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Brightest Day Reading Order

With Blackest Night behind me, I look toward Brightest Day. This time, I’m sticking to essential books and leaving the tie-ins alone. Here is the reading order I will be following:

Brightest Day #0 √
Green Lantern #53 √
Green Lantern Corps #48 √
Brightest Day #1 √
Green Lantern #54-55 √
Green Lantern – Emerald Warriors #1 √
Brightest Day #2-3 √
Green Lantern Corps #49-52 √
Brightest Day #4-8 √
Birds of Prey #1-5 √
Brightest Day #9-12 √
Green Lantern – Emerald Warriors #2-3 √
Green Lantern #56-58 √
Brightest Day #13-14 √
Green Lantern #59 √
Green Lantern – Emerald Warriors #4 √
Green Lantern Corps #53-54 √
Green Lantern #60 √
Green Lantern – Emerald Warriors #5 √
Green Lantern Corps #55 √
Brightest Day #15-17 √
Green Lantern Corps #56-57 √
Green Lantern – Emerald Warriors #6-7 √
Green Lantern #61-62 √
Brightest Day #18-24

Updated to include Birds of Prey #1-5.

For the purists out there, here’s the reading order with all the tie-ins:

Brightest Day #0
Justice League – Generation Lost #1-2
Green Lantern #53
Green Lantern Corps #48
Brightest Day #1
Green Lantern #54-55
Green Lantern – Emerald Warriors #1
Brightest Day #2-3
Green Lantern Corps #49-52
Justice League of America #44-45
Titans – Villains for Hire Special #1
Justice League of America #46
Justice Society of America #41
Brightest Day #4-5
Brightest Day – The Atom Special #1
Flash #1-4
Justice League of America #47
Justice Society of America #42
Titans #24-25
Green Arrow #1-3
Brightest Day #6-8
Birds of Prey #1-5
Justice League – Generation Lost #3-6
Flash #5
Justice League of America #48
Justice League – Generation Lost #7
Justice Society of America #43
Flash #6
Justice League – Generation Lost #8-9
Brightest Day #9
Green Arrow #4
Brightest Day #10
Untold Tales of Blackest Night #1
Brightest Day #11-12
Green Arrow #5-7
Justice League – Generation Lost #10-14
Titans #26-28
Justice League – Generation Lost #15-16
Green Lantern – Emerald Warriors #2-3
Green Lantern #56-58
Justice League – Generation Lost #17-20
Brightest Day #13-14
Justice League – Generation Lost #21-24
Green Lantern #59
Green Lantern – Emerald Warriors #4
Green Lantern Corps #53-54
Brightest Day #15-17
The Flash #7
Brightest Day #18
Green Lantern #60-62
Green Lantern – Emerald Warriors #5
Green Lantern Corps #55
Green Lantern – Emerald Warriors #6
Green Lantern Corps #56
Brightest Day #19-21
Green Arrow #8-10
Green Lantern Corps #57
Brightest Day #22
Green Arrow #11
Brightest Day #23-24
Green Arrow #12
Brightest Day Aftermath – The Search #1-3


Creation and Fall in the Blackest Night

As I read the Blackest Night story arc, I notice several themes that play an importnat part in both the Blackest Night story and in Christianity. One of the first pair of themes to jump out to me is that of Creation and Fall.

We pick up with a creation story after the Indigo Tribe makes its presence known to Hal Jordan:

Indigo-1: In the beginning? In the beginning the universe belonged to darkness–and then there was light. For seven hundred years, the universe was nothing but blinding white light. Then the darkness fought back and the white light was splintered. Every sentient being born from the light now contributes to its emotional spectrum. [1]

Now compare that with the creation story in Genesis 1:

When God began to create the heavens and the earth—the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters—God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night. There was evening and there was morning: the first day. [2]

The obviously similarities are there. In the beginning is darkness and then there is light. But that is where the similarities end. In the story told by Indigo-1, the white light splinters and from that splintering comes creation: sentient beings and the emotional spectrum from which the different Lantern Corps draw their power. In the Genesis story, the light is not the creator, but part of creation and God, the Creator, is there from the beginning, unlike the white light from Indigo-1’s story.

Another difference is that in the creation story from Blackest Night the creation is brought about by the darkness fighting against the white light, causing the white light to splinter. Whereas, the dark in the Genesis creation story exists alongside of the Creator, but the dark is still subject to the Creator.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes regarding this:

The dark deep—that is the first sound of the power of darkness, of the passon of Jesus Christ. The darkness, the tehōm, the tihāmat, the Babylonian “primeval sea [Urmeer],” contains within itself—power and depth. This power and force still serve to honor the Creator now, but once torn away from the origin, from the beginning, they become tumult and rebellion…

It is a moment [Augenblick] in God in which the unformed mass and its Creator exist over against each other. It is a moment of which it is said that the spirt of God hovered over the waters; it is a moment in which God is thinking, planning, and bringing forth form…God remains utterly Creator over the deep, above the waters. [3]

In Indigo-1’s story, catch a glimpse of the Fall, the blackness fighting against the white light and giving birth to the emotional spectrum. Contrast this with what Bonhoeffer said; originally the dark, power and force, serve to honor God, but in the Fall, they become something different and twisted.

Feel free to share your thoughts!

[1] Indigo-1, Blackest Night #3 (2009)

[2] Genesis 1:1-5

[3] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol 3: Creation and Fall, (Minneapolis: Fortress Press), 37-38.


Good and Evil in Green Lantern

While not directly linked to the Blackest Night story arc, the themes of good and evil are at the forefront of the Green Lantern comics and is best represented by the Emotional spectrum.

One one end, we have the Red Lantern Corps (Rage), Agent Orange (Avarice), and the Sinestro Corps (Fear). At the other end of the spectrum, we have the Green Lantern Corps(Willpower), Blue Lantern Corps (Hope), Indigo Tribe (Compassion),and the Star Sapphires (Love) Lantern Corps. The Blackest Night arc also saw the introduction of the Black Lantern Corps (Death) and White Lantern Corps (Life).

There are several important interactions between the different Corps. For instance, there is a symbiotic relationship between the Green and Blue Lanterns. Blue Lanterns are only at their full power when physically near a Green Lantern and Green Lanterns become super-charged when near a Blue Lantern (their power levels excede 200%). But then, there is the relationship between Green Lanters and the color yellow (the color of the Sinestro Corps). Originally, Green Lanterns were unable to affect the color yellow. This limitation of the Green Power Rings has changed over the years. Most recently, this weakness was due to the presence of the Parallax, the Yellow Entity, in the Green Lantern central battery. Green Lanterns need to overcome their fear in order to overcome the yellow impurity. Because of this recent explanation, rookie Green Lanterns are usually the ones that have problems with the color yellow.

For the purposes of this post, I’m going to label the Red Lantern Corps, Agent Orange, the Sinestro Corps and the Black Lantern Corps as evil and the Green Lantern Corps, the Blue Lantern Corps, the Indigo Tribe, the Star Sapphires, and the White Lantern Corps as good.  Although, as we will see in the Blackest Night arc, this label is not entirely helpful (more on this later).

Take the Red Lanterns. Their power is fueled by rage. This rage is so great that it overpowers the individual. In essence, their only driving force is rage. Just take a look at the Red Lantern oath:

With blood and rage of crimson red,

Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead,

Together with our hellish hate,

We’ll burn you all–That is your fate! [1]

Compare that to the Star Sapphires on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum:

For hearts long lost and full of fright,

For those alone in blackest night,

Accept our ring and join our fight,

Love conquers all– with violet light! [2]

I’ll be looking at the different Lantern oaths in a future post, but wanted you to see the obvious differences between the oaths of the “good” Corps and the “evil” Corps.

This does raise some interesting questions that will be explored in more depth when I get into the meat of the Blackest Night arc: Are there times when rage, avarice and fear can be used for good? Are there times when willpower, hope, compassion and love can be used for evil? Just some food for thought for the time being!

[1] Atrocitus, Green Lantern (vol. 4) #32 (June 2008)

[2] Carol Ferris, Green Lantern (vol. 4) #38 (March 2009)


Initial Thoughts on the Blackest Night Story Arc

Black Lantern Corps

Black Lantern Corps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love this story arc so far. I’ve been looking forward to this since I started reading the Geoff John’s Green Lantern series.

I’ve been using seven graphic novels for looking at the story arc through a theological lens:

I have two main complaints at this point:

  1. If I did my math right, there are about twenty-six related issues of the arc that are missing from the collected graphic novels. Between the collected volumes, there are fifty-eight issues. According to DC, there are eighty-four issues in the arc.
  2. The collections are collected by overarching series. So, if you’re trying to read in order like I am, you are constantly moving between books.

Complaints aside, I can’t wait to work my way through this!


Blackest Night Reading Order

After some research this afternoon, I’ve found what I think is the reading order for the Blackest Night story line. I don’t have some of the issues and haven’t been able to find them. So, those issues will be crossed out and will be updated as I work my way through the issues. I’ll be using the Blackest Night graphic novels for this read-through.

Blackest Night – Tales of the Corps #1-3 √
Titans #15 (Blackest Night Prelude)
Solomon Grundy #7 (Blackest Night Prelude)
Green Lantern #43 (Blackest Night Prologue) √
Blackest Night #0 √
Blackest Night #1 √
Green Lantern Corps #39 √
Green Lantern #44 √
Blackest Night #2 √
Blackest Night – Superman #1 √
Green Lantern #45 √
Green Lantern Corps #40 √
Blackest Night – Batman #1-3 √
Blackest Night #3 √
Adventure Comics #4 √
Adventure Comics #5 √
Suicide Squad #67
Blackest Night – Titans #1-2 √
Green Lantern #46 √
Green Lantern Corps #41 √
Blackest Night – Superman #2-3 √
Green Lantern #47 √
Blackest Night – Titans #3 √
Blackest Night #4 √
Blackest Night – The Flash #1 √
Blackest Night – Wonder Woman #1 √
Green Lantern #48 √
Green Lantern Corps #42 √
Secret Six #17-18
Doom Patrol #4-5
Booster Gold #26-27
R.E.B.E.L.S. #10-11
Starman #81 √
Teen Titans #77-78
Outsiders #24-25
JLA #39-40
Superman/Batman #66-67
Catwoman #83 √
The Power of SHAZAM! #48 √
The Question #37 √
Weird Western Tales #71 √
Phantom Stranger #42 √
Blackest Night #5 √
Blackest Night – JSA #1 √
Green Lantern Corps #43 √
Green Lantern #49 √
Blackest Night #6 √
Black Lantern Green Arrow #30 √
Adventure Comics #7 √
Blackest Night – Wonder Woman #2-3 √
Blackest Night – The Flash #2-3 √
Blackest Night – JSA #2 √
Green Lantern Corps #44 √
Green Lantern #50 √
The Atom and Hawkman #46 √
Green Lantern Corps #45 √
Green Lantern #51 √
Blackest Night #7 √
Blackest Night – JSA #3 √
Green Lantern Corps #46 √
Green Lantern #52 √
Blackest Night #8 √
Green Lantern Corps #47 √
R.E.B.E.L.S. #12
Blackest Night – Director’s Cut
Untold Tales of Blackest Night #1


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