The Green Lantern Corps Podcast


Is Sodam Yat really that great?


That’s the question, do we really need Sodam Yat around. The who would be considered the greatest Green Lantern of all as told by the original prophecy of the Blackest Night from Alan Moore back in the 80s. As we all know, Sodam became the new host for Ion during the Sinestro Corps War and then went on to be imprisoned in the Daxam Sun when he used his powers to free his people from Mongul. While Geoff Johns, JT Krul and Peter Tomasi have revealed that Sodam will be a main focus for the “New Guardians” story line currently playing in the pages of the Green Lantern titles during Brightest Day. After all our new villain is collecting the various emotional entities of the Emotional Color Spectrum. Sodam is going to be a main target, not to mention the fact that the Daxamites play a part in the War of the Supermen going on right now. Plus, finally Yat will play a large role in the newly launched Legion of Super Heroes title with the formation of the 31st century Green Lantern Corps.
Is Sodam really this great to be getting so much focus. Well, yes and no. The good news is, he isn’t over exposed the way Superboy-Prime has been the last few years. He also got some wonderful character development during the last two years leading to Blackest Night and currently into Brightest Day. While the Will Power entity of Ion is important to the Green Lantern mythos. I do feel that Sodam is being forced down our throats a bit too much. I do like the role he is going to play in the pages of Legion of Super Heroes (even if he needs a new haircut). I just feel that once Sodam is freed from his planet’s sun, we’re pretty much stuck with him being the host for Ion for like… forever. This makes sense since that’s why he is still alive over in the page of Legion.
I think what’s really been rubbed the wrong way with Sodam is that he was supposed to play this important role in Blackest Night but instead he was more of a story catalyst for War of Supermen and Brightest Day. I do love the way Peter Tomasi got the character from being a cardboard cut out who can’t use the powers of a giant green space whale. To being a much more rounded character with a lot of pain and grief on his shoulders thanks to his people. Even worse that he gave them super powers by turning their sun yellow so they could fight back against Mongul and the remnants of the SInestro Corps. However, he has to play the clean up man once he is free from the planet’s sun. Even worse, his lead poisoning has majorly progressed before he became stuck in the star. Plus, I find it so stupid that something as powerful as Ion can’t reverse the lead poisoning the same way Mon-el got the treatment in the pages of Superman and Legion of Super Heroes. Or at least have the lead poisoning put down to like 1% and means he has to keep the ring on forever so that it doesn’t kill him and Ion leaves him for the time being. Only to be reunited at a later date to set up Legion of Super Heroes continuity.
That in my opinion would make Sodam Yat worth it.

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