“Fade to Black”
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Patrick Gleason
Inker: Rebecca Buchman & Tom Nguyen
Editor: Adam Schlagman
Green Lanterns Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner are approaching Oa after the memorial services on Earth when they are greeted by fellow Corpsmen Soranik Natu and Princess Iolande. All four of them go on the defensive as a swarm of Black Lantern rings rush past them and target the crypts on Oa. Morro the crypt keeper barely makes it out alive as all of the deceased Green Lanterns are resurrected, including Kyle’s former girlfriend Jade. Meanwhile, Arisia is told that her help is no longer needed to rebuild Daxam; Kryb’s children cry out for their mother, who is trapped on Zamaron; and Mongul has established his base of operations on Sinestro’s home world of Korugar and has rechristened those who wield the yellow light of fear the Mongul Corps.
Page 1: Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner appearance in this issue occur after they honor their fallen allies on Earth in Blackest Night #1.
Guy and Ice have a picnic at Wrigley Field after visiting Ted (Blue Beetle II) Kord’s grave in Chicago as seen in Blackest Night #1, page 10.
Kyle and Alan Scott visit Jade’s memorial in
Page 2: In Green Lantern Corps #32, the Star Sapphire Miri Riam showed Kyle Rayner and Soranik Natu who their true loves were. Soranik saw Kyle, and he said that he saw her as well, but, as revealed here, he actually saw Jade.
In Green Lantern Corps #31, the Guardians of the Universe enacted the Third Law of the Book of Oa, stating that “physical relationships and love between Green Lanterns is forbidden within the Corps.”
Pages 3-5: Soranik Natu, first appeared in Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #1. Green Lantern of Space Sector 1417. Revealed to be the daughter of Sinestro in Green Lantern Corps #36.
Princess Iolande, first appeared in Green Lantern Corps #1. Green Lantern of Space Sector 1417. Partner to Soranik Natu.
Sinestro was scheduled to be executed on Korugar, his home world, but he was freed from captivity in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1.
The Sciencell breakouts on Oa occurred in Green Lantern Corps #34-38. The battery shell surrounding Oa was destroyed in Green Lantern Corps #37.
The scenes on these pages roughly correspond to Blackest Night #1 pages 25-26.
Pages 6-8: Arisia, first appeared in Tales of the Green Lantern Corps #1. Green Lantern of Space Sector 2815.
As seen in Green Lantern Corps #33-38, Arisia and Sodam Yat traveled to Daxam to aid the planet against Mongul and the Sinestro Corps.
In Green Lantern Corps #36, Sodam Yat seemingly sacrificed himself to use his Ion abilities to transform Daxam’s red sun to a yellow one, thereby granting all of the Daxamites superhuman abilities.
The downside to all of this is that the Daxamites are paranoid racists who hate any and all aliens, including lovely Arisia here.
Page 9: Kryb, first appeared in Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1. Sinestro Corps member from Space Sector 3599. She kills parents and steals their kids. Scary stuff, kids. She was apprehended by Star Sapphire Miri Riam in Green Lantern Corps #32 and taken to Zamaron.
Those feral children seen on the unknown planet in Space Sector 3599 aren’t really hers; rather, they are the ones she has stolen for herself. Yeah, she’s one creepy bitch.
Pages 10-11: Mongul, first appeared in Showcase ’95 #8. Son of the original Mongul and brother to Mongal. No, really. Mongal. Sinestro Corps member of Space Sector 2811. In Sinestro’s absence, he has taken control of the Sinestro…I mean, assumed control of the Mongul Corps. I sense a power struggle coming, especially since Korugar is Sinestro’s home world.
Page 15: Events on this page loosely correspond to Blackest Night #1, page 27.
“..and find out why the Guardians aren’t picking up the phone.” As seen in Blackest Night #1 and Green Lantern #44, Scar has incapacitated the rest of the Guardians of the Universe. So they're not returning calls.
Page 16: Morro, first appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #12. Green Lantern of Space Sector 666. Serves as crypt-keeper of the Green Lantern Corps.
Events on this page loosely correspond to Blackest Night #1, page 27.
Page 17: Events on this page loosely correspond to Blackest Night #1, pages 28-29.
Katma Tui, first appeared in Green Lantern (second series) #30. Green Lantern of Space Sector 1417, including Korugar. Killed by Star Sapphire in Action Comics Weekly #601.
Jack T. Chance, first appeared in Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #1. Green Lantern of Space Sector 17. Killed by Parallax in Green Lantern (fourth series) #22.
Page 18: Tomar-Re, first appeared in Green Lantern (second series) #6. Green Lantern of Space Sector 2813, which included the planet Krypton (ever heard of it?) Killed by Goldface in Green Lantern (second series) #198.
Tomar Re is actually from the planet Xudar, not “Xandor” as mentioned here.
The “RISE” on this page corresponds to Blackest Night #1 pages 30-31.
Page 19: Note how while Kilowog and Kyle Rayner are cool and calm in this crisis, exhibiting the green light of “Will,” Guy Gardner is all about “Rage” and is flashing red.
I suspect that Black Lanterns play upon the emotions of others, which is why they have been taunting the living and trying to knock them off their game. They don’t seem to be able to directly affect Green Lanterns who draw strength from their willpower.
Page 22: Jade, real name Jenny-Lynn Hayden. First appeared in All-Star Squadron #25. Not an actual Green Lantern, but the daughter of Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern who inherited her father’s power and connection to the mystical Starheart. Died in Rann-Thanagar War Infinite Crisis Special #1.
Now, of course, when Jade died, her body vanished. Her consciousness merged with the power of the Starheart, which Kyle Rayner absorbed, transforming him into Ion. Now then, if there was no body, then what did the Black Lantern ring revive? Did it extract Jade’s consciousness out of the Ion power currently in Sodam Yat? I expect that we’ll see an explanation when we learn what exactly the Black Lantern rings do. For example, it revived Boston Brand’s body in Blackest Night: Batman #1, leaving his ghostly spirit unaltered, so are these Black Lanterns just revived bodies, without the original owner’s spirits? Or are the spirits still connected to the bodies? And what about those, like Jade, who no longer had physical forms?
Questions upon questions…