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Green Lantern #44 Review

Posted in blackest night,green lantern by mrread7 on July 23, 2009

Only the Good Die Young

On Mars, at the final resting place of J’onn J’onzz better known as the Martian Manhunter. A Black Lantern power ring bursts through his tomb and attaches itself to his hand and then says: “Rise.” Meanwhile back on Earth at the Graveyard of Bruce Wayne. Barry Allen and Hal Jordan better known as the Flash and Green Lantern. Try to figure out why someone would take the head of Bruce Wayne. Barry starts breaking down the facts of who knew that Bruce Wayne was buried there and who truly knew his identity. Hal starts to go through a list of names while Barry analyses the crime scene. He finds a black goo that seems to resemble coagulated blood. However, seen a voice rips through Barry’s mind and they both turn to see the Martian Manhunter has become a Black Lantern. Both shocked, Hal tells his ring to scan J’onn. The ring reports that while it is J’onn J’onzz, his vitals are negative. J’onn looks at both Hal and Barry and sees the color green around Hal, saying that he is the emotion “will” while Barry is covered in blue better known as “hope.” Hal quickly creates a boxing glove with his ring and launches it at J’onn but he goes intangible and then disappears. Barry asks what Hal is doing and he tells Barry that his ring reported the Martian Manhunter has dead and that he wasn’t there for: “milk and cookies.” They are soon both attacked by J’onn who has gone invisible, he soon reappears and grabs Hal saying that they were friends and that he’s come back to help them. He then fires his laser vision at Barry and tells him that Barry has his chance to embrace the speed force and become part of nirvana but he ran away. He then mind links with Barry showing him what would have happened if he left Wally and Iris again. We see Barry turn yellow as he starts to feel fear. J’onn then mind links with Hal and shows him that if he had died sooner as Parallax he would have gone to hell instead of found redemption. However, Hal still shows the green aura of will. J’onn then tells Hal that he no longer feels guilt or rage for being Parallax. His heart is full of will power again and he wants to see. J’onn then goes to sink his hand into Hal’s chest but Barry turns around and speed jumps and pulls Hal away from J’onn. As they fall back to Earth, Barry tells Hal to wake up since the Flash can’t fly.

Hal wakes up just in time to shield the two of them from crashing into a local fire house. As Hal gets back to his senses in front of all the fire fighters. He tries to contact Oa but all communication is down and soon the firehouse starts rocking as J’onn pulls it over on it’s side. Over on Oa in the Citadel of the Guardians of the Universe. Scar watches as Black Lantern powers charge across the universe and the War of Light continues. One of the other Guardians asks why she has betrayed them. She tells them that she has betrayed no one. She is continuing their original mission that set years ago to bring order. That the Manhunters and the Green Lantern Corps failed. She then shows the various corps fighting each other as Black Lantern power rings descend on each world and sector of space. She tells them that it’s time for a new army to save the universe, that emotions have been allow to run to free for too long. That chaos has erupted because of them. She finally realized that as the Anti-monitor’s poisonous burn slowly killed her allowing her to hear the voice of death. That it was time to bring order and that the Black Lanterns are collecting hearts full of splintered emotions and when they are full. Their leader will rise and bring death of the universe and there will finally be peace. She then coughs up more black blood and puts the rest of the Guardians of the Universe back into suspended animation. Back on Earth, Hal has saved Barry and the fire fighters from J’onn’s attack by creating a protective bubble around them. They try to devise a plan to reach the Martian Manhunter they knew and reach his state of mind as Dectective John Jones.

Hal reveals to Barry that in the time he was gone, J’onn became more distant and more alien than the person they once knew. Barry tells Hal that J’onn was never an alien, he was alienated. They are both soon hit by another TK blast and J’onn reveals that Hal never flinched at his appearance but Barry always understood him and that Barry can’t out run death. Barry starts hitting J’onn hoping he’ll snap out of it but it’s soon revealed that J’onn tricked Barry into thinking he saw Hal as J’onn and Hal quickly blasts Barry so he’ll snap out of it. However, it’s too late and J’onn throws Hal into the air towards the bat signal over Gotham City and Barry into the sewers. He tells them that there is no justice and that it’s dead. While over in Sector 1313, John Stewart rests on a asteroid that was once a part of Fatality’s home world of Xanshi. John remembers what the Star Sapphire told him about going to the remains of the planet and forgiving himself like she has. John replies that he’s trying but soon John hears the sounds of Black Lantern power rings heading to his area saying: “Flesh.” Soon they say: “Xanshi.” “Rise.” As the power rings engulf themselves into the various asteroids and start bringing the planet back together. John replies: “Oh damn.” “That ain’t good.” End of issue.

Great pick up issue from Blackest Night #1 as Barry and Hal Jordan battle each other. I like that Geoff Johns is going ahead and revealing what the Black Lanterns are truly trying to do and what their still unknown leader is trying to accomplish. However, the real winner of this story goes to Doug Mahnke who gives us a fantastic story from beginning to end with his art. From the dark and disturbing Black Lantern Martian Manhunter to the great glimpses of the various corps fighting each other. Great issue.


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