Or – “You Down Wit’ RGB?Â Yeah, You Know Me!”
Lasst issue, we were given a huge cliffhanger, as Green Lantern of Earth Hal Jordan was taken over by the power of the Red Lanterns.Â Will the quintessential soldier of the Guardians of Oa switch sides?Â Will he escape the power of rage and make it back to the center of the spectrum?Â Or, alternately, couldn’t he use both rings to be the Festive Holiday Lantern?
Previously, onÂ Â Green Lantern: Â Hal Jordan and the bearers of the Green fought long and hard to take down the Sinestro Corps and their yellow power rings.Â In the wake of that war, more variegated hues of lantern have arisen, including the Blue Lanterns of Hope (led by Ganthet), the Red Lanterns of Rage, the Orange Lanterns of Avarice, and the Periwinkle Lanterns of FAAAAABULOUSSSSS!!Â With all those rings a’floatin’ around, it’s a wonder that there’s any energy left in the universe.Â When one of his former protegees (a woman named Laira, the Lantern who was purple and dressed like Psylocke) was tainted by Atrocitus and the power of the Red Lanterns, Hal Jordan was spurred to action in an attempt to save her.Â Atrocitus captured Sinestro as part of his evil plan, and between seeing his oldest enemy again and Laira’s death, Hal Jordan finally gave in to the power of raaaaaaage and transformed into a Red Lantern!
Back on Earth, Carol Ferris and Jillian Pearlman have an awkward moment wherein Carol tries to call Hal, and finds Jillian (Cowgirl) andswering his phone.Â The implication of cohabitation makes Carol sad, and she wistfully stares at a picture of herself and Hal as children (one of the less entertaining constructions of this new Green Lantern iteration has been the revelation that Papa Jordan worked for Papa Ferris.)Â Light-years away, on Ysmault, Hal Jordan tries to fight off the possession of his ring, only to begin vomiting blood and howling about vengeance and murdering Sinestro.Â Atrocitus pits the power of his red ring against Saint Walker and his blue one, but suddenly realizes that Walker isn’t using his ring.Â “Without an active Green Lantern ring by their side,” Atrocitus realizes, “a Blue Lantern’s ring won’t work!”Â Wait, what?Â
Walker quickly comes up with a backup plan, leaping into action, and sliding his azure fingerbangle onto Jordan’s hand, causing it to immediately go to war with the red one already there.Â Hal is overcome by warring power as two primary color fighty-fighty in his bloodstream, and a massive explosion occurs.Â Out of the corona comes Harold Jordan, now an RGB Lantern, suitable for color-balancing your video cameras.Â He attacks Atrocitus, but the villain escapes (as does Sinestro) leaving Hal balancing the power of Blue and Green Lanterns.Â Even Saint Walker has no idea what has happened to him, as Hal floats in mid-air, bursting with energy.Â Sinestro flees to Korugar (to take care of a Family Matter), Carol FerrisÂ is scouted by the Star Sapphires, and the Controllers make their way to Planet Okaara to track down the source of Orange power (Sunny D?)Â Guardian Scar watchesÂ all of this and laughs her evil laugh, commenting thatÂ “TheÂ war of light has begun!”
I have to say, as interesting a concept as it is, I’m not entirely sold on this “War of Light” spectrum of ring-bearers thing yet.Â The Sinestro Corps was an interesting extension of the character we’ve hated for years, but to have EIGHT different Lantern Corps running through the universe kind of undermines the uniqueness of the GLC for me.Â Heck, it wasn’t all THAT long ago that someone at DC decided that even ONE Corps undermined the uniqueness that was Kyle Rayner…Â Even so, the buildup has been slow and steady, and this issue keeps up that sense of “WTF is going on???”Â On the downside, though, Atrocitus has felt throughly cardboard and not-as-scary-as-he-should-be throughout this entire affair, and having the same cliffhanger two months running (Hal possessed by the power of a different color) makes the whole synergy feel a bit stale already.Â Here’s myÂ prediction: Hal has currently worn four of the eight available ring colors.Â Whaddaya bet the War of Light ends with him putting a ring on each of his fingers and channeling all their powers in a climactic somepin-somepin to end all somepin-somepins?Â Humans have eight fingers, after all, and when dealing with rings of power, that can’t be coincidence.Â Right, Mandarin?Â Still, this issue isn’t bad, even with the bits that feel familiar or insufficiently developed, giving us a good bit of fighty-fighty, developments of the various hues of Lantern, and even a repowered Sinestro, it’s just missing that certain je nais sais quoi for me.Â Green Lantern #38 earns a middle-of-the-road 2.5 out of 5 stars, and an admission that even I am looking forward to where this war may go…