"Fear will rise. Willpower will gather. And a wave of light will unleash the truth behind the power of the ring."
~From the Book of OA
The spectrum of emotions and the culmination of the War of Light collide with the long-awaited Blackest Night saga that arrives today in shops. We’ve been waiting for this story since the seeds were planted way back in the 2004 Green Lantern: Rebirth series, which was actually published before the Marvel Zombies stories. Five years is a long time to wait, and I’m hoping it will pay off.
This should be loads of fun, despite the vocal outcries of fans seeing beloved deceased characters like E2 Superman, Martian Manhunter, and Firestorm return in unflattering forms. Personally, I think it will make for some excellent storytelling…seeing a loved one or colleague return from the grave, after you have made your peace and now respect their memory, now that could bring up lots of interesting insights and unresolved issues in all these characters we enjoy so much. Yes, seeing the original Superman return as a hideous zombie could be blasphemous. And yes, Black Hand looks like the Gimp from Pulp Fiction. But the Black Lanterns are all powered by the corpse of the Anti-Monitor, so I’m sold. A zombiefied Terra swapping spit with Gar Logan is just gravy.
And, of course, hopefully a few of these heroes (and villains) will return to the land of the living. We shall see.