Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern Corps #31

Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Green Lantern Corps #31

This was a seriously creepy issue. I hope to God, that they never ever take Pat Gleason off of this book, because nobody else can combine the level of out and out weirdness, alieness, and humor that he can.

When last we left our heroes, the Guardians, in their INFINITE wisdom, egged on by the surly machinations of Scar, have decided that since Queen Aga'po of the Star Sapphires had the audacity to DISS THEM, they are going to make a third new ruling. Henceforth, "...physical relationships and love between Green Lanterns is FORBIDDEN within the Corps."

Tough luck on those Lanterns that are married I guess. Hal Jordan of course, is going to commit seppukku any minute now. Too bad for Kyle and Soranik, but on the other hand, at least she'll live now.

Meanwhile, Kyle, Soranik, Amnee and Matoo are busy fighting off Kryb, and having a pretty tough time of it. Kryb is no pushover, that's for sure. She's also the most seriously disturbing villain to come along in a VERY long time. Kyle has lost his temper, and starts laying down a serious whuppin'. If only Guy were here, he'd be SO proud. Kyle is even using all sorts of nice lantern constructs, something that he hasn't done in a while. Alas, it is all for naught, as Kryb blorfs her own "personal" version of baby formula all over all of them, thereby transforming them into her willing slaves.


This leaves poor pregnant Amnee all on her own, which isn't a very fair thing at all.

While all of this is going on, Mongul has dropped into a nice little space brothel for a bit of R&R. Apparently his decapitated arm is capable of maiming all on its own, while Mongul is off having fun time. SO handy!

Also, Miri, the new young Star Sapphire that we first saw a couple of issues back has completed her love training, and is all set to go out into the world and sing Hall & Oates songs in order to heal the Universe. I am wondering if she's going to show up in the next issue and lend a hand, which would be nice for poor Amnee, who is having an AWFUL time of it. She does manage to form a green construct of her unborn baby that beats up Kryb, which is rather cool of her. Too bad that Kryb calls upon her newly enslaved Lanterns to beat the crap out of Amnee.

Things are not looking good. I can hardly wait for next month.

No Guy, no Arisia, no Tora, no Yat in this issue, which was a blow, but still, there was a LOT of fabulous stuff going on. Gosh, I just love this book.


At 8:38 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

No Guy and Tora did make me a little sad, but it says a lot that the issue was still awesome enough that I didn't mind so much!

Kryb is the stuff of nightmares. There have been an awful lot of Sinestro Corps members who don't seem worthy of the "inspire great fear" motto, but Kryb does not have that problem. There are too many characters who are scary just because they kill people. You'd think that a Corps based on fear would have members that tap into terrors that are more psychological and disturbing than just murder -- after all, Orange and Red and even Green Lanterns kill, too.

Loving the stuff with Miri. It's wonderful to see the new members of the new Corps, and I'm hoping that by the time Blackest Night rolls around, we'll have gotten to know some Lanterns of every color so that we're actually emotionally invested in all of them. It always makes for a better story when you care about all sides of a conflict.

At 6:51 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I agree that Kryb is the stuff of nightmares. She's like something out of Neil Gaiman's Sandman! She does something worse than just kill you.

I'm rather liking young Miri, so I hope that she survives for a while.

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Rich said...

Um...Mongul's *decapitated* arm? Technically speaking, I suppose that's correct, since his head certainly isn't attached to it anymore. But it's more a matter of the arm having been removed than his head, which is still firmly on his shoulders.

And of course, note that *heads* can never, by definition, be decapitated. The correct term would be severed. Had a very strange college English prof who caught half my class with that one once upon a time. Sticks in my memory, that does.

Higher education, what a joy.

At 7:10 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Uh...I realized that as soon as I wrote it, but my brain was having a seizure, and I couldn't think of "severed".

Unattached? Discombobulated? Free-standing? No, arms can't stand.

Severed it is.

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Rich said...


Well, it probably isn't dating anyone right now, and it certainly isn't married.


Nope, that means disoriented, dazed, or confused. Great word though, and much underused, like varletry or esurient. And unlike esurient, it hasn't grown an unwelcome "naughty" definition.

"Free-standing? No, arms can't stand."

True, but it is clearly independent from and unaffiliated with Mongul at the moment, and that's a valid alternate definition at a stretch.

"Severed it is."

One of many perfectly acceptable options. You could also use cleft, rent, discnnected or amputated if you really wanted. Dismembered is right out, though, for the same reason as decapitated.

I blame a prolonged bout of rereading Nero Wolfe for the current fascination with vocabulary and word games, BTW. They may not be great mysteries, but the dialog is a pleasure to read. :)

At 5:57 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Amputated sounds so clinical. Cleft is nice, although it makes me think of chins.

We'll have to call him "Arms Fall-Off Boy" now.

Although dismembered would also work. At least in the Victorian sense, where it also referred to arms and legs.

At 6:04 AM, Blogger googum said...

Wait, is the Guardians' ruling no um, Lantern-on-Lantern action, or no sex period? Either way sounds like it's just going to cause trouble. I'm really wishing I had those Guardian action figures now, since they don't sound like the best bosses ever.

At 6:16 AM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

How about "detached" arm?

At 7:40 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Detached works for me. Or the "arm formerly known as attached".

Googam, I believe that the Guardians new rule only applies to Lantern on Lantern action. Whether or not they will expand it to ANY sort of action is not known at this time.

But they had better not, unless they want a full-grown riot on their hands, led by Hal and Guy.

At 8:14 AM, Anonymous suedenim said...

Are the Guardians getting stupid *and* overly verbose at the same time?

"...physical relationships and love between Green Lanterns is FORBIDDEN within the Corps."

Unless I'm missing some nuance, aren't "between Green Lanterns" and "within the Corps" redundant? Is "within the Corps" meant to be limiting language of some sort?

I was thinking maybe they mean relations between married Lanterns would be OK if one of them *left* the Corps, but that doesn't make a lot of sense either, because a Green Lantern "outside the Corps" isn't a Green Lantern any more either.


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