“The Son & the Stars” Part Two
Writer: Tony Bedard
Penciller: Claude St. Aubin
Inker: Scott Hanna
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Vril Dox and his R.E.B.E.L.S. make a stand against Black Lanterns Stealth and Harbinger as they try to figure out a way to defeat their foes. Meanwhile, Starro the Conqueror and Lyrl Dox find themselves under attack by Black Lanterns of their own, and Lyrl looks to his father for help. Although the Black Lanterns are momentarily contained, a rift widens between father and son and Vril Dox swears to take down Starro…
Page 1: As of Green Lantern (fourth series) #47, Sinestro ordered all members of his Corps to remain on Korugar until further notice.
Vril Dox , Captain Comet II, Adam Strange, Bounder, Amon Hakk, Ciji, Strate, Garv, Rocky, Kanjar Ro, Xylon, Tribulus and Black Lantern Stealth last appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.
Page 2: “Adam Strange! Zeta-beam my people down to that planet now before they perish!” It was my understanding that the Zeta-Beam was usable only across vast, interstellar distances, and that short jumps were not possible.
Page 3: “It’s up to you, Adam. I can’t port again for another hour.” While Captain Comet can instantly teleport to anywhere in the universe, he must rest for several minutes after a short jump, and for an hour after a long distance. I guess planet side from an orbit around said planet counts as “long distance.”
Page 4: Black Lantern Harbinger and the Sinestro Corpsmen last appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.
Malia is the female member of the Sinestro Corps. Apparently, the pale-skinned guy with bony protrusions on his face is Meershom.
Meershom is feeling fear.
Poor Meershom. I bet he had a really good story to be told about him. Maybe a mini-series, or a prestige-format graphic novel, something written by Miller or Azzarello. I guess we’ll just never know, now will we?
Page 5: Vril Dox is all about willpower.
Page 6: “An Earth-hero named the Flash transmitted a warning explaining what they are.” This occurred in Blackest Night #4 and was recapped in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.
Page 11: Oh good, at least Meershom has come back as a Black Lantern. That’s a relief…
Page 12: Wildstar last appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.
Page 13: Black Lantern Stealth killed Starro’s High Vanguard in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.
“I do not have a heart anymore within my containment suit. I think this confused her.” Those without hearts – like Plastic Man, Red Tornado, and now Wildstar – are useless to Black Lanterns, because they feed upon the emotions within the heart.
Page 14: Lyrl Dox, Starro the Conqueror and Smite last appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10.
“And no force field or blockade will ever contain you.” Virl Dox created a force field that has temporarily impeded Starro’s invasion in R.E.B.E.L.S. #6.
Page 15: Starro’s High Vanguard last appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10. They are, from left to right, Limina, Brunt, Acarinus and Blackfang. Not sure where Chronar vanished to. Obviously, they are all now Black Lanterns after being killed by Black Lantern Stealth.
Page 17: Looks like poor, nameless Sinestro Corpsman got himself killed too. I didn’t really see the same “graphic novel” potential in this guy that I saw in Meershom, to be honest.
Page 19: Starro the Conqueror is feeling rage. I think that’s pretty much all he ever feels.
Smite placed the Starro-probe on Lyrl’s back in R.E.B.E.L.S. #10, bonding him to Starro and restoring his previously-diminished intellect.
Page 20: And, after his intellect was restored, Lyrl declared that he wanted to be called “Brainiac 3” from now on.
Xylon is feeling will, Vril Dox is feeling fear, and Kanjar Ro is feeling avarice.
Page 24: “He’s lived through worse.” And this is why everyone hates you, Vril, because you’re just a heartless bastard.
Page 26: Hey! Look! Chronar of the High Command finally shows up! He’s getting pushed through the transmat portal back to Maltus along with everyone else! It’s about time that Black Lantern got involved in all this chaos.
Page 29: Man, Vril Dox sure is pissed off at Lyrl…I mean, Brainiac 3 right now.
Page 30: A look at the future of R.E.B.E.L.S. Looks like Vril Dox is going to have a little family reunion involving his dad, Brainiac, and his descendent, Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes.