Green Lantern #31
Well! We finally seem to be getting somewhere! I have to admit to being somewhat less than excited with the recent issues of Green Lantern by Robert Venditti...as much as it pains me to say so. It seems as though the story has just been meandering along. But finally...finally, things seem to actually be happening, and it also seems as though Venditti is finally realizing that the Corps doesn't just consist of Hal.
It's also nice that Hal, after floundering around for a while, seems to actually be growing into his position as leader of the Corps. A fractured and cranky Corps. The Khunds and the Durlans and their ilk, have managed to convince most of the Universe that the Green Lantern Corps are crazy and evil and have all come to attack Mogo. It's a rather clever plan actually. The Corps has also been infiltrated by Durlans posing as members, and somehow, have managed to actually be able to use Green Lantern Rings, which is supposed to be impossible.
So, when the fleet shows up, Hal goes up and tries to reason with them, only to have these Lanterns-in-disguise start shooting, which natually leads to a huge mess. The Khunds are gloating, and the Durlans are busy being...well...Durlans. Things are not looking too good.
And Hal finally steps up to the plate. He figures out that there is ONE thing in the Universe that the Durlan's can't imitate...and that is a Lantern's Willpower. Which makes sense...and I'm so glad that they are finally using this as a way to prove what impressive people Lanterns actually are. Hal is using WILL, to flush out the Durlans, and the other Lanterns quickly follow suit, The disguised Durlans can't match their power, and the effort kills them...so their purloined rings go flying off to find their original owners...who have all been imprisoned.
And very quickly, the tide of battle has turned. The Durlans want to get the heck out of there, the Khunds naturally want to stay and fight, but are overruled. So...for the moment anyway, the Green Lanterns are safe.
There were some nice small moments, which have been lacking in the previous issues. We get a bit more from Kilowog and Graf Toren and Salaak and some of the other Lanterns, which is always a treat. They don't have anything to eat, because it turned out that the kitchen staff were all Durlans...much to Kilowog's dismay.
So...This was Good! Very Good! I'm so...so happy!