Oops. I never did get round to posting about GL #55. The short version being, that I’m not much of a Lobo fan, so most of the issue didn’t do anything for me. That said, I have been enjoying the Red Lantern stuff, and the reveal that Atrocitus had manipulated Hal and co was a good one.
So anyway, on to GL #56. The story with the entities rumbles on as the mysterious figure frees Hector Hammond and Hal heads out to find Larfleeze to ask him how he managed to contain Ophidian (who is trapped in the Orange Lantern).
To be honest, the reveal that Larfleeze had captured Ophidian was a bit of a surprise, as I’d taken it from the previous Agent Orange story that Larfleeze had just inherited everything. However thinking about it, while Larfleeze found the Orange Lantern and its temple, its possible Larfleeze later trapped Ophidian. However there’s still backstory to the Orange Lantern that we’re waiting on being revealed.
Another thing I enjoyed about this issue was breaking up the Hal, Carol, Sinestro team. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been greatly enjoying the characters. However for me Hal was starting to feel a bit like a guest star in his own book. As a result, the Hal/Larfleeze scenes felt more paired down to me, in a good way.
It is also interesting to note that Larfleeze is right back to being a mostly comic relief character as well. Any hint of menace from his initial appearance now is lost in his writing letters to Santa and the like. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, as it does help make him distinct amongst the raft of new characters. If you want menace, then Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns have that in spades.
However it will be interesting to see where Sayd’s been sent…
The hunt for the entities remains at centre stage despite the shift in cast for this issue, and I must say it was very nice to see Saint Walker again. The Blue Lanterns were a big hit for me when they first appeared, but since then, they haven’t really been explored much at all, unlike most of the other Lanterns (barring probably the Indigos). Especially now they’ve lost both their Guardians, I remain keen to see more of the Blue Lanterns. However, I’m not entirely convinced its going to happen outside of Saint Walker and the Blue Entity.
It was also good to see Hector Hammond’s previous appearances pay off in this issue. He’s been a nice lingering threat throughout most of Johns’ run, with red herrings early on that he’d be linked to the Orange Lanterns (of course he wasn’t, that turned out to be Larfleeze). So here we get to see that pay off, as he frees and joins with Ophidian. Hammond’s been a successful character in this run, well done as a creepy threat and its nice to see him take centre stage for next issue.
Overall, this issue grabbed me a lot more than last month. I still feel a little close to burn out with the various new Lanterns and Entities, but Hal felt less overshadowed this month to me and the mysterious figure (who appears to be hot on the trail of the Predator in Las Vegas) continues to be intriguing.