and profiles of the different corps and their related members.
Listed below is a table of contents for this primer detailing the various posts we will be publishing over the next week and what you can expect from each.
The Road to Blackest Night - Will summarize everything we know up until now with a specific focus on details important to Blackest Night moreso than a general summary of each event.
Check back tomorrow, July 7th, for more.
Speculation & Predictions - Will feature speculation and predictions from Matt and Kirk on all things related to the event.
Check back Wednesday, July 8th, for more.
These will be followed by individual corps profiles listing each corps' oath, emotial spectrum, strengths, weaknesses, key members and more:
- Green Lantern Corps - Check back Thursday, July 9th, for more.
- Sinestro Corps - Check back Friday, July 10th, for more.
- Star Sapphires - Check back Monday, July 13th, for more.
- Red Lantern Corps - Check back Tuesday, July 14th, for more.
- Blue Lantern Corps - Check back Wednesday, July 15th, for more.
- Agent Orange - Check back Thursday, July 16th, for more.
- Indigo Tribe - Check back Friday, July 17th, for more.
- Black Lantern Corps -Check back Saturday, July 18th, for more.
We'll be going into much more detail in the coming days, but feel free to ask any questions related to the event, the characters or anything you feel is relevant and we'll do our best to answer them for you either directly in the comments or within the upcoming posts for this primer.