Green Lantern #36
This was...an interesting issue. It mostly consists of the various Corps licking their wounds, and trying to come up with some plans. Also the new New Guardians show up and spill the beans about Kyle, while Hal and Sinestro really need to get a room.
I haven't enjoyed this book this much in months!
You see...unlike some comic book fans, it has never been about the huge battles for me. I much prefer the characters, and their interactions with each other, and this had the latter in spades.
We begin with the Highfather calling Orion into his office for a spanking. Metaphorically speaking anyway. Turns out that Highfather thinks that the various Lanterns, insignificant insects that they are, might actually have some value, so he would appreciate it if his minions would stop slaughtering them. Oh NOW he says that? That would have been of a lot more use a little while earlier! Orion of course is a shoot-first-ask-questions-later sort of fellow, so he's all pissy.
Meanwhile, the remains of the Green Lanterns, join up with John's bunch, and head for New Korugar, and Sinestro's crew. In a panel that pleased me to no end, there are a bunch of lanterns flying and a whole bunch of them are identifiable as...women! Instead of the usual token one or two, so that makes me happy. This is all part of Sinestro's plan of course, but Soranik and Lyssa just can't keep from sniping at each other, and it is actually rather amusing. Lyssa Drak has some interesting...kinks!
So, they are all together, and exchanging war stories, while Soranik helps the wounded, when who should show up but the new New Guardians! And they aren't very happy. They also rather sheepishly spill the beans that Kyle is actually...well...ALIVE, and that Highfather wants to use him as a weapon against Darkseid. The news that Kyle is actually alive makes St. Walker very happy for a change, which is immediately quashed by the Guardians, who like their former brethren are whiny little blue beeyotches.
They are all standing around pontificating, while Hal offers a suggestion, that there is...ONE ring that the New Gods haven't tried, but the Guardians...since it wasn't their idea...are horrified, and tell Hal to get to work on a plan. So, obediently, Hal trots off and tries to be a good little Lantern. This of course, simply disgusts Sinestro who comes in while Hal is...(snicker) trying to come with a strategy!
Hal and strategy don't really go together.
Sinestro, in his usual polite fashion, points this out, and of course, they start the whole "mas macho" business that they always go through, much to their mutual enjoyment. Seriously, these two have the same Hal/Guy relationship going on, albeit on a slightly different level. Sinestro tells Hal to stop being a good little follower, and to do what he does best, which is fly in by the seat of his pants. One of the reasons that Sinestro himself could never totally defeat Hal,was because he was so unpredictable. Naturally, Hal takes this the wrong way, and starts fluttering his eyelashes at Sinestro, because...well, he's Hal Jordan.
Seriously, I snickered all through this.
So, down in Coast City, we have the cops outside a circus, and who should be there but Black Hand, who i having himself just a fine old time, with a bunch of dead performers, including the Flying Graysons and Harry Houdini. Then Hal flies in, saving the Graysons from falling, much to the disgust of Black Hand, who seems to be a whole lot more like his old crazy self. At least he has his sense of humor back, which is always a good thing. Hal drops his bomb, in that that he wants a...team-up.
Oh, this book just got a whole lot more interesting.
This issue was...dare I say it...actually FUN!