Or – “Hal Jordan: The Triple H Of The Green Lantern Corps…”
There are 7200 Green Lanterns in the universe…Â Â An equal number of Sinestro Corpsmen.Â There are thousands of Star Sapphires, at least four Blue Lanterns, Agent Orange, a horde of Red Lanterns, and a dozen or so of the Indigo Tribe.Â So why does EVERYTHING in the endless reaches of the universe seem to revolve around one womanizingÂ ex-truck driverÂ from Coast City?Â Is it the hair?
Previously, on Green Lantern:Â The various factions of the emotional spectrum have been skirmishing mightily of late, Red fighting Yellow and Green, Green and Blue fighting Orange, Purple fighting Green and Yellow, and Indigo kinda hanging on the fringes of it all.Â But none of the Corps are ready for the sudden onslaught(er) of the Black Lantern Corps.Â With renegade Guardian of the Universe Scar having taking her fellows out of the picture, and Black Hand sending wave after wave of rings into the universe to serve his mysterious (coughNekroncough) master, even the battle between lifelong enemies like Sinestro and Hal Jordan pale in comparison.Â Dead friends, family and enemies are rising across the universe, sidetracking the heroes by forcing them to fight their lost loved ones (a trick that Mordru tried on the Legion like, 20 years ago.)Â Of course, the timing could NOT be worse for John Stewart, visiting the ruins of the planet Xanshi (which he holds himself responsible for destroying years ago during the ‘Cosmic Odyssey’ miniseries…)
As the swarming rings start crashing into the remnants of Xanshi, John Stewart calls for backup,Â only to find no support to be had.Â “Worlds have died,” murmurs the corpse of Pariah as the shards of the planet reform, and John sees the Black Lantern symbol lighting the planet’s crust.Â (So, the GLC has Mogo, and the Sinestros have Ranx, the sentient city, and now the Black Lanterns have Xanshi…Â I can’t wait to see the Orange Lanterns animate Los Angeles.)Â On the far off planet Zamaron, the home of the female members of the Oan race, Carl Ferris leads a Star Sapphire attack force into space to fend off the Sinestro Corps, come to retrieve their own lost members.Â Carol thinks about how she and Hal (“It’s all about the Game!”) break up and get back together, which distracts her long enough for the Yellow Lanterns to bust out their women.Â “You’re a LONG way from home,” intones a voice, and Carol rises to see Sinestro’s own gourd-headed sneering visage before her.
Sinestro tries to psychologically analyze her, mocking her for repeatedly being possessed by the Sapphire, while he reaches out and seizes power for himself.Â “This is not your war, Carol.Â Don’t FIGHT it… Be a good girl.”Â Carol PUNCHES HIM IN THE FACE, and snarls, “I’ve never been a good girl!”Â Nicely handled, Veruca!Â At the same time, the Red Lanterns of Ysmault are under attack by the Alpha Lanterns of the Green Lantern Corps when the Black Lantern rings rain down from the skies.Â The demonic creatures known as the Five Inversions are risen, as well as Laira of the Lost Lanterns (who was Green, then Red, then dead.)Â Sinestro and Carol do the fighty-fighty, but it’s really all a slap fight over who loves Hal Jordan more.Â Carol uses her powers against Sinestro, and we find the truth of his lost love:Â Abin Sur’s sister, Arin.Â Their battle is stopped by the arrival of an army of dead Sintro Corpsman wearing Black Lantern rings…Â On Okaara, Agent Orange finds the bodies of his victims arisen as Black Lanterns (including a dead Guardian of the Universe.)Â “Yuh-oh,” says Larfleeze, and his distress is kinda hysterical to see…Â Â Evil Guardian Scar watches from Oa as the Blackest Night engulfs the universe, and remarks that as soon as the Indigo light shines, it too shall be extinguished.
This is going to sound weird coming from me, but…Â this issue has TOO MANY references to past stories in it.Â We have a bunch of callbacks of Carol’s runs as Star Sapphire, John Stewart’s backstory, the Sinestro Corps war, Hal and Sinestro’s shared history, the Alan Moore ‘Tales of the Green Lantern Corps’ stories from back in the day, the bits of the Omega Men’s history that relate to Vega and Okaara and why the Guardians don’t go there, the ‘Emerald Twilight’ era Hal Jordan stories where Jade and the other Lanterns were lost and…Â *Gasp.*Â I love the hell out of a universal crossover that actually IS universal and doesn’t shy away from the old stories, but MAN there’s a lot going on here.Â Hal doesn’t even appear in this issue (even though Sinestro and Carol’s conflict is ALL ABOUT him) and it’s still crammed full of Lanterns on every single page.Â This issue continues the trend of each Lantern Corps having a living planet and an Avatar (Black Hand for the Black Lanterns, Ion for the Green, Predator for the Sapphires, Parallax for the Yellow) and adds some interesting texture to the fabric of the Blackest Night war.Â It’s still a good issue, with Doug Mahnke pulling no punches in his renditions of dead folk, and giving Carol dignity in her tiny little pole-dancer’s outfit.Â For all my worries about accessibility, this issue is a good’n, with Green Lantern #45 earning 4 out of 5 stars overall.Â Â The Blackest NightÂ continues to be wonderfullyÂ creepy,Â nicely psychological, and it hasn’t worn out it’s welcome yet.