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These Dark Days

blog_xrayGod bless Geoff Johns. Seriously. I can't stress enough how much I love the guy. The DC scribe responsible for having penned some of the most critically and commercially successful series for the company this past decade is at it again with yet another major crossover. This time with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps facing off against a threat so massive and dangerous that the potential to consume the entire DC universe is an all too real possibility.

Blackest Night is as bleak as the title suggests. While the seed for the story dates way back to a mid-eighties Alan Moore short within the pages of "Tales of the Green Lantern Corps" in which a warning is made of the approaching "War of Light" (an epic battle that would signal the final days for the DC universe) it wasn't until recently that steps were made to realize and expand on the idea. Essentially, in addition to the green lanterns there are multiple colored corps throughout the galaxy all fueled by various emotions and impulses leading to some pretty interesting conflicts.

I really don't want to give away too much here, but the catalyst of the series is the black lantern corps, the most terrifying of all. One whose ring brings the dead back to life with not only the power of a lantern but also the abilities of it's host.

Comparisons to Marvel's Zombies series are of course, inevitable but completely unfair as this is not some out of continuity spin-off. The events in this book are very real with some potentially serious consequences for a long time to come. With a completely believable and terrifying atmosphere bleeding through every panel of every page, I honestly don't think I've felt this genuinely creeped out by a comic since From Hell.

We're not even halfway through the book and all I can say is that my hands sweat with anticipation of each issue. With Ivan Reis' gorgeous pencils backing up Johns signature sharp, snappy plotting and dialogue, this tale is definitely working for and earning it's place amongst the great comic stories ever written."Blackest Night" is truly massive in scale spanning not only the main seven issue series but also a number of other mini's featuring some of DC's more major characters (Batman, Superman).

Check out the full checklist here and repeat to yourself:

"In brightest day, in blackest night,No evil shall escape my sightLet those who worship evil's might,Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!" - Green Lantern Corps oath

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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