Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1
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Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jerry Ordway Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 15, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 7
6.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) reveal the secrets behind the Lanterns of BLACKEST NIGHT! Bear witness to Blue Lantern Saint Walker's pilgrimage of hope, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris' sacrifice for love, Green Lantern Kilowog's courageous beginnings, Red Lantern Vice's source of rage, Orange Lantern Blume's bizarre creation, and the first appearance of the mysterious Indigo, leader of the Indigo Tribe!

  • 10
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jul 16, 2009

    The superb character studies and powerful art nearly carried this issue to the top of the Rankings this week. Ordway's artwork is underwhelming and the main story is a bit heavyhanded, but don't let that stop you from picking up this issue. Blackest Night #1 may be getting all the attention this week, but this issue is still worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jul 18, 2009

    The Indigo Tribes tale is as mysterious as Monguls is vile. The tribe comes across two wounded members of the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps who have been battling each other. The Tribes language is untranslatable by the Green Lanterns ring, and therefore is as mysterious to the reader as the Lantern. Their actions are easily discernable though. They end the battle, but the nature of their emotional spectrum power, compassion, is mysterious in its motivations. It will be interesting to see what their role in the War of Light will be, and which, if any, side the will ally themselves with. Rags Morales art is always solid. It has a unique look to it that has been great since way back when he penciled classic titles like Bloodshot and Geomancer for Valiant. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jul 25, 2009

    his was a perfectly acceptable comic, no more, no less. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Paul Steven Brown Jul 16, 2009

    As far as background material on the various corps, Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps is going to be a must for die hard Green Lantern fans. Luckily, it is being steered by the two men currently plotting the courses of Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. This series may eventually prove helpful to the uninitiated as they try to suss out the various players during the Blackest Night event. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Stepehn Joyce Jul 17, 2009

    This book is definitely worth picking up for the Saint Walker and the Indigo Tribe stories. The Mongul story was something that didn't really fit, but that's the nature of these anthology-like books sometimes. You get good and bad stories. I enjoyed it and if you just want to learn more about the different Lantern Corps it's worth a read. Hopefully the series will continue with good character driven stories. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 15, 2009

    If these stories were inserted as back-up material in the other Lantern books, I would be able to overlook their flaws. But the fact that DC are charging $3.99 for three short, lackluster stories and some reprinted bonus material makes it more problematic. The most I can hope for is that the remaining two issues have more to offer from a storytelling standpoint. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jul 21, 2009

    Visually, all three segments are pretty strong. Ordway's bright style is a nice match for the Saint Walker story about a test of faith. He captures a sense of the alien and tempers it with a familiar environment that allows the reader to see humanity in Walker and his people. While I was a bit bored with the Mongul story, I loved the way it looked. Chris Samnee has been doing good work on The Mighty, and he performs well here too. His Mongul Jr. is so cute, but he nevertheless instills a thoroughly devilish quality in him that still allows the reader to recognize him for the villain he is. If there hadn't been any credits on the Indigo story, I would have assumed it was Doug Mahnke's work rather than Rags Morales's. He certainly captures the distant, mysterious and primal qualities of the bearers of the indigo power, as well as the arid, seemingly abandoned look of their home. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex C. Lupp Jul 27, 2009

    Finally, Ethan van Sciver, offers us an insightful two pages into the creation of the new lantern symbols, which made for an interesting read. And with that it is clear that what we have here is window dressing for the main Blackest Night stories, a little extra with a cherry on top. However, this is standard 32 page comic book, albeit with a nicer cover, that prices in at $3.99. That price and the fact that it is clear that they really had to try to fill the pages makes me cringe. I can sort of understand the reprint of the Corps specific pages from the Free Comic Book Day offering of Blackest Night, but the way the Black Lantern Corps page was just snuck into this issue makes me wonder. Perhaps, DC should lay off the Orange, and either price these down, or insert them as back-ups into other titles. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jul 16, 2009

    I enjoyed these stories for what they are and will continue to pick up the series due to wanting to know everything Blackest Night related, but I'm pretty confident in saying that, at $3.99, you can easily skip this and not miss a beat when the Indigo Tribe finally shows up in Blackest Night. Nothing here is required reading and only the most diehard fans need apply. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Jul 15, 2009

    Did anything super-important happen in this book? Not really, which was a bit of a disappointment given the advanced excitement Blackest Night has been getting. This is a collection of back-stories with one teaser for the future. Well-executed, but if you don't buy it, it shouldn't get in the way of your enjoyment of Blackest Night. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 8, 2009

    The art is well-handled, but ultimately there isn't enough going on here to justify the cover price, offering little more than two flashbacks and a mysterious vignette for 4 bucks. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 15, 2009

    "Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps" #1 is a lackluster start to this mini-series; hopefully the remaining two issues will have some more meat inside their covers. For an oversized issue, it feels awfully slim. Read Full Review

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