IGN has previews of the Blackest Night titles due in December, and there’s some big plot points revealed.
The solicit of Blackest Night #6 is being kept pretty quiet beyond seeing that we’ll be learning some of Nekron’s secrets (presumably relating to the white light we learned about this month and how he’s returned?), however the real meat is in some of the other solicits.
The two that really lept out at me are Green Lantern Corps and Blackest Night: Flash. In Green Lantern Corps we see things get just that bit worse for the Lanterns on Oa as Guy falls to his rage and becomes the latest recruit of the Red Lanterns. Its something that was hinted to in one of the last two issues where we saw Black Lanterns approaching Guy and a few other GLs, and they saw willpower eminating from the other GLs, but rage from Guy. I must admit, I wasn’t really expecting any of the four “musketeers” to switch to another side during this event, but it looks like I was wrong.
But what does this mean? Well, we know its an event related to the Corps that pushes him over, so that to me discounts the obvious cause of Ice being killed. I’m personally wondering if its related to Salaak and the Alpha Lanterns. We’ve seen the Alphas getting slowly out of control over the last while, and after Salaak shot down their attempt to take control of the Corps in the last issue there was the undercurrent of threat from them. It wouldn’t surprise me if they’ve made a move against Salaak, attempted a coup, either killing or injuring Salaak and that’s pushed Guy over the edge. And if Salaak’s out of the picture, and Guy’s a Red Lantern, then that leaves only Kyle in their way.
I also wonder if Guy will necessarily be out of action due to this? He’s always been portrayed as an angry character, and he’s got a heck of a lot of willpower. Hal’s willpower was still manifesting in the form of constructs when he had a red ring, and Atrocitous has shown the red rings can be mastered, so I wonder if it infact means that Guy will still be able to fight alongside the GLs. If so, then his red ring combined with any of the green rings on Oa will make short work of the Black Lanterns.
The other solicit that really caught my eye was Blackest Night: Flash. Firstly due to its brilliant Scott Kolins cover, mimicking the Ethan Van Sciver cover to Flash: Rebirth #1. And the solicit itself shows us that this isn’t just a bit of fun by the artist as there’s a very strong tie-in between the few.
In Rebirth #4, Thawne mentioned to Barry that he had a rebirth of his own in the coming days. This indicated that the Thawne currently terrorising Barry had actually come back in time, from a point after his resurrection, and that was a separate story waiting to be told. Many had speculated that it would tie in with Blackest Night, and its now looking like that is indeed the case, as the solicit specifically mentions the Reverse Flash as one of the Black Lantern Rogues returning.
How this works should prove very interesting. And is it our first hint that some of the Black Lanterns will indeed be fully restored to life by the end of Blackest Night? It would certainly make sense for DC to use this event to bring back popular characters like Aquaman and Firestorm (as mentioned in my Blackest Night #3 review, Geoff’s already given us strong hints of what a post-BN Firestorm could be like).
Finally the solicit mentions that “The Flashes of Two Cities – Barry Allen and Wally West – battle the undead Rogues”. I’m taking this as a solid sign that while he may be getting a new costume, Wally will still be keeping the title of “Flash”, which makes me very happy. After all, Jay’s been using the name during Wally’s run so that idea of multiple Flashes is long established now. Presumably Wally will still be protecting Keystone as he has been, just in a new costume, with the main series following Barry’s adventures in Central City. Now we just need a hint as to what titles we can expect Wally to feature in.