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Green Lantern #42

A comic review article by: Chris Murman
You know, if there is a way to get every single color of the rainbow on Hal Jordan’s uniform I think it will happen in Blackest Night coming later this year. In the past six months, readers have witnessed Hal turning from green to red, back to green, then blue, of course blue and green, moving to orange for a little change, and currently back to green. With every introduction of a new color in the emotional spectrum, our flyboy Highball has tried that color out for fun. I contend in this day and age of men wearing pink with regularity, that’s just plain colorism to exclude pink from Jordan’s wardrobe.

Huh? Oh, right, there was a comic story wrapping up somewhere in all of this. I shall digress.

It seems as if Geoff Johns wants us all to hate the Guardians and their dang colorism (or is it emotionsim?) in leading up to the coming crossover event. Now, I know it’s not like me to disagree with DC’s favorite writer, but I’m starting to see why the little blue men have been acting the way they have for the past several decades. So far, we’ve found counterparts to the Emerald do-gooders to be anarchists who thrive on chaos on Oa, love sick women who want to hump everything, angry aliens who say hello by vomiting blood on you, hippies that kick hacky sacks of hope back and forth, and one greedy old-timer that sits underground on a planet picking his teeth with the souls of people he’s killed. That’s not even counting the Black Lanterns we haven’t met, which appear to get their kicks by tooling around cemeteries late at night talking to dead people.

You’re telling me you wouldn’t want to not only keep them away, but the knowledge of their existence a secret as well? Count me in, you toga wearers! I’ll take all the control you want to place on me if it means protecting me. I wonder if there is a Patriot Act on Oa.

Anyway, of course the caveat of the Green Lantern Guardians selling out Ganthet and Sayd to get Larfleeze of their backs is interesting. Certainly will test the lovers’ creed of hope they are selling to their Corps when they find out their brethren basically sent someone to kill them. So they’re not perfect, none of you are either so don’t you go pointing fingers!

What made this last arc so weird were the strange interludes between John Stewart and Fatality. When seeing how this “relationship” develops as Blackest Night continues, it will probably make sense in retrospect (my opinion of how this writer handles the tying together of plot threads disagrees, but it’s only from my perspective) but from issue to issue I had no clue what in the world it was supposed to accomplish. Yes, there is a back story between these two that many have not read, but even knowing it I still had a hard time getting it all. Never mind how Fatality’s skin kept changing on us, but that’s a different story. I swear for a minute I thought I was going turn the page and see our “Marine” architect wearing pink. Oh, if his momma could see him now.

The most interesting part to this issue is the blue ring. It seems the more we find out about its origin and powers, the more questions it brings up. I think it will be the biggest x-factor in the coming series. For several issues, the ring just sat on Hal’s other hand charging up his green ring (and causing some wardrobe malfunctions, no comment from Janet Jackson though). It seemed the “hope” ring was merely for defense and complimenting other rings, but at long last we saw of what it was capable. Jordan unleashed the full power, with the strangest emotion thinkable--sincerity. It was almost as if Highball had walked past a woman and said to himself, “Man she’s put on some weight...” and the ring goes wild.

Don’t look at me. I didn’t make this stuff up.

Regardless, after the blue-ball-of-power attack (couldn’t resist), the ring just goes away to find another worthy wearer from another sector. Forgive me for asking, but shouldn’t the ring look for another person from sector 2814, and only if Hal had died? Again, I hope to learn more about these curious power rings and why they function the way they do.

There you go. Along with beautiful art from the always steady Phillip Tan (and Eddy Barrows helping out), the blue ring and the misunderstood Guardians trying to destroy them are slowly getting my whistle wet for later this year. That’s the first time Geoff can say he’s read those words of mine in quite some time.

Rather, he could say that if he ever actually read them in the first place.

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