Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern Corps #44

Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #44

Well, the $%#@ has well and truly hit the fan.


The Black Lanterns are still running amuck on Oa, trying to devour the Battery. On the bright side, Kyle has been restored by the efforts of Soranik and Miri. Oh, and Mogo has shown up, to the mingled awe and consternation of all. Even Salaak. Especially Salaak. He doesn't know why Mogo is there, and I get the impression that he HATES not knowing.

And there is still that little problem with Guy...


Boy Howdy!

With both the Green and Red rings, Guy is cutting quite the swath through the assembled Black Lanterns. Kyle is all hot to trot to go and rescue his buddy, but Vath, true to his pragmatic nature, points out that Guy is taking out more bad guys all by himself than the rest of them put together,and that perhaps getting rid of the Red ring isn't the brightest thing to do. There is also the possibility that removing it could kill Guy, but Kyle doesn't know that.

Nevertheless, Kyle feels that he has to try, and he goes and shows Guy that yes indeedy, he's alive and well, and that there is therefore NO reason to go all crazy. Too bad that the Red ring doesn't want to let go. For a minute or so, Kyle does manage to get through to the real Guy, buried under all the rage, but the moment is fleeting. Guy thinks that Kyle is just a Black Lantern trick and is doing his very best to kill Kyle for REAL this time.

In the meantime, Salaak is talking to Mogo, who it turns out, has this nifty little secret plan that the Guardians gave to him eons ago. Too bad they didn't bother to tell Salaak. Gosh, the Guardians were just FULL of secrets. Anyhoo...Mog is there to "purge".

That sounds bad. Not to mention drastic.

And drastic it is. Due to some gravitational mumbo-jumbo, Mogo manages to pull EVERYONE, Green Lantern, Red Lantern and Black Lantern, from the surface of Oa.


Off they all go, fighting the whole way. Iolande is still on Mogo with all of the wounded, but he assures her that they are all safe. Then, just before impact, all of the Green Lanterns suddenly stop falling. The Black Lanterns all land in a beautiful grassy meadow...and are inexorably pulled beneath the surface. Mogo is sucking them in, down and down, where they will be "...torn asunder and diffused. Sifted into Atoms. Until all that is left of them...will be drawn to the center of my core...where they will forever be superheated adn prevented from re-forming..."

Wow. Hardcore, Mogo.

Mogo is definitely someone that you want on YOUR side in a conflict. So...things seem to be fairly under control for the first time since the whole kerfuffle started. Well...not quite. There's still Guy and that Red ring of his.

This book continues to boggle my mind. Pat Gleason continues to enthrall and Peter Tomasi continues to come up with brilliant concepts. This is SO good. Twelve Thumbs Up!


At 12:31 PM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

I LOVE the cover -- except for Soranik's cleavage hanging out all over the place ...

At 1:32 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Why DO they feel that they have to do that? But yes, it's a pretty cover. Have you seen the one for April? (I THINK it's April) with Isamot in the foreground and the rest of them up behind him all lit up in green? Guy is just so pretty!

At 3:41 PM, Blogger ComicsAllTooReal's Chris said...

I looooooved this issue. I was never this impressed by a planet character before. Okay, this is the only planet character I know, but still, my point remains ;)

It was so exciting to see Mogo in action like this. Out of all the Blackest Night books this week, this was the one to hold the fort for all of them.

At 4:43 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

Guy is really tearing it up -- and showing more control over the red ring than Hal did, too. He's talking, responding to people, and making elaborate constructs with not one, but both rings at the same time! That has to take some skill, especially to be able to do it enraged out of his mind like he is. Love the chainsaw, and that hammer and anvil to Kyle's head looked like it really hurt.

A lot of the criticism I've seen for this storyline so far has been centered around Guy and Kyle's apparent devotion to each other, but I just chalk that up to the unfortunate-but-typical fanboy fear of male characters actually caring about each other in anything more than a superficial way. It's a shame that people aren't letting themselves enjoy a story like this just because they can't appreciate the difference between romance and bromance!

But ah, a glorious bromance it is. I wish we had more good, strong friendships like this in comics.

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They did make Soranik's cleavage a tad over done. But I suppose they hired a artist who liked to do that stuff.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I honestly didn't even NOTICE Soranik's bosom at first. I was too mesmerized by Arisia's perfect hair. And...uh...Guy. But yes, it's a bit OUT there.

Of COURSE Kyle is worried about Guy! Of COURSE Guy was filled with rage and grief over Kyle's death! Sheesh! They're friends for crying out loud!

The same fanboys who are having hissy fits over a male friendship are the same ones who went into swoons over Alex Ross portraying a realistic male bulge on Citizen Steel. Boys are so silly sometimes.

I'm simply dying for next months issue.

At 11:35 AM, Blogger MetFanMac said...

Mogo: biggest badass in the DCU.

At 11:19 PM, Blogger LissBirds said...

I didn't even notice Soranik until you mentioned it. I guess I'm getting desensitized to that stuff. 0.o I was mostly looking at all those green dots on Guy's head thinking "Owie."

"But ah, a glorious bromance it is. I wish we had more good, strong friendships like this in comics."

I can't agree MORE, Duskdog. This is why I miss Blue Beetle so much. And why I wholeheartedly recommend the first two Booster Gold trades to anyone who's looking for a good story about friendship. Comics needs more "friends forever."

Kid you not, my validation word was "ovarieze." I don't know if that's an alien type of reproductive organ or a product to ease the symptons of PMS.....

At 11:20 PM, Blogger LissBirds said...

Oh, and I'm so glad Mogo got his (its?) moment to shine. I always liked Mogo. It (he?) seems like a nice grassy, happy place to live.

At 7:03 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Liss, you've obviously discovered the secret to the Pregno-ray in the Fertilization Room over in Power Girl's latest issue. Ovarieze is the process by which they fixed Vartox's planet!

It's really simple, when you think about it.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger ComicsAllTooReal's Chris said...

I hadn't noticed the friendship of Guy and Kyle could become and issue for some kiddos. But now that I think of it, guys insecure of their sexuality always jump at the thought of two guys being "too" friendly.

Still, I do like to see this kind of friendship in comic books. It's not as if male bonding is just about getting drunk and chasing after girls.

At 5:12 PM, Blogger LissBirds said...

*laughs uncontrollably at Sally*


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