Dead characters aren't the only thing rising in Blackest Night.
Now, dead comic book series are coming back to life.
As announced at the Diamond Retailer's Summit in Baltimore this evening, the Blackest Night storyline and all its tie-ins are taking a month-long break in January, but eight one-shots will taking their place while also bringing back some fan-favorite canceled series.
"We've decided to expand what rises from the dead by bringing eight titles back from the dead," DiDio told Newsarama during his 10 Answers and 1 Question interview.
The eight one-shots will be:
- The Power of Shazam! #48 by Eric Wallace
- The Question #37 by Greg Rucka
- Suicide Squad #67 by John Ostrander and Gail Simone
- Phantom Stranger #42 by Peter Tomasi
- Catwoman #83 by Fabian Nicieza
- The Atom and Hawkman #46 by Geoff Johns
- Weird Western Tales #71 by Dan DiDio
- Starman #81 by James Robinson
While artists were not announced, DiDio told Newsarama one artist is closely associated with the series he or she is drawing.
Each of the one-shots will take place in current continuity and will tie into Blackest Night by featuring at least one Black Lantern interacting with the title characters. However, DiDio indicated Starman will be a special issue where Robinson will "pick up some threads" from the end of the writer's critically acclaimed series.
UPDATE: Writer James Robinson had this to say about Starman #81 on Twitter:"Just so everyone knows now, Blackest Night Starman will feature a Black Lantern Starman. It will feature Opal and characters therein. But It will not have Jack Knight. He is happily in SF like me. And if he ever came back, it should be something bigger then a single issue. But I am very happy with the issue I've written. I think you'll dig it."
Writer Geoff Johns also used twitter to apparently spill the beans on one of the artists associated with the project, specifically his artist for The Atom and Hawkman #46: Ryan Sook! His tweet said this:"Thanks. Thought it'd be fun. Plus I get to work with freaking RYAN SOOK."
For more information on the Black Lanterns who will return in each of the one-shots, check out today's 10 Answers and a Question.