Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Doug Mahnke
Inker: Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen and Doug Mahnke
Editor: Eddie Berganza
As Zamaron falls to the Black Lanterns, Hal Jordan and Indigo-1 team-up with Sinestro and Carol Ferris and travel to Korugar. There, Sinestro defeats Mongul in combat and retakes control of the Sinestro Corps. The victory is short-lived, interrupted by the arrival of Black Lantern Abin Sur…
I apologize in the delay of these annotations. Life just keeps on preventing me from getting to the computer for long periods of time.
This was, by far, my absolute favorite issue of the Blackest Night story so far. Unfortunately, issues like these take me forever to write about, because there’s so damn many Lanterns of all shapes and colors flying around that I have to reference. Oh, well, things could be worse…
Page 1: The Zamarons last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #45.
The Predator is the love entity that powers the Star Sapphires. It is similar in nature to Ion and Parallax, the entities of willpower and fear respectively. Presumably, all of the Lantern Corps are powered by entities such as these.
Page 2: Sinestro, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris and Black Lantern Amon Sur all last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #45.
Page 3: Amon Sur is joined by two other fallen members of the Sinestro Corps in confronting Sinestro. They are…
Horku of Space Sector 2 (the big rock guy). First appeared in Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1. Killed in Green Lantern Corps #17.
Enkafos of Space Sector 2981. First appeared in Green Lantern Corps #14. Killed in Green Lantern Corps #16.
Page 4: Slushh has consumed Steppe, Greethun Orsos and Mullane along with Amon Sur, and his insides have liquefied their bodies. This is why the rings have sought them out again to revive them once more.
Page 5: Hal Jordan, Indigo-1 and that big guy who is also a member of the Indigo Tribe all last appeared in Blackest Night #3.
Page 6: As seen in Blackest Night #3, the green light of willpower, when combined with energies of the other emotional spectrums, can destroy the Black Lanterns.
Carol Ferris is tackling Black Lantern Duel Enkham.
Page 8: “On the eve of my execution at the hands of the Green Lantern Corps, you were going to ask me something.” This transpired in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1.
Page 9: “Khufu of Earth. Chay-Ara of Earth.” See? Told ya it was them.
Pages 10-11: So, now not only are Hawkman and Hawkgirl Black Lanterns…but their original bodies have been co-opted as well. Interesting development.
Oh boy. Things are getting bad. Black Lantern power levels are jumping up to 75.25% here.
“All unengaged Black Lanterns follow the indigo light.” Thus far, the Indigo Tribe has remained under Scar’s radar, not involving itself in the War of Light. That’s all changed.
Page 12: John Stewart last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #45.
“What the hell am I thinking?” I was just about to ask you that myself, Mr. Stewart.
Page 13: “Power levels 43%. Empathy restrained.” This is the first time we are given an insight as to how Indigo-1’s powers work. Does she weaken when she holds back her emotions? Or does that actually strengthen her abilities?
“I empathize with you, Sinestro. I know what you want. I know what you need.” Compassion is the need to help others and to alleviate their suffering. Thus, Indigo-1 is giving Sinestro what he needs most, so that he can then be an asset to the group.
Page 14: Mongul last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #39. He has taken control of the Sinestro Corps – I mean, the Mongul Corps – and established his base of operations on Korugar.
“Warworld” was the first Mongul’s base of operations, an artificial plane that he used for his gladiatorial games. To my knowledge, the current Mongul never had a Warworld of his own, so the comment that he will make Korugar into his “new Warworld” seems a bit strange.
Page 18: Sinestro’s energy construct is in the form of Abin Sur.
Pages 20-21: Damn. That looks like it hurt.
I guess the message is clear…don’t screw with Sinestro.
Page 22: Back on page 3, Sinestro contacted the members of his corps and ordered them to abandon the Anti-matter Universe and relocate to the designated safe-world. It seems that Korugar is that safe-world, as the power battery has been moved here.
Page 23: Sinestro reunites with his corps. Seen here are Maash (the guy with three heads, one on top of the other), Arkillo and Murr the Melting Man (behind Arkillo). I can’t identify most of the others.
Black Lantern Abin Sur looks at the quartet of Lanterns and “sees” them according to the colors of the emotional spectrum which they wield, not what emotion they might be exhibiting at that moment. Sinestro may wield the power of fear, but he’s not the type to get afraid easily.
Page 24: Abin Sur was, of course, Hal Jordan’s predecessor as the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814. Arin was his sister, unseen before Green Lantern (fourth series) #45. Apparently Arin and Sinestro were romantically involved; whether or not Arin was the mother of Soranik Natu, Sinestro’s daughter, remains to be seen.