Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern #41

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Green Lantern #41


Oh that DIDN'T just happen, did it? If you haven't read the latest issue of Green Lantern, then I suggest that you go and do so immediately, because I am going to refer to some rather graphic details, and therefore there will be spoilers. Yea, verily!

Uhmmmmm...so anyway, the Guardians and Lanterns are off in the Vega system, fighting off manifestations of the Orange Ring,while Hal is battling Larfleeze directly. Hal is still alive, because he has something that Larfleeze wants...mainly the Blue Ring. Larfleeze is QUITE intrigued. He also spills his guts to Hal, giving him a bit of his history, which turns out to be...interesting. It's been a bit of a revelation to discover that perhaps the Guardians aren't quite the alphas that I've always been lead to believe.

Oh, and Fatality shows up to pull John's chestnuts out of the fire. Hoohah!

Then...then Larfleeze decides that he's not fooling around anymore, and takes the Blue Ring. Unfortunately for Hal, he doesn't take it off of his hand first. THAT'S going to hurt in the morning! Of course, an undead Kilowog already pulled this stunt on Guy, way back when, but it didn't seem to inconvenience him too much. Vuldarian genes will do that for a person. Too bad for Hal, that he's not Vuldarian, so I imagine that the remaining ring that he has, is going to be getting one heck of a workout.

The real question of course, is will Larfleeze be able to use the Blue Ring? I can't imagine that he is quite the sort of bearer that Ganthet and Sayd had in mind when they created it.

I did like the solution that the Guardians came up with in the first place, in regards to Larfleeze and the Orange Ring. It's so typical of them. They are definitely in the "Out-Of-Sight, Out-Of-Mind" School of Thought, when dealing with a crisis.

Hal Pictures

I do think that this more than qualifies Hal for the amount of damage being perpetrated upon his person by Larfleeze. At least Jonah Hex still has all of his appendages! If Dwayne has a scan of wolves gnawing Jonah's leg off, I'll simply throw in the towel right now.


At 3:39 AM, Anonymous wik said...

Wonder how Johns and co plan to get out of THIS situation... surely Geoff Johns, of all people, wouldn't randomly chop his main character's hand off! So either he'll pull some strange miracle to somehow have the arm stay on, or he'd have a very good reason to do this (still can't see any, though).
Well, at least this would please Boodikka- if she still had emotions, that is.

At 6:27 AM, Blogger Saranga said...

What? Hal's lost his hand? Bloody nora.

At 12:26 PM, Blogger notintheface said...

Johns lopped Hal's hand off? Who the hell does he think he is, Peter David?

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Will Staples said...


A deranged muppet maims the reluctant ringbearer to get the ring of power off his still-living finger? That sounds oddly familiar..


...nope, no, not ringing any bells whatsoever!


At 6:19 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

What is it with Green Lantern and hands? Boodikka, Black Hand, now Hal... I doubt Johns will leave his golden boy maimed, though. Maybe the blue ring will heal him somehow, or who knows? I do find it interesting that the Guardians couldn't remove that ring with their vast power, but simply cutting off Hal's hand did the trick. It didn't occur to them to just go get a ginsu knife?

I'm still giggling over Sinestro's moment of super-emo over Abin and how love always dies. They write things like this and then wonder where slash-fic comes from...

At 3:23 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Oh, Duskdog, the slash connotations with Sinestro and Abin, were just dripping off the table and puddling on the floor!

But yeah, the whole hand thing. Since the cover to the next issue shows Hal grasping the Orange Lantern with BOTH hands, I am presuming that he manages to be healed...somehow. But still...you have to admit, that it is pretty drastic.

I love Geoff Johns, but he DOES seem to have a thing for maiming.

At 5:02 AM, Anonymous wik said...

that's two out of the next 3 covers showing Hal with his hand (the other one shows Black hand, so it doesn't count)
Can't wait to see how Johns salvages this... he has a wonderful (imho) way of weaving in mythology such that it seems as though everything in Green Lantern history has built up to a particular incident, no matter how trivial. At the moment, though, this seems extremely random, and likely evidence suggests that future issues show nothing really happened. So why did Johns do this, and how is getting out of it?

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

It's obvious how Johns is going to give Hal back his hand... The blue ring keeps trying to find something Hal deeply and purely hopes for, and I suspect that "not remaining maimed" is the wish that will allow Hal to access the blue power.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said...

Like you really look at Hal's HANDS.

::eyes the blog title::

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Ragnell said...

He does have both hands in the Origins and Omens backup a few issues ago (which is reportedly after Agent Orange), and the FCBD Blackest Night preview (which I will put money down is set right before the crossover starts with Hal and Barry together in Gotham City), and all of the prophecy scens. He's getting fixed up soon.

Funny thing, though, I thought the Guardians were being extra-mean before when they tried to get the ring off of him. I mean, it looked like a painful questioning session. He's obnoxious and clumsy, sure, but when he's not under mind control he's actually been a pretty good worker and doesn't deserve to get torn up by them.

Then Johns has to go and show that there is someone out there who actually cares less about Hal than his own bosses.

At 12:15 AM, Anonymous Darren said...

Hmm, I think its obvious that Hal managed to "use" the blue ring and Larfleeze got a dose of what he "hoped" for ( the blue ring) just like John seeing a vision of Katma Tui.


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