Sunday, January 10, 2010

Green Lantern #49

“Semper Fi”


Writer: Geoff Johns

Penciller: Ed Benes & Marcos Marz

Inker: Ed Benes and Luciana Del Negro

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


John Stewart faces the Black Lanterns on the resurrected Xanshi, including is late wife Katma Tui. John realizes that he can’t battle this foe alone and attempts to return to Oa, but finds that the threat is greatest to his home planet of Earth…


Notes


Page 1: Xanshi is a planet that first appeared in Green Lantern (second series) #130. John Stewart failed to prevent the planet’s destruction in Cosmic Odyssey #2. Fatality, former member of the Sinestro Corps, now a Star Sapphire, hailed from Xanshi.


Green Lantern IV, real name John Stewart. First appeared in Green Lantern (second series) #87. Last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #47. Power ring allows him to fly, create energy constructs, and draw upon the knowledge contained in the Book of Oa.


For the love of all that is holy, this John Stewart plot line has been dragging like none other. I know, I know, there’s been a lot of stuff going on in this Blackest Night tale, but please, poor John’s been watching Xanshi reform, and then spent hours contemplating whether or not he’s going to fly down an d investigate the planet. Let’s get on with it already!


“They’re coming for you, Jonathan.” Uh…no. His name is “John,” not “Jonathan.” If his name was “Jonathan,” then he’d shorten it to “Jon.”


Yes, it’s his own name, and he can shorten it to whatever he wants…but has he ever, in all the years he has been around, been called “Jonathan”? Even once? Thought not…


Pages 2-3: Driq of Space Sector 667. First appeared in The Green Lantern Corps #217. Killed in The Green Lantern Corps #223. Power ring allows him to fly, create energy constructs, and draw upon the knowledge contained in the Book of Oa.


Driq was interesting. He was killed by Sinestro, but his willpower was so strong that his ring would not let him die. He did not look good, being all dead and all. He finally went to his rest after Sinestro was seemingly executed and most of the Green Lanterns lost their power. He has since been revived as a Black Lantern; why he has both a Black Lantern and a Green Lantern power ring has yet to be revealed.


Page 4: Oh yeah, John’s getting hardcore…


As far as I can remember, John Stewart was simply an architect until the Justice League animated series, which cast him as a former U.S. Marine. Since then, writers have revised his character to reflect this change in the comic books. In Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1, John used his military training to take out Bedovian, a Sinestro Corps member who attacked the Green Lanterns with sniper-like precision.


Page 6: Katma Tui of Space Sector 1417. First appeared in Green Lantern (second series) #30. Killed in Action Comics Weekly #601. Last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #40. Power ring allows him to fly, create energy constructs, and draw upon the knowledge contained in the Book of Oa.


Pages 7-10: A flashback to John’s time in the military. Interesting, but not much to comment on.


Page 11: “You’ve tried to recreate Xanshi with your ring.” John attempted to use his power ring to rebuild Xanshi in Green Lantern (fourth series) #26. He was unsuccessful, his ring telling him that his willpower exceeded the ring’s capabilities.


John is feeling will. (And, yes, I know how dirty that sounds.)


“It’s time to move on.” Hallelujah. It’s about time some of these characters moved on from these traumatic events that have plagued them for so long.


Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think that Bruce Wayne should wake up one morning and be happy that his parents are dead. (Well, he himself is dead right now, so that might be a stretch…) I don’t want Clark Kent to stop grieving for the loss of Krypton. Peter Parker should always keep his Uncle Ben in the back of his mind.


These are important, character-defining events that make the character who they are.


But Beast Boy moaning and pining for Terra? John Stewart fixating on Xanshi and Katma Tui? These events happened over twenty years ago, real time. It’s gotten old. It’s time to move on to other stuff.


Pages 12-13: John has cemented his reputation as the bad-ass Green Lantern.


Page 14: “Green Lantern? I can’t find my mother.” Them Black Lanterns are sneaky, sending the undead kid out to make John feel bad.


Page 16: As a general rule, it’s never a good sign when a formerly-destroyed planet full of undead zombies enters the solar system.



“Tales of the Black Lantern Corps: The Birth of Nekron”

Writer: Geoff Johns

Art: Jerry Ordway

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


Deep within Damage’s power ring, Black Lantern Jean Loring reveals to Ray Palmer and Mera the Guardians greatest lie – the darkness originally ruled the universe, and Nekron is it’s true guardian. Life is the invader, one which the Black Lanterns will finally destroy, unless Deadman has something to say about that…


Notes


Page 17: That ring belongs to Black Lantern Damage. Black Lantern Jean Loring brought Ray Palmer and Mera into the ring in Blackest Night #5.


Page 18: Mera, Aquaman’s widow. First appeared in Aquaman (first series) #11. Last appeared in Blackest Night #5. Able to form structures out of hard water.


Jean Loring, formerly known as Eclipso III. First appeared (as Jean) in Showcase #34 and (as Eclipso) in Day of Vengeance #1. Killed in Countdown to Final Crisis #17. Last appeared in Blackest Night #5. Wields the Heart of Darkness which bestows superhuman strength, invulnerability, and the ability to project eye blasts.


The Atom II, real name Raymond “Ray” Palmer. First appeared in Showcase #34. Last appeared in Blackest Night #5. Able to shrink his body to varying degrees while controlling his weight and mass.


Page 19: Ray first talked about how the interior of the Black Lantern power rings reminded him of bones in Blackest Night #3.


Ray Palmer is feeling compassion.


“Your king.” Mera’s king was Aquaman.


“What did he die for? Does anyone even remember?” Honestly…no. Aquaman’s death was pretty damn senseless, even as far as comic book deaths go.


“That’s assault and battery!” Remember, when alive, Jean Loring was a lawyer.


Page 20: Another version of the creation of the universe and the eternal battle between light and darkness was told by Indigo-1 in Blackest Night #3.


It’s funny to see the Guardians of the Universe, rolling up their sleeves and hard at work.


Page 21: That’s Nekron, the current big bad of Blackest Night. But, according to the Black Lanterns, he’s the ultimate good. What do you think? Discuss.


“But if I knew what I know now, I swear, I never would’ve killed Sue, Ray.” Jean Loring killed Sue Dibny, wife of the Elongated Man, in Identity Crisis #1. This was back when she was alive and absolutely crazy.


Page 22: Nekron revived Bruce Wayne to release w hole mess of Black Lantern power rings in Blackest Night #5.


Those Black Lantern power rings then killed and subsequently revived Superman, Wonder Woman, Superboy, Kid Flash, Green Arrow, Animal Man, Ice and Donna Troy as Black Lanterns. Sucks to be them.


Deadman, real name Boston Brand. First appeared in Strange Adventures #205. Last appeared in Blackest Night: Batman #3. He’s an invisible and intangible ghost who can instantly possess the body of any sentient being.