So the action picks up where we left off, with Hal and the two blue lanterns heading to Ysmalt to rescue/recapture Sinestro from Atrocious and his Red Lanterns.
This issue serves as a really good tease for what’s coming up with the war of light I felt. Of course, Hal charges ahead, as he’s distrustful of the Blue Lanterns, and feels that Sinestro needs to be dealt with once and for all, rather than rescued. However, he walks straight into a trap and is jumped by Atrocious and his Red Lantern army, and its not long before Hal’s ring is failing with its power drained by the red flame.
Its at this point, things really kick off, as the Sinestro Corps turn up on a rescue mission of their own. They free Sinestro and give him his ring back. Walker and the other Blue Lantern turn up and give Hal a much-needed power boost, and try to grab Sinestro and scarper. Hal refuses to leave Laira behind though, and tries to save her. He’s just getting through to her when Sinestro kills her. Overcome by rage, Hal goes to execute Sinestro on the spot: and promptly finds himself recruited to the Red Lanterns.
Its a cracking issue once again. And no surprise that Green Lantern had sold out by the time I got to the comic shop. We really get a taster of the war of light here, with Green, Blue, Red and Sinestro Corps all kicking off on Ysmalt.
I’m sorry to see Laira get killed off her though. I do have to wonder why Geoff went to the bother of bringing back Lost Lanterns, when all they’ve done since being resurrected is get killed off. It does mean that their coming back seems to have purely been to ensure that Hal was absolved of their murders. So far Arisia and Boodikka are really the only two getting anything to do. Although I’m really not sure about the hinted romance building between Arisia and Sodam Yat.
Anyway, so as we leave the issue, Hal has been recruited to the Red Lanterns. I’m guessing the fact that he still has his GL ring on could prove vital here, especially with the awesome powers exhibited by the Blue Lanterns. I reckon a combination of Hal’s willpower, and the power-boosting abilities of the Blue Lanterns will allow Hal to shake off the red ring. Nicely it’ll also force Hal to confront his own rage over Sinestro’s betrayals.
Interestingly then, what does this mean for the “new ring” tease in the April solicits. Since Rage of the Red Lanterns is set between Final Crisis #1 and #2, we know that Hal is a Green Lantern once again by the end of this arc, and presumably refuses Ganthet’s offer (unless he says he’ll think about it at the end of this story, gets caught up in Final Crisis, and then goes back to Ganthet – but I suspect Hal is going to stick by his stance at the beginning of this issue, that he’s a GL and that’s that).
So why does Hal have a new ring? I wonder if its a new type of GL ring issued to Hal when he’s given the job of tracking down Agent Orange. We’ve seen the Blue Lanterns interfere with GL comms, and the Red rings depower GLs and can possess them without too much trouble. Maybe the Guardians react to this and introduce some new type of GL ring specifically adapted to combat the threats of the various new Corps?