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Return of the Black Lanterns in October?

You just can't ever keep the undead down.

 Maybe this is all about finally getting to see if the dead can dance.
If there’s one thing you should never forget about the undead… it’s that they can always come back! Nekron, the Black Lanterns and, basically, death itself were seemingly vanquished at the end of BLACKEST NIGHT. The nightmare was seemingly over, and yet, Black Lantern Firestorm just recently showed up in BRIGHTEST DAY. Now, DC’s Source Blog has released this promo image to your right with a question more loaded than the back of lumberjack's pick-up truck. That is… “What is October’s Return of the Black Lanterns?”

You’ll notice that, in addition to zombified Firestorm, you’ve got zombified incarnations of Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Deadman (Dead-ER man?) and those oh-so-cute love birds, Hawkman and Hawkgirl. What do they have in common? Well, they all just happen to be part of the “resurrected twelve” who came back at the end of a certain mega-crossover that just wrapped up, oh-so-recently, and I don't think that's a coincidence. There’ve been some hints in BRIGHTEST DAY about this "anti-dead dozen" having some sort of ties to their Black Lantern selves, so maybe this is what those hints were… uh… hinting at. == TEASER ==

Even though this is coming in October, some of you Comic Vine maniacs might think the BLC (mmm… sounds like a sandwich) are returning too soon after they were defeated. But, you know what? Conceptually, I think the whole war of light is the most interesting thing to happen to the DCU’s cosmology in as long as I can remember. There are plenty more stories they can do about all these emotional factions. Hell, I'm already curious to see how all this stuff with the entities plays out. But what are your theories, Comic Vine community? Where do your third eyes see this going?
Also, seeing as how this is probably going to coincide with Halloween, I'll bring up an even more pressing question - - something brought up by memories of getting gipped with one tooth brush, too many. If you went to somebody's door, would it be a trick or a treat if you got comics instead of candy?

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Studios and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Pre-order the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover now on

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Posted by cbishop

Psht, I could've gotten all comic books, when I was a kid, but then I liked comics.  Most kids are coming to the door for candy. 
As for the dead dancing, haven't you ever seen the Thriller video?  Duh.  ;) 
No real opinion on Brightest Day - I haven't even read Final Crisis or Blackest Night yet.

Posted by Jslab425

 This looks awesome!  I agree with Tom's commentary and think that many of the BLC deserve more panel time than they got in Blackest Night.  There are so many unexplored possibilities with these characters as well as some great dynamics if they get to face their since returned namesakes...bring it on!

Posted by jakob187

Ummm...Black Lantern Firestorm hasn't shown back up in the story yet.  The cover of issue #4 simply HAD Black Lantern Firestorm on it.  Just throwing that out there...unless I missed something somewhere.

Posted by RedK

maybe some thing to do with Luthor

Posted by reaper2923

Yay they going to kill Aquaman again this time leave him in the ground

Posted by CellphoneGirl

Interesting none the less.

Posted by MichaeltheFly

I don't know, I mean that's what I thought not to long ago when I saw the Black Lantern Firestorm on a cover of Brightest Day, I will have to read it to believe it.

Posted by doordoor123

ill see what happens

Posted by Duo_forbidden

I love Blackest Night, so I will keep my eye out for this.

Posted by wallymonster

of course they'd do that. Zombies are too popular right now to let go of.  

Posted by waruikumo

Meh, this could just be a "Halloween" cover

Posted by Midnight Monk

Not to excited if this is true, still haven't gotten over what happened to some people, hell I would've prefer the New Hawk been ressurected rather than the overtly aggressive annoying old Hawk. Also, given how Blackest Night ended why would this be necessary. Do we really need a bunch of issues feature Nekron talking again again and making no attempt to defend himself in the end. I prefer they  drop the White & Black Rings all together, too many colors as it is

Posted by glforthewin
@waruikumo said:
" Meh, this could just be a "Halloween" cover "
Posted by greenenvy

Here we go again. Not sure about this because blackest night was enough unless there doing a mini return of blackest night for October which means one thing only HALLOWEEN. 


I think the black Lanterns, like most of those new corps should just go away. 
I like the idea of an evil corp to face the GLC, & maybe a third like the reds that seem to hate everyone, a third faction that forces the others to put their hatred aside to work together is always fun. But Blue, orange, & Indigo just seem to be, they have the least development, they are just there to fill a color spot.
Plus, they turn Star saphire, a villian, into a corp that seems to be heros.

Posted by ComicMan24

Maybe they don't actually return, maybe it's more on the psychology side.

Posted by Son_of_Magnus

So sick of crossovers 

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Interesting stuff, looking forward to seeing where the Brightest Day leads into this 'Darker Afternoon'

Posted by Cosmic Sentinel

It'll be interesting to see where this goes. I'm glad the Black Lanterns didn't just disappear at the end of Blackest Night.

Posted by NightFang

You never can keep a good zombie army down!

Posted by Nick-SV(ril)

one thing I know for sure is that this art is beyond awesome!

Posted by dondasch

Looking forward to this for certain

Posted by Agent Saint

Wicked cool, just wish there was more in each issue,  waitin to hear from the other corps... I WOULD ABSOLUTLY STILL TRICK OR TREAT,IF IT WERE COMICS INSTEAD OF CANDY!...In fact i might like it better

Posted by goldenkey

They're lanterns so I want to see them make constructs.  Here's to hoping. 

Posted by excalibur5150

OK at the end of Blackest Night, I thought waitaminit, That's it?.. concerning the Black Lanterns anyway. 
I do feel there's a couple of more stories that need to be told about and concerning the Black Lanterns, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't overplay this out!  The Black Lanterns should show up but only occationally, please don't have them show up every issue.
Posted by Rothschild
@goldenkey said:
" They're lanterns so I want to see them make constructs.  Here's to hoping.  "
Captain Boomerang has made construct boomerangs in Flash #3
Posted by comicguy9

u missed something why do u think they would put him on the cover.
Brightest Day #3-4
Posted by waruikumo
@Omega Ray Jay said:
" Interesting stuff, looking forward to seeing where the Brightest Day leads into this 'Darker Afternoon' "
overcast afternoon?
Posted by despairachaosa

 HMMM black lanterns return HELL YEA!! after watching them be defeated i was crushed :( but NOW >:D ha! i think scar never really died i mean the little thing going around collecting the lantern entities must be scar DC has a plan for this i mean you cant have LIFE (white lanterns) with out DEATH (black lanterns) and everything in between >:)

Posted by Markus Kage

Hopefully it won't be like issue 4's cover and just mislead everyone into thinking that they will appear. From seeing Aquaman's reflection as a Black Lantern to Martain Manhunter having the moment where he "shape shifted" into his Black Lantern self. Plus with the new promo poster, Black Lantern Firestorm looks to be a completely separate character. But who knows, we'll just have to wait and see.