Friday, January 29, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #44

“The Red Badge of Rage” Part 2

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Patrick Gleason

Inker: Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne & Patrick Gleason

Editor: Adam Schlagman


After the Black Lanterns destroy the Green Lantern’s Central Power Battery, all looks darkest until Mogo arrives and purges Oa of the threat. But the Green Lanterns can’t rest until they rescue Guy Gardner from the control of a Red Lantern power ring…


Page 1: Mogo last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #43.

Page 2: Kyle Rayner and Soranik Natu last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #43. Salaak last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #42.

Page 3: “What kind of action could Mogo possibly take?” Why do people ask such silly questions when they can’t possibly like the answer?

Kilowog, Arisia, Munk, Vath Sarn, Isamot Kol and Star Sapphire Miri last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #43.

Pages 4-5: Red Lantern Guy Gardner and Kryb last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #43.

Because Guy is in possession of rings from two different corps – Green and Red Lantern – he has been extremely effective at destroying the Black Lanterns. Unfortunately, he’s also crazy, but sometimes you have to take one for the team, don’t you?

Page 6: Some of the Green Lanterns in panel 1 are Turytt (red-skinned guy having his head eaten by a Black Lantern), Larvox (the guy with the bulbous body and multiple limbs), Rori Stroh (guy with a huge head) and Horoq Nnot (woman with long hair).

“The black of freakin’ oblivion!” You have to give Guy some credit; he’s really getting into his work as a Red Lantern.

Page 7: “Warning: Central Power Battery foundation destabilized.” This is not something that you really want to hear, now is it?

Pages 8-9: Man, things just keep going from bad to worse on Oa, aren’t they? It’s a good thing the rest of the universe is doing okay…

Page 10: “Energy spheres recommended.” No, you think?

Kilowog looks mighty pissed-off, don’t you think?

Page 11: Guy’s slicing into Barin, a former Green Lantern.

“That red ring’s on his finger because of me!” In Green Lantern Corps #42, Kyle Rayner sacrificed his life to prevent the destruction of the Central Power Battery. In Green Lantern Corps #43, a grieving and angry Guy Gardner accepted a Red Lantern power ring to avenge Kyle’s death. Kyle, as we can, has since gotten better.

Page 12: “We don’t know what kind of damage the red ring is causing Guy!” Well, when a Red Lantern power ring is first worn, it replaces the blood of its wearer with a form of red plasma that can be vomited through the mouth. Then, as seen with Atrocitus, it replaces their heart with the ring itself, which, when you think about it, is pretty useful when battling Black Lanterns. But, all in all, it’s detrimental to the user.

Page 13: “The Star Sapphire and Soranik brought me back somehow – I got my - ” As seen in Green Lantern Corps #43.

Page 15: The normally cool-under-fire Salaak seems like he has no idea what to do here.

Pages 16-17: Mogo just jumped to the top of my list of “Favorite Green Lanterns of All Time” here. How many other GLs can generate their own gravitational field?

Page 18: Okay, here we have…

Hold on, wait, stop. Nope, not gonna do it. You want to identify every Green Lantern and Black Lantern and every other extraneous character, by my guest. It’s been a long seven months and my eyes need a break. Suffice to say, there’s a whole lot of characters to name and look up here, so what I suggest you do is invite the family over and make a night of it. Let the kids join in. Have a blast.

I’m going to hold on to the fragile remains of my sanity, because I know we still have two more months of Blackest Night fun coming down the road…

Pages 20-21: Princess Iolande last appeared in Green Lantern Corps #41. She accompanied the injured Green Lanterns from the infirmary to Mogo, where they would be safe.

Page 23: Well, I guess that’s one incredibly efficient way to get rid of a bunch of Black Lanterns. Way to show up the rest of them Mogo…

Page 24: Oh, boy, that Guy Gardner is just such a pest sometimes.