Not to armchair space-patrol, but the Green Lanterns are letting the Durlans run rings around them (nobody’s ever going to believe that pun was unintentional). The shadowy cabal of shape-shifting conspirators has been putting the Corps in every position it needs for the next step of its plan, and the Corps has yet to act decisively. Neutering the Durlan’s polymorphic prowess was their first big move, and it was a reactionary one.
Blame it on Hal Jordan’s leadership. The maverick has thus far found it difficult to buck the system when he’s the one running things, so he’s out of his comfort zone. That leaves John Stewart, the most reliable member of the intergalactic space cops, to keep things steady in the middle of one violent upheaval after another. Too bad for him, the Durlans have made it personal by kidnapping the love of his…well, not life (aw, we miss you, Katma), but certainly the liveliest alien space babe he’s had a romance with. And turning his happiness into a lie that got other Lanterns killed.
You can’t say the green arm of the law hasn’t had its ring-bearing hand full, but in the wake of the Guardians’ crimes against humanity, it’s important to make a decisive show of authority. The Corps has a reputation to restore, not only of control, but the right to control. And it’s going to be hard to do that if its most dependable member is strangling enemies in their cells.
Yeah, Stewart’s under pressure for sure…
Ah, you guys, we always have such fun when we read Green Lantern Corps together. Here, have a Mike McKone variant cover, but don’t let it spoil your dinner.
Van Jensen writes these big punches, Bernard Chang draws it oh-so-well, and Trevor McCarthy gave you that fantastic cover. Pick it up! Green Lantern Corps #34, out Wednesday.
Brendan McGinley is editor round these parts when not writing comics or Cracked columns. You can say a neighborly hello to him on Twitter @BrendanMcGinley. You’d probably enjoy his supervillain comic Heist, if you’re a fan of tarnished souls and brutal retribution.
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