Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Green Lantern #48

"Gimme a Break!"


Writer: Geoff Johns

Penciller: Doug Mahnke

Inker: Christian Alamy, Doug Mahnke & Tom Nguyen

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


Hal Jordan and company arrive on Okaara, where they must deal with not only Larfleeze, but an enraged Atrocitus as well. After much debate and negotiation, the seven Lanterns agree to work together to destroy the Black Lanterns, but they are too late – the Black Lantern power battery has been fully charged, and has left Ryut for parts unknown…


Notes


Page 1: The editor’s note mentions that this issue takes place before Blackest Night #6, which it does, but I have a funny feeling that they meant to write Blackest Night #5, the issue which this story immediately precedes.


Since this is the first issue in which all of the representatives of the seven Lantern Corps appear together, I’m going to recap them for good measure.


Atrocitus of Space Sector 666. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #25. Power ring allows him to fly, create energy constructs and vomit burning red plasma. Last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47.


Larfleeze, also known as Agent Orange. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #25. Power ring allows him to create energy constructs, absorb energy, and create energy avatars of those he kills. Last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47.


Atrocitus feels rage, while Larfleeze is all about avarice.


“Bah! What a week I’m having!” Larfleeze and his Orange Lanterns attracted the attention of the Guardians of the Universe and the Green Lantern Corps in Green Lantern (fourth series) #39. It’s entirely conceivable that this happened only several days ago.


Page 2: Man, Atrocitus suddenly became Mr. Mine-Mine-Mine, now didn’t he?


Page 4: “They died and were reborn in my orange light. They’re supposed to be my Corps. My slaves.” The Orange Lanterns Corps has a strange recruitment process. When Larfleeze kills another, his Orange Lantern creates an energy avatar of the victim, stealing their identity. These avatars are consumed by greed and act as Larfleeze’s soldiers. The Black Lanterns that are pursuing Larfleeze are the reanimated bodies of those he killed to comprise his Corps.


Pages 6-7: Hey, it’s the rest of the Lanterns…


Saint Walker, real name Bro’Dee Walker. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #25. Power ring allows him to fly, create energy constructs, see the future, and draw upon the hope of others. Last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47.


Green Lantern II, real name Harold “Hal” Jordan. First appeared in Showcase #22. Transformed into Parallax in Green Lantern (third series) #50. Died in Final Night #4. Reborn as the Spectre II in Day of Judgment #5. Reborn in Green Lantern: Rebirth # 4. Power ring allows him to fly, create energy constructs, and draw upon the knowledge contained in the Book of Oa. Last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47.


Star Sapphire II, real name Carol Ferris. First appeared (as Carol) in Showcase #22, and (as Star Sapphire) in Green Lantern (second series) #16. Power ring allows her to fly, create energy constructs, crystallize others with the power of love and show others their hearts desire. Last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47.


Sinestro, real name Thaal Sinestro. First appeared in Green Lantern (second series) #7. Power ring allows him to fly, create energy constructs and detect the fears of others. Last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47.


Indigo-1, leader of the Indigo Tribe. First appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #25. Power staff allows her to fly, create energy constructs, and duplicate the abilities of other Lantern Corps. Last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47.


Page 8: “Uncle Scrooge,” also known as Scrooge McDuck, is the uncle of Donald Duck and is based on the character Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.


“Gonzo,” also known as Gonzo the Great, is one of Jim Henson’s Muppets. Unlike the other Muppets, who resemble humans or animals, Gonzo has blue fur, purple feathers, and a hooked beak; his true race has never been definitively determined.


Ganthet, former Guardians of the Universe, creator of the Blue Lantern Corps. First appeared in Green Lantern: Ganthet’s Tale. Generates and manipulates the blue energy of hope and is immortal. Last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47.


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. Generates and manipulates the blue energy of hope and is immortal. Last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47.


“I asked but one thing in return for our truce – the location of the blue ring! But these miniature monsters did not tell me the planet Odym would be protected by a Blue Lantern Corps.” The Guardians of the Universe informed Larfleeze that he could find a blue power ring on Odym in Green Lantern (fourth series) #42.


Page 9: “You came to Okaara and disturbed this unsanitary creature, Jordan.” This happened in Green Lantern (fourth series) #39-42.


“You journeyed to Ysmault and once again faced Atrocitus.” As detailed in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1 and Green Lantern (fourth series) #36-38.


Page 13: Saint Walker’s Blue Lantern power ring is able to create of vision of one’s greatest hope to calm them of their rage, as seen here with Atrocitus.


Page 15: “The Green Lanterns die. You die. Your Corps dies. And your daughter died.” Sinestro’s daughter is Soranik Natu of the Green Lantern Corps.


Page 16: “Power levels 100%.” As seen in Blackest Night #4, Black Lantern Jean Loring killed Damage, thereby fully charging the Black Lantern Power Battery.


“Hal Jordan of Earth.” So, why is a Black Lantern power ring or the power battery speaking to Hal? Or is that Nekron doing the talking there?


“We cannot fail my savior Abin Sur. As seen in Blackest Night #5, Indigo-1’s oath mentions Abin Sur but, since most of the oath is in an alien language, the context is unknown. However, Indigo-1 has repeatedly mentioned that she met Abin Sur years ago, and that he was important to her.


Page 17: The planet Ryut, in Space Sector 666, was the home of the Black Lantern Power Battery until it was fully charged in Blackest Night #4. It was then transported to Coast City on Earth.


Ryut was also the home of Atrocitus, until a malfunction by the Manhunters millennia ago resulted in a genocidal attack that wiped out all life in Space Sector 666 with the exception of Atrocitus and the other Five Inversions.


Page 18: “I lost my family on a pilgrimage to save my planet.” This was seen in Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1.


Page 20: This story leads directly into Blackest Night #5.


What’s this? Only twenty pages again? What’s going on here?


Prediction time…after all is said and done when Blackest Night concludes, I think that the surviving members of the Guardians of the Universe are each going to do as Ganthet and Sayd have done and become the Guardians for the other Lantern Corps, so that each of the Corps, including the Green Lanterns, will have one and only one Guardian. I have no reason to think this other than gut feeling. Time will tell…



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