Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Green Lantern #45

“Love Hurts”


Writer: Geoff Johns

Penciller: Doug Mahnke

Inker: Christian Alamy, Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


Deep in space, John Stewart witnesses the resurrection of the planet Xanshi as the War if Light rages on. On Zamaron, Carol Ferris and the Star Sapphires battle Sinestro and the members of his Corps, while Boodikka leads a squad of Green Lanterns to Ysmault to reclaim Laira’s body from the Red Lanterns. Meanwhile, the Blue Lantern Corps finds its home world under attack from the Orange Lanterns, but Larfleeze is assaulted by a group of Black Lanterns, those individuals whose very lives he has taken. And, on Oa, Scar waits for the coming of the Indigo Tribe…

Notes

Page 1: John Stewart last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #44.

The panel with Pariah corresponds to his appearance in Blackest Night #2, page 12.

“Worlds have died.” Refers to the planet Xanshi, destroyed in Cosmic Odyssey #2.

Pages 2-3: “Worlds will rise.” Looks like the Black Lantern rings can revive dead planets as well.

Is Xanshi about to become the Black Lanter version of Mogo?

Pages 4-5: The remainder of this issue elaborates on battles that were first seen in Blackest Night #1, pages 22-25 and Green Lantern (fourth series) #44, pages 14-15.

Star Sapphire II, real name Carol Ferris. First appeared (as Carol) in Showcase #22 and (as Star Sapphire) in Green Lantern (second series) #16.

The ladies of the Sinestro Corps trapped in the crystalline chambers are Karu-Sil, Kryb and Kiriazis. More on them later.

The other, readily identifiable members of the Sinestro Corps are…

Slushh (the green globular creature) of Space Sector 3376. First appeared in Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1.

Low (blue guy with a face full of teeth) of Space Sector 3308. First appeared in Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1.

Tekik (the robot) of Space Sector 3281. First appeared in Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1.

Murr the Melting Man (right under Tekik’s chin) of Space Sector 3490. First appeared in Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1.

Romat-Ru (looks just like Tomar-Tu, only evil) of Space Sector 2813. First appeared in Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1.

Pages 6-7: In Green Lantern (fourth series) #19, Carol Ferris tells Hal Jordan that the females of Oa traveled to Zamaron and discovered the first Star Sapphire gem, locked between the embrace of two crystallized skeletons in a cave. Here, Queen Aga’po mentions that the bodies were “brought from Earth to Zamaron.” Now, taking this new information into consideration, is everyone else assuming that this “Adam and Eve” is actually Prince Khufu and Princess Chay-Ara, now known as Hawkman and Hawkgirl?

Kryb of Space Sector 3599. First appeared in Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1. She was apprehended by Star Sapphire Miri Riam in Green Lantern Corps #32 and taken to Zamaron.

Page 8: Sinestro of Space Sector 1417. First appeared in Green Lantern (second series) #7.

Page 9: Kiriazis of Space Sector 1711. First appeared in Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1. She’s the one leaping around and yelling, “Freeee.”

Karu-Sil of Space Sector 2815. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #19. She uses her power ring to create her bloodthirsty pack.

I’d try to identify some of the Star Sapphires, but, for the most part, they haven’t gotten much solo page-time, with the exception of Carol and Miri. Some of them have been named, but only in Blackest Night #0.

Page 10: Okay, let’s switch colors…it’s time to discuss some Red Lanterns…

Zilius Zox (the guy who’s all head) of Space Sector 3544. First appeared in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1.

Bleez (the flame-winged female) of Space Sector 33. First appeared in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1.

Veon (purple skin, one eye) of Space Sector 435. First appeared in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1.

Dex-Starr (the blue alien cat). First appeared in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1.

Skallox (guy with the goat head). First appeared in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1.

Haggor (he has three sets of eyes, bottom right of panel). First appeared in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1.

The remainder of the Red Lanterns have yet to be identified.

Boodikka of Space Sector 1414. First appeared in Green Lantern (third series) #20. Transformed into an Alpha Lantern in Green Lantern (fourth series) #27.

And the Green Lanterns seen here are…

Tomar-Tu of Space Sector 2813. First appeared in Green Lantern (third series) #5. Son of Tomar-Re.

Hannu (big rock guy) of Space Sector 2. First appeared in Green Lantern (third series) #49.

Graf Toren of Space Sector 424. First appeared in Guy Gardner #11.

The “BaBUMBaBUM” seen at the bottom of the page represents the bloodthirsty rage felt by the members of the Red Lanterns.

Page 11: Atrocitus of Space Sector 666, leader of the Red Lantern Corps. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #25.

Qull, Worz, Kultonius and Qurr were, along with Atrocitus, the other members of the Five Inversions, a terrorist group bent on the destruction of the Guardians of the Universe and all who serve them. They were killed by Atrocitus to create the red power rings and power batteries as well as the Central Power Battery on Ysmault.

Laira of Space Sector 112. First appeared in Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #6. Transformed into a Red Lantern in Green Lantern (fourth series) #28. Killed in Green Lantern (fourth series) #37.

Page 14: Abin Sur of Space Sector 2814. First appeared (and died) in Showcase #22. Hal Jordan’s predecessor in the Green Lantern Corps.

“Tomar-Re” and Arkkis Chummuck” were fellow Green Lanterns and contemporaries of Sinestro and Abin Sur.

It seems that Sinestro had a little thing going on with Abin Sur previously-unseen sister, Arin. Whether or not Arin Sur was the relatively-unseen mother of Soranik Natu (glimpsed at in Green Lantern Corps #36) remains to be seen.

Page 15: “My corps is near civil war thanks to Mongul.” As seen in recent issues of Green Lantern Corps, Mongul has taken control of the Sinestro Corps, even going so far as to rename it the Mongul Corps in Green Lantern Corps #39.

Page 16: “Power Levels 45.43%.” How did they get so damn high? That’s quite a jump up from 3.82% as seen in Blackest Night: Superman #1, page 7. Presumably, a lot of death has transpired between that issue and the events seen here.

Page 17: Oh boy, we have some dead Sinestro Corps members. Let’s see what I can do…

Amon Sur (center of the group) of Space Sector 2814. First appeared in Green Arrow (third series) #24. Became a member of the Sinestro Corps in Green Lantern (fourth series) #17. Killed in Green Lantern (fourth series) #26.

Duel Enkham (the guy with two heads) of Space Sector 3550. First appeared in Green Lantern Corps #23. Killed in Green Lantern Corps #26.

Ugg-I (an eye where her mouth should be and two mouths where her eyes should be) of Space Sector 53. First appeared (and killed) in Green Lantern Corps #38.

As for the rest…you got me. Random dead Sinestro Corps members, I suppose. A lot of them look like Qwardian Thunderers.

Page 18: “Deceased targets on planet surface: Zero.” So, is death non-existent on Odym?

The Blue Lanterns seen here are…

Saint Walker of Space Sector 1. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #25.

Brother Warth (the elephant guy) of Space Sector 2. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #36.

Sister Sercy of Space Sector 4. First appeared in Blackest Night #0.

Ganthet, former Guardians of the Universe, creator of the Blue Lantern Corps. First appeared in Green Lantern: Ganthet’s Tale.

Sayd, former Guardians of the Universe, creator of the Blue Lantern Corps. First appeared in Green Lantern: Legacy – The Last Will & Testament of Hal Jordan, named in Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1.

And now, to Agent Orange…

Larfleeze of Okkara. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #25.

Pages 20-21: So, the deal with Larfleeze is that he’s the only one to wear an Orange Lantern ring. He steals the identities of those he kills and then creates orange light replicas of them to do his bidding.

Okay, here we have a group of Black Lanterns that were killed by Larfleeze and used as energy constructs. I know that their names were mentioned on page 19, but I can’t identify them all. Those that I can are…

Blume of Blobbo, top left, the big guy with all sorts of little tentacles coming out of his body;

A Guardian of the Universe, easily to identify;

Gretti, a former Green Lantern of Space Sector 2828, seen smack dab in the center of the spread;

Glomulus of Poppo, the egg-shaped creature on the right side of the spread;

Clypta of Thieves’ System, a former ally of Larfleeze, in the bottom right corner of the spread.

All the rest are up for grabs. Match away, kids.

Page 22: Lyssa Drak of Space Sector 3500. She is the Keeper of the Book of Parallax. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #18. In Green Lantern Corps #37, she discovered Scar’s Book of the Black and became trapped in its pages, as seen here.

The Indigo Tribe, including Indigo-1. First appeared in Blackest Night #0. More details to come.

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