Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Green Lantern #50

“Parallax Rebirth”

Writer: Geoff Johns

Penciller: Doug Mahnke

Inker: Christian Alamy, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen, Mark Irwin & Doug Mahnke

Editor: Eddie Berganza


The representatives of the Lantern Corps and their deputies get to work containing the Black Lanterns in Coast City, but they are interrupted by a new threat – the Black Lantern Spectre. Knowing that they are severely over-matched, Hal Jordan release the one being that can defeat the Spectre – Parallax…


Page 1: The events of Blackest Night: The Flash #2, The Atom and Hawkman #46 and Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3 occur between scenes in this issue.

Black Lanterns Firestorm, Martian Manhunter and Copperhead last appeared in Blackest Night #4.

Awwww, Copperhead go bye-bye. Too bad; I have a weird fondness for that villain.

Pages 2-3: Larfleeze, Lex Luthor, Mera, Atrocitus, Sayd, Scarecrow, Thaal Sinestro, Ganthet, Carol Ferris, Hal Jordan, Wonder Woman, the Atom, Indigo-1, Saint Walker and the Flash last appeared in Blackest Night #6.

Page 4: This scene takes place concurrent with Blackest Night: The Flash #2, page 10.

Jason Rusch last appeared in Blackest Night #4. He’s currently trapped within Black Lantern Firestorm.

The Flash and Saint Walker are creating a blue light construct of Gehenna, Jason Rusch’s girlfriend, who was killed by Black Lantern Firestorm in Blackest Night #3.

Page 5: Black Lantern Aquaman last appeared in Blackest Night #4.

Black Lantern Aquaman is holding Black Lantern Arthur Curry, Jr. in order to torture Mera. Arthur, Jr. was killed by Black Manta in Adventure Comics #452.

“I never wanted children.” I don’t think that Mera means this, at least in a literal way. Red Lanterns are chosen because, after a great loss, they fill their hearts with rage. Quite often, those who are angry turn their backs on other emotions, like love, so that they won’t feel weak. Atrocitus only turned to the red light of rage after everything and everyone he loved in Space Sector 666 was destroyed. In this case, Mera is attempting to hide her love for her husband and son so that she can function.

Page 6: Black Lantern Donna Troy last appeared in Blackest Night #6.

Black Lantern Bug-Eyed Bandit – yay! – last appeared in Blackest Night #4. No one gives Betram Larvan enough love. Really.

Page 7: “What do you think I’m trying to do, Green Lantern? Share?!?!” Larfleeze most definitely does not want anyone, and I mean anyone, wielding the orange light of avarice other than him.

“We’ve got billions of Black Lanterns in space right over our heads…” As seen in Blackest Night #6, the Black Lanterns – all of them – are converging on Earth.

Page 8: Black Lantern Spectre last appeared in Phantom Stranger (second series) #42.

“You have the ability to overcome great fear.” This is the primary qualification for becoming a member of the Green Lantern Corps.

Page 9: “You will rejoin me and deliver the consequence of living to everyone.” After Jim Corrigan went to his final rest, Hal Jordan became the host for the Spectre; he sought to atone for his actions as Parallax. After the Spectre force purged Hal of Parallax, Hal was reborn and became a Green Lantern once more.

Page 10: Hal Jordan and Barry Allen outraced the Black Lantern power rings meant for them in Blackest Night #6, but the Spectre gets the better of Hal here.

Page 11: Ganthet and Sayd are able to use their powers to free Hal from the Black Lantern power ring.

Pages 12-13: Ganthet and Sayd are trapped by dark tendrils, like their fellow Guardians of the Universe have been since Blackest Night #1.

“Bats in the belfry!’ Scarecrow has a bit of an obsession with bats, which is only natural given that he’s been hunted by Batman for years.

Page 14: Scarecrow is now generating yellow-light crows.

“I’m terrified. I’m shaking.” As seen in Blackest Night #4, Scarecrow can no longer feel fear. However, judging by his comment in this scene, it appears that the power of the yellow light can even instill fear in the Scarecrow.

Page 15: “You have the ability to instill great fear.” This is the recruitment qualification for members of the Sinestro Corps.

“You will do that as your namesake.” Black Lantern Spectre transforms the Scarecrow into a literal scarecrow.

Pages 16-17: “I sense great rage within this Black Lantern.” I imagine that, because the Spectre is a Spirit of Vengeance, it seethes with rage.

Page 18: “Connection…” The Lanterns almost destroy Black Lantern Spectre…but it’s not going to go down that easily.

Page 19: “Why the hell didn’t that work?” Hal, Hal, Hal…you’ve been at this longer than anyone. If it seems too easy, then it probably won’t work. You really think staking the Spectre through the heart would kill it? Come on, man…

“The Spirit of Vengeance is absolute rage fused with death. It must belong to us, Mera.” Careful, Atrocitus, you’re starting to get as greedy as Larfleeze.

“And then we kill the king.” Mera’s sounding awfully repetitive lately.

Page 21: “Parallax is inside your power batteries?” In Green Lantern (fourth series) #24, the Green Lanterns of Earth defeated Parallax by trapping him within each of their power batteries, so that he could no escape and reform on his own.

Pages 22-23: Parallax the fear entity. First appeared in Green Lantern: Rebirth #3. Able to instill fear in others and control their minds.

Note that the design of Parallax the entity is based off the design of Parallax the megalomaniacal cosmic anti-hero.

That’s my own designation, in case you hadn’t noticed…

Page 24: “Last time you destroyed the Corps.” After Mongul and the Cyborg-Superman destroyed Coast City, Hal Jordan was a little bit pissed-off. Influenced by Parallax, he went on a rampage to Oa, battling those Green Lanterns who got in his way. He eventually freed Parallax and the entity bonded with him, creating a…well, a megalomaniacal cosmic anti-hero. If the designation fits…

This all happened in Green Lantern (third series) #48-50.

Page 26: “Fear.” Parallax is playing upon Hal’s fear about his father’s death when he was a child.

Pages 28-29: Parallax the megalomaniacal cosmic anti-hero, real name Hal Jordan. First appeared in Green Lantern (third series) #50. Able to alter reality and time.