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Radiant Black #25

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Universal acclaim

Based on 8 critic ratings.


The Radiants were stolen. An empire, vaster than space, has come to claim them. The end of the world is here. THE CATALYST WAR begins.

The RADIANT BLACK event two years in the making begins here!

RADIANT BLACK is a Massive-Verse series.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Depending on which cover you bought (Version A or B), a different story plays out with Nathan and Marshall each wielding the Radiant Black powers for The Catalyst War. That’s right… we are seem to be getting DOUBLE the Radiant Black stories! This isn’t the “Choose Your Own Adventure” style story that we recently saw in Rogue Sun (although Ryan did a wonderful job with that issue), but instead it looks like we get to experience divergent paths that could lead to different outcomes for the Massive-Verse. Now that you’ve read this revelation, you might want to go call your Local Comic Store and have them pull both issues for the duration of this arc…because we have no idea how this is going to play out.

    Radiant Black #25 (Versions A and B) push the characters into new territory and provide engaging new lore elements that will surely enhance the overall mythology moving forward.

  • 95


    Radiant Black #25 launches the biggest storyline of the series to date, while pushing it in an entirely new direction. This has been one of my favorite comics ever since it launched two years ago, and it’s clear that the creative team is aiming to truly shake things up when the Catalyst War is done. Simply put: this is one of the few comic book events that might actually live up to the hype.

  • 92

    Comic Watch

    If you haven’t jumped into the series yet but want to see what the buzz is all about, don’t miss out on this issue. It’s a new arc, exciting, and highlights how the world of Radiants is one of the best worlds being built.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Dilemmas and revelations dominate Radiant Black #25, an exhilarating cosmic romp grounded in human foibles.

  • 83

    Major Spoilers

    In short, if you’ve been waiting for more background on what’s going on with the Radiants, the decision of who will finally be the permanent Radiant Black, or why there’s no Radiant Blue, Radiant Black #25 is the issue for you, and best of all, it’s well-drawn and compellingly written. Plus, there’s one reveal that I am not even going to HINT at, that kinda changes everything… again.

  • 80

    The stakes truly couldn’t be higher at this point, and yet Radiant Black once again reveals its heart and soul in the moments between friends. Writers Kyle Higgins and Joe Clark are setting the stage for the “Catalyst War,” but they take some time to shift to the past, and the shift is worth the time and investment. At the core of this issue is the decision on who will be Radiant Black, and the flashbacks avoid the pitfalls of many such sequences and provide some welcome context to Nathan and Marshall’s friendship and trust issues. These sequences are what allowed me to come to terms with the ultimate decision of who wield the powers, and those powerful key moments are brought to life by the talented team of artists Marcelo Costa and Eduardo Frigate, colorists Rod Fernandes and Raul Angulo, inkers Costa and Eduardo Frigate, and letterer Becca Carey. The issue weaves seamlessly between heartfelt personal discussions and a sizable download of ancient Colossals lore, and yet all of it boils down to a very raw and vulnerable conversation between two longtime friends. Radiant Black is never afraid to soar to new horizons, but it will always be the heart of its characters that moves the engine forward.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    It’ll be interesting to see where the next issue takes the new Catalyst War story arc. It appears as though Clark and Higgins are working the whole…duplicate thing straight through the end of the arc. The next two issues have variant covers that are patterned the same way as issue #25. The parallel heroes concept looks like fun. Whether or not it turns out to be a cheap, insubstantial gimmick will be revealed in the course of the coming months.

  • 80

    First Comics News

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