Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Blackest Night #7

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blackest Night #7

Well...I am enthralled. Enthralled, I tells ya! I hope that everyone has already run out and read this, because spoilers be damned, I gonna review it. If you don't want to know what happens, then stop reading right now.

I'm so glad that Ivan Reis had that extra month to work on the art, because, as always, it is simply gorgeous.

We begin with Nekron having some of his dead minions drag forth a passl of Guardians. There is a light behind him, and it casts some ominous...and very intriguing shadows. As Nekron is getting his jollies from threatening a Guardian, Hal and the rest of the ring-bearers are busy pouring light and energy into him...with NO effect whatsoever...a point that Sinestro points out in a suitably sneering manner. And in the middle of all the commotion, Black Hand runs into Atrocitus, and it is an interesting moment when they...recognize each other.

Then Lex goes a little nutsy from the power of the Orange ring. Did I say nusty? I mean nutsier! Guess he wants ALL of the rings. Heck even Larfleeze is startled! Oh, and he really really wants to be Superman.

Meanwhile, far above Coast City, poor John is busy holding off a couple of billion Black Lanterns. And Black Lantern Air Wave shows up! Wave to all of the nice people! But in a two-page spread that I would LOVE to show if only my furshlugginer scanner worked, Guy and Kyle and Kilowog and Warth and Fatality and ALL of the Green Lanterns, Star Sapphires, Indigoes, Red Lanterns, Blue Lanterns and Sinestro Corps show up! It's one helluva panel. There is a slight misunderstanding with the Rage Lanterns, and Air Wave tries to eat Guy, but once they get that cleared up, a dissembodied voice begins to exhort all the assembled Corps, telling them to work together. It's rather a nice conceit, as each word ballon has a different background color, and finally it ends with "all will be well." Oh, and SOMEthing...or someONE is really trying to get out of the Black Battery.

Nekron gets bored with torturing his little Guardian, and slits his throat, and out pours his guts. His multi-coloured guts. Black Hand has some fun playing with them on the ground...there's that symbol again, and then Nekron commands the Trespasser to...RISE!

And in a brilliant flash of light, there is the Entity of Life itself. Just as Parallax is the entity of Fear, and Ion of Willpower, and the Predator of Love, and so on and so forth, there is an Entity of Life. And finally then Ganthet spills the beans. Life first arose in the Universe on Earth, but they suppressed that fact, and kept the Entity hidden. That's why they never chose any Earth people as Green Lanterns. Sinestro is beside himself at this point. He realizes that Abin Sur was the one to figure this all out, and that the Guardians were responsible partly for his death. Needless to say, he's not pleased. And now finally, I understand why Abin Sur gave that little smile just before he died, when the ring picked Hal...and he said basically...and Earth Man...who'd a thunk?

Oh the irony.

So, Nekron is torturing the Trespasser Entity, and everyone still alive is reeling, since they feel it as well. It finally dawns on Hal, that in order for it to fight back, it needs a pilot. And since he had such fun with Parallax, he decides, what the heck, and tries to do it again. Except THIS time, Sinestro is way ahead of him.


And I got chills up and down my spine.


At 4:36 PM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Poor Airwave really is dead. It's interesting, though, that he's the only one of Hal's relatives that we've seen show up as a Black Lantern. I thought for sure we would've seen Jack or even Martin and Jessica by now.

Oh, Sinestro ... I wonder if he's actually going to be able to STAY a White Lantern. After all, Sinestro wasn't chosen to be a White Lantern -- he's only one because he muscled Hal out of the way. ;-)

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

I don't think anyone is going to stay a White Lantern, just judging from the feeling I get from the solicits for Green Lantern in the next few months. But I'm not sure that it would have been possible for Sinestro to force an entity to do anything it didn't want to do... at least not so easily. Or maybe it was just ready to accept whoever would claim it first. Either way, I have to say it made me happy to see Hal get the shaft for a change.

I am getting quite fond of Sinestro's more... well, "human" side. (Or whatever you'd call it in an alien.) He might be twisted, but he loves his planet, and his daughter, and Arin, and his bestest (and probably only) friend ever... in fact, he sort of spazzes every time Abin is mentioned even in passing. I really hope we eventually get to see more of their early friendship, because apparently it was epic.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said...

This made perfect sense to Your Obedient Serpent.

Sure, everyone's been anticipating that this would culminate in some kind of "White Lantern" moment, but most everyone -- including Your Obedient Serpent -- has assumed Geoff was grooming Happy Hal for the role, what with his sampling ring after ring.

Of course, each successive sampling demonstrated that Hal simply wasn't SUITED to wielding anything but Will. His big moment of Avarice? Two hamburgers. His greatest Hope? "I hope you'll stop asking me." Carol's whole arc in Blackest Night has been the essentially unrequited nature of her love for Hal.

Hal's got drive and focus and determination, but he doesn't have a lot of passion. He's just too narcissistic.

At the same time Johns has been distracting us by decorating Hal's digits with different neon colors, though, he's been establishing those passions as part and parcel of Sinestro's character. Fear and Will were always there, but we've also seen his lost and secret Love, his Rage at the Guardians, his Hope for a "better", more orderly world, and his Compassion for those who suffer because of "chaos".

And he Wants. He Craves. He Covets. He wants the respect and honor that was once his, and is now Hal's. He wants Power. He wants to be the Greatest Of All Lanterns -- and this, too, has been part of his for as long as Fear and Will.

Hal is simply too pure. He's a Green Laser, a single frequency of Ego and Drive and Will.

Sinestro can wield the White, and should, because, of all the ringslingers we've met, he and he alone has mastered all of the emotional spectrum.

Though Guy has almost as strong a claim, come to think of it.

(This will be cross-posted to my blog shortly.)

At 7:06 AM, Blogger Brushwood said...

Awesome reasons, YOS. And in retrospect it was telegraphed from the time Saint Walker worked so hard to protect Sinestro.

At 7:55 AM, Blogger LissBirds said...

That all makes perfect sense, Your Obediant Serpant. I had just looked at it as a clever plot twist by Johns to throw us off--but I like your reasoning. I hope Sinestro STAYS a White Lantern for a while and Hal doesn't just wrestle it away from him on the first page of BN #8.

At 8:06 AM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said...

Wow, Brushwood, that part had slipped right by me. I think you've got it, hands down.

At 8:10 AM, Blogger mathematicscore said...

Your Obedient Serpent is DEAD ON. If that's not Johns's plan, he should quit.

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Fernando said...

There is not much I can say besides... WOW!

And also... I WANT more! NOW!

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Duskdog said...

Well said, Your Obedient Serpent. Very well said.

And I, too, hope that Sinestro gets to finish this out as a White Lantern. I will be incredibly disappointed if this has just been to shut up the Hal-critics for an instant, and Sinestro fails and somehow Hal ends up taking over as White Lantern anyway. Geoff surprised me with this one, because I honestly didn't think he could stop fanboying over Hal long enough to let someone else do something, but he absolutely did, and I love it.

At 12:05 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

It is amazing really how it all DOES make perfect sense now. And yet, I was quite surprised. Like most people I was sure that Hal was going to be "the One", but Sinestro, as Obedient Serpent has so brilliantly explained, is far better suited to be the White Lantern.

And...as usual...Geoff Johns laid out all the clues for us to read. And to me, anyway, that's part of the fun.

Man, this was good.

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had suspected some sort of redemption for Sinestro. But not this. Your Obedient Serpent nailed it. And i'm loving it.

-- Jack of Spades


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