Blackest Night #5

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 25, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 20
7.4Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

The moment you've hungered for finally arrives! Who controls death in the DC Universe? NEKRON - Lord of the Undead! The dark being behind the undead Black Lanterns makes his presence and purpose known, and our heroes discover they're not only fighting for their lives, but their after-lives as well. Don't miss this game-changing issue from superstar writer Geoff Johns and stellar artist Ivan Reis!

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 25, 2009

    In my very first Blackest Night review, I took a moment to show off my souvenir authentic space-zombie ring, and this issue of Blackest Night came packaged with a Red Lantern ring, completing my set of rainbow Lantern baubles. My overall assessment of the rings is highly positive, as each one is shinier and more fun that the last. My daughter was thrilled to complete HER own set, but it's nice to have a collectible that, first of all, FITS on my rather chunky fingers, and doesn't make me feel like I'm a nine-year-old giant nerd. Though I prefer the version of the Green Lantern ring that looks like an actual lantern, these are a nice piece of ephemera, and even managed to help DC sell a couple of struggling titles (REBELS and Doom Patrol come to mind.) It's a win-win, as the rings drove business to the store, we sold out of even the most esoteric of titles, and it was a fun little treasure hunt over the course of the last few months. I'm going to wear my Red Lantern ring to work, allowi Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Dan Phillips Nov 25, 2009

    But really, what's most important is that Blackest Night remains one hell of a fun superhero story, with the immense talents of its two creative architects ensuring that this event goes down as one for the ages. So far, they're well on their way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Nov 25, 2009

    Another strong issue of Blackest Night. If you havent picked up this series yet, Im not sure theres help for you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Nov 25, 2009

    First issue that felt like it was required reading, which is odd when you consider this is the main event book. Lots of action and some great reveals and character moments marred by jarring art and the same lack of Green Lantern focus for the event that previous issues had. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Nov 30, 2009

    The art was brilliant(as usual)and the story was good, but to me, this issue was missing any really special moments to make it truly memorable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 25, 2009

    Some of the tie-ins might have been a little iffy, but "Blackest Night" continues to entertain (as do "Green Lantern" and "Green Lantern Corps" and are really required reading for this mini-series). It's easy to see why Johns and Reis have pulled so much attention to this corner of DC Comics's stable. This is just good old action-adventure fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 28, 2009

    Blackest Night found its way into a story that's now unpredictable thanks to this issue. This is definitely a comic book worth checking out as most of the main heroes of the DCU have some piece of representation here. Maybe if so many of DC's characters hadn't died over the years this new plot twist wouldn't be such a problem. Oh well. There must be someone who can help them out, right? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Nov 29, 2009

    Now that Ive read issue #5, Im convinced that Blackest Night will ultimately take its place alongside the classics. Barring a severely deficient conclusion, this series will serve as a satisfying capstone for a longboxs worth of prior stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 6, 2011

    While the previous issues have had their slow moments, welcome moments in my mind, this one doesn't slow down in the slightest pretty much from the start. The convergence of storylines is what this issue is all about as Hal is back in the picture and he's picked up a number of associates since being whisked off earlier. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Dec 1, 2009

    Blackest Night #5 was by far and away the best issue that we have gotten up to this point. The ending to this issue was good enough that, despite my disappointment with this slow and bloated big event, I actually think that Johns is going to pull of the impossible and deliver three fantastic issues to end Blackest Night. I have renewed confidence that the final three issues of Blackest Night are going to be quite exciting reads. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Addiction - Robert Tacopina Nov 27, 2009

    I really want to like this and up to a few months ago I did. Now I just want it to end and have Green Lantern back to being Green Lantern. Granted there are three issues to go and I am hoping that things turn themselves around, but I have serious doubts. There are serious needs that must be addressed in order to make this storyline as relevant as it once was and there is no doubt in my mind that Geoff Johns has the talent to fix these issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Nov 29, 2009

    If more energy was put into explaining the "big shock moments" and telling a good story and less was put on building towards flashy splash pages, this would be a considerably stronger issue. It's totally worth getting your hands on it for the art as its features some simply amazing work, but don't say I didn't warn you. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Nov 29, 2009

    So there it is. Yet again an absolutely vapid and meaningless exercise in nihilism wrapped up with a pretty bow of clichs and mass murder. It's an utterly pointless and a depressing snapshot of the mainstream comics fan community at large. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Nov 29, 2009

    The dark being behind the Black Lanterns makes his presence and purpose known--and our heroes discover that they aren't only fighting for their lives, but their after-lives as well. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Murman Nov 29, 2009

    Im afraid that other than the Guardians relinquishing their power and letting the corps run themselves, there wont be much of a payoff. This story hasnt been a very rewarding Return of the Jedi for this Green Lantern fan, and Im betting that it wont get much better. Read Full Review

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