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A Reluctant Team

May 11, 2010

The Blackest Night has given way to the Brightest Day, and everyone is enjoying the new sense of hope and life that the new dawn brings.  In the first Brightest Day issue of Green Lantern, Green Lantern #53, however, Hector Hammond is still stuck in Belle Reve Penitentiary (somehow he was safe from the Black Lantern attack in Secret Six?).  Someone starts talking to him telepathically about how said person wrote the oath, how he once protected the universe, and how he will do so again, no matter what Hal Jordan tries to do.  And in a cave on Ryut, where he is, there are seven slabs, each with the symbols of the seven corps.  Chained to the one for the Sinestro Corps is Parallax.  In Coast City, Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris reminisce about a lot of things, including the Blackest Night.  To connect, they both get in their airplanes.  Shortly after they start talking about their relationship, Sinestro crashes through both of their planes.  Fortunately, they both had their rings.  Sinestro seems to do that a lot, doesn’t he?  As the scuffle a bit, since Hal thinks that he violated the ceasefire they agreed to after Blackest Night, Sinestro explains that he actually is there to tell them that he found the White Entity, and it’s asking for Hal.  Larfleeze and his guardian, poor Sayd, visit Lex Luthor, and Larfleeze wants to know what’s valuable on Earth.  Luthor says power, but Larfleeze knows that.  However, Larfleeze is interested to know what “land” is.  The Flash and Saint Walker bury and bless all of the bodies desecrated by the Black Lantern Corps.  On Ysmault, Guy Gardner and Ganthet meet with Atrocitus to make a pact to protect the universe, and Gardner says that, if they go through with this, he can’t be friends with Hal anymore.  And Hal rushes over to see the White Lantern and meet with the White Entity.

So, this issue served to show us what’s been going on with each of the members of the New Guardians, minus Indigo-1, since the end of Blackest Night.  I still absolutely love everything that Larfleeze does.  I’m also very intrigued as to who this mysterious person collecting the emotional entities is.  He’s (of course, that’s a major assumption right there) obviously a major person in the history of the Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians of the Universe.  He could be a retcon character, or he could be someone who is getting a new spin on his character/someone we haven’t seen in a while.  I’m excited to see where that goes.  I love the Hal and Carol scene, since they truly are these starcrossed (haha) lovers, and I love how Sinestro really just throws a wrench in their interaction.  All great character work on Geoff Johns’ part.  There was a tiny editing error with the speech bubbles when Atrocitus is first talking to Ganthet, and Ganthet is off-panel, but it’s not that big a deal, if a tad sloppy.  See if you can catch that.  Of course, Doug Mahnke’s work is superb all around in this issue.  I particularly like his Lex Luthor, which evokes Gary Frank’s take on the character, and his Sinestro.  He draws Carol Ferris fine in the book, but on the cover, she looks a tad… Asian.  Random ethnicity change.  Anyway, although this wasn’t the most plot-filled issue, it’s a great setup for what’s to come for Green Lantern in Brightest Day, as well as what’s going to happen for the rest of the franchise.  I can’t wait to see where Johns will take everything next, and I’m just dying to find out who that guy is on Ryut.  Obviously, Johns doesn’t want to give us any time to rest and catch our breath on this title.

Plot: 9.2      Art: 9.3      Dialogue: 9.3      Overall: 9.2

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