Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern #37

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Green Lantern #37

Two Green Lanterns in one month! It sort've makes up for the marked dearth of Green Lanterns in December. Frankly, the beauty of the artwork by Ivan Reis makes up for any delay. Gosharootie, he draws SUCH a pretty Hal.

Hal has teamed up with the two Blue Lanterns, and are off to retrieve Sinestro. The Hope Lanterns are adamant that Sinestro be saved, and that his life is important in the upcoming Ware of Light. Hal, stubborn jackass that he can be, is equally adamant that Sinestro deserves his death sentence. Ganthet seems to feel that Hal is destined to become a Blue Lanterns, but St. Walker and Warth are uncertain, considering how pissed Hal seems to be.

Eventually, they do find Ysmault, and there is Sinestro still strung up on the Rage symbo, all bloody and horrible-looking. Hal immediately starts to reminisce about all that Sinestro has done To him and For him over the years, and he hesitates, even though his ring keeps repeating that Lethal Force is Authorized. As Hal stands there hesitating, Sinestro, who is actually looking pretty pitiful does manage to croak out a warning, as the seemingly innocuous red puddle behind Hal suddenly bursts forth, and...boy howdy, there are a passel of really really cranky Red Lanterns all over him.

So, lickety-split, Atrocitus has Hal strung up next to Sinestro, and in his usual fashion, he decides to come up with a prophecy for Hal. He declares that the Guardians will take his greatest love away, and that he'll rebel once more,and lose everything in the war to come. Sinestro, who hasn't lost an ounce of his inherent snarkiness hangs there sneering, and reminding Hal that Atrocitus is just a phoney, with a talent for reverse psychology. But he DOES think that Hal should definitely rebel against the Guardians. Hell, even I think that Hal should rebel against the Guardians! They have been particularly stupid lately, and probably DESERVE to be rebelled against. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Atrocitus sics Laira on Hal, just as a posse of Yellow Lanterns show up and free Sinestro, while at the same time, St. Walker and Warth show up and in a stunningly gorgeous two-page spread, free Hal. God, they should make a poster of this.

Hal, being Hal manages to get jumped by the girl, and Laira is all over him, as he tries to reason with her. He's just beginning to get through to her, when she is cut down by Sinestro and dies. Hal is all broken up, while Sinestro is surprised that he's upset, after all, he just saved his life. Hal finally loses his temper and starts whaling away on Sinestro, and fed up, he encases Sinestro in a green energy electric chair. The two Blue Lanterns are horrified and leap in, to stop him, but they are too late.


That's one HELL of a cliff-hanger! I did NOT see that coming! And I'm not going to show you or tell you, because you truly deserve to go out and read it yourselves and be stunned.


At 10:18 AM, Blogger Frank Gillespie said...

I don't think we've seen the last of Laira... She'll turn up again around summertime.

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Duskdog said...

Yes, what Frank said. At first I was shocked to see them kill her off so casually, but then I remembered what we have to look forward to and it wasn't so shocking anymore.

Despite the fact that his smile drove Hal bonkers, I don't think Sinestro meant any mischief by killing Laira. He's just more logical and efficient than Hal -- he wouldn't see any point in trying to reason with a momentarily calm rabid dog that might turn around and tear your throat out in the next instant. The Hal and Sinestro love/hate relationship is what's making this my favorite book at the moment, narrowly edging out GLC.

And the ending! I honestly didn't see it coming, either. I was on the edge of my seat at the end of last issue, and I'm hanging there again at the end of this one!

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

Makes ya wonder if Laira once slept with Hal (before the whole Parallax thing), doesn't it? If that's the case, Kyle's curse is spreading!

The person Hal loves most is NOT Carol Ferris. Nor is it Cowgirl, or any of Hal's friends or colleagues. Nope, the person he loves most is his brother Jim -- and he's probably too dense to realize it.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

... and, of course, the THING that Hal loves most of all is flying planes. Makes me wonder if the Guardians are going to hand down a law like "No extracurricular activities for Green Lanterns." In other words, if you're a Green Lantern, that's ALL you can be.

'Course, they have tried to pull that stunt on Hal before ...

At 3:00 PM, Blogger rachelle said...

I don't think that red is Hal's colour.

At 7:20 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Sinestro does have a tendancy towards pragmatism, doesn't he. I think he honestly thought he was doing Hal a favor, and he did have the decency to warn him earlier. Hal of course doesn't quite see it that way.

What really intrigues me, is how the other Earth Lanterns are going to react to the presence of the various corps. Sinestro has called John the "angry one". Will John be getting a red ring too? Or Guy or Kyle?

But yes, I'm pretty sure that poor Laira will be turning up as a Black Lantern. Along with Ke'haan and Chance and Kreon I suppose.

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

I hope it doesn't end up with Hal being the Rainbow Lantern and wielding all the rings. Give the others a chance to shine colorfully, too!

Honestly, I thought that if any of the Earth GLs was fit to be a Blue Lantern, it would be Kyle. He certainly inspired a lot of hope despite his occasional brooding fits. Guy is too much of a realist for blue, I think, but he's already proven himself capable of yellow.

John... I dunno, but I do think he's the angry one. I'm thinking that he's got hope ignited in him now because the universe promised him he'd see Katma again, but the universe didn't specify what condition she would be in when he saw her. Wouldn't it be cruel if she's a Black Lantern (as I'm sure she'll be), and the BLs end up being little more than zombies? I can see that enraging him.

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

Combine all the colors in the spectrum, and what you get is the color white.

Brightest Day against the Blackest Night?

So, Hal's been a Green Lantern for a while. He was possessed by Parallax. The Star Sapphires want him really bad. The Blue Lanterns want him. He's now been possessed by a red ring ...

Orange and Indigo are the only Corps left (aside from the Death Lanterns, that is) that haven't left their marks on him.

Except he HAS been possessed by Black Mercy plants before ...

And he HAS been dead ...

So I guess that really leaves only the Orange Lanterns. Hal doesn't exactly strike me as the greedy type, though. Unless selfishness counts.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Well, Hal may be selfish, but I have never thought of him as greedy. Nor John, Guy or Kyle.

But I'd love to see Guy in a Star Saphhire outfit.


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