Blackest Night #2

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 12, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 21
8.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The event of the summer continues! The dead rise across the DC Universe, bringing terror and darkness with them. What are the Black Lanterns? What do they want? Will Earth's greatest heroes survive long enough to find out or will they join the Black Lantern Corps?

  • 10
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Aug 17, 2009

    WOW!!!!!!! This was possibly THE perfect comic book! I can't use enough positive adjectives to describe the out and out awesomeness that was this comic book! In-frigging-credible. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chris Smits Aug 13, 2009

    In the past several years of "Big Event" books coming out, Blackest Night may easily prove to be the best of the best. We've seen a lot of stories hit and miss with mixed results, but as of this issue (and Green Lantern Corps #39, also released this week), the bar seems to have been raised. This has a great story, a great look and it's been exciting as hell so far! There's a lot to frantically want to talk about but I'd be hitting serious spoiler territory in order to do so. Needless to say, this one gets an A from me. With no signs or hints of slowing down, this has every indication of being one of the best superhero sagas (from any company!) in a long time. If you've been looking at this and thinking it's zombies, you're missing out on a really great moment in comic books. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    IGN - Dan Phillips Aug 12, 2009

    We're two issues into DC's latest event, and it looks like fans might be in store for the type of project they all too rarely see – one that actually lives up to all the hype. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Aug 13, 2009

    As I said, the first issue of the series was quite a disappointment. There had been so much lead up in such widescale fashion, that the sudden shift in tone was not at all what I was expecting. Luckily, this issue feels much more like the dozens of issues of "Green Lantern" that came before it. It's exciting, surprising, and has its fair share of action. It might take a bit longer to get as good as "The Sinestro Corps War" was, right from the start. But at this point it certainly has a chance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 13, 2009

    The fun part is seeing how it all works out. Bring on the next chapter! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 13, 2009

    This issue is as effective as #1 was in creating an air of menace and horror, and captures the whole "Monkey's Paw" moment of a dead loved one returning to rip out your heart perfectly. The scene with the Atom (who, by the way, doesn't appear with the League at the end, making me wonder if they ate him or something) is skin-crawling, and even the bravado of Green Lantern can't overcome the feeling of oppression and impending doom created here. I was slightly less enchanted with the art this issue, but it's still a good job, and the moment where Black Lantern Aquaman raises the dead sharks is purely shocking. I wasn't expecting the body count to continue rising with this issue, and I'm a little concerned over what happens after the series is over. I hope it's not one of those "Kill the head vampire" moments where Garth, Hawkman and company just revert to normal because of the Worcestershire sauce helpline. Either way, this issue is once again an example of event writing done r Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comix 411 - David Torres Aug 13, 2009

    Johns succeeds here with this issue as I want to know more after this issue ends. Blackest Night is a long one so let's hope there is a big payoff at the end. Again, you don't have to be a GL expert to be able to follow this one. Great writing and great artwork. A near perfect comic book! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 3, 2011

    The second installment of Blackest Night manages to do two very important things in my mind. The first is that it still maintains a lot of the sense of dread and pacing from the first in order to build events. The second is that there are payoff moments as well, significant ones, where the action happens and we see the Black Lanterns making their moves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Aug 18, 2009

    The art is a bit of a mixed bag. In many pages, it really captures the emotion and drama of the situation, especially in the close-ups, be it the concerned expression of Barbara Gordon to the rage-filled face of a corpse-like Aquaman. But some panels look poorly constructed so it is hard to tell what is going on. The fight between zombie-Aquaman and his living family is one example. One panel has somebody's fist punching -- a bunch of shapes-- followed by Aquaman holding someone's heart in his hand. Hard to tell what just happened there, unless one is aware of the Black Lantern's assignment to harvest people's hearts. Another scene has the characters popping in and out of the top of a lighthouse. Did they all run up all those flights or stairs or did they gain the power of flight? Whatever happened there, the obvious solution would be to make the art easier to follow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Ray Hilario Aug 14, 2009

    With this issue mirroring the previous one too closely, it falls a little flat with its formulaic scenes of heroes rising and dying. Nevertheless, it's still an exciting read that'll keep you wanting more of the Blackest Night. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Aug 13, 2009

    This issue is more flash than substance, especially with the writing. I am did definitely enjoy the issue, but don't expect the character depth or the gripping plot of the first issue. Instead, you'll get a series of strong moments with little connect beyond the inclusion of undead superheroes. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the crap out of this issue, especially the artwork, but I didn't feel tremendous satisfied with the story in the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jon Judy Aug 17, 2009

    I was not looking forward to yet another zombie story, but my LCS owner persuaded me to give Blackest Night a try. Im glad he did. As long as they keep coming up with cool moments like they have been, I have no objections to the zombie story being resurrected yet again. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Aug 13, 2009

    Blackest Night #6 was a slightly above average read. I am sure that the majority of readers will probably enjoy Blackest Night #2 more than I did. I would certainly recommend Blackest Night #2 to readers who love zombie stories. This title is tailor made for you guys. I would also recommend Blackest Night #2 to readers who enjoy mindless fighting, violence and gore. I would also recommend Blackest Night #2 to readers who are just looking for the comic book equivalent of a summer blockbuster fluff movie. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Paul Steven Brown Aug 13, 2009

    There's really not much to complain about with Blackest Night #2. Like most DC events, the more history the reader knows will increase one's appreciation of the story and the characters involved. Hopefully, the narrative is past the point of dead hero A ambushing living hero B, and Johns will move the good guys from a reactive stance to a more proactive one. It doesn't hurt that Ivan Reis continues to deliver some exciting superhero visuals. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 14, 2009

    Ivan Reis's art is achieving a nice balance between a traditional super-hero story that's immense in scope and the chilling, horror elements that are such an important part of the book's atmosphere. Most of the Black Lantern designs are striking, and few disappoint. Overall, while this is far from the most cerebral super-hero story, it's definitely an effective and entertaining one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 13, 2009

    Very little progression in terms of plot and a tad excessive in the violence and gore department, but an otherwise entertaining issue. Read Full Review

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