Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Red Lanterns #29

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Red Lanterns #29

I have to just admit it...this is my favorite Green Lantern book of late...and there is nary a Green Lantern to be found.  It isn't just Guy...although that is the MAIN attraction for me, I am actually  starting to care about the other Red Lanterns as well.  I am developing a serious crush on Zilius Zox for example.   Charles Soule has developed a sure hand with writing both action, adventure, and larding it with generous doses of sly humor, which appeals to me.  A Lot.

We begin with Skallox and Zox playing with some of their cool weaponry...and firing it at their newest recruit, aka Kara Zor-El.  Needless to say she takes it in stride, but then startles them by also destroying the weapon, much to Skallox's chagrin.  Man...he LOVED that rocket thingie!  She does apologize for being so cranky, and the boys take it fairly well,  explaining that the ring makes you mad, you just need to figure it all out.  And then they repair to the Bar.  They also love the Bar.

Guy comes in and is outraged that they are pouring drinks for a minor.  The concept of being underaged flummoxes Skallox and Zox, and Kara gerts all cranky because she wants to get boozed up like the boys.  Guy is beginning to realize that he may be in over his head, in trying to deal with an enormously powerful and hormonal teenager.

So, he gets the boys to take Kara "on Patrol" to look for...stuff.  Mainly this is to get her out of the way while he makes a quick visit to Earth, to confer with her cousin, Superman.  Superman has his hands full trying to save people from a tsunami, when Guy shows up and does his heroic thing.  Superman doesn't know if he has met Guy before, but he does recognize the name, mainly from gossip from Hal.  Superman is a bit dismayed to find out that the Red Lanterns are in charge of Earth now, and is rather snarky about it.  Guy doesn't take this particularly well, as can be expected, but he does still manage to keep his temper, when of course, Kara shows up and has a snit.

A ROYAL snit!

The next thing you know there is a Kryptonian tantrum going on, and Superman is just as obnoxious as Kara.  She also learns that she's stuck as a Red, unless a Blue Lantern shows up, and well...St. Walker is still sulking so that's not going to happen any time soon.  Meanwhile, there is still the tsunami to deal with...and Kara does so in a rather spectacular fashion. 

Kara is a bit bummed about being a Red forever, but then the more she thinks about it, she decides that maybe it isn't such a bad thing, and furthermore...Superman is a douche.  He also dumps poor Kara right back in Guy's lap, and then pontificates a bit about heroism and all of that.  Guy isn't about to rile him up, but it is pretty obvious that he shares Kara's opinion of her cousin.  Also, I get the feeling that Zilius rather likes Kara, since he stands up to Superman too. 

So off they go, back to Ysmault, and there they find Bleez, who isn't in the best of shape, and now they have to deal with Atrocitus. 

I really love this book.  The characterizations are dead on, there is action, but mainly it is all about the different people and their interactions and I enjoy that.  Kara is a brat, but what the heck...so is Guy occasionally.  It is a smaller group, and it is more personal, and it also isn't a part of any huge crossover at the moment, which is even better.  I'm even getting used to Vitti's artwork, although I still don't like the mustache.  The long hair isn't bad though.

Loads of fun!


At 10:44 AM, Blogger Erin S. said...

Didn't Clark start out being a jerk when he first met Supergirl in the Silver Age? I think back then she arrived happy to have family on an alien world. He said he couldn't risk his ID so she had to go live in an orphanage.

At 6:25 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

This is very true. That was part of the whole Silver Age Superdickery phase for Superman. Which frankly, can be hilarious.

But in those days Superman was only dickish to his friends and family! Here, he was rude to the Red Lanterns who hadn't done anything except HELP him save people in the tsunami!

I did find it amusing that Guy mentioned that he might know him from when he was in the JLI, and Superman was clueless. Poor Guy.

At 7:47 AM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

I don't know what's more disappointing, that Superman was a jerk to Guy and Kara, or that I'm not surprised.

How weird is it the Rage Lanterns seems like the mostly tightly knit and well-adjusted of the bunch?

At 8:15 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

It IS weird, isn't it? The Green Lanterns are all running around like chickens with their heads cut off, and fighting amongst themselves, while Guy and the Reds have become something of a...family!

All these deeply flawed, and angry people are getting along and helping each other and their sector!

I love it.

This is why they had to get Guy out of the Green Lantern Corp. He would have shown up Hal too much.

At 3:18 PM, Blogger Erin S. said...

That's cute. Maybe I should do a superdickery month at some point showing different time Clark was an ass to someone.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

That's a hefty project, Erin! Clark was an ass for the entire Silver Age!


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