Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern #51

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Green Lantern #51

Well, this is getting tedious. Oh, not the issue of course. That's stupendous as always. But it is getting harder and harder each month to come up with new superlatives. We are getting nearer and nearer to the climax of the whole story, and things are definitely hitting the fan.

We begin with a brief moment of avarice and comedy, as Lex Luthor is bound and determined to add Superman to his little orange bag of tricks. Larfleeze is literally hanging onto the battery and won't let go, which is driving Lex nuts.

Then of course we get to Hal, possessed by Parallax in the last issue, who is all in the Black Lantern Spectre's face. Parallax is awfully happy to be where he is, and even happier to be taunting the Spectre. He REALLY hates the Spectre, and his taunting is pretty much guaranteed to hurt. A lot. Carol is busy fretting about Hal, while Ganthet is telling her to relax and let Hal do what it is that he does best. Mera is chasing a Black Lanterned Garth, while Atrocitus is convinced that the Spectre is more than he seems, he's ALSO holding the Rage entity. Or so Atrocitus thinks, anyway.

So, the Spectre and Parallax are going at it, and there is a simply exquisite full page picture of Hal/Parallax peering into the interior of the Spectre and what remains of his essence. Doug Mahnke really knocks it out of the part, artwise...as usual. After a bit more taunting, Parallax finds the black ring, and severs the connection. Woohoo! The Spectre is back to his old self...and pissed as hell. So that's a good thing.

Too bad that Parallax is really enjoying taking a spin in Hal's body, and isn't planning on giving it up. Sinestro goes after Hal, while Atrocitus is trying to free the embodiment of Rage, that he is convinced is within the Spectre. The Spectre turns red, vomits some blood, and then tells Atrocitus...no dice.

Well, bummer.

While Parallax is distracted, egged on by Ganthet, Carol grabs ahold of him and starts showing the power of love.


And Hal is free! Double woohoo! Sinestro is all set to reclaim Parallax, who gives him the slip...much to his surprise and hightails it to Belle Reve prison, and the cell of a certain Hector Hammond.

Uh oh.

So, anyway, they are all happy that the Spectre is in his right mind, and he's going to help them defeat Nekron. Except that Nekron has other ideas, and the Spectre is pretty much powerless against him. Well crap. Sometimes Hal, you really should take a minute to try and think things through.

To be continued in Blackest Night next week!

I'm on the edge of my seat.


At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sally, as I read it, Hector Hammond was just aware that someone else ("it") had pulled Parallax away. Hammond seems to know much more than he's saying about a lot of things.

-- Jack of Spades

At 3:20 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

I'm with jack of Spades on that, it reads as though Hammond knows who has grabbed Yellow Fear Bug, but it isn't him.

Which raises the question of what has the power to take parallax against its will? And is that same it the reason Atrocitus can't find the Avatar of Rage?

At 6:21 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

It was a bit ambiguous, but yes, I think that you're right. SOMEthing peculiar is going on...possibly setting up some story lines that will be examined once Blackest Night is over. Geoff Johns is rather notorious for hiding little clues all along the way.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

Agreed. I'm pretty sure Hector doesn't have Parallax -- he just knows who does. I wonder if we'll see more entities snatched away? Maybe that is the same reason Atrocitus can't find Rage... and maybe that's why Predator hasn't shown up yet even though he was freed several issues ago (I know, really only a short amount of time in real time, but still, you'd think we'd have seen it again by now).

Also, I'm wondering if the "Ah ha, the Spectre has the Rage entity... oh no wait, he doesn't" was Geoff's way of poking fun at fanboy/fangirl theories and the whining about him being predictable that inevitably goes along with those debates.

And Parallax snatched away from Sinestro's fingertips twice in two issues! It's funnier if you imagine him making a sad face and feeling sorry for himself.

...I know, I'm easily amused.

At 7:49 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Yes, Sinestro DID look just a tad miffed, didn't he? I'm rather intrigued that they've brought Hector Hammond back into the story, I kept expecting him to be a part of Blackest Night, and he really wasn't...but somehow, I'm sure there's a reason.

Maybe they'll bring in the Kroloteans too!


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