Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Blackest Night #3

Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!

Now with Guy Gardner's Seal of Approval!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Blackest Night #3

Well! Things are happening all over the place, aren't they? Ivan Reis is hitting on ALL cylinders when it comes to the artwork, and Geoff Johns is coming up with some very interesting concepts here. VERY interesting!

We begin with a little bit of foreshadowing, and talk of committment between Jason and Gen, the two parts of Firestorm. Love and committment? Oh THIS won't end well!

Then we leap right into the action, with Barry and Hal battling their brains out, against the undead Justice League,including the Old Firestorm. When it comes to trash-talking, these Black Lanterns are really doing a bang-up job. They keep trying to provoke our heroes into displays of emotion, from which they can feed. Finally, fed up, Barry seizes Firestorm's hand and tries to pull off the ring...only to discover that it has roots that have grown into their bodies. They also reform from any damage, and their powers seem to be increasing. Our Boys are feeling a bit hopeless as they battle, but get a boost, when who should appear, but Ray Palmer! Woohoo! He's not dead, although he is beaten up a bit.

"I jumped through the phone line to Carter's hoping to have a little heart-to-heart. He took it literally."


Anyway, Ray shrunk down and went inside Hawkman's new black ring, and discovers that it's nothing like Hal's ring. It has the same porous structure as bones...or dark matter, and is laced with microssopic wormholes that are channeling energy. My guess is that that emotional energy is being syphoned by the black rings, right back to the mysterious entity who is behind all of this,or to the Anti-Monitor, as he is the apparent battery. Nice to bring in the idea of dark matter, to go with the Black Rings.

Good Firestorm and Gen meanwhile are having their own adventures, as they check out the dark and deserted headquarters of the Justice League. You can practically hear the spooky music being played in the background, as they see all kinds of mayhem on the monitors. Oh...and then they are attacked by Mera, who managed to beat feet away from the murderous Aquapeople last issue. Mera...who rocks, by the way...has figured out that the Black Lanterns are feeding on people's emotions...like sharks smelling blood in the water.

Ray, Hal and Barry are still putting up a fight, but getting a bit on the weary side, when Sue and Ralph sense compassion emanating from Ray. Ralph is about to rip his heart out, when suddenly, the Indigo Corps shows up!
Wow, that's good timing! Somehow, using Hal's will, they are able to use their own powers and disintegrate Ralph...not to mention Sue.

The boys decide that it would be a good idea to meet up with Firestorm and Mera and compare notes, so they all join up at the JLA Headquarters, along with the Indigo Corp, who have suddenly decided to speak English after all. This is a great relief to Hal.

Indigo-1, is the leader of the Indigo tribe, and she gives a brief history lesson about the Universe and the nature of the light and darkness. It is an...elegant explanation. Plus Barry and Ray realize that the Black Lanterns aren't REALLY their dead friends. It isn't the Dead who are wearing the rings, but rather the Rings are wearing the Dead. Furthermore, the green light of Willpower, reinforced with another of the various corps light will neutralize the Black rings, and leave them succeptibl to conventional damage, and makes the black energy inert. So...the more the various corps band together with the Green willpower, the more they can battle the Black Rings.

See? Easy as pie!

Too bad that Indigo-1 makes the mistake of letting slip that Carol Ferris is a Star Sapphire again. Hal is all set to rush off and save her, and leave the rest of them, up the creek without a willpower paddle. Thank goodness that Barry is there to knock a bit of sense into him. Hal can't resist a bit of tit for tat, but at least he's simmered down a bit. Too bad this is when the rest of the baddies make their very splashy appearance and the fight is on again...except that the Indigo Corp decides to go...and they take Hal with them.

So, it's Firestorm vs Firestorm, and Ronnie takes over Jason, and poor Gen is out...and out of luck. And they are ALL in a lot of trouble, since the Black Lanterns decide to raise up the various villains that are also interred under the Hall, such as Doctor Light, Max Lord, and Alexander Luthor, not to mention quite a few others.

Our heroes are in SO much trouble!

This is good. This is fun. This is a serious threat to the world, if not the Universe. The art is gorgeous, and the story is rollicking along. I can hardly wait until the next one!


At 2:04 PM, Blogger Fernando said...

I promise I will not make fun of the Indigo Corps for all that "compassion" thing again hehe.

Yeah, this is rocking, let´s so how this goes!

By the way, when indigo-1 refers to some five corps with special relationship with hal, do they include larfleeze? because I would not say hal and him are close, but they do have an history together...

Anyway, I agree with you. I like where this is going.

At 2:15 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

There are all KINDS of interesting possibilities just opening up!

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

You'd think that, with all the willpower JOHN is able to muster these days, all of the other Corps would be after HIM, too -- not just Hal. But noooooooo ....!

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

I think they're after Hal more for the fact that so far he's sampled multiple ring types. Hal's worn green, yellow, blue, red, and orange rings at one point or another. I think that is Hal's "special relationship."

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

Hal has a special relationship with Carol, sure. Hal has a special relationship with Sinestro? Okay, that's true too (insert gutter-minded snickering here). I can maybe even buy that he has a special relationship with Atrocitus, seeing as they met once before so long ago. But he fought beside -- and totally blew off -- Saint Walker once. And he happened to run into Larfleeze for what, like ten minutes? Hal is not special, though I agree that they're probably referring to the fact that he's sampled so many different rings, and at least had sex with a Star Sapphire (but really, I bet half the universe has at this point :)). He's just really good at bumbling into stupid situations.

Aside from that, I really enjoyed this issue. Glad to see that Ray showed how smart he is again for a change, and I really like that Mera is getting more screentime! I never cared much for the new Firestorm because I missed Ronnie, but I'm sad for him/them now.

I don't trust the Indigos.

At 8:17 PM, Blogger Jake said...

I assumed they would also be after Hal because Nekron would be a little bit cranky over that whole defeating him last time thing. Also let's not forget that Hal was basically responsible for shaping the Star Sapphires into the corps they are today thanks to making out with the chief guardian of the dead skeletons in their battery

Also their herald is from Earth, and I don't think it's clear that anyone knows Black Hand is behind it all?

At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Wrye said...

I was annoyed by the Gen thing. I believe the writer forgot that she can teleport.

At 6:14 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I agree that John has oodles of willpower, but I'm not sure that anyone else KNOWS that he was able to exceed the limits of the ring, since he was off alone on the wreckage of Xanshi at the time. Or...would that little fact have been recorded by the ring, and therefore also recorded by the central battery? Does Scar know?

Gee...now I am a little worried about John.

I would really like ALL of our favorite Lanterns to join up the way that they did in Rebirth and the Sinestro Corps War, and with Geoff at the helm, I imagine we have a pretty good chance of that happening.

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the one poster is saying that the ONLY way that Hal could have had a relationship with the other ring leaders was to have sex with them??? . . . wait I like that idea LOL. . . Blackest Night pow chika pow pow. . .

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Jake said...

They added a one-shot line about how Gen couldn't teleport for some silly reason while Firestorm was attacking her. It didn't make a lot of sense, and was clearly just random power neutralization so they could kill her off.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger MetFanMac said...

I don't know if this had been mentioned in the comic books before, but I found the remark about Green being the "center" of the emotional spectrum--and it's also the cnter color--really cool.

At 4:27 AM, Blogger Saranga said...

ooh I reas this last night and now reading the review an dcomments has made me all tingly with excitement again.
Damn, this is really really good. I don't think I've enjoyed a mass event/crossover like this before.


Post a Comment

<< Home