Icicle is the name of two fictional supervillains appearing in comic books published by DC Comics: Joar Mahkent and Cameron Mahkent. A version of the character appears in the fifth season of The Flash, played by actor Kyle Secor; this version is Thomas Snow, the father of Caitlin Snow. The Joar Mahkent version of Icicle first appeared in All-American Comics #90 and was created by Robert Kanigher and Irwin Hasen; the Cameron Mahkent version of Icicle first appeared in Infinity, Inc. #34 and was created by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Todd McFarlane. When noted European physicist Dr. Joar Mahkent arrived in America with his latest scientific discovery, spectators at dockside were astonished to witness the luxury liner upon which Mahkent was traveling frozen solid in Gotham Harbor. Investigating this phenomenon, the original Green Lantern was shocked by the sight of Dr. Mahkent shot dead in his stateroom the victim of Lanky Leeds, a notorious racketeer, traveling on the same ship. Thus, when the bizarrely costumed criminal known as the Icicle appeared upon the scene that same day, wielding a unique weapon capable of freezing solid any moisture in the air, Green Lantern presumed he was Lanky Leeds, who had stolen Doctor Mahkent's invention.
After several frustrating encounters, Green Lantern unmasked the Icicle as Joar Mahkent himself, who had, in fact, murdered Lanky Leeds, using his cold ray gun to temporarily disguise Leeds' face as his own. Attempting to escape from Green Lantern, the Icicle leaped off a 20-story building and plunged to his death in the Gotham River far below; the Icicle survived his fall into the river, returned to plague the Emerald Gladiator time and time again becoming a member of the Wizard's second Injustice Society of the World which succeeded in hypnotizing the JSA. During their Patriotic Crimes, the Icicle stole the Washington Monument, he was a founding member of the Crime Champions of Two Earths, along with the Wizard and the Fiddler, which teamed up with a trio of crooks from Earth-1 after the Fiddler accidentally discovered a way to travel between worlds. The Icicle escaped Hourman and Doctor Fate, he was defeated by Doctor Fate while robbing a museum on Earth-1. The JLA and JSA were captured and imprisoned in cages in space by the Crime Champions though, but escaped with the help of the Green Lanterns.
All the villains were captured. The Icicle met his death during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, when he and several other supervillains attempted to invade the laboratory of the renegade Oan known as Krona. In the storyline Batman: Hush is revealed that as young children, Bruce Wayne and Thomas Elliot witnessed a fight between Alan Scott and the Icicle during a visit in Metropolis. Joar Mahkent has been identified as one of the deceased entombed below the Hall of Justice. Cameron Mahkent has no need for a'cold gun', as his father's prolonged exposure to the weapon altered his genetics, allowing him to biologically pass down to his son the ability to freeze objects and people or to lower the temperature of a room or other area. Cameron's skin pigmentation was affected, making him appear to be albino. Cameron became the second Icicle shortly before joining the Wizard's Injustice Unlimited group, it was during the period of the DC mini-series Legends, the people of America were turned against their heroes, a law was made that no one could operate as a crimefighter wearing a costume.
This did not affect the villains much, as they were breaking the law. For the new Icicle it proved an opportune time to join with other super-criminals, he joined the Wizard in his new Injustice Society – called Injustice Unlimited. The group overcame the security at the International Trade Conference in Calgary, Canada... namely Infinity, Inc. and a contingent of the Global Guardians and forced the heroes to help in some mayhem. The Icicle was given the mission of finding and retrieving the man-monster called Solomon Grundy, he took with him the still hypnotized Icemaiden and Jade and they traveled to the Arctic Circle. They were successful in the mission and brought back the white behemoth to Calgary, just in time to interfere with the escape plans of the Wizard; the plan of blackmailing the wealthy businessmen went haywire when Hourman revived and freed himself. In the confusion of the battle, Cameron was able to escape. Only weeks he again joined with Artemis and Hazard, as well as the new Harlequin, the Dummy and Solomon Grundy.
The Dummy wanted to head a revived Injustice Unlimited and planned to murder the members of Infinity Inc. to make a name for themselves. Their first target - Skyman - was killed by the Harlequin and Icicle went after Brainwave Jr. After believing the mental mutant dead the Icicle returned to his cohorts. A plan was hatched to bring all the remaining Infinitors to Stellar Studios and kill them, a plan defeated only by the unwillingness of Hazard to cooperate, the sudden reappearance of Brainwave Jr. and Jade. The Icicle nearly was knocked out by Jade. In the end Cameron was given over to law enforcement. After he engaged in battle against the second Star-Spangled Kid, S. T. R. I. P. E. and Starman, he joined the new Injustice Society at the invitation of Johnny Sorrow, who released him from his prison cell. During Stealing Thunder, when the Ultra-Humanite remade the world after acquiring control of Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt, he was forced to help the'reserve JSA'- consisting of Captain Marvel, the third Crimson Avenge
DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. since 1967. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, produces material featuring numerous culturally iconic heroic characters including: Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern,Aquaman,Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Hawkman and Supergirl. Most of their material takes place in the fictional DC Universe, which features teams such as the Justice League, the Justice Society of America, the Suicide Squad, the Teen Titans, well-known villains such as The Joker, Lex Luthor, Darkseid, Brainiac, Black Adam, Ra's al Ghul and Deathstroke; the company has published non-DC Universe-related material, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, many titles under their alternative imprint Vertigo. The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series Detective Comics, which featured Batman's debut and subsequently became part of the company's name.
In Manhattan at 432 Fourth Avenue, the DC Comics offices have been located at 480 and 575 Lexington Avenue. DC had its headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but it was announced in October 2013 that DC Entertainment would relocate its headquarters from New York to Burbank, California in April 2015. Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market. DC Comics and its longtime major competitor Marvel Comics together shared 70% of the American comic book market in 2017. Entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson founded National Allied Publications in autumn 1934; the company debuted with the tabloid-sized New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1 with a cover date of February 1935. The company's second title, New Comics #1, appeared in a size close to what would become comic books' standard during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books, with larger dimensions than today's.
That title evolved into Adventure Comics, which continued through issue #503 in 1983, becoming one of the longest-running comic-book series. In 2009 DC revived Adventure Comics with its original numbering. In 1935, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the future creators of Superman, created Doctor Occult, the earliest DC Comics character to still be in the DC Universe. Wheeler-Nicholson's third and final title, Detective Comics, advertised with a cover illustration dated December 1936 premiered three months late with a March 1937 cover date; the themed anthology series would become a sensation with the introduction of Batman in issue #27. By however, Wheeler-Nicholson had gone. In 1937, in debt to printing-plant owner and magazine distributor Harry Donenfeld—who published pulp magazines and operated as a principal in the magazine distributorship Independent News—Wheeler-Nicholson had to take Donenfeld on as a partner in order to publish Detective Comics #1. Detective Comics, Inc. was formed, with Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz, Donenfeld's accountant, listed as owners.
Major Wheeler-Nicholson remained for a year, but cash-flow problems continued, he was forced out. Shortly afterwards, Detective Comics, Inc. purchased the remains of National Allied known as Nicholson Publishing, at a bankruptcy auction. Detective Comics, Inc. soon launched a fourth title, Action Comics, the premiere of which introduced Superman. Action Comics #1, the first comic book to feature the new character archetype—soon known as "superheroes"—proved a sales hit; the company introduced such other popular characters as the Sandman and Batman. On February 22, 2010, a copy of Action Comics #1 sold at an auction from an anonymous seller to an anonymous buyer for $1 million, besting the $317,000 record for a comic book set by a different copy, in lesser condition, the previous year. National Allied Publications soon merged with Detective Comics, Inc. forming National Comics Publications on September 30, 1946. National Comics Publications absorbed an affiliated concern, Max Gaines' and Liebowitz' All-American Publications.
In the same year Gaines let Liebowitz buy him out, kept only Picture Stories from the Bible as the foundation of his own new company, EC Comics. At that point, "Liebowitz promptly orchestrated the merger of All-American and Detective Comics into National Comics... Next he took charge of organizing National Comics, Independent News, their affiliated firms into a single corporate entity, National Periodical Publications". National Periodical Publications became publicly traded on the stock market in 1961. Despite the official names "National Comics" and "National Periodical Publications", the company began branding itself as "Superman-DC" as early as 1940, the company became known colloquially as DC Comics for years before the official adoption of that name in 1977; the company began to move aggressively against what it saw as copyright-violating imitations from other companies, such as Fox Comics' Wonder Man, which Fox started as a copy of Superman. This extended to DC suing Fawcett Comics over Captain Marvel, at the time comics' top-selling character.
Faced with declining sales and the prospect of bankruptcy if it lost, Fawcett capitulated in 1953 and ceased publishing comics. Years Fawcett sold the rights for Captain Marvel to DC—which in 1972 revived Captain Marvel in the new title Shazam
Violett Beane is an American actress, best known for her role as Jesse Wells/Jesse Quick in The CW's The Flash, as well as Markie Cameron in the 2018 horror film Truth or Dare. Since 2018, she has starred as Cara Bloom in the CBS television series God Friended Me. Beane was born in Florida. At ten years old, she moved to Austin, where she grew up and considers her hometown. After moving to Austin, Beane fell in love with performing and took theatre all throughout middle and high school. Though Beane always felt like she was meant to perform in some way, it was not until her senior year of high school that she turned her focus towards pursuing acting professionally and found an agent in Austin. In 2015, Beane landed a recurring role in season 2 of The Leftovers. Beane played Taylor Truitt, a local girl in Jarden, who went missing along with two other girls. Following The Leftovers, Beane was cast in The CW's hit superhero drama The Flash as Jesse Wells, the daughter of Earth-2 Harrison Wells. Jesse is a bright college student who gets caught in the battle between The Zoom.
In the Flash comics, Jesse Quick is a speedster. Beane returned as Jesse in season 3 of the show. Beane recurred in the Fox medical drama series The Resident as Lily, a cancer patient under the care of Dr. Conrad Hawkins and Dr. Devon Pravesh. Abandoned by her fiancé and far from home, Lily inspires the hospital staff to be protective and involved in her outcome; the course of her treatment was determined by Dr. Lane Hunter. Beane's film credits include the indie horror film Flay and the documentary Tower, which focuses on the University of Texas at Austin shooting in 1966, the first mass school shooting in the United States. In Tower, Beane portrays Claire Wilson, eight months pregnant during the shooting and lost her unborn baby and boyfriend that day. In May 2017, Beane was cast as Markie Cameron in the Blumhouse supernatural thriller film Truth or Dare, released in theaters on April 13, 2018; as of 2018 Beane has starred in the CBS television series God Friended Me opposite Brandon Micheal Hall.
Beane is posed nude for PETA in support of that lifestyle. Beane resides in New York City to film her series God Friended Me. Violett Beane on IMDb
The Justice League is a team of fictional superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The Justice League was conceived by writer Gardner Fox, they first appeared together, as Justice League of America in The Brave and the Bold #28; the Justice League is an assemblage of superheroes. The seven original members were Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman; the team roster has rotated throughout the years, consisting of various superheroes from the DC Universe, such as The Atom, Big Barda, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Elongated Man, the Flash/Wally West, Green Lantern/John Stewart, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Power Girl, Red Tornado, Captain Marvel/Shazam, Zatanna, among many others. The team received its own comic book title called Justice League of America in November 1960. With the 2011 relaunch, DC Comics released a second volume of Justice League. In July 2016, the DC Rebirth initiative again relaunched the Justice League comic book titles with the third volume of Justice League.
Since its inception, the team has been featured in various films, television programs, video games. Various comic book series featuring the Justice League have remained popular with fans since inception and, in most incarnations, its roster includes DC's most popular characters; the Justice League concept has been adapted into various other entertainment media, including various forms of television from the classic Saturday morning Super Friends animated series, a live action series of specials Legends of the Superheroes, an unproduced Justice League of America live-action series, the acclaimed Justice League animated series, its sequel Justice League Unlimited and Justice League Action. A live-action film was in the works around 2008 before being shelved. On June 6, 2012, Warner Bros. announced a new live action Justice League film was in development with Will Beall hired as screenwriter. However, the project was scrapped again. After the success of the Superman reboot Man of Steel, a film titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released in March 2016, directed by Zack Snyder.
Batman v Superman script writer Chris Terrio has penned the script for Justice League. In a story told in flashback in Justice League of America #9, the Appelaxians infiltrated Earth. Competing alien warriors were sent to see who could conquer Earth first, to determine who will become the new ruler of their home planet; the aliens' attacks drew the attentions of Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman. While the superheroes individually defeated most of the invaders, the heroes fell prey to a single competitor's attack. For many years, the heroes heralded this adventure as the event that prompted them to agree to pool resources when confronted with similar menaces. In Justice League of America #144, Green Arrow uncovered inconsistencies in the team's records and extracted admissions from his colleagues that the seven founders had formed the League after Martian Manhunter was rescued from Martian forces by the other six founders, along with several other heroes including Robin, Congorilla, Rex the Wonder Dog, Lois Lane.
Green Lantern participated in this first adventure as Hal Jordan, as he had yet to become the costumed hero, the biggest inconsistency Arrow found, as they celebrated the earlier incident's date, while recounting only the one's events. When the group formalized their agreement, they suppressed news of it because of anti-Martian hysteria; because the heroes had not revealed their identities to each other at the time, they did not realize that Jordan and Green Lantern were one and the same when he turned up in costume during the event described in #9. While most subsequent accounts of the League have made little mention of this first adventure, the animated Justice League series adapted this tale as the origin of the Justice League as well. Secret Origins vol. 2, #32 updated Justice League of America #9's origin for post-Crisis continuity. Differences included the inclusion of the Silver Age Black Canary as a founding member and the absence of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman; the JLA: Year One limited series, by Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn and Barry Kitson, further expanded the Secret Origins depiction.
In Justice League Task Force #16, during Zero Hour, a unknown superhuman named Triumph appeared. Triumph was their leader. On his first mission with the Justice League, Triumph "saved the world" but was teleported into a dimensional limbo that affected the timestream, erasing all memory of him. In Infinite Crisis #7, the formation of "New Earth" restored Wonder Woman as a founding member of the Justice League. In Brad Meltzer's Justice League of America #0, it was revealed that Superman and Batman were again founding members as well. 52 #51 confirmed that the 1989 Secret Origins and JLA: Year One origins were still in continuity at that time, with Superman and Wonder Woman joining the team with founding members' status shortly after the group's formation with Aquaman, Black Canary, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter. In Justice League of America #12, the founding members of the Justice League were shown to be Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and
Brightest Day is a 2010 - 2011 crossover storyline published by DC Comics, consisting of a year-long comic book maxi-series that began in April 2010, a number of tie-in books. The story follows the ending of the series Blackest Night and how the aftermath of these events affects the entire DC Universe. At the end of the 2009–2010 Blackest Night storyline, 12 deceased heroes and villains are resurrected for some unknown purpose; the events of Brightest Day follow the exploits of these characters as they seek to learn the secret behind their return to life. Brightest Day #7 revealed that the 12 resurrected must complete an individual assignment given to them by the White Lantern Entity. If they are successful, their life will be returned. Professor Zoom helped release Barry Allen from the Speed Force. Jade balanced the darkness. Osiris freed the goddess of nature. Maxwell Lord stopped Magog from bringing about the events seen in Kingdom Come. Hawkgirl prevented Hath-Set from killing Hawkman. Hawkman closed the dimensional gateway between Earth.
Aquaman enlisted the new Aqualad to his side before the "others" do. Martian Manhunter burned down the Martian forest, killed D'Kay D'razz and chose to devote himself to the protection of Earth. Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond defeated the Black Lantern corruption in their Firestorm Matrix before it destroyed the universe. Captain Boomerang threw a boomerang at Dove. Hawk failed. Boston Brand was to find the new champion who will bear the white light of life and take the Entity's place; the series, written by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi, was published twice a month for 24 issues alternating with Justice League: Generation Lost written by Keith Giffen and Judd Winick. Johns has discussed the general theme: Brightest Day crossed over into the Green Lantern series, the Green Lantern Corps, Justice League of America, The Titans and The Flash, it was announced that Gail Simone would return to a new volume of the Birds of Prey comic book, which will be under the same banner. Other tie ins included the first issues of a relaunched Green Arrow and the Justice Society of America.
Jeff Lemire wrote the one-shot Brightest Day: Atom with artist Mahmud Asrar, which acted as a springboard for an Atom story to co-feature in Adventure Comics with the same creative team. The Green Lantern series featured more of the characters Atrocitus, Saint Walker, Indigo-1 in a story arc titled "New Guardians." At Emerald City Comic-Con 2010, Johns stated that Firestorm would be a "main character" in Brightest Day. The first issue, issue #0, was penciled by Fernando Pasarin. David Finch, a newly DC exclusive artist, illustrated the covers for the entire series. In June 2010, writer Geoff Johns announced that the "Brightest Day" event would be used to introduce Jackson Hyde, the new Aqualad created for the Young Justice animated series, into the DC Universe; the final issue of the series reintroduced Swamp Thing and John Constantine into the mainstream DC Universe after a number of years in DC's mature Vertigo imprint. The story begins the day after Blackest Night showing Boston smashing his tombstone.
Nearby, a baby bird falls out of its nest and dies, but is resurrected by the white ring that Boston has on. The ring takes him to everyone, resurrected and he sees how they are celebrating their new leases on life. Boston asks the ring why it is showing him this, it takes him to the destroyed Star City and creates a forest. Meanwhile, in New Mexico, Sinestro discovers a White Lantern battery. Hal and Carol arrive and try to lift the lantern, but it will not move... Brightest Day #0-24 focuses on the resurrected Deadman, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter and Firestorm. Green Lantern focuses on Hal Jordan, as well as the other representatives of the other Lantern Corps as they attempt to prevent the capture of all the emotional entities which lead to the Green Lantern Corps War. Green Lantern Corps focuses on Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Ganthet as they face the revolt of the Alpha Lanterns and the return of the Weaponers of Qward until the War of the Green Lantern Corps erupts. Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors focuses on Guy Gardner, Arisia, Sodam Yat and the Red Lantern Bleez as they put in motion a universe-saving plan against a new, hidden foe to prevent the War of the Green Lantern Corps.
Brightest Day: The Atom Special is a one shot, bannered as a Brightest Day tie-in, but is in actuality an introduction to the Atom miniseries contained within Adventure Comics #516-521and Giant-Size Atom #1. Birds of Prey focuses on the resurrected Hawk as well as Dove's connection to the White Light; the Flash features the resurrected Captain Boomerang. Green Arrow focuses on the Star City forest. Justice League of America focuses on the resurrected Jade as she tries to save her brother and father from the control of the Starheart. Justice League: Generation Lost #1-24 focuses on Booster Gold, Captain Atom and Ice as they attempt to find the resurrected Max
Damage (DC Comics)
Damage is the name of two fictional characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The Grant Emerson version of Damage first appeared in a comic book of the same name during the Zero Hour crisis, he is the son of Al Pratt. He has been a member of the Titans, the Freedom Fighters, the Justice Society of America; the Grant Emerson version of Damage first appeared in Damage #1 and was created by Tom Joyner PhD and Bill Marimon. The Ethan Avery version of Damage first appeared in Damage Vol. 2 #1 and was created by Robert Venditti and Tony S. Daniel. Critics have observed a similarity between Marvel Comics' Hulk. High school student Grant Emerson had just moved with his parents to a new home in suburban Atlanta, his parents moved due to their work for the Symbolix Corporation, Grant felt like an outsider among other kids. At his new school, Grant discovers he is a superhuman with incredible strength and the ability to produce explosive blasts. During the Zero Hour crisis, Grant's powers became the spark that restarted the universe after it was destroyed by Parallax.
A superhero/supervillain battle, involving Baron Blitzkrieg, Iron Munro, others, results in extensive damage to downtown Atlanta. Damage is arrested for his part in the extensive damage. Sarge Steel is able to cut a deal for him: he would be banned from Georgia and remanded into custody of the federally sponsored Titans team, led by Arsenal. Around this time Damage deals with the murder, at the hands of a supervillain, of a schoolmate he cares for. After a while, Damage leaves the Titans to find his origins; when the original five Titans reformed the group, Arsenal nominates Damage for membership. Arsenal managed to erase Grant's criminal records, so he was no longer a fugitive, Grant joins the team. Grant participates in multiple adventures, including a confrontation with demons from hell in Day of Judgment #1. Damage confronts something he had buried for a long time: he had been victim of abuse at the hands of his foster father. After opening up to Roy Harper, Grant takes a leave of absence and seeks peace and healing on the Navajo reservation where Roy was raised as a child until he became the ward of Green Arrow.
He learns that Vandal Savage was involved in an experiment at Symbolix called Project: Telemachus, where he took DNA samples he had collected from various superheroes and injected them into a fitting vessel: Grant. The heroes Grant shares DNA with are: Atom, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Hourman, Black Canary, Doctor Mid-Nite, Miss America, Johnny Quick, Liberty Belle, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Black Canary, Green Lantern and Atom. Symbolix was allied with Shadowspire through Shadowspire's leader Baron Blitzkrieg; the Baron became a recurring foe in Damage's series, starting with #3. Grant learns that he is the son of Al Pratt, the original Atom and his wife Mary. Grant is forced to go underground after leaving the Titans, since he violated his parole by doing so, he helps the current Justice Society of America against Imperiex and the villainous team of Obsidian and Mordru, both times as part of a modern All-Star Squadron. He has since been seen with a new team of government-sponsored Freedom Fighters, whose activities are yet unknown.
He has something of a brotherly relationship with Atom Smasher, the godson of his father, the original Atom. It was thought that Grant had a brother, killed by Walter's superhero daughter, aka Kate Spencer. However, Walter is the son of Iron Munro and Phantom Lady — an odd parallel to Damage's paternity search, as at one stage it appeared that Grant might be the couple's child. Several members of the modern Freedom Fighters team are killed by the Injustice Society in Infinite Crisis #1. Damage is one of the survivors, though his face is revealed to have been scarred by Zoom. Damage appears in the relaunched Justice Society of America released in December 2006, he wears a full mask and a costume similar to that of his father and Atom Smasher, featuring a biohazard symbol. He has a gruffer and more cynical attitude because, as the villain Rebel insinuates, Damage was left badly scarred, but alive, by Zoom. Zoom encounters the Justice Society, claiming to have maimed, but not killed, the boy intentionally, to give him a defining tragedy, the fight leads to Georgia.
Damage leaps into the state, despite his ban from entering, catches up with Zoom, holds him hostage. Liberty Belle calms Damage down, but Zoom escapes and hurls debris at his face with the intent to kill him. Liberty Belle speeds in, saves Damage, knocks out Zoom; when the police are ready to arrest Damage for violating his ban, the Justice Society stands up for him and he is released, but it is not yet known if this action has caused the ban to be dropped. Damage remains on the team in Atom Smasher's place. Damage's face is healed by the reborn Gog; this is enough to restore his former cheerful and outgoing personality, pushing him to attempt making contact with the new Judomaster. Since neither of them can understand the language spoken by the other (Grant does not know Japanese, while Judomaster cannot
Blackest Night is a 2009–2010 American comic book crossover storyline published by DC Comics, consisting of an eponymous, central miniseries written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Ivan Reis, a number of tie-in books. "Blackest Night" involves Nekron, a personified force of death who reanimates deceased superheroes and seeks to eliminate all life and emotion from the universe. Geoff Johns has identified the series' central theme as emotion; the crossover was published for eight months as a limited series and in both the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps comic titles. Various other limited series and tie-ins, including an audio drama from Darker Projects, were published; the storyline was first mentioned at the conclusion of the "Sinestro Corps War" in Green Lantern vol. 4, #25. As the war between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps reaches its climax, the four Green Lanterns of Earth—Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner—are told by the Guardians Ganthet and Sayd of the Blackest Night prophecy.
According to the prophecy, the two existing Corps would be joined by five new ones, each driven by a specific emotion and empowered by a specific color of the emotional spectrum, leading to a "War of Light" that would subsequently destroy the universe. Johns says the prophecy has its origins in the story "Tygers" by Alan Moore, which touches on the rising up of the Guardians' enemies the Weaponers of Qward, Ranx the Sentient City, the Children of the White Lobe, the destruction of the Green Lanterns, shows Hal Jordan and Mogo dying. Both Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver said that Blackest Night is the third part of a Green Lantern event trilogy that began with Rebirth and continued with "Sinestro Corps War". In a December 2007 interview with IGN, Johns stated that he has the monthly Green Lantern book plotted up until issue #55. More details for the event were revealed in DC Universe #0, which depicted Black Hand discovering the black power battery on the planet of Ryut. Blackest Night #0 was released on May 2, 2009, —Free Comic Book Day—and portrays a series of events directly leading into Blackest Night #1.
The standalone, self-titled miniseries consists of Blackest Night eight monthly issues. Tie-ins include issues of Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps starting with issues #43 and #38 and nine 3-issue limited series: Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps, Blackest Night: Superman, Blackest Night: Batman, Blackest Night: Titans, Blackest Night: Wonder Woman, Blackest Night: Flash, Blackest Night: JSA. Ethan Van Sciver had planned to work on the opening book, but because of his work on The Flash: Rebirth miniseries he was not able to complete both effectively. Van Sciver and Ivan Reis created many of the designs for this storyline. Green Lanterns Ash and Saarek find the Black Central Power Battery at a classified location within Sector 666. After touching the battery, Saarek reports; the two are killed when two monstrous hands emerge from below them as the battery calls "flesh". In Green Lantern Corps, a field of asteroids in an unknown region of space is depicted with the colors of the spectrum in the background.
The asteroids, which are the remains of the planet Xanshi, are shattered and a large quantity of black power rings move through them. In Gotham City, Black Hand removes Bruce Wayne's skull from his grave and carries it with him, a Black Lantern power battery begins to charge; the Guardians of Oa observe the War of Light and realize that Ganthet and Sayd are correct but are kept from intervening by Scar, who swiftly kills one and imprisons the rest. Thousands of black rings assault the Corps' crypt. Hal Jordan and the newly revived Flash investigate Bruce Wayne's grave and are attacked by Black Lantern Martian Manhunter. On Oa, the Green Lanterns are met by all of the resurrected Lanterns. Hawkgirl and Hawkman are killed by Black Lanterns Elongated Man and Sue Dibny and join the growing Black Corps; the Atom is tricked into visiting Black Lantern Hawkman, Deadman is the first to realize the dead superheroes are not their true selves when his physical body revives as a Black Lantern while he is still free.
Aquaman and his Black Lantern family attack Mera. A black ring strikes the Spectre, binding the spirit Aztar and reviving Crispus Allen as a Black Lantern; the black rings are unable to revive dead characters who are at peace, such as former Dove Don Hall as his partner Hawk and his brother Hank rise. In Gotham, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen are confronted by several Black Lanterns, including Ronald Raymond. Hal, the Atom and Flash battle the Black Lanterns when the Indigo Tribe appear and use their Indigo power with other rings to obliterate the Black Dibnys. Mera finds the new Gehenna, who merge to create a new Firestorm. Indigo says; the Indigo Tribe leave the other heroes to fight the invading Black Lanterns. Black Lantern Firestorm separates Gehenna and Jason, kills Gehenna and absorbs Jason's consciousness. Black rings revive the villains. Mera and Flash use Atom's powers to escape through a telephone line. Flash leaves and gives all the superheroes in the US the key to defeat the Black Lanterns—merging lights with a Green Ring—and the Atom and the Justice Society of America battle many Lanterns together.
Jean Loring kills and causes Damage to revive as a Lantern, which empowers the Black Lantern power battery. Barry arrives in Coast City. Black Hand summons Nekron, who revives the residents of Coas