DC’s been hitting us with quite a few Blackest Night goodies lately, courtesy of their new blog. Here you can see the pencils for Blackest Night #1. Its a nice dramatic cover, and I can’t help but wonder if that’s a generic skull, or if its Nekron himself, the current front-runner of speculation as to who the big bad could be. Reading the link posted in the comments by David, I realised I didn’t really know much about the character, including his past history with the Guardians and the GLC. After reading that, I’m more convinced than ever that he’s behind the Black Lanterns. He’s got the grudge, he’s Lord of the Land of the Dead, and he’s got the raw power to pull this off.
Another thing we’ve been seeing are the teasers for Blackest Night. One each for Earth-2 Superman and Aquaman. Now, I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m still really unsure about Earth-2 Superman being used in this way. I’m sure it’ll be a cracking story, and if its used as a backdoor to resurrect the character, then brilliant. But the idea of the original superhero being brought back as a zombie in this way doesn’t sit well with me (especially since I wasn’t thrilled about the way he was used in Infinite Crisis).
There’s been a lot of murmurings about Aquaman ever since Infinite Crisis as well. The fantasy version that was launched never really seemed to take off (although I enjoyed the take), leading to the inevitable and endless Aquaman: Rebirth posts online. So we’ve now got it confirmed that he’s coming back as a zombie Lantern. The question again is, will this series provide a backdoor for the character’s permanent resurrection? Obviously that’s where a heavy amount of speculation will lie, and there certainly seems to be that push at DC for him to come back, however if the Black Lanterns can indeed be returned to life, there’s the potential for a resurrection-fest, which I really can’t see DC doing.
(As an aside though, given that it looks like we may see Jade as a Black Lantern – from the GLC Origins and Omens, what I would like to see is Kyle using the power she left him, returning it to her, and restoring her.)
Finally, we’ve been shown the full cover to the Tales of the Corps series. As suspected, it looks like it is indeed featuring all the Corps. Interestingly there’s an Indigo Lantern on the cover. Geoff had previously said that we wouldn’t be seeing them till Blackest Night, but I wonder if this cover means that this series will be their introduction. I do love that Ed Benes artwork, although I’m still not keen on that Star Saphire costume (and I notice Gleason over in GLC seems to be sticking to a more classic look) and she’s given such prominence on this cover that its maybe a bit too much T&A.
Of course, the really interesting thing is that its obviously Carol. Perhaps not a huge surprise after last month’s issue of GL, but it’ll be interesting to see if Carol’s return as Star Saphire is going to be picked up in the Agent Orange arc starting this week, or if we’ll need to wait for this series to see that plot unfold.