Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern/Red Lantern #28

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Green Lantern/Red Lantern #28

This was the bargain of the week!  A flip book, with one issue of Green Lantern, and then an issue of Red Lanterns, which was nice, since Red Lanterns just came out last week, and it was rather nice to see an immediate continuation of the storyline.  And all for $2.99!  Thanks DC, this is actually one of the nicest things you've done for us in a very long while!

I think that you are supposed to begin with the Green Lantern side, but it really doesn't make all that much difference.  And it probably wouldn't hurt to read Supergirl's book, if it is even out yet.  I don't read Supergirl, so I don't have a clue, but I imagine that will be cleared up eventually.

So...two Green Lanterns are speeding on their way, since all of the Sector houses are under attack, not to mention Mogo, and they want to help.  But along the way, who should they run into...but a Red Lantern!  Green Lanterns don't particularly like Red Lanterns, and the feeling is pretty much mutual.  Not only a Red Lantern, but a brand new Red Lantern, who is still all crazy and such, because they haven't taken a bath in the Red Lake of Blood on Ysmault, and gotten their brains back yet. 


It's Kara of course, and she puts up one heck of a fight, but still, the two GL's manage to subdue her...for the moment, and haul her along back to Mogo.

Back on Mogo, Hal is swearing in the ragtag bunch of villains that they are reluctantly teaming up with, mainly Evil Star, Hunger Dog, Bolphunga the Unrelenting, Kanjar Ro, Chun Yull and  some poor girl named Zuree, who just happened to in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Nobody is particularly happy about having to team up with this bunch of scalawags, but times are desperate as usual, and they are grabbing any advantage that they can, against the Durlans and the Khunds, and God knows who else. 

Incidentally, Vath Sarn has recently turned into an absolute dick.  I don't know if it is the shame of having Isamot's legs, or what, but he's being a real jerk to people.  One of these days, Graf Toren is going to knock his block off.  So, in flies the two GL's with Kara, and Hal isn't too pleased...especially when he finds out that she is Kryptonian.  So he goes off to find Saint Walker, who has taken off his ring, and is busy mooning around.  You can't blame him, he's had a rough time of it, but he really does need to pull himself together...and soon.  We also learn that Mogo keeps his ring just hanging around in the trees so that the squirrels can play with it. Mogo is fast becoming one of my favorite Lanterns. 

That's ok, I also learned recently that Guy calls his new Red ring...Susan.

Oh Guy.

Hal being Hal...decides to haul Kara and a few select Lanterns on over to Ysmault and dump the whole problem into Guy's lap.  He makes a few snarky remarks about the nice statues that the grateful inhabitants of Kormorax had erected as a thankyou for freeing them from a homicidal tyrant.  That incidentally is a bit more than the Green Lanterns have been doing lately, so Hal should just zip it. 

Guy and the Reds aren't all that pleased to see a cadre of Green Lanterns on their turf...and...it's time to flip the book!

We go back to exactly where Red Lanterns #27 left off, with Skallox and Zilius Zox fighting Shadow Thief, who has tied them up with her black strands, when Guy shows up, hauling Ice along for the ride, and to prove that he can deal with the problem without PUNCHING someone. 

Shadow Thief, is being pretty weird, but I suppose that's par for the course, and is rabidly opposed to "Aliens".  If that is really the case, then why is she working for the Syndicate?   Guy is really going out of his way, holding his temper in check and trying to convince her to peacefully let his buddies go, but she isn't listening.  Skallox and Zox are getting cranky, and who can blame them.  Then Guy figures out that using Light, will cancel the shadows holding them, and It Is On!  He even asks Tora to deliver the coup de grace.

Meanwhile, Bleez and Rankorr had been out looking for Ratchet's ring, and unfortunately for them, run into Atrocitus and Dex-Star and the newest Red recruit.  Atrocitus is awfully bitter and immediately starts trying to melt them.  Bleez and Rankorr are holding him off, but with difficulty, and he's backed up by that Cat and Klarn, the lastes Red, who has some nasty tricks up its sleeve as well.  Rankorr makes the decision to hold off Atrocitus so that Bleez can at least make a run for it.  She's surprised by his altruism, but he explains that he's doing it for the entire Red Corps, they don't have anyone else, so they need to look out for one another.  

Damn...I hope that Rankorr makes it out alive, because I like him.  And I am getting really really tired of Atrocitus.

Back on Earth, they have captured Shadow Thief, and Guy wants to take Tora out to dinner in Paris, but true to her (recent) form, she turns him down.  She doesn't want to have to be his support, even though he did as he promised...and dumps him, although she doesn't dump him for good, saying that there is a chance they could get back together...some day. 

Man...that's cold. 

I don't really like this version of Ice all that much.  She sounds a whole lot more like Bea than Tora, and keeping poor Guy hanging, is just being...cruel.

So Guy, Skallox and Zox head back to Ysmault.  Poor Zox is still all bent of of shape...literally, and he's quite cranky about it.  And then of course, they find Hal and company camped out of their lawn, with a whole new problem.  Guy doesn't know who Kara is, or how she even managed to get a ring, because it doesn't belong to Ratchet.  That's when Zox  mumbles that they kind've forgot to mention that Atrocitus had sent out nine new Red rings, right before Guy beat him up, which  isn't particularly good news. 

We have some lovely posturing between the Reds and the Greens.  I'm a little surprised that there has been so little interaction between Guy and some of the other Green Lanterns such as Iolande and Kilowog and all, because he worked with most of these people a whole lot more than Hal, and they don't even seem interested in what happened to him.  Zox is immediately outraged by a square Green Lantern, named B'ox.


Then Guy makes the mistake of mentioning Superman's name, which is enough to zap Kara out of her stupor, and it takes quite a few of them, to grab her and toss her into the Blood Lake.  While they are waiting for her to come back up, Hal and Guy finally have a bit of a talk, and Guy evens thanks him for making him become a Red Lantern, since he feels less pressure here.  And oh, he's taking 2814 as his sector.  Hal...reluctantly agrees.

Then poor Kara swims to the surface, and apparently has her brains back, but is highly confused about what is going on.  At which point, Hal says..."see ya!" and runs off, leaving Guy holding the baby.

Both books were good, the plot was advanced, and all sorts of things were going on.  I enjoyed the Red Lanterns a bit more, just because I am enjoying the cameraderie of this bunch of misfits so much.  I don't really like the portrayal of Tora all that much, but it seems to be the way that the new 52 has decided to have her...which rather sucks.  But I guess this makes it pretty clear, that she's not going to be part of Guy's life for a bit, while still leaving some wiggle room for future plots. 

And what are the Red going to do with a Super Red now? 

Hopefully, she can tear Atrocitus's head off.

This was rather nice.

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Nice to see them NOT trying to kill each other.


At 8:38 AM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

Are Kryptonians still vulnerable to magic in the new 52? Because that would seem like a stumbling block for Kara joining Guy's crew. But I've hears Superman has demonstrated greater resistance to magic recently than Wonder Woman (argh, What?) so maybe that's off the board now.

Also, I'm curious as to how they'll get Kara out of the Red Lanterns. I assume this isn't a permanent situation. Will she eventually run out of rage, and the ring will be like, "You are not angry enough, good day to you, madam!"

It's nice Hal and Guy could have a pleasant conversation. Too bad about Guy and Tora. I understand why she wouldn't want to be the one thing that keeps him sane (not the kind of pressure that makes for a good relationship), but it seems like she'd at least not mind offering a friendly ear once in awhile. Guy's gonna be out patrolling the sector a lot anyway, how often would he really be by to chat?

At 9:01 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Oh, Tora just keeps stringing him along, and it's annoying. But then this is the NEW Tora.


I wonder about the whole Magic thing as well, since that is the one thing that differentiates the Reds from the other various Corps. And usually, you can't just take a Red ring off, it kills the wearer, unless like Guy, you have had another ring beforehand. So getting St. Walker to come and soothe Kara shouldn't work.

But they seem to keep changing things as they go, so who the heck knows anymore?

God, I miss continuity! It...it was so much simpler!

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Saranga said...

I actually really enjoyed this issue. I still dislike Kara as a RL, but it was done well. Nice to see Guy again (even with the porn stache).

At 11:55 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

The pornstache is...interesting. It rather depends upon the artist, but I don't hate it quite as much as I thought I would. I do like the wild hair though.

It's nice actually that Guy can experiment.


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