Green Lantern #16
You know, Simon Baz may be on the cover, but we all know who the hero of this issue REALLy is. And that's Bd'g Man I love that Squirrel! He may not have a bow tie, but he's alright in my book.
And quite frankly, Simon is damned lucky that Bd'g shows up, or else his and that FBI agent's tails would have been toast. Literally. Bd'g manages to show Simon how NOT to act, and where to find his battery, and how to charge it. Simon does insist on keeping that stupid gun. I can understand some caution, but seriously, I'm beginning to wonder about his actual willpower.
Bd'g also shows him how to access the message in the ring, so we get both Hal's and Sinestro's stories, not to mention the warning about how the Guardians are going bonkers, news that doesn't seem to surprise Bd'g all that much. But still, it is good information for Simon to have. I also had to snicker just a little bit at Sinestro's confidence that Arkillo is still his loyal henchman, when we've all learned from the New Guardians book, that Arkillo thinks that Sinestro is a traitor to the cause of Fear. It should be really interesting when these two get together.
So, after having the Alien Squirrel tell him how to be a Green Lantern, Simon has one more thing to do, and that is to go to the hospital where his brother is in a coma. Then, even though it is supposed to be impossible, Simon, through pure strength of will...performs the impossible, and happiness and joy and astonishment ensue. I'm not competely sure that I am buying this, actually. I haven't seen a single thing that Simon has done yet that hints that he has this much power.
Fortunately, the television was on, and Bd'g sees that Guy Gardner is in BIG trouble, and off they go to the rescue. Damn, I love that Squirrel!
And finally, we have our obligatory peek at Hal and Sinstro who are still stumbling around Death City. The cloaked figure...is not Katma Tui. Dang it! But Tomar Re is a suitable substitute, and naturally, he and all the other dead people needs Hal's help.
The art as usual, by Doug Mahnke is stunning, and the coloring is quite nice too, especially with the contrast between the light and glowing greens and the dull tones of the Dead Zone. At least something is finally happening in this book, as we speed towards the climax of the whole Evil Guardian/Rise of the Third Army story...and progress is a good thing.