Spoilers Since comics generally come out on Wednesday or Thursday, please [hl=black]highlight[/hl] spoilers until the Saturday after the comic has been released, to give people time to grab a copy. BLACKEST NIGHT has begun! Personally, I've been waiting since the last page of the Sinestro Corps wars for this. The first issue is now out, and it did not disappoint. It looks like Hal Jordan and Barry are the lead characters on this - mostly Hal, obviously - with the Green Lantern Corps (obviously) being secondary, and various other DCU characters in a tertiary role. I don't think that I saw Batman (Dick Grayson, we technically saw Bruce Wayne's smiling face), Superman or Wonder Woman at all. The first issue saw Hawkman and Hawkgirl killed, which I found surprising. It's been a rough year or two for headline DCU characters. Batman, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, the Question, the original Superman, all toasted. The Flash has been killed a few times too I guess. I've got to wonder: are the characters going to stay dead at the end? Will the event be used to bring some people back on an ongoing basis? Also, what's the deal with Batman's skull? He's not being turned into a Black Lantern, at least not yet. My personal suspicion is that the Skull of Batman will turn out to be a MacGuffin of enormous cosmic power: better than any other major DCU character, Batman felt the full range of emotion. Rage? Check. Just look at any of the savage beatings he gives out when he's really pissed. Avarice? While he had it under control most of the time, you have to admit that the man horded technology, secrets, plans, etc. It wasn't a physical item he secreted away and kept to himself, but he was greedy for information and control of every situation. Fear? Batman is personified. The man felt fear every time he went out, and what he did was transfer his fears to others. He was chosen by a Sinestro Corps ring after all. Compassion? Batman was gruff, but also capable of enormous compassion, even towards his enemies. While it's not in the comic canon, I'm reminded of Amanda Waller's story of Batman in the JLU episode "Epilogue." That was perfect Batman through and through. Love? Of all kinds and forms. Batman loves fiercely, and at the end of the day he loves a lot of people. Hope? Batman is pure hope, the belief that no matter how bad it is, there's still a way to win. He refuses to accept a no-win scenario. Willpower? More than any character in the DCU except maybe Hal Jordan, Kyle Rainer and a very, very select few of others, Batman has willpower. I'm quite sure he could sling a ring with the best of them. In the current run of Green Lantern, he put a ring on at one point and was able to put out a fair amount of energy for a first timer, far more than Green Arrow did in Rebirth. The man is overflowing with iron hard willpower. Also, if God and Batman ever got into a fight, Batman would win. See Final Crisis #6.