100 Days, 100 Comics #44: ‘Green Lantern Corps’ #42

Posted by – November 21, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #42This was easily the most I’ve enjoyed an Indigo Tribe issue yet. The variety of pages layouts, the Guy Gardner moments, the advancement of plot, and the big ending all bolstered this read.

**SPOILER ALERT** There are always weird little things that nag at me about Green Lantern books, and as effective as the final sequence in this issue was, I feel compelled to ask what exactly that explosion did at the end that was able to neutralize all of the Black Lanterns, kill Kyle Rayner, tear up his uniform, and knock off his mask, but yet didn’t seem to scratch or bruise him one bit. I mean, am I missing something here? Am I supposed to assume that the Alpha Lantern Battery detonated will an outpouring of pure will that was sort of like a giant Care Bear stare that neutralized all the death and over-saturated Kyle will positivity to the point it killed him? Seriously, I loved this issue, but that final page totally puzzled the heck out of me.

Pretty much every other page was grand, though. Kilowog would be in every issue and tie-in if I had my way, and watching him confronted with the deceased Lanterns has been one of the more effective consequences of the Black Lanterns’ rise. In fact, the Black Lanterns’ rise overall has been way more interesting in the way it’s impacted characters emotionally than it has been on any material level, which up until now has been totally ambiguous as far as what they are and how they work.

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