The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

Return of the Zombies

Posted in blackest night,green lantern,White Lantern Corps by Podcast on July 14, 2010

Those damn dirty zombies are back, on the one year anniversary of the beginning of Blackest Night, the Black Lanterns return. Of course I find it ironic that it’s the members of the Justice League that are shown in zombie form here and not the rest of the resurrected heroes and villains. Of course it’s still too early to tell and after what has happened in the first few issues of Brightest Day, we knew that we would be seeing the Black Lanterns again before too long. After, what is the true creator behind the Black Lanterns? Not Nekron but the very being of space itself since it was the vast darkness of the universe that is the true enemy of life because it hates life after all? It’s the body and we’re the infection and while we fight for evil or justice in the vast multi-verse, the universe hates that in every form, no matter what.
To me this is just another chapter in the White Lantern saga, since the “old guardian” as I like to call him has been seizing the various emotional entities from Parallax to Ion. I see this as the main catalyst to why he is gathering all these beings and also the true reason why the Manhunters annihilated Sector 666 in order to get the Blackest Night over with and make sure there was always a constant struggle between Light and Darkness. Who knows, I may have finally tapped into the minds of Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi and JT Krul (scary I know). Let’s wait and see what becomes of Brightest Day the next two months and I’ll revisit this thought. In the mean time, bring back those decaying zombies; they’re the new “it” since vampires.


Brave Friends, Bold Heroes: Hal Jordan and Barry Allen

Posted in flash,green lantern by Podcast on July 9, 2010

Here they are at last, the Brave and the Bold that mostly everyone knows Hal Jordan and Barry Allen. As I talked about Alan Scott and Jay Garrick being the brave friends and bold heroes, Hal and Barry really put friendship in front long before super heroics. If you look at works by Mark Waid or Geoff Johns, Hal and Barry’s relationship has always been the main focal point than being Green Lantern and Flash and their contrast of Hal being a space cop and Barry being a real cop out of costume. Hal’s no fear attitude and Barry’s sense of hope and betterment of others is what has made them such great super heroes together both on the Justice League and most recently in Blackest Night. While, we’re seeing a bit less of the two together now post Blackest Night, since Barry is getting reestablished in his own series and will be the focal point for next year’s Flashpoint cross over story line.
I’m pretty sure we’ll see Hal side by side with Barry as Flashpoint unfolds in the same way that Barry was side by side with Hal during Blackest Night. When Barry was lost during the original Crisis, Hal started drifting, and passed that friendship off to Green Arrow before he was lost as well. Hal needs Barry to be his focal point in life. While Barry needs Hal to be that civilian center. That he can’t always speed through life, he needs to take time and enjoy the world around him and not just do it all for Iris and we’ll see how this thrives going into the rest of the year and into Flashpoint.

Ring After Effects

Since Blackest Night ended and Brightest Day began, we’ve been shown that the exposure to the different power rings has been having side effects to various characters. So, to have a little fun today before the July 4th weekend, I thought I would take note of a few.

Red Lantern Power Ring
While we’ve seen Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner and Mera affected deeply by the red power ring due to their inner rage, it’s the aftermath of the rings that have affected regular users of the Power of Rage. Thanks to both Hal and Guy’s will power, they were able to bend the red light to make constructs. Something, none of the other Red Lanterns, including Atrocitus were able to do until now. Atrocitus now can create anything he wills his rage into. From weapons to various constructs, which are fueled by his hatred. Even Dex-starr and Bleeze are being shown to now be able to do more with their rings than just spewing acid blood on everything.
One final note, the Red Power Rings has shown that they attach to their users after they have suffered some great lost. With Laira, it was losing her title as a Green Lantern. For Hal Jordan it was after Sinestro killed Laira in front of him, Guy when Kyle was almost killed by the Black Lanterns. Dex-starr after his owner was killed by a break in and then Bleeze after her betroth was killed in front of her. Finally for Mera watching all those she loved being twisted into Black Lanterns. It makes sense since at that moment, their hatred is pure and at the beginnings of forming, hence they are the perfect target for the rings.

Orange Lantern Power Rings
Now with Avarice, we’ve seen how Ophidiate’s power has on all its users or those that taste its power. We’ve already seen Larfleeze’s problems but with Lex Luthor, he gained an insight on how all the various power rings work and how much he wants to have that power for himself. Being effected by the Orange Light causes a user to be like an addict going through withdrawal. Even Hal Jordan explained that he felt a bit of wanting the light again but being effected by Parallax drove it out of him all the way. Now with Sayd being the Orange Lantern Guardian, she has also started feeling the effects of the light, even though she is more of Larfleeze’s royal visor than controlling or bending the light.

Black and White Lantern Power Rings
As it’s been shown with the resurrected heroes and villains that the two ring exposures have had strange effects on them; Captain Boomerang is now able to form boomerang constructs out of dark matter in times of distress. Osiris is torn between following his dark ambitions with Deathstorke or casting it all off to be a White Lantern. Hal Jordan and Sinestro are still connected to the Entity and have a view on life and the various Emotional Spectrum beings. Professor Zoom was able to channel the Negative Speed force thanks to be connected to both lights. Aquaman and Firestorm’s powers are out of wack between the living and the dead. Hawkman and Hawkgirl not only are restored to their former selves and memories but can also recall their full history from beginning to end.

We haven’t really seen any negative effects of the Green, Yellow, Violet, Blue or Indigo rings. At least as of yet, time will tell if there are any full effects from being a former user. At least as dramatic as the other rings have done to their former users.