Blackest Night #8

Blackest Night #8

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 31, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14
6.7Critic Rating
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The extra-sized conclusion to the most talked-about event in comics is here, and the results will change the course of the DC Universe for years to come. Earth has become the final battleground for life versus death, but how will our heroes fight back against the darkness of sentient space itself? And what does the future hold for Green Lantern, The Flash and the rest of the world's greatest heroes and villains? Find out here as the stage is set for the next epic era of DC Comics!

  • 10
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Mar 31, 2010

    Finishing this comic, with the quiet talk between the Flash and the Green Lantern, two old soldiers who have been through fifty years of adventure together, made me feel like I did when I read issue #12 of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Johns and company pulled off an epic that people will be talking about twenty-five years from now. I am giving my first "E" rating ever. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comic Addiction - Corwin C. Crowl Apr 1, 2010

    Most of what I recapped was only half the issue. The remaining half concentrated on the recently returned heroes and villains as well as the others who were not as fortunate. The repercussions of Blackest Night have not only given many characters a second chance but also the DC editorial team as a whole. They now have a clean slate to jump start their titles and wipe away the mistakes of the past. The Hawks have finally seemed to catch a break and now maybe DC can move them forward leaving their convoluted past alone. The Martian Manhunter has returned and yes. Aquaman has both hands. However not everything is all peaches and cream. Maxwell Lord is back as well as Captain Boomerang and Jade’s return is going to seriously complicate Kyle’s life. If you look carefully you will even notice one character has managed to keep what looks like a White Power Ring. In the middle of all of this the comedic Larfleeze manages for once in his life to give something away. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 1, 2010

    Now if only the other creators can go forth and do likewise... Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Apr 1, 2010

    The last issue of Blackest Night is pretty epic and full of awesome moments. It's a popcornflick style comic that delivers up to expectation on almost every level. It certainly could be more and there is a lot that could've been done better, but as far as event comics go, this certainly beats out the finale of the last several events we've seen from Marvel and DC in the last few years. I enjoyed it and I'm sure you will too, just don't dissect it too much or the flaws will ruin it for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 9, 2011

    While there are some side issue tie-ins to close out the Blackest Night series in full, the end of the series itself is pretty strong. It goes big with what's involved, having spent enough time over the course of it talking about death and how much was orchestrated by Nekron, and the revival of several longstanding characters makes sense in context with it all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Mar 31, 2010

    I prefer the overripe ambition of the "Final Crisis" finale, but I can't deny the satisfaction of seeing how everything played out in the end of "Blackest Night." We got what we came for, and a little bit more. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Apr 1, 2010

    Blackest Night #8 possesses the same positives and negatives as previous issues. This issue was a serviceable ending to Blackest Night. This final issue certainly succeeded in properly establishing strong foundation for Brightest Day. The majority of readers who have been following Blackest Night should greatly enjoy Blackest Night #8. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 31, 2010

    Ultimately what disappoints me about Blackest Night #8 is that it doesn't provide the satisfying, conclusive finale I hoped for. The story is surprisingly open-ended for what was billed as the culmination of all of Johns' Green Lantern work since Rebirth. Clearly, plans changed along the way, and I'd be interested to see how the series would have turned out if Johns didn't change his mind about leaving Green Lantern. The events and revelations in this issue are certainly interesting. The emotional payoffs for many characters are wonderful. But Blackest Night feels less like an epic finish to Johns' Lantern trilogy than it does a means to the end that is Brightest Day. I'm more pumped for Brightest Day than I've ever been. I won't deny that. But did it have to come at the expense of this story? Like so many events before it, Blackest Night is a flawed endeavor. Though certainly better than most, it ultimately failed to reach the bar set so high by The Sinestro Corps War three years ago. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 1, 2010

    I can see how a lot of people are going to love this comic. It has a lot big speeches and lots of flashy artwork. No one knows how to build up his pet characters like Geoff Johns. However, as a story, this comic book really only ends the Nekron threat that, to me, never felt like a threat in the first place. I look forward to getting back to basics with the core Green Lantern titles. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Apr 1, 2010

    Blackest Night #8 was a disappointing end to what has been one of the most disappointing stories I have read. While I am sure many people will enjoy this issue and series in general I was not one of them. Johns did such a great job building up this event that to see all that build be thrown away for this mess is just disappointing. Even though I am excited to see where some characters go from here does not make up for how dull the story turned out to be. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Maxwell Yezpitelok Apr 4, 2010

    He does have a talent for coming up with those scenes, though. The next DC event should be one big 154-page spread published over seven issues. At least then we would be spared having to read Johnss dialogue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Murman Apr 4, 2010

    Now that its over, where will Blackest Night rank among the rest of comicdoms grand-scale epics? Many writers in the future would be wise to at least somewhat pattern their big events after this one, but Id be lying if I said that this finale didnt leave me longing for something a little more memorable. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Apr 4, 2010

    I dont care. Im retreating back into the world of Marvel Comics. Sure, its a world where a woman goes crazy because her babies are dead, a hero who represents the common man deals with Satan, and a known supervillain gets a cabinet post. Yet, theres a difference between Marvel and DC. Marvel allows bad ideas. DC allows bad corrections. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Apr 1, 2010

    I loved the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps issues of this event. They were extremely well done. This...thing...though? No, I can't recommend it. It's the antithesis of good storytelling and the equivilent of Michael Bay's Transformers movies. Some action and eye candy along the way, but an empty and vapid venture nonetheless. Read Full Review

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