Image © DC Entertainment. Written by Robert Venditti, art by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona, colors by Tomeu Morey, letters by Dave Sharpe.
A new storyline featuring Jack Kirby’s New Gods, or at least one of them: Orion. He’s under attack by an unknown force, and Hal and Kyle Rayner offer rescue and medical help. Meanwhile, Guy Gardner is looking for a new assignment, having lost his Yellow Lantern partner, but John Stewart is keeping him on Mogo for now. Mysterious powerful figures are behind the attack on Orion, foreshadowed by GL Graf. All he can offer is the warning “Metal.”
I’m not crazy about big interstellar battles, but so far this one has some interesting aspects. Recommended.
Image © DC Entertainment. Written by Sam Humphries, art by Carlo Barberi and Matt Santorelli, colors by Ulises Arreola, letters by Dave Sharpe. This cover by Emanuela Lupacchino and Michael Atiyeh.
New Earth GLs Jessica and Simon are on Mogo, Corps headquarters, getting one-on-one training from Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner, respectively. Jessica’s issue is largely self-doubt, and Guy succeeds in getting her mad enough to overcome it (who better?). Simon’s issue is lack of imagination in using his powers, and Kyle has some visually interesting ideas on how to overcome that. Meanwhile, Volthoom (in the body of renegade Guardian Rami) is searching for the seven original power rings, and we see another of them beginning service on Mars. What Volthoom finds out will have a major impact on Simon and Jessica, as they are assigned a new mission: to escort Rami to a very dangerous place.
Image © DC Entertainment. Written by Joshua Williamson, art by Paul Pelletier, Howard Porter and Andrew Hennessy, colors by Hi-Fi, letters by Steve Wands.
I’m still way behind on this title, but trying to catch up. The final chapter of “Running Scared” has Barry Allen transformed by the Negative Speed Force into an even nastier version of Reverse-Flash, and the two duke it out around Earth in the 25th Century, and then across time. A fight is a fight, though, and not all that interesting to me. What happens with Iris West is a lot more so, as she brings her own vengeance to Eobard Thawne. Back in our time, Wally West is in the hospital, and Iris is not trusting Barry one bit.
Image © DC Entertainment. Written by Robert Venditti, art by Ethan Van Sciver, colors by Jason Wright, letters by Dave Sharpe.
The uneasy coalition of the Yellow and Green Lanterns falls apart here, something that was easy to predict. Not so easy was the anger and venom coming from Yellow Lantern leader Soranik. Not without reason, but it feels like a plot -driven anger rather than one that comes from the character as we’ve known her, who has always listened to reason. Now she’s all hate and anger, and is taking on the name Soranik Sinestro as she leads what’s left of her Sinestro Corps back to Korugar. This is also a big fail for John Stewart, the other architect of the coalition, and one thing that did surprise me was, he had a backup plan to minimize damage, one that is also a kind of betrayal. Unlike past issues, this one feels like an executive decision to return one part of the status quo. It’s well told, but feels like a letdown all the same.
Image © DC Entertainment. Written by Sam Humphries, art by Eduardo Pansica & Julio Ferreira, colors by Blond, letters by Dave Sharpe.
Jessica and Simon, newbie Green Lanterns, are on Mogo for the first time, each getting heavy training sessions from Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner respectively. This is green boot camp, and no fun for the trainees. Meanwhile, the rogue Guardian Rami (whose mind is controlled by Volthoom, the first Green Lantern), is doing some research in the GL archives, and finds some interesting information about the first GL rings. We see one of those rings claiming its first wearer. Will the trainees be pushed past their breaking point? Will Volthoom achieve his goals? I had fun finding out.