Saturday, January 2, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #43

“Red Badge of Rage”


Writer: Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Patrick Gleason

Inker: Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen & Patrick Gleason

Editor: Adam Schlagman


Synopsis


Angered by the death of Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner accepts a Red Lantern power rings and goes on a rampage. Meanwhile, against all odds, Star Sapphire Miri utilizes Soranik Natu’s love to restore Kyle to life, just in time for the Green Lantern Corps to watch as Mogo arrives to aid them against the Black Lanterns…


Notes


Page 1: Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner and Soranik Natu last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #42.


Page 2: Oh, yeah, and Kyle was killed trying to save the Green Lantern Corps Power Battery from the Black Lanterns in Green Lantern Corps #42.


“Moratorium on sentient ring replacement. Proceed to Lantern Mogo in Space Sector 2261.” In Green Lantern Corps #40, Salaak decreed that, until the end of the current crisis, no new Green Lanterns would be recruited. Thus, if a Green Lantern dies, his or her ring will be sent to Mogo for the time being, instead of seeking out a new replacement.


Page 3: The Red Lantern ring that has chosen Guy Gardner as its new wearer belonged to Vice, who was killed in Green Lantern Corps #42.


Page 4: Oh, yeah, Guy is angry…


Page 5: “Connection severed.” As explained by Indigo-1 in Blackest Night #3, combining the green light of willpower with a light from another branch of the emotional spectrum can destroy a Black Lantern power ring. Thus, Guy, using both Green Lantern and Red Lantern power rings, is pretty damn effective at destroying Black Lanterns.


Page 6: “Devour will.” Because of the danger that the power of the Green Lanterns poses to them, the Black Lanterns seek to destroy the Green Lantern Power Battery.


As seen here, a Red Lantern can vomit a red fire from their mouths. That’s right, they vomit fire. Pretty gross, really.


Page 7: Uh oh, Kyle’s become the next candidate for Black Lantern-hood.


Page 8: Munk last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #42.


Munk combined his Indigo power with the power of a Green Lantern power ring to destroy the Black Lantern power ring attempting to take control of Kyle.


Page 9: Kilowog, Arisia, Isamot Kol and Vath Sarn last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #42.


Page 10: Kryb and Star Sapphire Miri last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #40. The Black Lantern Corphans last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #42.


“You and your kind kept me locked in that damned crystal!” Star Sapphire Miri apprehended Kryb in Green Lantern Corps #32 and was locked in one of their rehabilitation crystals. The Sinestro Corps freed Kryb in Green Lantern (fourth series) #45.


“They were never your babies to begin with, Kryb!” Kryb’s “babies” weren’t hers; they were the children of the Green Lanterns she killed, nicknamed the “Corphans.”


Page 11: “Star Sapphire Miri. The heart is being attacked in Sector Zero.” Oa is in Space Sector Zero.


Page 12: Guy always did have wonderful timing.


Page 13: Man, Kryb is really having a bad day, isn’t she?


Page 15: “I met you both before when you delivered that beautiful baby in the middle of that battle.” This was in Green Lantern Corps #32.


Page 16: So…basically…what we’ve just seen is a Star Sapphire, using the power of love to restore life. Kyle was, for all intents and purposes, dead, but Miri used the power of love in Soranik Natu’s heart to bring him back to life.


Is this why the Black Lanterns attacked Zamaron so fiercely? Yes, all of the Lantern Corps home worlds came under attack, but Oa and Zamaron received the worst of it. On Oa, the Black Lanterns are trying to devour the Central Power Battery. On Zamaron, the Black Lanterns succeeded is destroying the Star Sapphire Power Battery, releasing the Predator and forcing the Zamarons to evacuate the planet. Is this because the power of the violet light is so strong that it can negate death itself?


Page 17: Man, Kyle, dead and back in one issue; that should be a new record…


Pages 21-22: Mogo of Space Sector 2261. First appeared in Green Lantern (second series) #188. Mogo’s a sentient planet, and a damn cool one, if you ask me.


“I guess Mogo does socialize after all.” Mogo “doesn’t socialize” because his gravitational field would wreak havoc on any planet he decided to just drop by for a visit. I guess the total destruction of the Green Lantern Corps warrants his personal attention.