Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Green Lantern #51

“Parallax Rebirth” Part Two

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Doug Mahnke

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Parallax battles Black Lantern Spectre as the members of the Lantern Corps try to save Coast City from destruction. But even if the Spectre is freed of the power of the Black Lantern power ring, he might not be powerful enough to stop Nekron…


Page 1: Black Hand last appeared in Blackest Night #5.

Page 2: Lex Luthor, Larfleeze and Black Lantern Superman last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #50.

Since both Luthor and Larfleeze are wielding the orange light of avarice, they both want it only for themselves.

“I do not like you very much either.” Larfleeze makes me laugh. He should have his own late-night talk show. I’d watch him.

Page 3: I have gone through such horrible things to possess this battery. I traded my birthright!” Eons ago, Larfleeze and his thieving partners stole several artifacts from the planet Maltus and fled to the Vega system, specifically the planet Okaara, where they discovered the orange power battery. The thieves fought amongst one another for the power.

Eventually, the Guardians of the Universe and the Manhunters arrived, and offered Larfleeze and Blooch, the surviving thieves, a deal. As long as they kept the orange light contained within the Vega system, one of them could possess it. Larfleeze killed Blooch and turned over a mysterious box to the Guardians which contained the essence of Parallax. I can only assume that Larfleeze considers the box his “birthright.”

Pages 4-5: Parallax and Black Lantern Spectre last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #50.

Pages 6-7: Ganthet, Carol Ferris, Wonder Woman, Mera, Sayd, Atrocitus, Ray Palmer and Thaal Sinestro last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #50.

Barry Allen, Wally West and Kid Flash last appeared in Blackest Night: The Flash #3.

Black Lantern Tempest, a.k.a. Garth, last appeared in Blackest Night: Titans #3.

Black Lantern Tempest, formerly of the Doom Patrol, last appeared in Doom Patrol (fifth series) #5.

Both Tempests seem to be getting destroyed here. So much for my plans of them being resurrected and going on tour as a singing duo…

Page 8: Parallax is feeling both will and fear, which makes sense given that a fear entity is bonded to a member of the Green Lantern Corps.

Parallax just ripped out Black Lantern Spectre’s eye…ouch.

Page 10: The Spectre has been trapped ever since a Black Lantern power ring took control of Crispus Allen’s body in Blackest Night #2.

Page 11: “I release you.” Parallax is able to destroy the Black Lantern power ring because he combined the green energy of will with the yellow energy of fear.

Page 12: Wow. That looks…horrifically painful.

Page 13: “Save the Anti-Monitor, you have more blood on your hands than any being I have ever faced.” Well, technically, the Anti-Monitor’s hands are pretty blood-free, considering that he used waves of anti-matter to completely eradicate universes. There weren’t even corpses left, much less blood…

Or am I reading this too literally?

Say, where is the Anti-Monitor anyway. You’d think that this would be his kind of party, wouldn’t you?

Page 14: Oh, boy, it’s never a good thing when Atrocitus has a brilliant idea…

“I will not fail the universe as a failed Ryut.” Ages ago, the robotic Manhunters experienced a glitch; they all concluded that the best way to maintain order was to exterminate all organic life. Thus, they descended upon Space Sector 666 and eradicated every living being they could find. Ryut was one of these worlds. Atrocitus and the rest of the Five Inversions were the only survivors of this genocide.

Page 16: Yeah, like a Red Lantern Spectre is really a step in the right direction…

Page 17: The Spectre decides that red really isn’t his color.

“But I know of the crimson creature of anger, Atrocitus! I have faced him!” So, I assume that Atrocitus is going to seek out this rage entity sometime in the near future?

Pages 18-19: Ew. That looked unpleasant.

“Fear entity is being pulled away by unknown force.” So who has the power to entity-nap Parallax? And for what purpose?

“It has Parallax.” And how does Hector Hammond know so much about this?

Geoff Johns has mentioned that he plans to use Hector Hammond in Green Lantern once Blackest Night is over, so this would seem to be a good foreshadowing of future events.

Page 20: Saint Walker last appeared in Blackest Night: The Flash #3.

“Spectre’s back on our side?” Gee, Barry, get up to speed, would you?

Nekron last appeared in Blackest Night #6.

Page 21: “I…cannot strike you down.” Oh, for the love of…what use are you then, Spectre? We call you in so you can strike down, with all of God’s furious anger and vengeance, the bad guys! And now you can’t even do that! Why? Because the bad guy doesn’t have a soul? Big-freaking whoop! Be useful for once, man!

Page 22: “The universe will die now.” That’s never what you want to hear the Big Bad say.

Assembled around Nekron are Black Lanterns Green Arrow, Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Superman, Firestorm and Martian Manhunter. You know, I think it’s great that the “satellite-era” JLA is back together again. Too bad they’re all dead…