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.