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Sunday, May 23, 2010

BLACKEST NIGHT Directors Cut #1 Review

RATING: 5 out of 5 points:

If you've read Blackest Night, then you would want this issue.  It is sooo.... worth the cover price of $5.99.  It has the commentary from the creators, but then it has everything else too.  If you are yearning to be a comic writer this has the script of one of the best writers in the business.

This book has 80 pages of  material. Almost the size of 4 regular issues.


1. The Directors Commentary:  Thoughts on almost every panel of what they were discussing and what they wanted to happen, behind the scenes.

2. Cover Gallery: Every Cover from cross over to main event. Some of them are quite small but it is still awesome to see them all together.  Even with smaller pictures, there are about 8 pages inlcuded in this section.  This would be the only part of the book that I've seen before, but it was fantastic to see all these covers laid out together.

3. BLACKEST NIGHT #1 Script: If you are interested in writing comics, this is a good template to see how it is done.  It is amazing to read how Geoff Johns' thoughts gets passed onto the artist.

4. Scenes from the Cutting Room: Which included the following;
-Script of the deleted Rainbow Raiders Scene by Geoff Johns   
-Script of the deleted Ragman scene by Geoff Johns. I wish they could  have incorporated it into one of the books because it was cool to read.
-A unused Black Lantern Cover by Greg Horn

5. Blackest Night: The Toy Line: Gives insight in the toy process.  It is my least favorite part of the book but only takes up four pages.

6. Raising the Dead: Blackest Night Character Design: This was an awesome section and takes up about a third of the book.  In this section the Black Lanterns designs are shown and a small bit of background information on how they died.  Batman,  Nekron, White Lantern Sinestro, and The Entity, each, have a page a piece.

BLACKEST NIGHT: Directors Cut #1 (One Shot):

Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Ivan Reis
Inker: Oclair Albert
Inker: Joe Prado
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Nick J Napolitano

Publisher: DC Comics
June 2010


  1. I think with this Director's Cut we may be seeing the future of collectible comic books...


    Steven G. Willis

  2. I hope so...
    I would definitely buy other books of this type... the behind the scenes type book.

    BUT only if,
    it was priced about the same,
    and I didn't have to pay the extra money for the TPB portion, which normally has issues that I already have.

    Especially would like any of the big Morrison.
    Even though he is hit and miss with me, I still would drool over a book that had the same type of behind the scenes information.