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Finding Love in the Strangest Places

June 18, 2010

Green Lantern #54 continues Green Lantern’s Brightest Day arc, and it starts in the most unlikely of ways.  Some schmucks are robbing a subway station, and when they get on the subway to get some more loot, you know who shows up to stop them?  Atrocitus and the comic book lolcat sensation himself, Dex-Starr.  In Silver City, New Mexico, Hal Jordan tries unsuccessfully to get the White Lantern off the ground.  Star Sapphire Carol Ferris calls it a kind of Sword in the Stone.  Then she tries to pick it up, Hal tries to help, and Sinestro joins in, not wanting the two of them to get the power themselves.  Their combined might creates a vision of all the revived superheroes, combined with a cry from the White Entity, saying “Help me live.”  Then he shows the emotional entities, minus Parallax: The Predator, Ophidian, Adara, Proselyte, and the Butcher.  When he says Ion, we cut to Daxam, where the mysterious hooded guy removes Ion from Sodom Yat, who is still in the sun.  The sun goes back to being red, and Daxamites start falling from the sky.  Ion himself lands back on Daxam, now a normal Green Lantern again.  So this being now has two of the emotional entities.  The White Entity sends Hal, Carol, and Sinestro to New York to find Atrocitus, who is using the bones of the thugs he killed to divine the locations of the emotional entities.  Interesting that all five remaining ones are in the United States.  When Hal, Carol, and Sinestro arrive, a fight breaks out, since Hal wants him under control.  Carol senses some love in Atrocitus’ heart, which Atrocitus reveals as a love for Mera when he forms a construct for the first time.  Then, who shows up to break up the fight but the main man himself, Lobo?!

I’m not exactly a big fan of Lobo, considering the fact that he, like Magog, was, when he was reinvented, intended to be a parody of ridiculously bad-ass, weapon-toting villains (Wolverine in his case).  He’s kind of a big, dangerous joke, if you know what I mean.  Still, it’s Geoff Johns on Green Lantern, so I’m sure it’ll work out.  I really love the idea of Atrocitus having fallen in love with Mera, because it just seems so… wrong.  Perfect for a guy like Atrocitus.  I’m not sure if there’s any real reason for Dex-Starr to be in this issue aside from pandering to his fans, but hey, I’m one of those fans, so I’m not complaining.  The whole emotional entities plot is getting interesting as well, considering that this guy is flying around collecting them.  Based on his height as compared to Sodom Yat and his connections with the Guardians of the Universe, as he himself stated, my guess is that he is a Guardian himself, or at least related to/modeled on them.  I’m interested to see where Johns is going to go with him as a major villain/character in the months to come.  I’m also glad to see Sodom Yat back, since that now ties in with Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds (which Johns himself wrote).  Doug Mahnke’s artwork is still great for this title, and I love the way he draws Atrocitus.  Seems like Atrocitus was one of those characters who was just made for him to draw.  Plus, the way he draws all the Red Lantern energy barf stuff just looks great.  I’ve loved Johns’ run on this book from day one, and it seems that won’t be changing any time soon.  His run on Green Lantern is one of my favorites of all, and I’m glad he’s not going to be leaving for a good while.

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

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