Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern #40

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Friday, May 01, 2009

Green Lantern #40

Great Guardians, things are really starting to pick up on the road to the Blackest Night.
Our latest action-packed episode, picks up with Fatality, former Bounty Hunter, and now newly minted Star Sapphire, ruminating on her past and present, not to mention a possible future. I guess that the power of Love, has actually worked, she seems a whole lot calmer than the last time I saw her, and she's decided to make peace with John Stewart. And I can hardly wait to see HIS reaction!

Meanwhile, the Guardians are standing around, mulling over what to do about Larfleeze. As usual, Scar seems to be running things, even though there is just the tiniest bit of dissent by another random Guardian. I'm sure that she'll do her best to fix HIS little red wagon. They also decide to come up with yet another new law...that the Vega System is no longer outside of the Green Lanterns jurisdiction.

When you think about it, they are really stacking the deck in their favor. Anytime they want to do something, they just make a new law, and VOILA! Now they are completely justified in doing whatever they want! Pretty slick, when you think about it.

So, Salaak gets on the horn to Gretti, who is in charge of the Vega sector. Oddly enough, Gretti isn't that thrilled to get the news that he can go home, since he's a nomad, and hates being in the same place for more than a day or two. Sheesh...it's a pretty big sector, pal, I'm sure that you can still wander to your heart's content.

Apparently the Guardians are pretty bored, and want to go out and play with their new toy, so ALL of them...with the exception of Scar, decide to take a little jaunt over to the Vega System, and clean it up. Since a LOT of criminals have been hanging out here, there IS a lot for them to do. Scar stays behind, because she's...er...ill. (cough, wheeze) Suuuuuure, she is.

So the Guardians and a bunch of Lanterns show up, including Hal and John. JOHN! It's always nice to see John.

Poor Hal. The Hope ring just won't leave him alone.

Ok, now THAT just made me giggle. Oh Hal, even the ring knows that you're hopeless. Or at least interested in things other than "World Peace". Like GIRLS!

Taken aback by the Blue Ring's attitude, Hal manages to crash-land right in front of Gretti, who is a bit sarcastic about his entrance. But Gretti is soon surprised, when mere proximity to Hal charges his ring up to 123%. Woohoo! The Guardians show up and advise him to move AWAY from the Blue Lantern. We can't have any of you fellows getting hopeful now!

They do find Larfleeze's lair eventually, and are confronted by orange constructs of the Controllers, who had been soundly defeated last issue. They are also powerful as all heck, absorbing not only the Green constructs, but also those created by the Guardians themselves! They yell out to Torquemada for a little magic help, but it's no use. Then Gretti gets absorbed...heck of a homecoming for HIM, poor fellow

Hal is still battling, when Larfleeze shows up, and notices that Hal has a Blue Ring...and he WANTS ONE!

There is also a nice little back-up feature, with Glomulus, one of Larfleeze's eventual constructs, which is rather fun.

The artwork is by Philip Tan,and although I miss Ivan Reis, I do have to say that he does an exemplary job. And the colors just...glow.


At 5:38 PM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Hal doesn't want the blue ring -- but Larfleeze does. This fight between the two is gonna be GREAT. :-)

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Hey, just thought of something ... Technically, Larfleeze is the ONLY Orange Lantern (since he essentially just chews up and regurgitates other critters to operate as his "corps"), right? So, where does that leave the supernatural critter (ne Ion or Parallax) that represents the Orange Lantern energy? Is it contained within Larfleeze, or is Larfleeze himself the critter? I can't imagine the personification of greed being willing to "share" itself with another creature.

At 10:47 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

I want a Larfleeze plushie so bad.

Incidentally, Larfleeze probably wants one too.

At 1:00 AM, Blogger Moriarty said...

Has anyone else noticed that, for the last couple issues, Hal's GL insignia on his chest now has a black background instead of white? Maybe I'm being a little nit-picky, but when did that change happen? It kind of makes the white gloves seem a little out of place.

Stop looking at me. YES I notice trivial and dumb things.

At 1:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I laughed like an idiot at "insincerity registered."

I like the theory that someone else put forward that the blue ring might not do much against orange, as hope is a greed, of sorts. I'm not phrasing it as elegantly as they did, however.

At 6:19 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Moriarty, I am wondering if the black background on Hal's insignia has some sort of significance, seeing as he has managed to wear each of the various rings...so far. I'm pretty sure that Geoff will get around to explaining it.

The duel between Hal and Larfleeze will indeed be epic, Sea. And you raise an interesting point. IS there a critter for each ring, such as Parallax and the Ion whale? Or is the giant Glomulus thingie that swallows up the people the avatar?

A Larfleeze plushie would be AWESOME! So would a Voz.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Duskdog said...

I believe there's an entity for all of them, and hopefully we'll meet them soon.

The thingy that swallows people is Blume, and I would have guessed it for the entity too, except that we're supposed to get an origin story for Orange Lantern Blume in that miniseries that's coming out in July, I think. Maybe Blume is the host (well, as much as a dead guy whose identity has been stolen can *be* a host to anything)?

And Sea raises an interesting point. The orange entity would be greed itself -- surely it wouldn't want to be shared? Or maybe it doesn't see it as sharing. Maybe, like Parallax, it just takes you.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Johnathan said...

Glomulus is so eerily adorable...

Poor Controllers though: up til they got eaten I thought that they were finally going to get their own light. I mean, the Zamorrans have Purple, the Guardians have Green and Blue (and possibly Indigo? Do I remember that from a while back?), it's like all of your siblings getting a toy but nothing for you.


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