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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Flashback Time!

So...I was sitting around with nothing much to do, and took my stack of the most recent Green Lantern books and decided to read them all in one lump. This is a very satisfying thing to do, I have discovered, because with all the time between issues, it is all to easy to forget what happened a couple of months ago.

In the latest issue of Green Lantern #20, there has been a great deal of discussion concerning the idea that the Zamorans have discovered that there is a whole spectrum of colors and corresponding emotions. There is a lovely two-page spread of a cool looking chamber with the Green Lantern in the center, and the other colors radiating out from it, with the Purple/Pink of the Star Sapphire on one side, and the yellow of the Fear-inducing Sinestro Corps on the other.
Naturally everyone has been speculating on the other colors still to be discovered.

Go back to issue #6 of Green Lantern. I think that I've discovered another one of the colors/emotions/states of being. This was the issue drawn by Simone Bianchi, where Hal ends up battling Black Hand. Well, first he's fighting the Shark and is being nagged by Hector Hammond, and these weird little German-speaking Gremlins. Turns out that they are Kroloteans, and their hobby is technological and biological re-engineering. Black Hand in the meantime has discovered after being grabbed by the little nasties, that he can regenerate his missing hand, which also has developed a death touch. The more people he sucks the life out of, the more powerful his hand becomes.

Black Hand is particularly pissed off at Hal, since it was Hal as the Spectre who took his hand off in the first place. He also doesn't think that it is really fair that Hal got to be dead and come back. He's obviously not familiar with comic books!

Black Hand..."You think you're strong. But Death is stronger. It is the pure power of the far end of the emotional spectrum. The emptiness of space. The blackest night."

Holy Crap! THAT rings a bell! Remember in Green Lantern #11, when Hal is petitioning the Guardians to go and see if the other Lanterns he "killed" are still alive? The Guardians are pooh-poohing his beliefs, and state that Tomar Tu's point of origin was from outside their appointed sectors...from sector 3601...the BLACKEST night! And all the other Guardians then glare at the poor doofus of a Guardian who let THAT slip!

Then Hal and Black Hand continue their fight in a cemetary in Coast City. No irony THERE! Black Hand keeps harping on Death, and Hal declares defiantly that he's not afraid of Death. Black Hand replies that he sure hates it though. Hal digs a faux grave for Black Hand and dumps him in it.

Black Hand then says..."Death has power. It's the true color of the Universe. The most wonderful color. It's m-m-my color."

Even more strangely, the stump of his freshly removed hand is all purpley-pink.

I think that we've found another one of our colors for the Zamaron's chamber. Is Geoff Johns sneaky or what! Like Dave Gibbons in Green Lantern Corps, he's been leaving clues all along


At 10:14 AM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

Good point! However, I wonder if the Green Lantern Corpse kind of heads off the whole "blackest night" idea. Especially since the Corpse member(s) we've seen so far seem none too fond of either Hal or Guy -- or regular GLC members in general.

One thing that always bugged me about that recent fight between Hal and Black Hand in Coast City -- WHY is the cemetary still there? It should have crater-ized by Mongul and Hank Henshaw, along with the rest of Coast City. Maybe it was on the outskirts of the city. It certainly didn't appear depicted that way, though.

At 5:53 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I wondered about the cemetary myself, I can only assume that it was restored back in "Rebirth" when Hal was still Spectre/Parallax. Remember when he restores Ferris Air for Carol? Then he put in all the street lights and roads and such in Coast City too, which completely freaked out Aquaman and Flash. Since his parents are buried there, I think that he put back the cemetary at the same time.

Or something.


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