Better dead than Red
With the introduction of the Blue Lanterns, and the quest to rescue Sinestro on the shoulders of Hal Jordan and his two blue brothers in arms, there was bound to be a moment when there would come a conflict of interest between all the parties involved.Â Green Lantern #37 sees the first major battle featuring the Lanterns of blue and the fall of yet another long time Green Lantern character.
The blood vomiting Red Lanterns are my least favorite characters DC ever dreamed up, and thatâ€™s coming from a guy who read the adventures of the Detroit Justice League.Â The claim that these lanterns are nothing more than rabid dogs is appropriate, but I just canâ€™t get into them as ominous villains because of that blood vomiting.
There are definitely some very good moments in this issue.Â The appearance of the Sinestro Corps riding in to save the day is a pretty cool moment.Â It is unfortunate that these Yellow Lanterns decide to divide their forces by fighting the Blue and Green Lanterns instead of temporarily teaming to defeat the common enemy.Â Itâ€™s also unfortunate that Sinestro also chooses this time to kill Laira, the former Alpha Lantern, to simple prove a point to Hal Jordan.
While these moments serve the base desire to see action in comics, the most interesting part of this issue isnâ€™t that Hal Jordan turns into a Red Lantern due to the amount of hate and rage he has for Sinestro (don’t worry it won’t last long), nor the implication that Laira will more than likely make her return to the Lantern universe later this year as a Black Lantern (alongside Kal-L of Earth-2 and the Martian Manhunter), but rather the subtle hints that Sinestro may be the key component in this entire battle.
Before Hal Jordan horned in on his gig, Sinestro was the greatest Lantern of them all.Â When he was deposed and became a Yellow Lantern, he was more than a match for Hal.Â Heck, the entire Sinestro Corps War proved he was the baddest of the bad, willing to do anything for the cause.Â But there are two moments in Green Lantern #37 that may cause readers to reexamine Sinestroâ€™s motives over the last couple of years to see if there is something they missed.Â The first are the comments made by the Blue Lanterns that they need to protect Sinestro from coming to any harm.Â The other is the moment when Sinestro warned Jordan that the presumed dead planet was really a trap, with the Red Lanterns lying in wait to attack.
From the Green Lantern Origins retcon, to the current revelation that Sinestro has a daughter no one knows about, Geoff Johns has been slowly been building up reader sympathy for this character.Â If he continues to slip these little morsels of change into his stories, it wouldnâ€™t surprise me at all if Sinestro ends up being the one that saves the day at the end of Blackest Night.Â Although the final panel of Hal Jordan wearing both a Green and Red Lantern rings may throw that all out the window.
This issue is well paced, and I was surprised at how much story is packed into the first seven pages.Â The flashbacks are necessary fill ins to let newer readers know the past history between Sinestro and Hal Jordan, while the predictions made by Atrocitus may be a glimpse of the chapter following the end of the next major Green Lantern event.Â In any case, I was once again drawn into the events unfolding, and the build up to the Blackest Night is getting better by the issue.Â Green Lantern #37 earns 4 out of 5 Stars.