Blackest Night #3

Blackest Night #3

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 16, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13
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As the dead attack in full force, Green Lantern is faced with an impossible decision and the scattered remains of the Justice League suffer a terrible loss. Who can stop the Black Lanterns? Why are they rising? And how can the Spectre help?

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 18, 2009

    I've never been a fan of the big giant crossover, but once again, I am surprised at how well this one sticks together. The official debut of the last colorof the emotional spectrum comes at the perfect dramatic moment, and their revelations about the weaknesses and the origins of the Black Lanterns are obviously at the heart of the Blackest Night saga. The characterization throughout this issue is note-perfect, including a creepy turn by the Hawks and the Dibnys, whose corrupt Black Lantern essences make every word out of their mouth a skin-crawling moment of disgust. Hal Jordan is forced to play it safe, Barry Allen is forced to slow it down, and Jason Rusch gets a character-defining moment that makes me look forward to a real showdown between him and Ronnie Raymond. Even the seemingly-silly concept of thesuper-morgue in the basement of the Hall of Justice delivers a moment of true horror, as the bodies of Max Lord, Alexander Luthor, Killer Frost, Copperhead and others lurch and shamb Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 16, 2009

    The book has come out regularly. The creative team has remained consistent. This story "- the story of "Blackest Night" -- has a chance to be one of the greatest event stories ever told. Unbelievably, however, with this issue, it's even more approachable to any fan who has stood just outside of this story. Any fan with passing knowledge of the DC Universe can hop in and follow the adventure; there's plenty more to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comix 411 - David Torres Sep 17, 2009

    I've never read much about the new Firestorm, but I like this kid Jason. Kudos to DC for creating another great new character to go along with all of the golden oldies running around. This story is great and it's reminding me of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths as far the scale and drama of the story. I repeat this may be Geoff's best work and could very well go down as a classic like the original Crisis. Next month the power levels of the Black Lanterns are at 100%. Can they be stopped? How will it all end and who makes it out alive?! Great stuff. Can't wait for next month. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 17, 2009

    Overall, Blackest Night is now becoming worthy of sharing he moniker of Event of The Year at DC Comics, along with World of New Krypton, according to this reviewer. Its had great art from the beginning, but the story took a while to kick in. Now its firing on all cylinders, or glowing in all spectrums, if you will, and I cant wait for the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Sep 16, 2009

    We're getting really close to epic-level here. If you're not following Blackest Night, check with your doctor; you might have an enzyme imbalance. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Sep 17, 2009

    Another great issue of the biggest event of the past few years. Not “event” like the ones that are shoved down your throat and run rampant through a company, stealing away your favorite titles for an issue or two, but an “event” like the kind that will be remembered years from now as one of the finer moments in the history of comic book storytelling. Of course, we’re only three issues in and everything could change at the drop of a hat, but using Johns’ previous Green Lantern epics as a barometer, I think it’s safe to say that we don’t have to worry. Each successive issue of this series ups the ante and gets my heart racing more than the last. This one, with all of its exposition, explanation and “oh shit” moments, keeps the pace and keeps on kicking my ass. It gets an A. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Sep 17, 2009

    Aside from the allpowerful nature of the Indigo Tribe and the principle behind Gehenna's death, this is a ridiculously wellput together comic. Johns does some of his best writing of 2009 and Ivan Reis's artwork is amongst the best work of his career. Under normal circumstances, a comic that hinges on a cheap shock death like this would be condemned on the Rankings, but Johns does such a great job writing the characters and their raw emotions that even I can't fault him and I am probably the single biggest fan of this version of Firestorm on the internet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 17, 2009

    Despite the often grisly nature of this story, it's a powerful event that's hitting the entire DC Universe, and seems likely to change the status quo. As always, I can't wait for the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Dan Phillips Sep 16, 2009

    That one complaint aside, Blackest Night continues to offer a ton of grizzly entertainment and an extremely high level of craft. The Geoff Johns at work in this event is a far more confident and concise storyteller than the writer behind Infinite Crisis, and he's joined by one of mainstream comics' brightest artistic stars in Ivan Reis. Reis continues to outdo himself with each page of this series, masterfully capturing the horrific tone of the story while delivering tons of detail, emotion and dynamic action. With these two creators locked onto each other like they are, this mini-series promises to keep on delivering the thrills. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Aziz Bawany Sep 19, 2009

    With the story finally going somewhere it’s amazing to see Ivan Reis’s gorgeous pencils maintain a level of quality with such a large scope. Between horrific renditions of Firestorm and a scene that gives me the creeps to the dead rising, (again, I know), things are definitely moving in the right direction. If he can maintain this level of quality throughout the entire series then it will be an amazing feat considering how often pencilers get bogged down with events. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Sep 18, 2009

    Blackest Night #3 was a step in the right direction and a clear improvement over the first two issues of this title. I do think that the majority of readers will enjoy this issue. Blackest Night #3 offers plenty of action, violence and zombies that is sure to appeal to action and horror fans. There is enough mindless entertainment to be had in reading Blackest Night #3. If you are looking for some popcorn for the mind and escapist entertainment then Blackest Night #3 delivers the goods. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 4, 2011

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first two issues of Blackest Night but with the Indigo Lanterns arriving here, the info dump we get and the language barrier and confusion doesn't help it all that much. Between that and the conversation that Barry and Hal have, it left me wanting to smack a few of them. The things that save the book though are the moments with Mera as she explains what happened and we see that she's smart enough to go to the Justice League headquarters to get more help and the dual Firestorm subplot. I liked what Jason and Gen brought to the table but I especially liked how the Black Lantern Firestorm played his cards with them, both in action and words. Still, this issue needed something more to it than what we got outside of the info dump and the lack of that has it slowing down instead of ramping up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Sep 17, 2009

    . I didn't want to write a full review of this because, well, I'm completely apathetic about it now. Loved ones come back from the dead, say mean things and kill people. Rinse and repeat. Same story for three issues and a dozen or so tieins. Yawn. Read Full Review

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