Pre-Earth or pre-human? Plus, there's also the little bit about the Guardians covering up the secret basically since the universe came into existence. They are the oldest sapient beings in the universe. JediBen, perhaps I don't feel as disappointed by the conclusion to Blackest Night because I don't have the history of having followed Johns' GL work since Rebirth through the Sinestro Corps War to Blackest Night. I thought it was sufficiently climactic, and a fitting set-up for Brightest Day. Moreover, it only makes sense for Blackest Night to be a sort of first half to a complete duology as the yin to the yang of Brightest Day. It's in the GL Oath even. We'll see what happens with Brightest Day, but I really enjoyed the Blackest Night ride. Especially as I went back and got caught up on the GL happenings. Also, as far as supposed gratuitous violence... it's essentially a zombie story. I don't really see how or why one should expect there to be less violence. I also thought the point of Sinestro as White Lantern was to show that Sinestro's fascism makes him incompatible with the Entity and the White Light. That's certainly what Hal says in the story.