Blackest Night #6

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 30, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 19
7.3Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

The secrets of Nekron are revealed as darkness consumes the DC Universe. Everything else: TOP SECRET. On sale December 30, 2009 only at comic shops participating in DC's "Green Christmas" program. Non-participating comic shops will offer the issue for sale beginning January 6, 2010. Check with your local comic shop for applicable on sale date.

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 30, 2009

    This series has yet to disappoint me, though I'm once again surprised at the outcome. I expected this issue to be more about the faux-dead, but instead, it became about hope and how to counter the Black Lantern Corps. Turns out that the theory of rainbow power Captain-Planet-style is sound, they just don't have enough light-bringers yet. It's interesting how this book is most fascinating when dealing with characters who don't always get first-tier adoration and love: Ray Palmer, Mera, John Stewart and even Deadman have key roles here. I'm liking where this issue leaves us, with our first glimpse of hope, and the choices for ring-bearers make perfect sense, especially Saint Barry joining Saint Walker in the Blue Lantern Corps. (Maybe they should call him Saint Runner?) Geoff Johns gives us new sides of characters we've been able to read about for decades without undermining their essence, and Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert deliver on the art side, with a neat "Sword of The Atom" looking Ra Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 7, 2010

    So another strong issue, and I even love the ads in the back of the comic for the one-shot spinoff issues like The Atom and Hawkman, The Phantom Stranger and Starman (among others) - lots of fun, and once again giving a boost to some Silver Age favorites. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 7, 2011

    Blackest Night takes things up another level here as it brings together various characters that have been spread out since the beginning. Everyone is ending up in one place and with the mass deputization that's now starting, it's going to go even more interesting since it has to try and force some very different people to work together. Luthor and Scarecrow don't get a lot of time here, but they were some of my favorite panels in the book simply because it spoke to their core nature and amplified it. In fact, Scarecrow has been the most fun to watch with his small number of panels overall with his relationship to Batman. As events in other books play out alongside this, I still find that the core book is the most interesting one of all the ones I'm reading and this one is no exception. The mass deputization is definitely a moment that stands out in a series with a lot of standout, if creepy, scenes. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Dec 30, 2009

    Two words: comic blockbuster! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jan 8, 2010

    Ivan Reis offers up some strong designs throughout this issue. The Black Lantern looks for some of the more iconic DC heroes are quite striking, especially those for Wonder Woman and Green Arrow, as are those for the new lanterns that arise at the end of the issue. I also enjoyed how Reis shifts the Atom from his classic, Silver Age look to something more akin to his barbarian mode from the 1980s. The action also unfolds nicely; the art conveys the hectic and urgent quality of the plot but it's never confusing either. Colorist Alex Sinclair also maintains a nice balance between the dark tone inherent in the undead antagonists and the colorful energy of the various lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 30, 2009

    Before "Blackest Night" I was a reader ready to declare "event fatigue" and throw in the towel on event books. This story " through all of its extensions in the "Green Lantern" titles and the multiple spinoffs " has been very enjoyable. The stakes are raised a bit more in each issue, but in this one, the "good guys" see those stakes, call, and raise their own. It's a shame that we have to wait until February for more of the main tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Dec 30, 2009

    Blackest Night grinds on, but things are starting to look up for our heroes and their universe(s). In the words of Blue Lantern Saint Walker, and now Barry Allen, we truly can start to have hope that all will be well. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 30, 2009

    In many ways this is the weakest issue of Blackest Night yet. It's simultaneously overly serious and too goofy for its own good in points. It also fails to push the storyline as far as I would like. But despite these complaints, the core of what has made the Johns/Reis collaboration so great remains. I have a feeling things will quickly pick back up once issue #7 hits and Johns' endgame begins. Its just a shame we have to wait a full two months to get to that point. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jan 12, 2010

    This issue felt like a placeholder for the climatic battle yet to come between the combined Corps and Nekron, and I for one expected better here. Oh well, here's hoping the final two issues of Blackest Night make up for this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Dec 30, 2009

    Blackest Night #6 followed Johns' normal formula for a comic books Perform little plot progression, move the story along at a slow pace and then whip out a cool ending that gets the reader excited for the next issue. Readers who decided to wait and read Blackest Night in collected form made a wise decision. Blackest Night should be far more entertaining in the collected format. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Jan 10, 2010

    Blackest Night #6 is another crowd-pleaser from the now tried-and-true team of Reis and Johns. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 30, 2009

    As for the ending? Well, like I said before, it feels almost like a game that fans would play among themselves. Johns makes it still feel fun, though, even as groupings are determined and the possibility of saving Earth is finally raised. It helps that the scenes in question are entertaining and worth more than a few chuckles, even as they make perfect sense. Sure, it's heading at least in part towards the ending that everyone's suspected since day one, but Johns and Reis are doing it with a lot of flair and panache. I think at the end of the day that's the big strength of "Blackest Night." Even when there aren't any surprises, Johns and Reis still make it a lot of fun to watch it all play out. That's good work on their part, and I think it's why "Blackest Night" is such a hit. Whatever DC Comics is paying them to be exclusive, it's money well spent. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Dec 30, 2009

    The deputizing of multiple Earthbased heroes and villains was pure pandering and I loved it, but it doesn't really make up for the first half of this issue, which ignored everything from last issue and just recapped the previous issues for us. In fact, I'm left wondering if we'll just ignore these deputized heroes like the "dead" heroes from last issue or Nekron from the reveal in the issue before that. However, with a skip month in place for this event, I'm left wanting more after this issue, which is a good thing I think. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Murman Jan 10, 2010

    Lets just hurry up and finish so we dont have to read the words emotional connection again. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jan 8, 2010

    This is really lives and dies by its last few pages, which introduce the 24 hour Lantern deputies. On one hand, its really cool to see characters like Wonder Woman suit up as a Star Sapphire, but on the flipside there isn't much else going on in this issue and this scene is filled with major plot problems (it really opens up a can of worms about the powers of the Guardians and the Lanterns themselves). In the end, its great to see the new Lanterns, but by now you've probably seen the images on the 'net or on the revealed covers for Read Full Review

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