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

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #40

Well! Arisia...(you all remember Arisia?) has decided to shake the bigoted dust of Daxam from her feet forever. She's also sorry about what happened to Sodam Yat, but doesn't think that she can do anything about it right now. So, looking for a little bit of peace and quiet, she wends her way back to Oa.

Well golly, but is SHE in for a heck of a surprise! The protective shell is shattered, the Guardians are missing in action, and the Black Rings have invaded and are wreaking untold havoc. Not exactly the peace and quiet that she's looking for. To add to her troubles, her dead family decides to show up and needless to say, poor Arisia is a bit on the freaked side.

She's not the only one, as Jade hauls Kyle up to the upper atmosphere, the better to woo him. For a dead girl, Jade is actually looking pretty good, and I fear for poor stupid Kyle. Especially since the Black Ring is viewing his aura, showing "love", "will" and "compassion". Hmmmm...first time that compassion has shown up.

Speaking of compassion, our adorable little Star Sapphire Miri, is hot on the trail of Kryb, who is searching for her children. Surprisingly, Miri agrees to help her, and the unlikely pair are off on their own quest.

Back on Oa, Salaak, Vath and Isamot have stumbled upon the black gooey apparent remains of the Guardians. Vath is smart enough to notice that there are only eight blotches, and by the way...weren't there NINE Guardians? Just then, the Alpha Lanterns show up, puffing up their chests and declaring that They Are In Charge of Oa. Salaak, bless his vinegar little heart, calmly shoots THAT theory down. He whistles up a hologram created by the Guardians, setting the rules and line of succession. The commznd of the Corps falls first to the Clarissi and then the Illustres...namely Salaak, and then Guy and Kyle as Honor Guard. The Alpha Lanterns are quite noticeably NOT mentioned in the chain of command.

This does not make them happy.

However, Salaak has a reply for that as well.


Heh heh. Guy really does have a way of growing on people.

And talking about growing, Jade is all over Kyle like a fungus. Fortunately, Kyle is NOT as stupid as I had feared, since he has Jade's number pretty well, and Blows Her Up. She's not too happy about this turn of events and breaks out the big guns, mainly all of his OTHER dead girlfriends and loved ones. That's a low blow, Jade.

Over at the burial site of all the executed prisoners, the Black Rings have also shown up in force, and now we see the true machinations of Scar, as all those dead nasties, come back to even nastier sentience, adn start ripping the hearts out of befuddled Lanterns. However, as per Salaak's wise instructions, no rings are flying off to chose more Green cannon fodder.

Some of our favorite dead Lanterns make their appearance, notably Katma Tui, who one poor fool thinks is going to save him, but she actually grabs his heart. Oops. Bzzd pops up and is making short work of some other Lanterns, when he's caught by some green construct chop-sticks. Smooth move, Guy! Guy is actually trying to reason with the little fellow, but not getting anyway unfortunately. Bzzd tries to fly right through him, the way that he did Mongul, but is squished by Guy instead, which makes Guy regretful, but not for too long, since Ke'haan shows up and impales his thigh on one of his horns. THAT'S gonna hurt in the morning1

Finally, Black Lanterns have shown up at the infirmary on Oa, ready to feast on the mostly helpless wounded. However you know that's not going to happen without a struggle, as Soranik and Iolande show up in a lovely lovely cliff hanger. Kyle! You Idiot! She's TONS better than Jade! Even when Jade was alive!

Pat Gleason does his usual exemplary job on the artwork, and Peter Tomasi does his usual magnificent job with the story and dialogue. Although I can't imagine not reading all of Blackest Night, it is perfectly feasible to just read the Green Lantern books and have a clear idea of what is going on.

Good. Oh, so good.


At 8:05 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

That's an interesting point you make there -- that it's perfectly feasible to read just the Green Lantern books and know what's going on. Because it's true! I know they keep touting Blackest Night as an event where you can just pick up BN #1-8 and know what happens without ever reading any of the tie-ins, but personally, if I had to choose, I'd rather read only GL and GLC without BN rather than the other way around. Luckily we don't have to choose!

I love seeing Salaak kick some butt here! He's always such a downer, and it's easy to dismiss him as just an admin guy, but here he shows his action side like he did back in the "Incinerate" scene in the Sinestro Corps War. He gets to show off his brains, too, as I think his decision not to recruit any more rookies into the middle of this mess was inspired.

I also like how Guy got the best line in the book yet again, and he didn't even have to say it himself -- Salaak said it for him! :)

And ouch. Guy is injured yet again (I swear, the man is like a magnet for injuries in these events), but John is busy with Xanshi and Kyle is busy being a doofus. Who will carry Guy around like a sack of potatoes this time?

At 1:55 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Why oh why is it always Guy that gets the ouchies? It doesn't quite seem fair somehow. Not that I imagine it will slow him down much.

But yes, as usual, he has the best lines. Even Salaak recognizes that. It has been my opinion, that Guy and Salaak have a rather peculiar...yet surprisingly amicable relationship. Yes, they bicker, but that's part of the fun. Remember when Guy and Kyle moved to Oa? Salaak could hardly keep the smirk off of his face. And then when Guy was on vacation and lost the ring, Salaak went looking for him. Heck, Hal was missing ofr a month, and Salaak didn't go looking for him at all. Just like all the other Green Lanterns who used to hate his guts, Salaak has come around.

I love that Salaak is the one in charge....because really who ELSE could do it? He'll probably do a heck of a lot better job than the Guardians, that's for sure. And Guy and Kyle are after him as Honor Guard. NOT Hal. Or even John.

The tension is beginning to really get ramped up.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

So what happens if all the Guardians come back as Black Lanterns? With their level of power does everyone just scream "Game over, man! Game over!"?

At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Green Lantern never calls "game over" until he's spread across a least a cubic mile, Calvin.

Kilowog might've been able to step up, but, all in all, Salaak would've been my choice too. Seems like Kilowog ought to be in the chain of command there somewhere, from what we've seen previously, but I can certainly live with this state of affairs. And hopefully so can the rest of the Corps.

-- Jack of Spades

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

If there's anyone who can get the GLC to regroup and tackle the bad guys capably, it's Salaak -- and OH he imitates Guy SO well.

So, the shenanigans revolving around Cryb's "children" continue. I'll bet dollars to donuts that the children have ended up with the Indigo Tribe.


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