Origin of the Rings

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Green Lanterns #26
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Ronen Ciquet

Is it interesting that the Guardians only got short after they remove their emotions. I didn’t know that. Speaking of removing their emotions, the green heart is mentioned as where they put their emotions. I hope we get to see Alan Scott sooner rather than later and the rest of the JSA as you know Alan Scott drives his power from the starheart which at first I thought might be related but maybe not. This issue is esentially the origin story of the Green Lantern rings and why Rami decided to build them 10 billion years ago. It was very good and the two stars of this book appear nowhere in the issue! That is how great Sam Humphries is at storytelling. I like how he ties this all into Plant elementals too. This guy knows the DCU.

Green Lanterns 21 – 25

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Green Lanterns #21
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Robson Rocha

Robson Rocha really hit it out of the park with the art in this issue. Wow! Ever panel was breathtakingly beautiful in this issue where Dr. Polaris nearly pulls the Justice League watchtower out of space and on top of a city but is stopped by the two starring Green Lanterns. Doctor Polaris is turned into such a tragic character in these pages. Good issue.

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Green Lanterns #22
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Ronan Cliquet

Yay the first GL to show up in this issue besides our star Jessica Cruz is none other than Kyle Rayner! This is apparently the first time Jessica has met Kyle – I am frankly surprised that she has never heard of him. Hasn’t she done her research on the past Green Lanterns of Earth? He even says he used to have her job. In fact, Kyle and Jessica have a lot more in common than that. Both of them got their rings spontaneously and were not trained at first. Anyways, it was great to read about Jessica’s introduction to the Green Lantern Corps headquarters too and I look forward to seeing Guy train Jessica and Kyle train Simon! So glad Hal Jordan is not involved…that guy sucks. PS Ronan Cliquet is a great artist.

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Hal Jordan and the GLC 1 – 21

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Rafa Sandoval

The Green Lantern Corps and Oa have dissappeared while the Sinestro Corps and War World have taken their places. Sinestro vs. Hal Jordan…that sounds like a snoozefest. I am more interested in what happened to the Green Lantern Corps which it looks like we will get next issue.

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #2
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Rafa Sandoval

This is getting better. I especially liked the moments between Sinestro and his daughter. Basically any moment without Hal Jordan is a good moment to me. But in all seriousness…all I wonder is where is Kyle Rayner!

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Polaris Origins

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Green Lanterns #20
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Eduardo Pansica

We learn more about Doctor Polaris’s past which is something even I don’t know much about. It seems he was discredited in the scientific community but for real reasons or fraudulent ones? It is unclear. What is clear is he now has schizophrenia and can’t stop himself from putting on his Polaris suit when he really just wants to save his brother’s life. Meanwhile, John Stewart decides to bring in Rami, Jessica, and Simon to be trained after it is reported Rami is with them. It was a decent issue with great art. I am still rather enjoying this series.

Emerald Warriors 9-13

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Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #9
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin

For someone who is wearing an Indigo Tribe ring, John Stewart hardly acts compassionate in this issue. I question why he was given that ring anyways. All of the others make sense…not so much with John and the Indigo ring. This issue was actually really cool where the four Lanterns go underground in OA and see where the rings are forged. They meet an Alien named Shedd who is apparently protecting the ring of the “first Lantern.” It leave you with just enough to keep you wondering what other mysteries lie within.

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Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin

John continues to show no compassion and my man Kyle Rayner – Greatest of Green Lanterns – points that out after John straight up kills Mogo to save the Corps. Kyle refuses to give up hope and wants to bring Mogo back. Not only that but Kyle saves Guy Gardner’s life here by being the only one who is competent enough with his ring to utilize its power right. In this issue it is said that Guy actually is in love with the Green Lantern Corps more than Ice. I am not sure I buy that Guy loves the Corps more than Tora. That seems pretty awful. All-in-all, this was a good issue.

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Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Bernard Chang

In this Guy Gardner solo issue, Guy meets a beautiful Alien dignitary who he falls for and she swiftly kills him as she kisses him. Guy is revived by her assistant who betrays her and takes her down. It was actually an enjoyable read and a good way to do a one and done story. Good art too.

 

 

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Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Chris Batista

This was another terrfic one and done story. In this issue, Guy faces a beast who apparently has a taste for eating Green Lanterns. He swallows them and then keeps them barely alive in its stomach. This is a scary creature and I hope it comes back one day or its brother because Guy basically kills it.

 

 

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Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Ron Frenz

This was an action-packed yet at the same time – a lot of fun- final issue where Guy Gardner and Batman team up to solve a murder that happened on a space station. First of all, the DCU earth has apparently almost reached light speed capabilities? That seems a little crazy. But outside of this, it was great how quick Batman solved the case and how Batman and Guy played off each other’s strengths. You can tell Batman respects Guy more than Hal – and who wouldn’t?

Green Lantern 65-67

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Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke

You have to give it to Geoff Johns, he knows how to write a good comic book. I go back and forth between loving and hating the man (I really only hate him for bringing back Barry and Hal, and for his ridiculous explanation as for why men cannot be Star Sapphires.) but this was a damn good issue and it was so cool to see the four Earth Green Lanterns having to use other colors. Hal is Yellow Sinestro Corps, John is a compassionate Indigo Tribesman, Guy is of course a rage-filled Red Lantern, and Kyle – my favorite GL – is a Blue Lantern of Hope. It fits them perfectly!

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Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke

In this issue Hal and Guy fight the Guardians who have now been transformed by the different Lantern Colors by Krona. In the end, it is revealed Krona plans on remaking Guy and Hal into new Guardians to run the Corps with him. Beautiful artwork and well written. I can’t really say anything bad about it.

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Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke

This is the final issue of this volume of Green Lantern before the New 52 awful reboot. From what I understand the Green Lantern franchise was barely effected by the New 52. (I wonder if that has anything to do with Geoff Johns’s power at DC Comics? Actually I won’t wonder I am sure that is exactly the reason.) I love that Johns has Kyle use his drawing skills to save Carol! Kyle Rayner is the best Green Lantern and the most relatable. I still wish he was the star of this book but it is cool to see Johns respects the character and uses him well. The ending of this issue brought a smile to face as Hal Jordan’s ring is taken away and he is dismissed as a Green Lantern for killing Krona. Good, he should be. (I know this doesn’t last but I wish it did.)

Green Lantern Corps 59-63

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #59
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Tyler Kirkham

Of course Hal Jordan would not know why Kyle chose to be a Blue Lantern. He is a total douche bag after all. Kyle looks sweet as a Blue Lantern and he almost saves the day here while Ganthet chews out Hal Joran for his decisions. Yay! Why am I the only one that seems to not understand how much better Kyle is than Hal in fandom.

 

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #60
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Tyler Kirkham

Did John Stewart just blow up Mogo?! Sure looks like it. Wow. I hope not for good. This issue was awesome, because of Bedard’s writing, and the fact that it had no Hal Jordan. Those are the best issues. All comics without Hal Jordan. It was cool to see John absorb the Black Lantern energy and Kyle use ghosts of dead Lanterns to inspire hope with his blue energy. Great issue.

 

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #61
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Daniel HDR

While there was no Kyle Rayner in this issue and that is a bummer, it was still a fantastic issue as we see John Stewart teach a new lantern the power over brains over brawn even among the Green Lantern Corps. It was interesting to see two planets together soon and I am sad that Mogo is gone but oh well. HDR’s art was beautiful!

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Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Daniel HDR

This issue luckily focuses on my favorite Green Lantern Kyle Rayner and his relationship with Soranik Natu. Of course I loved it. I think the idea that the Star Sapphire can teleport people they have emotional connections with to wherever they are located to be a neat idea. In this issue, a star sapphire feels it is her sacred duty to keep Kyle and Soranik together and Kyle reveals to Soranik his true love is actually Jade. I like that that relationship has not been forgotten after all these years. HDR turns out some great artwork too.

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Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2) #63
Written by Scott Kolins
Art by Joe Prado, Scott Kolins, Freddie Williams II, and Daniel HDR

This was a compilation of quite well done character studies of different Green Lanterns as they react to the events of the War and having had Krona make them do horrible things. It is a shame Tony Bedard did not get to write the series finale but Kolins is a good writer too. I will miss this book.