Blackest Night #4

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 28, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 21
7.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Summer's hottest event explodes in this critical issue! Hold on to your power rings, because the secrets behind the Blackest Night finally stand revealed! While Earth is evacuated, Hal Jordan embarks on a brave journey to the darkest depths to uncover the truth behind the Black Lanterns! You won't believe what he uncovers!Continuing the best-selling epic from superstars Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis!

  • 10
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Nov 2, 2009

    What did I think? I thought this issue was flat out, completely and totally AWESOME!!! There's not one single area of this comic I can find a single fault. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 28, 2009

    It's been public for some time now that the big bad behind all of this was, indeed, the Lord of the Dead his own bad self, Nekron. For those of you NOT conversant in his history, it has always been said that if he enters our reality, bad things are going to happen. We're talking 'Don't cross the streams' bad here, "Zombie Apocalypse" bad, maybe even "Jim Carrey Is Ebenezer Scrooge" bad. (Okay, maybe not that bad, but lord, it ain't good.) Even knowing who was behind it all didn't lessen the goosebumps and enjoyment that I felt as Nekron showed up in this issue, thanks partly to some very suspenseful dialogue and pacing, and partly to a beautiful redesign of the character by Reis and company. Having his Black Lantern as part of a Grim Reaper scythe is truly inspired, and even if you don't know who he is (as most of today's readers seem not to) you can tell that he's bad news. The horror of previous issues isn't as oppressive this time around, but there's still some gruesome moments here Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 29, 2009

    Like any good continued story, I can't wait for the next chapter! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Richard George Oct 28, 2009

    It's easy to try and dismiss Blackest Night as formulaic or predictable, but that would be dismissing the superb characterization, phenomenal artwork and strong pacing. This series is not sitting still; it's not content to rest only on its action-horror roots. There is something for every superhero fan here – this is the genre at its finest. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Nov 6, 2009

    Blackest Night is still a great read. After getting some answers last issue, the series was really poised to take off, and its still in liftoff stage. Now that a major player behind the scenes has been revealed, the series should continue to soar even higher. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Oct 28, 2009

    Blackest Night is the event that everyone should be following. Don't miss out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matt Spatola Nov 5, 2009

    This series has been met with a great amount of positive reaction from the fans, this issue included. And there is a reason for that. The team of Johns and Reis are putting everything into this book and it shows. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 5, 2011

    The fact that we're halfway through and just getting the reveal about whose pulling the strings again sets this series apart and has me keen to see where it's going to go and trying to sample more of the tie-in books. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Nov 4, 2009

    Blackest Night #4 was not nearly up to the level of what I was expecting to get at the halfway point in this big event. So far, this big event has completely failed to live up to the massive two year long build up and hype that was associated with it. Of course, Johns might still be able to salvage this title with an incredibly strong final four issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comix 411 - David Torres Oct 29, 2009

    Great art work by Ivan Reis as always. A good story with some cool moments. Still great fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 29, 2009

    The Justice Society joins the action in this issue, as do Black Lantern versions of the Freedom Fighters (who were killed in Johnss last big event book, Infinite Crisis). Unfortunately, Johns either forgets to explain the significance of these characters or there wasnt enough room to include the information. Some readers might feel a bit in the dark. That being said, I think he does a good job of providing enough background information so readers who arent so familiar with Damage can appreciate the emotional conflict thats so important in his scene with the Atom and the Black Lantern incarnation of the Golden Age Atom. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Oct 31, 2009

    To be honest, this is an event book you could probably skip and still enjoy the event just as much by reading the "tieins" that are Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. Blackest Night is still a good book and accomplishes what DC wants to do with it, but I think it's failing as a Green Lantern story. This is more like a Blackest Night DCU tiein than the main event to me. Take that one or two pages of Nekron's reveal out and you wouldn't think twice about calling it a tiein. That's pretty telling for the main event title for the event. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Addiction - Corwin Crowl Nov 2, 2009

    I do give Johns credit for not stretching the power level collection through the whole series. Eight issues would be entirely too long to showcase the Black Lanterns who are already becoming a bit stale. Coincidentally they complete their job in this issue as they fill up a Black Central Power Battery to one hundred percent and then it suddenly teleports into the Cemetery owned by the Hand family. The whole suspense and reveal of the mastermind behind the Black Lanterns felt a bit neutered. DC spoiled the identity of said mastermind a few months back and even dedicated a cover of the Previews Catalogue to it. In a bizarre twist the main villain resurrects all the dead and buried people of Coast City and it makes me ponder a few things. Could the Guardians have known something about this Cemetary and/or Coast City which is why they did not want Hal to rebuild it after it was destroyed by Mongul (I) and Cyborg Superman? I am sure Johns has something else up his sleeve to blow our m Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 31, 2009

    This comic is a Flash vehicle and to a lesser extent, a JLA tie in. If you are looking for the meat of the war of light or the plot behind the Black Lanterns then absolutely skip this issue. Just because the master is revealed in this issue doesn't mean this issue is a must for the storyline. If you like Barry Allen, Mera, The Atom, and some others like Atom Smasher then you might like this issue. Otherwise there just isn't much in this comic book to justify the price tag or hype. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Oct 28, 2009

    If this were a tie-in issue to "Blackest Night," I would be kinder since it is a generally competent, inoffensive comic, but as the fourth issue in the main series, it lacks drama and a genuine feeling of importance until the final pages. "Cool, right?" Not really, no. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Oct 29, 2009

    It's not that I'm tired of Blackest Night, I'm just tired of the fact that every single tiein issue is doing the exact same thing. We get it, already, Black Lanterns are horrible and we should be sad because they used to be our friends. Read Full Review

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