Love and Green Lanterns
In between beheadings, raining eyeballs and various other dismemberments and the Red Lanterns, Yellow Lanterns and Blue Lanterns, there has actually been a bit of development in the romance department for any number of Green Lanterns. And as much as I may enjoy the fighting and stuff, being a woman, I just happen to rather enjoy the mushy stuff too.
First of all, what oh what is going to be happening with Hal, Carol and Cowgirl? Geoff Johns seems to be keen on setting up a classic love triangle, only this time instead of it being Hal, Carol and Green Lantern, it's Hal and two girls. I can only imagine that Hal is much relieved NOT to be in competition with himself this time. And that a part of him greatly enjoys the possibility of being fought over by two gorgeous women.
It's a bit tougher on Carol and Cowgirl of course, although I'd have to say that Carol has it the worst. It's hard to say exactly how Cowgirl feels, there just hasn't been enough of a history between her and Hal, as there has been with Carol and Hal. While I don't dislike Gillian, I am fairly indifferent to her, because I've always rather liked Carol. Cowgirl seems like a poor man's version of Lady Blackhawk, and why settle for that? Or, at most, a pale reflection of Hal himself.
It's going to be interesting to see how Hal reacts to Carol being back in the Star Sapphires again. And NOT as their Queen. Will there be friction between her and Queen Aga'po? Was Aga'po ALWAYS in charge, and they just LET Carol think she was Queen? Is she going to be cute and spunky like Miri, or nutso like Fatality?
Hal at least is familiar with this sort of thing going on in his love life. The situation between Kyle and Soranik is a little more delicate. For one thing, there is the new rule of the Guardians, which they are both conciously sneaking around. On the other hand, Kyle IS both Honor Guard and the Torchbearer, so maybe they'll cut him some slack. I wouldn't count on it, though.
Secondly, there is the whole "Kiss of Death" thing to deal with. Kyle has to feel just a little bit nervous. I can also see him being just so darned happy to finally HAVE someone to love, that he gets careless. I'm pretty sure that he is Soranik's first serious love interest, she has always struck me as being too consumed by her career to have ever had time for flings, casual, or otherwise. They may think that they can hide their feelings from the Guardians, and perhaps they can, since the Guardians really aren't too bright, but it's going to be another story when it comes to concealing their affair from Guy, Kilowog or Salaak.
But I suppose the burning question I have, is can the two of them make it together? Are they actually suited, or is it just hormones? I've always gotten the impression with Kyle, that he loves BEING in love, and that he seems to gravitate towards strong characters. Alex definitely wore the pants in their relationship, and Donna and Jade were both pretty forceful as well. Soranik certainly is no pushover, she rather reminds me of Alex in a way. She certainly the smarter of the two of them.
As for Soranik, I can see her haveing a nurturing side, which would come in handy, when dealing with Kyle. She IS a Doctor after all. Besides, she's probably completely mesmerized by Kyle's amazing hind quarters like the rest of us.
Then we have the strange case of Guy and Ice. Two steps forward, one step back. I'm getting the impression that as much as they want to be together, they are still both having ambivalent feelings. Guy has been pining for Tora for years, and yet practically the minute that she shows up safe and sound, he takes fright and hi-tails it to Oa. As for Tora, when she meets up with Guy for the first time, and he pours out his heart to her, her first reaction is to step back and request some "time". They seem to be engaged in a very deliberate and delicate dance at the moment. Kyle for one, is completely bemused by their behavior. I'd love to know how Kilowog feels. I was rather hoping for a reunion between Tora and Kilowog as well, since they WERE teammates on the old JLI. Oh well.
And finally, we come to John, and his longing still for Katma, his dead wife. It isn't too surprising that he still has the unexpressed hope that she can return to him from death, Tora just managed to pull off that little feat after all. It's going to be pretty tough on poor John, if all he gets is her rotting zombified corpse in Blackest Night.
So...it's all pretty interesting, wouldn't you say? I'll be waiting breathlessly for the resolution of all the romantic plot twists in addition to the War of Light and Blackest Night. It's going to be one heck of a summer.