Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern Corps #35

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #35

Well, it took me long enough, but I'm FINALLY getting around to drooling over the latest issue from Tomasi and Gleason. And it's a dandy, by God! I also just noticed that Rebecca Buchman is the inker for Pat Gleason, and she does a lovely job. She's probably been doing this for a while, but sometimes it takes me some time to notice these things. And while I still miss Moose Baumann, I have to say that Randy Mayor is doing a bang-up job on the coloring.

The coloring is quite breathtaking as a matter of fact, the first thing to really jump out at you as you open the book, it's all reds and greens, and glowing.

As we begin, poor Voz is in trouble. BIG trouble. This is a shame,because I have always liked Voz, from back in the day when he and Guy were prisoners of the Draal together. Vice has busted out of the Sciencell and is spewing his...uh...spew, all over Voz, to the delight of Kanjar Ro, in an adjacent cell. Well, up to the point where his own safety is in jeapardy, when he quickly changes his tune.

The Scarred Guardian picks precisely this moment, to strip the stasis field that has been holding all the Yellow rings, and the shit, as they say, hits the fan. And THEN some. Kyle and Guy round up every Green Lanter with a pulse that they can find, and head for the Sciencells. There is a rather fun shot showing a stream of Lanterns, some well-known, and some not so well-known, including one that is simply a rectangular box, which made me smile.

Back at the Sciencells, which are rapidly becoming a slaughterhouse, Lyssa Drak is busy gloating, which seems a bit premature, since Vice is busy killing Yellow Lanterns as well as Green.

Hey, some strategy! Always a good thing!

And, right at the "Crap in a Hat!" moment, we are switched to Daxam,and the continuing adventures of Arisia and Sodam Yat. They've arrived, and are having a bit of a personal conversation over what one of the Guardians had told Yat to do, back when they were meeting with the Zamarons...the whole "blow up the planet" thingie. Arisia is quite startled to learn that Yat would have gone ahead and done it, because I'm getting the impression that Yat is a good little soldier. Maybe he should hang out with Isamot and Vath more, because I'm getting the impression that Arisia is looking at him a little bit sideways.

Anyway, it's probably a good thing that they stopped to have this conversation, because it turns out that Mongul has left a sentry guarding Daxam. Only the biggest, honkingest Space Snake that you ever did see! Seriously, this must be a cousin to the Midgard Serpent or something. Fortunately, he's not too bright, and they sneak in, clinging to the underside of a meteor.

The Daxamites are coping with the fallout from their invasion about as well as you would expect...which is to say, not well at all. I'm beginning to see why Sodam is so down on his home world. In order not to become slaves, Sodam's Dad tell them all to jump off a cliff...and they DO! Fortunately, Arisia and Sodam sail in and manage to save some of them...but not all. Their arrival is not unnoticed by Arkillo, who is walking around with his tongue hanging around his neck as a little reminder of his run-in with Mongul. Arkillo however, seems actually pleased, which I suppose is not too surprising considering his feelings toward Mongul.

Oddly enough, the xenophobic Daxamites seem quite glad to see the Green Lanterns. They may be filthy aliens, but still, it's better than jumping off a cliff! Yat gets a little payback by slinging his Dad around, and then exhorting his fellow men into fighting. Woohoo!

And then at this crucial climax, we jump to Soranik and Iolande who are on Korugar, trying to call the people down. They were all wound up, hoping for a nice public execution, and it didn't exactly turn out the way that they expected. It must have been a bit like having the Superbowl cancelled at the last minute. They were probably having "Kill Sinestro" parties and stuff.

Well...guess who shows up? It's Daddy Dearest!

There is a LOT going on in this issue...a WHOLE lot. It is paced rather nicely too, you get all wound up to the climax of the scene, and then, boom,you are at another part of the plot, but it works. The only thing that I didn't like about this book, is that it ended way too soon, and now I have to wait until May to find out what happens!

There is a lot of stuff going on in the main Green Lantern book,and I love it,but in some ways, I have to say that I actually prefer Green Lantern Corps, because I like seeing more than just Hal.

Now...I just want to see what happens when everyone realizes that Scar is the one behind all of this.


At 10:33 AM, Blogger Duskdog said...

My favorite scene was the Sinestro Corps lounging around watching the Daxamites jump off the cliff. Oh boy. And looks like Arkillo might be getting up to something... some quiet sabotage of Mongul when he runs into Sodam and company, perhaps? I hope he lives and goes back to being Sinestro's right-hand man.

I'm sad that we didn't get to see the father/daughter talk, but now I guess I have something to look forward to (as if I didn't already).

Oh, and check out the solicits for July. We're in for tons of Green Lantern fun -- not just Blackest Night #1! (I think I'm most looking forward to Sinestro's confrontation with Mongul!)

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Is it just me, or are the Sinestro Corps members just visually COOLER than any other Corps?

At 6:13 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

They did seem to be enjoying themselves, Duskdog, and really, who can blame them? The Daxamites were doing their work FOR them!

Sea, the yellow and black, just go together so nicely.

I'm personally waiting for the matchup between Arkillo and the Rage Kitty. Then, we can have a true "Cat got your tongue?" moment!


Sometimes I just kill me.

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Heartiac. said...

Maybe, just maybe, Sinestro isn't referring to Soranik Natu as his daughter...

Maybe Iolande is his half-alien bastard child... wouldn't that be an space-opera twist?

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Heartiac. said...

Half-Alien to a Korugarian anyway...

At 9:04 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

It's possible, he's referring to Iolande of course, but considering how rabid his love for Korugar has always been portrayed, I think that it is...unlikely.

Now HAL on the other hand, could have fathered children over half the universe.

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

Yeah, Sinestro strikes me as something of a... well, would you say racist? Speciesist? He also doesn't seem like the sort of man who has sex on his mind that often, and wouldn't fool around with just anyone, but then he might have been an entirely different person when he was younger. I'm guessing Soranik (if that's his daughter) to be mid to late 20's? Though maybe Korugarians age differently...

He might be referring to Iolande, but I don't think he'd go to Korugar looking for her specifically. I was wondering though if he might still be referring to someone else? Maybe he's there to meet his daughter but wanted to get the Lanterns out of the way first. Or maybe even clue them in on what he's doing because it would be easier for them to protect her than it would for him to protect her (especially if he remains on Korugar).


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