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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Green Lantern Corps #8: A Review

The Dark Side of the Green, part II

Well! Things certainly start off with a bang! The anonymous Dominator scientist is exposed to the artifact, and makes the snotty Dominator triumvirate eat their words...and then some. And Von Daggle, disguised as a Dominator meets his charming Khund disciple.

Meanwhile, Guy and R'amey are waiting for Daggle above the home planet of the Dominators. Guy is getting a little testy, when R'amey plants a big wet one on him, and he certainly doesn't fight her off. Heh heh!

Von Daggle arrives, and they get a lesson in strategy, he and R'amey are going after the artifact, and Guy needs to shut up the Khund...permanently.

Meanwhile the Dominator scientist has decided that the rest of his species aren't gifted enough to be exposed to his fabulous secret, and he plans to rule over them as a god. Megalomania seems to be catching here.

Daggle and R'amy have a tete a tete about Guy and his trustworthyness. I was quite pleased to see that R'amey has such a high opinion of Guy, and I love the utter coldbloodedness of Von Daggle.

Then we see a faint glow in the darkness, and emerging from it, is Guy Gardner, creeping up on the nasty little Khund. He's so used to having the ring, that even though he doesn't need to, he's holding his right wrist with his left hand, to steady the shot. He's having a bit of a problem however with just shooting the guy in the back. I can certainly understand that Guy may have had to kill in battle or in self-defense, but he's NOT the sort of person to just assasinate someone in cold blood. The Khund realizes that he's there, and is just toying with him, which may
turn out to be a mistake, since it makes Guy mad. They have a very nice and brutal fight going, and Guy is just about to administer the coup de grace, when the nasty
evolved Dominator shows up and he's in biiiiig trouble.

We then change scenes to Von Daggle and R'amey again, flying through the storm to find the artifact. Daggle opens up to her a bit about the history of the Corpse, and it turns out that he has...issues with none other than Hal Jordan. I love that repurcussions from the whole Parallax...unpleasantness are still showing up.

Meanwhile, poor Guy is getting his ass handed to him quite graphically. Shutting down his brain function except for his pain receptors seems especially nasty, but hey,that's how Dominators roll. The mega-Dominator and his "apostle" the Khund catch up with Von Daggle and R'amey at this point,and Daggle and the Khund go head to head, while R'amey is caught by the Dominator...and literally eviscerated. He rips out her power disk, and swallows it, thus giving himself the power it contains. Boy howdy, is HE going to be surprised when it all wears off in a couple of days! He lets R'amey fall, and the Khund comes flying up to join him and the two of them decide it is time to go to Earth and deliver a severe case of whup-ass. We are left with hauntingly horrible panels showing R'amey lying in her own entrails, and Guy all bloody and staring.

Whew! The art and the story just sieze you by the throat and don't let go! I kept jumping out of my chair and going Noooooooo...not R'amey! Not Guy! Again, the art is superlative...I LOVE the black outfits that they are wearing, they really look insanely dramatic. When they go into stealth mode, tendrils of black start to cover their faces, which is really neat. And there is a tiny panel after the Dominator has just defeated Guy, in which all you see are his eyes,wide-open and staring wtih tears running down in the blackness.

I can't help being sad that R'amey bought the big one, she was such a wonderful new character, and I really liked her. She goes in such a gruesome way too. I also can't help thinking that the Khund is really Von Daggle in disguise, it makes sense that he'd go along with the Dominator instead of trying to save his cohorts, for him the mission is the important thing.

So...once again, I am on the edge of my seat, breathlessly awaiting the next issue! And isn't that what a great comic does?


At 3:42 PM, Blogger keithchampage said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this issue, Sally! Believe it or not, I've been looking forward to your write up/review, thanks for taking the time.

How great is Pat Gleason, huh?

At 7:13 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

The only thing that I didn't like about this issue, is that it ended, and I have to wait for another month to see how it all plays out.

And yes, the art is mindboggling.

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Elliot said...

This was a very dramatic issue. Since Guy will probably be there next issue to save the day, maybe whatever saves him will also save R'amey.

The Dominator equivalent of a lazarous pit maybe? The other Dominators will want the evolved one destroyed to end the blasphemy of Dominator evolution (and the idea that Dominators aren't already perfect).

We know from the past that Dominators do a lot of highly advanced medical science, I remember them experiemnting on humans way back in the Invasion mini series, it wouldn't be beyond their powers to bring the two back.

They also tend to avoid getting their hands dirty, so saving Guy and R'amey to stop the evolved Dominator would be right up their alley. I hope so anyway, I really like R'amey, and the GLC seems way to harsh on female lanterns.

How cool is it to have the writer commenting on your blog? I'm looking forward to your just announced World War III chapters Keith.

At 5:37 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

I don't know a whole lot about the Dominators, so I'm getting the whole "Invasion" back issues.

Gosh, comics are a harsh mistress.

At 12:59 AM, Blogger Ragnell said...

Pat Gleason is freaking incredible.

And since Superman I don't believe any alien is dead even after I see a body.

Hell, Kilowog WAS dead and it didn't take.

At 8:35 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Boy I'm glad that Kilowog isn't dead, and I'm hopeful about R'amey because I like her.

And Booster isn't dead! And...and maybe Blue Beetle!

Oh law, I'm so happy I could just die...wait a minute.


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