Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern #54

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Green Lantern #54

I have to admit that I snickered my way through the latest issue of Green Lantern. Partly because Doug Mahnke does such a superb job of drawing surly rage-filled cats, and partly because Geoff Johns...at least for one issue anyway, has lightened up a bit and seemed to be enjoying himself. Oh sure, there was STILL a fair amount of gore, and people being hideously killed, but I've become a bit inured to that lately.

We begin with a scene at a New York subway station. A gang of toughs are terroizing the hapless riders, when...out of the darkness of the tunnel...a pair of eyes gleam. Red flame spurts, the bad guys are destroyed, and who should walk into the subway car? None other than...Dexstarr, Rage Kitty of the Universe! BaBUMMM!! Oh, and Atrocitus also shows up.

Back in Silver City, New Mexico (wait, there's a NEW Mexico?) the curious inhabitants are still standing around the giant hole in their nice road, staring at Hal, Carol and Sinestro as they contemplate the nice white Lantern. Hal tries to lift the battery, and fails, as Sinestro manages to get a certain amount of snarky entertainment from it. Carol tries as well, and she can't do it either, so all three of them give it the old college try. Suddenly they are surrounded by visions of people who were returned by the Lantern, and the admonition to Help Them Live. Then the Lantern tells them to Find Them. Weird things are certainly going on. Hal, being the dullard that he is, stupidly asks if they are supposed to find Aquaman. The Lantern probably sighs to itself, as it then shows them the various Entities of the various Rings. Unlike Hal, Sinestro catches on quite quickly.

Meanwhile, on Daxam, the little gnome that we saw wearing the green chain, is making a visit to poor old Sodam Yat, still sitting in the middle of the Daxam sun. As you all remember, he used the power of Ion, to turn the sun from red to yellow, to give his fellow Daxamites the power to resist Mongul and his hoards. Of course, the Daxamites, being idiots are abusing their new power...at least according to the ragged Guardianish gnome. So...he takes Ion BACK, and turns the sun back to red. And suddently, it's Raining Men all over Daxam! He IS nice enough to boot out Sodam, so that he can go back to being a Green Lantern.

And now that's TWO of the entities that are chained up in the chamber. Atrocitus who performs a bit of bloody mumbo-jumbo creates a map that shows that the rest of the entities are actually on Earth, and located all in the United States,which is very thoughtful of them.

Then Hal, accompanied by Carol and Sinestro show up.



Oh Hal. That MAY not have been the smartest move on your part. Sinestro wouldn't have kicked the cat, and probably neither would have Carol. She would have picked him up and stroked him, and told him that he was a NICE pretty Rage Kitty. No naturally, Hal and Atrocitus have to fight for a while. Atrocitus uses a blood construct of Mera, which leads Hal to believe that he has a "sweet spot for the Queen of the Seas". Carol discovers that there is a spark of love in Atrocitus, which he hotly denies. Sinestro just sneers, which you have to admit, he is very good at.

And then Lobo shows up. AND his dog.



At 6:11 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

I suspect that if Sinestro were an animal person, he would be a cat person. And so would Carol. Hmm, increasingly I get the feeling that, if circumstances had been different, they actually would have gotten along quite well.

Street-pizza people of Daxam: you got what you deserved.

I have to admit that I'm getting really intrigued by Atrocitus. At first he just seemed like your usual bad guy -- albeit with the interesting twist of actually having a real understandable grievance with the Guardians -- but he's gaining a lot of new dimensions as he goes.

Also, Hal/Carol/Sinestro interaction continues to amuse me. I'm enjoying this story a lot so far. Can't wait to see where it goes.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Oh Sinestro is SO a Cat person. Hal...is not. Nor is Hal a dog person. Or a hamster, canary or llama person. Pets actually require the owner to display a sense of responsibility, and that just ain't happening with Hal. To be fair, he IS gone a lot, so it's infinitely better that he doesn't have a pet.

God, I miss Stupidcat.

It's nice to see some of the ostensible "villains" be presented as actual 3-dimensional beings, instead of simply "Bad Guys". I find Atrocitus to be interesting, and frankly, Sinestro's sense of humor is right up my alley.

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hal's a starfish person, remember? ;-)

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hal's a starfish person, remember? ;-)

At 4:39 PM, Blogger Volcano Todd said...

Agreed with the depiction of the so-called villains. Even the fellow in the rags with the green chains seems interesting, what with wanting to protect the universe, saving Sodom (who's definitely a dog person), and yet basically damning Daxam (but not without reason).

I KNOW this may be nit-picking, but I was checking out Atrocitus' blood map, trying to figure out which entities were where in the US (why don't any of the cosmic invaders ever go southeast Asia or eastern Europe or Canada even?). Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems there may be a mistake. Going from left to right, we've got Love, Rage, Avarice, Compassion, and... Fear? It's kinda hard to make out...

PS - I love that the train on the cover is number 666.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Well, it can't be Fear, because Fear is Parallax, and our mysterious chain guy already has Parallax chained up in his lair.

Arynne, I had forgotten all about Itty. Fortunately for Hal, Itty was able to fly around in space with him, and apparently didn't eat much. But I'm sure that the first time he pooped on Hal's shoulder, it would have been OVER!


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