The Shape of Things Changes in ‘Green Lantern Corps’ #34

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…


Now that’s what we call heartburn! (Ha! Triple pun unlocked! Great job)


This image is a little less incendiary when you realize that’s no woman that superhero’s choking; it’s a shapeshifting Durlan. But: plot twist! The Durlan is also a woman! And she raped him through deception. And she ate a child. Wow. That’s some advanced supervillainy right there.


Oh, and the Durlan is now a Daxamite, and they’re invulnerable, except not right now, so…boy, Tumblr is going to need a long time to figure out how they feel about this one.


Yep, whole Corps on leave. Hal’s leadership has been spotty at best.


“What if we made them fight for our amusement and their dinner?”


You know, Cheorg might be a sparse landscape, but it’s a hell of a view. We’re thinking the Cheorg Hilton is a pretty swank place.


How do you know she’s pretty if you haven’t seen her yet? (spoiler: she is! Double spoiler: she totally decapitated that reptile, you know that, right? She’s going to stride out and say, “I saved you the head.”)

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.


That’s a 1-Kilowog photobomb.

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. 

Want some hard-boiled brutality? Check out The Private Eye and more in Nine More Comics for Hardcore Geeks.

Who can say no to the ol' 1-point perspective angle on a pistol?

Who can say no to the ol’ 1-point perspective angle on a pistol?

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