Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Ivan Reis
Inker: Oclair Albert & Joe Prado
Editor: Eddie Berganza
The various Lantern Corps finally arrive on Earth, but it may be too late! As Hal Jordan and the New Guardians battle valiantly against Black Hand and the Black Lanterns, Nekron uncovers and exposes the greatest lie of the Guardians of the Universe – that life began on Earth, and the Entity of life lives there still! Nekron prepares to eradicate all life in the universe, but Sinestro makes one last play and absorbs the Entity’s power, becoming a White Lantern…
Page 1: Nekron and Black Lanterns Hawkgirl, Firestorm, Martian Manhunter, Superman, Aquaman, Green Arrow and Hawkman last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #51.
“Why did you vow to guard the universe?” Up until recently, it was understood that the so-called Guardians chose to protect the universe after the rogue Maltusian Krona flooded the dawn of time with entropic energies, causing the universe to be “born old.” Blackest Night, however, postulates a different motivation for the Guardians.
Pages 2-3: Carol Ferris, Sayd, Larfleeze, Ray Palmer, Hal
“How shocking. Our beams are as useless against Nekron as they are the black battery.” Hal, Sinestro and the other representatives of the Corps attacked the Black Lantern power battery with all their power in Blackest Night #5…with little success.
“Fly, my monkeys!” Scarecrow is having a The Wizard of Oz moment, creating winged monkeys with his power ring.
“I am not your servant yet, Larfleeze.” In Green Lantern (fourth series) #48, Sayd agreed to become the guardian of the Orange Lanterns if Larfleeze would aid the other corps against the threat of the Black Lanterns.
Page 4: Black Hand last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #51.
“Still believe all will be well,
“You? I remember you, alien.” Black Hand and Atrocitus first met in Green Lantern (fourth series) #33.
“You are the doorway to the black. I tried to end this along time ago –“ In Green Lantern (fourth series) #34, Atrocitus attempted to kill William Hand, because he would be “the incubator of death to all.”
Page 5: “Where is your heart?” Black Lantern Qull ripped out Atrocitus’ heart in Green Lantern (fourth series) #48.
“His ring is his heart.” Thanks to his Red Lantern power ring, Atrocitus doesn’t need a heart.
Page 6: “For the first time in my wretched existence I feel alive!” Ever since he was inducted into the Sinestro Corps, Scarecrow has felt like he can feel emotions again. Previously, he felt crippled, unable to express or feel anything.
Page 7: “He has succumbed to the orange light.” Luthor has been overcome by the feeling of greed and avarice that fuel him.
“Give me your ring!” Larfleeze himself has felt the compulsion to possess the power rings of others.
Page 8: “Pretty red ring.” Oh, Mera just wants to kick your ass right about now, Luthor.
Page 9: John Stewart and the millions of Black Lanterns approaching Earth, including Black Lantern Air Wave, last appeared in Blackest Night #6.
Pages 10-11: Okay, massive two-page spread crowd-of-characters time again. I have to hand it to Ivan Reis, he does these well.
The Green Lantern Corps, part one (center of page): Guy Gardner, Soranik Natu, Morro, Kyle Rayner, Star Sapphire Miri Riam, Arisia, Kilowog, Princess Iolande and Stel. Kryb of the Sinestro Corps is hanging out with them as well.
The Star Sapphires (bottom left corner): Miss Bloss, Fatality, Race, Dela Pharon and Queen Aga’po.
The Sinestro Corps (top left corner of page): Tri-Eye, Murr the Melting Man, Arkillo, Bedovian, Low, Slushh, Karu-Sil, Romat Ru and Tekik.
Munk is doing his own Indio Tribe thing, right above Kilowog. There are several other members of the Indigo Tribe here as well, but since they are as-yet unnamed, it’s a little hard to identify them.
The Red Lantern Corps (top right corner of page): Fury-6, Dex-Starr, Zilius Zox, Haggor, Bleez, Skallox and Ratchet.
The Green Lantern Corps, part two (top right corner of the page): Alpha Lantern Boodikka, Graf Toren, Tomar Tu and Hannu.
And, finally, the Blue Lantern Corps (bottom right corner of page): Sister Sersy, Brother Hymn and Brother Warth.
Page 12: Air Wave has his connection severed, dying an inglorious death a second time.
Page 13: “If you are receiving this recorded message…” Each of the members of the Lantern Corps is receiving a message informing them that the Black Lanterns should be first and foremost in their minds. Each of the messages is tailored to each of the Corps, appealing to them in their own way.
Page 14: Dove, Cyborg and Starfire last appeared in Adventure Comics (second series) #7.
“I can feel something working through me.” Dove has the ability to destroy the Black Lanterns with just a touch, as first seen in Blackest Night: Titans #3. How and why she has this ability has yet to be revealed.
“Let me out.” That’s the Anti-Monitor in there; Nekron has been using him as a power source for the Black Lantern power battery.
Page 15: “We cannot let him remove Mera’s ring, Atom. It has stopped her heart. She will die.” When one is chosen to join the Red Lantern Corps, the ring expels the wearer’s blood, flooding their body with red plasma. Thus, removing the ring results in their death.
“Do you have any final words, creature of deceit?” Nekron has a mad-on for the Guardians of the Universe because of a “lie” that they perpetuate.
Page 16: Note that the insides of the Guardian contain the other emotional spectrum colors – blue, indigo, violet, green, red and orange. Their blood, apparently, is yellow.
Black Hand has made a symbol on the ground using the Guardians’ blood. It looks somewhat familiar…
Page 17: “The t-truth…what I really want…is to be Superman.” Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth forces Luthor to reveal his deepest secret.
Pages 18-19: The Entity revealed!
Well, it’s about freaking time…
Note that the Entity physically resembles the other emotional spectrum entities, like Ion, Parallax and the Predator.
“He said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was.” So Black Hand is quoting scripture now? Not sure if even God would let him repent now…
Page 20: When Nekron strikes the Entity with his scythe, all those who are living feel the pain. Note that Black Hand, being dead, feels nothing.
Page 21: “The Guardians may be the oldest living beings, but life did not begin on our world. Life began on Earth.” This is,the reason why Earth is so important in the grand scheme of things in the DC Universe, and why the Guardians of the Universe have always kept a close eye on the planet.
“You let the universe believe life originated on your home world to justify your authority!” This is the Guardians great lie; whether or not they will be in charge of the Green Lantern Corps after this is over remains to be seen.
Page 22: Nekron isn’t going to kill each and every individual in the universe; he’s just going to kill the Entity, and all will then die. He’s efficient, that Nekron.
“It just needs a pilot.” Anyone know of a pilot around here? Anyone? Larry Trainor around? Or how about that Ace guy from the Challengers…oh, hey, yeah, Hal’s a pilot. Sure, why not?
Sinestro has formed a yellow-light replica of himself to stop Hal; note that Sinestro apparently still thinks of himself as a Green Lantern.
Pages 23-24: Thaal Sinestro becomes the first White Lantern…
What? Like you couldn’t see that coming?
Page 25: Chapter 1, Verse 6 of "The Book of the Black"…I really hope we’re done with these, because I’ve gotten sick and tired of Black Hand’s deranged ramblings. Enough is enough already…