Green Lantern Corps #36
These are tough times for the various Corps throughout the Universe, with the New Gods making them all look like rank amateurs, and smashing through their ring powers with contemptuous ease. Which makes me wonder a bit, if the rings are so paltry, then why is Highfather so intent on getting them? Maybe he's just a jerk.
Now it is the turn of the Star Sapphires, and they are in a bit of a pickle. Meanwhile, Sinestro has transported the remnants of the various other Corps to Qward, which I have to admit, is a pretty smart thing to do. And we also get to see our old friend the Weaponer, who has been...busy. Busy making Weapons! And not just any weapons, but really really cool weapons...cuz that's what he does.
The new New Guardians also whine a lot. They are turning out to be a lot like the old Guardians. Also, Hal has snuck off to find Black Hand, which they told him NOT to do, but hey, that's Hal. Sinestro of course was egging him on. John, is a bit whiny too, so Sinestro has to keep telling him not to be such a baby. John even snaps at Soranik, who is only trying to help, but he's enjoying wallowing in his own misery just a tad too much.
Anyhoo...the Star Sapphires are about to be wiped out, when John, the Weaponer and a host of other Lanterns show up in the nick of time, armed with their cool new weapons, and proceed to at least knock the New Gods on their heels. This works for a little while, but the New Gods are fairly up on tactics, and unleash arrows, and the Lanterns all have to cower under an energy field. Then the Sapphires start talking about the power of Love and all, and John gets all cranky, blaming them for what happened with Fatality. Yet another Queen bites the dust, but she bequeaths her ring to...John.
We finally have another male Star Sapphire! All things considered, his costume is pretty tasteful, although I would certainly have preferred a lot more skin. What's good for the goose is good for the gander, if you will. But I'm not the audience that DC is aiming at, so I suppose that will never happen.
So John rescues his cadre, and the New Gods apparently just let them go, because they are all going "to be converts soon" or something.
Not a bad issue. Things are certainly progressing, which is good. Still not my favorite storyline, the New Gods are way too powerful, and the Rings are far too weak, and I really don't see the whole point of the whole exercise, but hey. What I'd really like, is a moratorium on all the huge crossovers that never ever end, and a focus on just letting the writers and artists tell the stories for the individual books that they would like to tell. Have Hal go beat up Sonar or something. But that's just me.