1 – Final Crisis tag on the front. I’m a sucker for tie-ins.
2 – Its widely speculated that Bart Allen will be resurrected in this series.
3 – Geoff had promised a look at the remains of the GL Corps in the 31st century.
And from this preview, we’re really getting that 3rd one. There was a big shock last issue as the last Green Lantern, Rond Vidar was killed, and on tracking his body to the remains of Oa, Mon-El and someone else (told you I wasn’t a big Legion fan) find a pile of dead GL rings, and, most surprisingly, Sodam Yat, alive and well, albeit a bit bonkers from years of isolation.
This preview picks right up from there, with Sodam burying Rond Vidar, and explaining that without Mogo to guide them the GL rings fell dead. Mon-El is quick to explain to Sodam that Superboy Prime is back, and he can use this chance for redemption, and Sodam is talked into action.
There’s some really interesting things going on here. We see just how key to the Corps Mogo is, as he’s the guiding light of the rings. While Sodam does hint that he could do the job, Sodam’s seen and done some nasty things over the centuries, and doesn’t feel he could select worthy candidates.
There’s a really nice tip of the hat to Kyle, when Sodam mentions that the original Torch Bearer passed the title on to him when he died. So obviously despite losing Ion, Kyle is still considered the Torch Bearer by the GL Corps. At the time, the Torch Bearer title was also linked to the fact that Kyle was responsible for restarting the Corps if they should fall again (and we can presume this was directly related to the fact he was hosting Ion at the time). Presumably despite Sodam now hosting Ion, Kyle retained the Torch Bearer title as a mark of respect.
The really interesting thing in this preview though, is when Sodam charges the Green Lantern rings. His oath looks like its actually a combination of lines from the Oaths of the various other Corps, and has some direct nods to the Blackest Night. I wonder what that’s all about and is it a hint that after Blackest Night we will be losing the other Corps and left with only the GLs again? We can presume at least one yellow ring would stay active, as I can’t see them de-powering Sinestro.