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blackestnight1Comic book heroes and villians aren’t the only thing rising from the grave in DC Comics’ “Blackest Night” storyline. The publisher announced that several canceled titles would resume for one issue in January. The titles will continue their numbering from where they ended.

Though the books have been off the market for years, January’s one-shots will pick up in current continuity and deal with the effects the undead Black Lanterns are having throughout the DC universe. Artists for the projects haven’t been released yet.

The “Blackest Night” comic will be skipping that month to allow artist Ivan Reis to catch up in preparation for the series’ double-sized final issue.

The titles will include:

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

I’m quite happy to see that “Starman” is on the list. Many people, myself included, say that Robinson’s work on that title made it the single best superhero book of the ’90s. But I’m a little disappointed to see that they’re not bringing back Garth Ennis’s blackly comedic “Hitman.”

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  • Looking at their choices for books, I’m guessing they’ve picked titles that they know aren’t coming back any other way.
    Aquaman is still radioactive from his last couple of failed titles, but it’s still a valuable property/character and I’m sure we’ll see him in his own series someday in the not too distant future. Certainly before any of the above titles/characters get their own reboot, with the possible exception of “The Question.”

  • Looking at their choices for books, I’m guessing they’ve picked titles that they know aren’t coming back any other way.
    Aquaman is still radioactive from his last couple of failed titles, but it’s still a valuable property/character and I’m sure we’ll see him in his own series someday in the not too distant future. Certainly before any of the above titles/characters get their own reboot, with the possible exception of “The Question.”

  • I’d just like to say “Blackest Night” is probably the best thing I’ve read from DC since “Identity Crisis.” It’s zombie-riffic and all of the tie-ins are really well done too. Highly recommended. And unlike a lot of other DC event books, you don’t need to know everyone’s back story to understand this story. Geoff Johns is my new hero.

  • I’d just like to say “Blackest Night” is probably the best thing I’ve read from DC since “Identity Crisis.” It’s zombie-riffic and all of the tie-ins are really well done too. Highly recommended. And unlike a lot of other DC event books, you don’t need to know everyone’s back story to understand this story. Geoff Johns is my new hero.

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