Red, Yellow, Green, Violet and Blue… What Kind of Lantern are You?
Geoff Johns has been spinning a tale of epic proportion across the entirety of the DC Universe, and it will hopefully pay off in this summerâ€™s Blackest Night.Â Until then, readers have been given a rebooted origin story of Hal Jordan, and are currently being fed the origin stories of the rainbow corps of lanterns.Â Weâ€™ve seen the birth of the Red Lanterns in their blood spewing conversion, and continue to see the Yellow Lanterns and their baby stealing ways in Green Lantern Corps, but it isnâ€™t until Green Lantern #36 do we see how the Blue and Violet Lanterns get their powers.
Last time out: The Red Lanterns attacked members of the Green Lantern Corps, and made with the prisoner Sinestro.Â Atrocitus is heck bent on proving to Sinestro that he is the most powerful Lantern of them all by taking away anything and everything Sinestro has ever cared about.Â This plan not only includesÂ draining Sinestroâ€™s blood to power the Red Lantern rings, but to destroy Korugar, and kill Sinestroâ€™s daughter.
DUM… DUM… DUUUUUUMMMM!
Yes, Sinestro has a daughter hidden away somewhere, that weâ€™ve never met before.Â Or have we?Â Since Johns hasnâ€™t delivered up a new Sinestro origin story, we can only go off the facts weâ€™ve learned from Emerald Dawn II, and the various other retcons of this villains history.Â Itâ€™s an interesting plot device, but one that seems flung at the reader just like rebooting Hal Jordanâ€™s origin to include Atrocitus and Sinestro appearing in Jordanâ€™s first adventure.Â Perhaps the unknown daughter is Katma Tui, and weâ€™ll see her reborn before this series is out.Â Little bits and pieces added here and there to make the backstory and buildup of Blackest Night that much more interesting.
Or at least we hope the build up to the final chapter of the John Green Lantern Trilogy pays off and really is the Earth-cracking story we all want it to be.Â And after it is all over, letâ€™s hope DC sticks with the fall-out some time before dumping it all in favor of the next writerâ€™s whims.
Those other things that will hopefully stick around for a bit longer are the introduction of all the other Lanterns.Â When the Red Lanterns attacked the GL Corps, it looked like all was lost until Brooâ€™Dee Walker (a great Star Wars character name if I ever heard one), arrives to save Hal Jordan, by giving using Halâ€™s hope to Power Up Halâ€™s ring to well over 200%.Â I didnâ€™t know the rings could be powered beyond 100%, but it an interestingÂ function of the power device.Â The Blue Lantern is able to remove the red rage from the remaining Green Lanterns, and then commands Hal to accompany him to Odym, the home of the Blue Lanterns, to meet with Ganthet and Sayd, formerly of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The creation of the Blue Lantern Corps is a very interesting one.Â Instead of instant conversion, or a hibernation conversion like the Violet Corps (seen later in the issue), the Blue Lanterns take as much as three days to explain to the candidate what it means to be a Lantern of Hope for the entire universe.Â The selection process began with Booâ€™Dee, the Blue Lantern of Sector 01, who in turn selected the Blue Lantern of Sector 02.Â I donâ€™t know if it is intentional or not, but the second Blue Lantern looks a lot like Ganesha (minus the multiple arms).Â I doubt this is an attempt to be sacrilegious, as perhaps the Blue Lanterns represent something more god-like and universal just like the Hindu god.
This is further proven to Hal Jordan when the two Blue Lanterns alone are able to save an entire solar system from a star going supernova by turning the clock back on the sun and making it new again.Â I say alone, but in reality the power of the Blue Lanterns is derived from the hope contained in those around them.Â These Lanterns are able to channel this energy into whatever needs fixinâ€™.
Apparently, the key to saving the universe from the upcoming apocalypse is to have Hal Jordan accompany the two Blue Lanterns in a rescue attempt of Sinestro. As evil has Sinestro has become, there is still some â€œhopeâ€ that he will change his ways.Â With the atrocities weâ€™ve seen come from Sinestro during the Sinestro Corps War, I really doubt there is anything redeemable, and Hal Jordan appears to believe the same thing.Â But he does agree, and before too long, it is revealed that while Hal Jordan may be the greatest Green Lantern, he could potentially be the greatest Blue Lantern, as his many struggles over the years (GL to Parallx, to The Spectre, to his return to life) have given hope to those who matter most.
This is an interesting offer made by Warth (the second Blue Lantern), and I wonder if Hal Jordan will seriously consider the offer.Â On the one hand it would free up this particular title to feature Kyle, John, or Guy once again, and on the other it could lead to a title change if the offer is accepted. It would certainly be a bold move by DC, much like Marvelâ€™s decision to change The Incredible Hulk to The Incredible Hercules.Â Â I believe readers need to know more about the Blue Lanterns, as there does appear to be something hinky about their powers, before the big decision is made.Â i doubt weâ€™ll see this happen anytime soon as Blackest Night will surely run until the end of the year.
Having read the latest Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern back to back, I certainly enjoyed Green Lantern #36 much more.Â While the GLC is trying to tell a story of the troops, Green Lantern is a story told on a huge scale.Â The Sinestro Corps War took everyone by surprise, and I doubt Blackest Night will have the same success.Â The writing by Johns, with fantastic art by Ivan Reis, makes the journey getting to the next major story that much more interesting.Â Green Lantern #36 earns 4 out of 5 Stars.