“To Hell and Back”
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Doug Mahnke
Inker: Christian Alamy, Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen with Mark Irwin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
On Ysmault, Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns confront Black Lanterns of four of the Fiven Inversions, while John Stewart continues to explore the resurrected world of Xanshi. After defeating the revived Abin Sur on Korugar, Hal
Page 1: Let’s make this easy…all of these Green Lanterns and Red Lanterns last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #45.
Laira, a former Green Lantern and, later a Red Lantern has just been raised as a Black Lantern and is attacking Tomar Tu and Graf Toren.
Atrocitus, leader of the Red Lanterns, is facing off with Hannu, the stone-skinned guy.
The Green Lanterns came to Ysmault, the homeworld of the Red Lanterns, to retrieve the body of their fallen comrade Laira.
Page 2: The Five Inversions – Qull, Roxeaume and two others, unidentified (see below). First appeared in Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2. Killed in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1.
In Green Lantern (fourth series) #45, Black Lantern power rings descended on Ysmault and raised four beings from the planet Ryut, the original home of the Five Inversions – Qull, Worz, Kultonius and Qurr. I assumed that these four, along with Atrocitus, comprised the Five Inversions.
However, in this issue, Qull is there, along with Roxeaume, who is his sister and another of the Five Inversions. The other two are unnamed at this time. Thus, I’m still unsure about what their names are, and not certain which of them are Qurr, Worz or Kultonius, but I assume that they will be identified in the future.
Page 3: The Massacre of Space Sector 666 involved the robotic Manhunters eradicating all life in that sector to complete their quest due to a glitch in their programming. Only five individuals survived the massacre; they became known as the Five Inversions, and created the Empire of Tears to gain revenge on the Guardians of the Universe.
Hannu is exhibiting willpower; while Atrocitus and his Red Lanterns are all about rage.
“You forged your batteries from our blood.” In Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1, Atrocitus killed the rest of the Five Inversions to create the power battery and power ring for the Red Lantern Corps.
“Do you remember the tale we told the Green Lantern Abir Sur, brother?” The Five Inversions told Abin Sur prophecies about the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps in Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2.
Page 4: Man, that Qull is really pushy, don’t you think? He hasn’t seen his pal Atrocitus in months, and it’s just, “Hey, how are you, you suck, let me rip out your heart!”
Of course, they kinda left things on bad terms, so I’ll give him a little bit of leeway there…
Page 5: So, here’s the (really gross) deal with the Red Lanterns. When they accept their power ring, their hearts become useless and their blood is spoiled, so it’s expelled from them in a particularly violent manner. Not a pleasant sight, if you ask me. Thus, ripping Atrocitus’ heart out of his chest doesn’t transform him into a Black Lantern mainly because it hasn’t been doing anything in the first place.
Therefore, the Red Lanterns might be a crucial key to defeating the threat of the Black Lanterns.
Pages 6-7: Abin and Arin Sur, Hal
“I warned the Guardians about this night.” After Abin Sur learned about the prophecy of the Blackest Night from the Five Inversions, he informed the Guardians of the Universe, who did not seem to take his concerns seriously.
“Do you remember what happened here on Korugar, Sinestro? What happened under these streets?” No, actually I have no idea what you’re talking about. Please enlighten me.
“It was foretold to me that you would surpass my accomplishments and – oh – how you have, Earthman.” Another of Qull’s prophecies was that Abin Sur’s successor would be the greatest of the Green Lantern Corps.
“I never brought the Corps to the brink of destruction.” Hal
“Or failed to save a city of seven million people.” Mongul and the Cyborg-Superman destroyed
Abin Sur is trying to break Hal’s will. It’s what those pesky Black Lanterns do.
Page 8: As we can see, Hal is all about willpower.
Page 9: “It was in these very tunnels that I died in your arms, Sinestro.” In an as-yet untold story, just in case you were wondering.
Arin Sur has broken through Sinestro’s armor; he’s exhibiting a mixture of fear, love and compassion.
Page 10: “I will not be able to channel the Green Lantern’s power for much longer without him in direct vicinity.” Indigo-1 is able to channel energies from other Lanterns for a limited time.
“Thaal Sinestro”? Does Sinestro actually have a first name after all these years?
Page 11: “Have some respect for the dead, Jordan. There’s no need for banter.” Great line.
“Indigo? I know you. I –“ In Green Lantern (fourth series) #46, Indigo-1 says to Sinestro, “And before his death, Abin Sur told me I could trust you of all Green Lanterns.” The first meeting of Abin Sur and Indigo-1 remains to be told.
Page 12: So long to Abin and Arin
This is a telling little exchange…
Hal: Who was she?
Sinestro: Abin’s sister.
Hal: Who was she to you?
Page 13: “The Blue Lanterns are the only ones that can douse the fire that the Reds spit up.” A Blue Lantern power ring can halt the corrupting effects of a Red Lantern power ring.
Page 14: “A pawn to you. To the Guardians. And to every other colored corps and ring that wants to take me for a test drive.” Thus far, Hal has worn a yellow, red, blue and orange power ring, in addition to his usual green one.
Page 15: John Stewart last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #46.
Can we get on with this plotline already?!?! John’s on Xanshi, we get it…now something needs to happen!
Page 16: Saint Walker, Brother Warth and Sister Sercy last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #45.
Brother Hynn (the orange guy with the pointy head) of Space Sector 3. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #38.
Glomulus of Space Sector 2826. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #40. As with all Orange Lantern constructs, he is actually dead, consumed by the power of the Orange Lantern and recreated as a power ring energy construct.
Page 18: Yeah, there’s some more Orange Lanterns, most of whom haven’t been identified yet, so I’m not bothering with them. I’m feeling lazy; sue me.
Page 19: There’s Larfleeze, running from his victims. They all last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #45.
Page 20: So, how did Atrocitus get from Ysmault to Okkara, and what happened in the intervening time? This is going to give me such a headache when I try to fit this into the timeline…
Pages 21-22: Are non-existent. What happened? Are we dealing with 20-page issues now?