I hope everyone reading this title has also been reading Green Lantern Corps, because if not, the events of this issue will really have come out of nowhere. But I have been reading GLC, so it was awesome for me. Here, the Durlans, who have been sniffing round the edges in that title, causing trouble for John Stewart, really step into the spotlight, and man, things do not look good for Hal Jordan and the entire Corps at all.
Robert Venditti kicks things off with Saint Walker coming out of his comer and learning about all of the messed-up crazy that’s happened since he’s been out. All of the other Blue Lanterns are dead, Kyle Rayner is gone too, and, with the knowledge of the Emotional Reservoir, the GLs are cracking down on the use of the rings by others. Walker is obviously rocked by this, and since the Blue ring is the most powerful of all, it’s also the one causing the most damage, so basically… he loses hope. His ring comes off his finger, and his usual tune of ‘all will be well’, is replaced with ‘all is not well’. It might be a bit on the nose to have Walker, and therefore the whole Corps, literally lose hope, but then, the whole concept of rings powered by emotions is on the nose, so I don’t mind it, and it was a powerful moment.
The story really gets going with the arrival of the prisoners Hal and Kilowog took from the Clann last issue. However, it’s all part of a plan, as a few of them sneak off and meet up with one of the hidden Durlan shape-shifters. They accidentally run right into a bunch of Lanterns in the infirmary, but are able to escape and find their way to Hal’s command-centre, where they take him out, have the Durlan take his form and broadcast a message to the entire universe. I think what’s interesting about the message here is that, technically, none of it is a lie. The GLs have discovered that their rings are harming the universe, they aren’t planning to stop using them, and they are going to stop others from using theirs. All of the things that DurlanHal reveals here are true, it’s just that the real Hal was keeping them secret, which is arguably worse. I love how complex Venditti is willing to go with Hal’s character and his poor decisions, as I said before, under Johns, Hal was basically infallible. Now, he’s a more realistic character, a risk-taker whose risks don’t always come off.
The universe was already turning against the Corps, but now they are doing so violently, as the issue ends with a load of Station Houses across space being attacked. Man, it is dark days for them, and to top it all off, Hal will now have all of his fellow Corpsmen mad at him for revealing the truth, that page with Simon Baz, Guy, Kilowog and The Zamarons reacting was great. I can’t wait to see where Venditti is going with all of this, he and his fellow writers really haven’t been afraid to shake things up, so the next few months will really interesting, especially since #28 is going to also feature the Red Lanterns.
The artwork here is from Dale Eaglesham, who is one of my favourites, his intricate style is perfect for demonstrating the use of green energy, and he just works on this kind of cosmic story. I can’t wait for his Sinestro series.