Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern #38

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Green Lantern #38

And so we come to the conclusion of the Rage of the Red Lanterns, and let me tell you...it's a doozy. There is a LOT going on in this particular issue, not to mention the peeks at the future displayed in the Origins and Omens back-up story.

We begin with Carol Ferris, who is still carrying a torch for Hal Jordan. Oh, Carol...join the club. So, after a bit of lip-biting and contemplation, she decides to call Hal's apartment.

Hal Pictures

Well...THAT was a bit awkward.

Meanwhile of course, Hal is having his own problems, what with his encounter with Atrocitus and Sinestro, and the death of Laira. In his usual fashion, Hal is fed up, and he's not going to take it any more! Which leaves him wide open for THIS!

Hal Pictures

Holy Cow, he's hot in that uniform!

This turns out to be an unfortunate circumstance for the two Blue Lanterns however, Warth and St. Walker, whose powers don't seem to be working any more. Whoops. There's always a catch it seems. Atrocitus is gloating over the fact that Hope needs Willpower in order to function, and he's busy cackling away with glee, when St. Walker suddenly shoves a blue ring onto Hal's finger.
Since Hal is also busy trying to electrocute Sinestro, this turns out to be a smart move on the part of St. Walker. The blue light of Hope burns out the infection of the Red Rage, and Hal is able to concentrate once more, except that now his uniform is a strange amalgamation of blue and green. Being the fashion concious person that he is, Hal, not unnaturally, is a bit staggered. But not more so than St.Walker, who obviously didn't have any idea what exactly was going to happen.

So Atrocitus is beaten, and Sinestro grabs his few remaining minions and high-tails it out of there, back to Qward.

Carol is still moping over Hal, and in the hope of clearing her head, decides to take his old plane up for a ride. Doesn't she remember what happened to her the LAST time she went for a spin? Apparently not, because, lo and behold, the Zamarons are busy recruiting again!

In the midst of all of this, the Controllers make their way to the planet Okaara in the Vega system, intent on stirring up a little trouble. Naturally they find it, in the form of Larfleeze, who is now all pissed at the Guardians, since they had promised him that "it" would be forever his. We don't know what "it" is, but I'm sure it's special. Scar, the renegade Guardian is up to all KINDS of shenanigans, actively stirring up trouble and doing her very best to bring on the War of Light.

Whew! That's a lot of plot threads being established!

We then proceed to the Origins and Omens story, which takes place in the future,and has Guy chiding John about going off to Xanshi and moping. We also see Carol taking her oath as a Star Sapphire,and in a chilling final page, Hal and Sinestro surrounded, John being embraced by a corpse-like Katma Tui, Black Hand, and Alan Scott, Torquemada and Mordru standing in judgement before the Guardians...who don't look happy.

So...obviously there is a LOT going on. I found the revelation that the Blue Hope Corps may be the most powerful, but that they need Willpower in order to wield that power. In a way, this hearkens back to when Guy had Sinestro's yellow ring, and it would periodically run out of juice. He'd have to sync up with a passing Green Lantern in order to recharge it. So, I'm wondering if this is why Willpower is the balance between all of the various colors and various corps. They may have great power, and represent the various emotions along the spectrum, but without Willpower, they can't use that power as well. Which of course, makes the Green Lanterns the bestest of All. I can go along with that!

It's also interesting that they are pulling Carol right back into the story. Too bad about Cowgirl, I guess. And the future scene with Alan, Torquemada and Mordru makes me think that the Guardians are going to be making another of their patented bad decisions by outlawing all magic. I'm sure THAT will turn out well.

I do believe that this is also Ivan Reis's last issue, with the exception of a number of Blackest Night issues, which just breaks my heart. He draws Hal and all of the other characters SO purty.

Wow. For a relatively small week, at least for me, there was some really fabulous comic book goodness.


At 10:30 AM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

So, what kind of Lantern do you reckon COWGIRL will end up being, since she's ALSO been a Star Sapphire? ;-)

You're right -- HOLY COW, Hal looks FABULOUS in red! The red fire-breathing/vomiting aside, of course.

At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you feel about Cowgirl Sally? Most people I've spoken with (myself included) can't stand her. She always comes off as such a stereotype to me, with the whole Texas theme and constant cowboy hat. Does anyone out there like her?

At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ewwww, is Hal throwing up blood?

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Third World Diplomat said...

Seeing the new uniform of the Violet Lanterns, would it be appropriate now to have a blog called "Star Sapphire Boobs Forever"?

At 6:17 AM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Ssshhhh, don't even mention anything like that, Maverick! You'll give Folded Soup bad ideas!

I dunno about YOU, Sally, but I'm still having "Power Girl Boobs Forever" flashbacks. Brrrrrrr!

At 7:14 AM, Blogger Eldest said...

I love when Hal asks Saint Walker what happened, and Walker just makes a dumb face and says he doesn't know. Great job with your selection there Ganthet. I guess just anyone can be a blue lantern...

At 8:16 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Sea, Hal does indeed look amazing in red.

Najika, I don't really mind Cowgirl, she seems nice enough, except that I think that she's really a pale reflection of Hal himself, and let's face it, he's narcissitic enough to like that sort of thing. If he wanted a hot blonde pilot, he ought to go and hang out with Zinda. Zinda Rocks!

But I have to admit to liking Carol the best. And in his heart of hearts, I imagine that Hal does too.

Hal is not only throwing up blood, he's making CONSTRUCTS out of the blood!

While Star Sapphire Boobs Forever would indeed make a catchy title, there really are only a fairly limited number of boob shots. Certainly nothing to compare with the quantity and quality of GL Ass shots.

Now,Power Girl on the other hand! But yes, we don't want to be giving Soup any more ideas.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Sea, Hal does indeed look simply fabulous in red.

Najika, I don't mind Cowgirl, although I must confess to liking Carol better. The problem with Cowgirl, is that to me,she's just a pale reflection of Hal himself. Considering Hal's occasional narcissistic tendancies, that doesn't surprise me. If he wanted to hang out with a sassy blonde pilot, there is always Zinda.

Yes, Hal is vomiting blood. Not only is he vomiting blood, he' vomiting blood CONSTRUCTS!

While Star Sapphire Boobs Forever would indeed be a catchy title, there really just aren't enough boob shots to make it worthwhile. Unlike the quantity and quality of the number of GL ass shots that are available. Now Power Girl, is another story. But Sea is right, we don't want to give Soup any more ideas.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Oh good grief, when I posted the first reply, it said that it wouldn't post, and to redo it, so I did, and now there's two replies, which is just silly, and I don't know how to delete one of them.

Stupid computer.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Duskdog said...

Aw, Eldest, be nice to Walker. I imagine he hasn't been a Blue Lantern for very long, and Ganthet probably didn't bother to tell him all the details. He and Sayd might be good Guardians, but they're still Guardians, prone to moments of true confounding stupidity (and sneakiness).

I am way fonder of Saint Walker's creepy face than I probably should be. How did Ivan Reis manage to make beady eyes cute?

I love how the narration boxes in this issue show us how the red rings change how coherent Hal is capable of being. Also, it'll be interesting to see how many corpsmen were loyal to Sinestro after all, seeing as right now he seems to have a fighting force of... three. Looks like old mammoth Moose didn't make it.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

I don't know, Eldest, I'd back Sinestro against Mongul any day. He may be powerful, but he's none too bright, whereas Sinestro has been crafty and brilliant for years.

At 7:50 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

Yeah, I'm eager to see Sinestro beat Mongul to death with his own severed arm. It'll just look nicer if he has a force of more than three.

On second thought, no. He and his scant handful of minions beating the daylights out of Mongul and hundreds of Sinestro Corps traitors would be awesome.


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