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Re: Green Lantern Annual #2 Preview

Postby Draco x » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:10 pm

Punchy wrote:I don’t read Red Lanterns, so I missed Part 4 of ‘Lights Out’, but thankfully, based on this issue, I didn’t miss much, and this final chapter turned out to be an enjoyable ending that sets up some very interesting possibilities for the future of the Green Lantern Corps.

We start with pretty much everyone on Ysmault, home of the Red Lanterns, with Guy getting pissed of at Hal for John Stewart’s death, even though he isn’t dead. They need to find a way to get to Relic, and the way they do so is for Carol Ferris to unleash one of those ‘love tethers’ to find Kyle Rayner. Yep, it turns out that the subtext and little moments we’ve all been noticing recently have been spot on, Carol does fancy Kyle! I liked how Hal was initially really pissed about this, but soon realised he had to be professional, the Hal Jordan of a few years ago probably wouldn’t have been able to let that go.

Where is Kyle? Well, he and the new Guardians are at the Source Wall with Relic. Relic thinks that behind the wall is the source of the Light Reservoir (man, writing this stuff down again makes it all sound really stupid, but it works when Venditti does it) and they are trying to stop him from touching the Source, because as we all know, if you touch it, you’re trapped forever. Relic then attacks Kyle, thinking he can use his unique White Lantern powers. To save Kyle, the Poke-entities burst out, and that gives Relic an even better idea, he can use them instead, and he starts to trap them.

But then, just in time, Hal, Guy and the rest of the Green and Red Corps show up and a big ol’ battle ensues, which is pretty entertaining, especially for Guy as a Red Lantern, maybe I should check out that book after all. Meanwhile, John Stewart is chilling with the Indigo Lanterns, and making plans, after some inspiring courage from the new recruits he’s with, they teleport their way into the big fight, as Natromo goes off to do some mysterious ‘building’. The climax of the fight happens when Kyle Rayner sacrifices himself, by smashing both himself and Relic into the Source Wall. It turns out that the key to replenishing the reservoir isn’t Relic or the Entities, but a White Lantern. So, Kyle and Relic are in the wall, and Relic dies, but with his mission complete and the Reservoir replenished. However, Kyle… is nowhere to be seen, he’s also dead. I’m furious! I haven’t even finished the issue yet but I’ve already posted 3 Tumblr rants about how DC hates half-latino heroes and also White Lanterns. Raaage! My baby!

Ahem, anyway, more on that lately. The Indigos teleport everyone home, but wait a minute, Oa was destroyed, the GLs don’t have a home! Well, they have a new one, as the new base for them is Mogo! It turns out he does socialise after all. Natromo has built a new central power battery, and to paraphrase the Blue Lanterns, all will be well. Although actually, it isn’t, Hal tries to get everyone to say the Oath and be all triumphant, but quite a few of them don’t say it, and look downcast. These Lanterns realise that, now that the know that using the rings depletes the life energy of the universe, they can’t in good conscience carry on being GLs. Yes, they managed to replenish it this time, but Kyle is dead, and there may not ever be another White Lantern. This is an interesting dilemma for the Corps, and I’m interested to see where Venditti goes with it.

Of course, Kyle isn’t actually dead, so put down your Tumblr pitchforks, he comes out of the Source Wall, having seen something truly terrifying that shocks even Paalko. The Guardians say that Kyle’s return has to be kept a secret, and I’m very interested to see where Justin Jordan takes this mystery in New Guardians.

Overall, this was a strong end to an enjoyable crossover, it wasn’t too long, and it all made sense, so that’s a plus. Venditti has shown himself to be a worthy replacement for Geoff Johns I think. Sean Chen’s art was also a plus-point, I’ve liked him ever since he drew Iron Man with Kurt Busiek, and he always delivers solid, traditional superhero work. I’d like to see him do more GL stuff.


As long as it doesn't involve the moronic idea of putting Kyle and Carol together then I am fine with the direction so far.

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Re: Green Lantern Annual #2 Preview

Postby syxxpakk » Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:19 pm

Pretty good ending. Kyle and Carol would actually make a good couple based on the interactions seen so far in New Guardians (assuming you've actually read the book). I look forward to this next chapter in Kyle's life. I think he's probably the best Green Lantern.
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Re: Green Lantern Annual #2 Preview

Postby Draco x » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:14 pm

syxxpakk wrote:Pretty good ending. Kyle and Carol would actually make a good couple based on the interactions seen so far in New Guardians (assuming you've actually read the book). I look forward to this next chapter in Kyle's life. I think he's probably the best Green Lantern.


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Postby syxxpakk » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:16 pm

Aren't you the one always raging about how it's OK to have different opinions? Talk about hypocrisy.
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Postby Draco x » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:23 pm

syxxpakk wrote:Aren't you the one always raging about how it's OK to have different opinions? Talk about hypocrisy.


All I basically did was give you a taste of your own medicine as whenever you don't agree with me you accuse me of being this and that or that I have no good arguments. How does it feel now that the shoe is on the other foot?
And you should be thankful I actually responded that notion of Kyle and Carol as I theorize everybody else is going to ignore that comment.

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Re: Green Lantern Annual #2 Preview

Postby syxxpakk » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:28 pm

Draco x wrote:
All I basically did was give you a taste of your own medicine as whenever you don't agree with me you accuse me of being this and that or that I have no good arguments. How does it feel now that the shoe is on the other foot?
And you should be thankful I actually responded that notion of Kyle and Carol as I theorize everybody else is going to ignore that comment.


Let me get this straight:

a) I accuse you of being this or that
b) I state that you have no good arguments

And the way you give me a taste of my own medicine is to make a statement without giving any valid reasoning behind it and thus prove me right? Well, if you say so. Thanks!
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Postby syxxpakk » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:29 pm

Not that you'll be able to understand a word of what I just said anyway.
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Re: Green Lantern Annual #2 Preview

Postby Draco x » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:33 pm

Grayson wrote:
Wait...what?! Granted, I have only been reading the main Green Lantern title but Carol suddenly has a thing for Kyle?

:smt011

Ugh, I really hate to say it but I think that I am finally dropping Green Lantern after this arc. :-(


Here's how I look at it, Grayson, DC has fucked up all of Kyle's relationships( Alex, Donna, Jade and Soranik namely). I have no faith that they won't fuck this one up as well. And like I said, once the writers change for the GL books, this will pretty much be forgotten about.

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Postby Draco x » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:33 pm

syxxpakk wrote:Not that you'll be able to understand a word of what I just said anyway.


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Re: Green Lantern Annual #2 Preview

Postby Draco x » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:34 pm

syxxpakk wrote:
Let me get this straight:

a) I accuse you of being this or that
b) I state that you have no good arguments

And the way you give me a taste of my own medicine is to make a statement without giving any valid reasoning behind it and thus prove me right? Well, if you say so. Thanks!


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Re: Green Lantern Annual #2 Preview

Postby Amoebas » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:44 pm

A good ending to the story but with only one minor problem.

The book ends with everyone thinking Kyle is dead - yet they made a point of it early in the book that Carol can 'feel' and find him a billion parsecs away elsewhere in the universe.

I'm guessing the Guardians 'secret' won't last long.

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Re: Green Lantern Annual #2 Preview

Postby Draco x » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:54 pm

Amoebas wrote:A good ending to the story but with only one minor problem.

The book ends with everyone thinking Kyle is dead - yet they made a point of it early in the book that Carol can 'feel' and find him a billion parsecs away elsewhere in the universe.

I'm guessing the Guardians 'secret' won't last long.


Rhetorical question: Do these type of secrets ever stay hidden

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