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'Blackest Night' News!

DC announces their plans to revive some of their classic stories!

DC announces their plans to revive some of their classic stories!






During the Diamond Retailers Summit this week, DC made an announcement about what we can expect in Blackest Night starting this January. According to a report from IGN, the series will be skipping a January issue of Blackest Night in order to give artist Ivan Reis plenty of time to work on the final two issues in the series. Fear not, however, for you will get your fill of what has been a fantastic and riveting series!

DC will be taking fans back to the Silver Age of comics, choosing eight stories which either ended or had been canceled, and breathe new life into them once again. The issues will continue their numbering (i.e. if the issue ended at "six" it will pick up at "seven") and will be resurrected for the month of January. Each story will be featured during Blackest Night.

The following books will make their return and written by the following writers:

The Power of Shazam #48 - Eric Wallace
Catwoman #83 - Fabian Nicieza
Suicide Squad #67 - Gail Simone & John Ostrander
The Question #37 - Greg Rucka
Phantom Stranger #42 - Peter Tomasi
Weird Western Tales #71 - Dan DiDio
Atom and Hawkman #46 - Geoff Johns
Starman #81 - James Robinson


Each of these stories will center around an important moment in the respective character's history and continuity. For example, Catwoman's story will touch on her first encounter with Black Mask. Which of the following series are you most looking forward to? Are you disappointed that Blackest Night will skip the month of January and that these books will be released instead?
 
Thanks to Danhimself for pointing me in the direction of the article.
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Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

can't believe they actually did this I had to read the source article twice
Posted by No_Name_
@Emperor Gonzo Noir: My article wasn't clear or something? D:
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir
@Babs:
no no not that it's just I read the source article first and couldn't believe they were bringing back Starman and The Question back for a Tie in
Posted by No_Name_
@Emperor Gonzo Noir: Ohhh okay. That makes me feel much better :D 
 
I <3 STARMAN! AND JAMES IS WRITING! SO EXCITED.
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir
@Babs said:
" @Emperor Gonzo Noir: Ohhh okay. That makes me feel much better :D   I <3 STARMAN! AND JAMES IS WRITING! SO EXCITED. "

likewise they couldn't possibly have anyone else write Starman! I wonder if they are bringing Jack back?
Posted by danhimself

I'm looking forward to Catwoman, Starman, and Suicide Squad the most but I'll definitely read all of them 
 
does this make me famous now?

Posted by LastSon1027

now if they took out weird western tales and perhaps put in Man of Steel that would be cool, Cause I cant get enough of Supes stories. And as much as I am loving New Krypton I will be quite happy when Superman is back in Metropolis where he belongs.

Posted by AirDave817

I am really excited that James robinson is writing Starman. I think (I hope) it will either be David or Ted. I could see it being "Talking With David 2010". David Knight (SPOILER ALERT: by way of Jim Corrigan) really was the window into the dead of the Golden Age and the JSA. Unless it ties more into Weird War Tales with Scalphunter and the O'dares - then it would be a Tale of Times Past. Either one would be infinitely cool. It's a shame that Jack Knight is still happily retired. (Damn it!)

A Black Lantern for a Blackest Knight?
  
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir
@AirDave817 said:
"I am really excited that James robinson is writing Starman. I think (I hope) it will either be David or Ted. I could see it being "Talking With David 2010". David Knight (SPOILER ALERT: by way of Jim Corrigan) really was the window into the dead of the Golden Age and the JSA. Unless it ties more into Weird War Tales with Scalphunter and the O'dares - then it would be a Tale of Times Past. Either one would be infinitely cool. It's a shame that Jack Knight is still happily retired. (Damn it!)
A Black Lantern for a Blackest Knight?
   "

I want to see the Mist Family reunion
Posted by collectededitions

I thought this was a neat announcement, and a great way to give the Blackest Night team a break and still reward the readers.  
 
Only, like many, I wish more of the original creative teams could've been included -- Ordway on Power of Shazam, and Catwoman with Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke specifically.  
 
And the suggestion of Man of Steel would have been great -- with Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove, of course!

Posted by johnny_spam

 
 
I'm surprised they didn't try Birds of Prey, Blue Beetle and other fan favorite series.
Posted by _brandon

Regardless of the numbering, are these relaunches, one-shots, mini-series? Was there any indication how long these will run?

Posted by Green ankh

Image is doing something close to this with some Classic books as well. I like the idea. BK is starting to get kind of long for me. I am enjoying it but i am looking forward to it wrapping up.
Posted by BatGhostin

What!?! No Aquaman!!!!!!!
Posted by Sandbox24

Starman? Robinson? SOLD!  
 
...if his writing is back up to scratch.
Posted by danhimself
@_brandon said:
"

Regardless of the numbering, are these relaunches, one-shots, mini-series? Was there any indication how long these will run?

"

from the article I read, they say their only one shots
Posted by Citizen 14

Sounds pretty cool. 
The Question! = yay.

Posted by Darkchild

ATOM AND HAWKMAN!!! OMFG YES!!!

STARMAN,QUESTION,PHANTOM STRANGER!!!!

Posted by Hamz

Bruce for White Lantern status!
 
Sort of really enjoying Blackest Night lately. At first I figured it would be DC Zombies, but it's gone a step above that. Good stuff!

Posted by Moomin123

Darn it. I guess I might read the Shazam! book. Who knows when Green Lantern Corps #41 is gonna be released? That's part of the Blackest Night and that hasn't been released yet.
Posted by Bobby X

Sooo excited for The Question!
Posted by waruikumo

Oh *dam*!  SUICIDE SQUAD, STARMAN, and Phantom Stranger two snaps around the wrld

Posted by burr787

This is such a cool idea, I can't wait for Suicide Squad and Hawkman&Atom.

Posted by Legacy_

I can't wait for Suicide Squad =D

Posted by dc-kid21

SO AWESOME

Posted by Anderson: Agent of SMITH

Are we going to see Vic Sage as a Black  Lantern?! I'll admit, that's something I've been wondering about.

Posted by AirDave817
@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
"@AirDave817 said:
"I am really excited that James robinson is writing Starman. I think (I hope) it will either be David or Ted. I could see it being "Talking With David 2010". David Knight (SPOILER ALERT: by way of Jim Corrigan) really was the window into the dead of the Golden Age and the JSA. Unless it ties more into Weird War Tales with Scalphunter and the O'dares - then it would be a Tale of Times Past. Either one would be infinitely cool. It's a shame that Jack Knight is still happily retired. (Damn it!)
A Black Lantern for a Blackest Knight?
   "
I want to see the Mist Family reunion "

 
 
 
 
 
 
I'd forgotten, maybe Kyle or Nash comes back in this one...but, nah, I would think that that would bring Jack back out of "happy retirement" wouldn't it?
Posted by Portrait

Can't wait!

Posted by Media_Master

Interesting choice.

Posted by FoxxFireArt

This is nice that they are giving the artist time to work on the book, and that they are giving some canceled series a spot light. Seems appropriate as well. When you consider how Blackest Night is reviving so many of the dead. Why not revive some dead series along the ride?
 
This kind of reminds of of in manga sometime there will be a skipped week. Either the whole magazine isn't published that week of a single story. Often times for research or what not. Though that's normally just a week's wait. This in the whole month. Least they had the courtesy to give plenty of notice.
 
Is it just me or does Blackest Night seem to be ending rather abruptly? I know it's months away. Still feels like this has more life in it. (pun unintended)

Posted by Watch Dog

 Suicide Squad #67
Atom and Hawkman #46 
 
These 2 I definitely buy the rest maybe it depends what's in my folder already.

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

I just thought of the one series they should have made Blackest Night:Hitman. Who wouldn't want to see Tommy as a Black Lantern?
Posted by EisforExtinction

I love the idea but I'm not sure how the resurrected book will be. I guess I'll find out.

Posted by kalel60

i notice in superman #1 blackest night that the black superman was seeing the different lantern colors in superman and superboy.what does this mean with them seeing these colors i know what the colors are.but is there a certain color that will hurt them...????
Posted by King Quisling

Oh man, can't wait! -mondo spasm-

Posted by NightFang

I'm looking really forward to Catwoman and Phantom Stranger.

Posted by HarryF25

The Suicide squad story continues in the secret six that month

Posted by B-Tank

Good Stuff, Very Good Stuff Indeed!! And That is a Classic.