It was the fulfillment of the Green Lanterns’ darkest prophecy, when the death-god Nekron unleashed the power of the Black Lantern, and ushered in the creation of a new Corps – an army of the dead, with no want but to destroy all life. In the end, a “Color Corps” was formed by the Green Lantern Hal Jordan, made up of the leadership of the various Corps that drew power from all aspects of life and the emotional spectrum.
Even Thal Sinestro, Jordan’s greatest enemy, stood by his side in the battle that raged across the cosmos. And in the end it was Sinestro who called upon the power of Life itself, becoming the first White Lantern and, in a moment that turned the tide of the war, sharing his power among the Black Lanterns sent against him, restoring their lives and empowering them to fight back against the evil that controlled them. But that was in our universe.
In another time and place, Sinestro’s pride in his own abilities won out over the knowledge that the many are stronger than the one and that arrogance destroyed the Color Corps. Over three weeks have past since that moment, the Black Lanterns have spread across the universe like a fungus and now Sinestro seeks what little life remains on Earth, hoping for some slim chance of salvation for the universe and redemption for himself. Yet even with the last woman on Earth, the last son of a dead alien world and the last of the New Gods, can Sinestro find a way to defeat the Black Lanterns?
Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 has a mouthful of a title and an even larger, loftier concept. Writer Tim Seely deserves praise just for how succinctly he sets up this story, explaining the bare minimum of Blackest Night‘s backstory before launching into his own weird Brave and the Bold special. In my opinion this story is worth picking up just for the novelty of a team-up between White Lantern Sinestro, Mister Miracle, Dove (of Hawk and Dove fame) and Lobo, The Last Czarnian.
There’s quite a lot of comedy to be found in their interactions but some surprising depth as well. One of the best aspects of the original Blackest Night (and indeed Geoff Johns’ decade on Green Lantern) was how Sinestro was transformed from a cliched mustache-twirling villain into a complex anti-hero trying to do right as he sees it, forcing order on a chaotic universe because who else is better qualified to save it? Seely captures that characterization here, but also gives a similar depth to the rest of the cast. Even Lobo, who agrees to join in the noble cause for a surprising reason, though he plays it up as being practical – he can’t live his best life if there’s nobody left to pay him to kill other people who aren’t dead.
The artwork is equally solid, despite being delivered by a team of three inkers and two colorists. There’s still a neatly uniform look to the whole book and Kyle Hotz’s pencils come through in the end. I’d honestly never have known there was such a diverse team at work if I hadn’t looked at the credits page.
This book is definitely worth a read, even if you’re not usually a Green Lantern fan, hadn’t read Blackest Night or aren’t a big fan of What If? style books. And if you are a fan of any of those, you will definitely want to read this one.
Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 releases on November 13th, 2019!
Written by The Critic The Internet Deserves, but not the one it needs right now…. Matt Morrison. He’s a smart-ass guardian. A sarcastic protector. A Snark Knight.