Sunday, May 3, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #35

This issue is another one of those "Prelude to Blackest Night" comics. I don't know about anybody else, but I can't wait for the beginning of the Blackest Night crossover!

-There were a few storylines interweaving in this comic, so I'll tackle them one at a time.

-First we have the Red Lantern attacking and killing Voz, the Green Lantern who was tasked with watching over the Sciencells. The Sinestro Corps members who were locked in the Sciencells cheered on the Red Lantern, until the Red Lantern began to kill the Sinestro Corp members as well. Scar, the renegade Guardian takes this opportunity to send all of the captured Sinestro Corps rings back to the Sinestro Corp members in the Sciencells. A group of Green Lanterns including Kilowog, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner and Salaak respond to the trouble in the Sciencells and find the Red Lantern doing battle with a whole bunch of Sinestro Corp members.

-Meanwhile, Sodam Yat and Arisia sneak onto Yat's home planet of Daxam, which has been captured by rogue Sinestro Corp member Mongul. Yat and Arisia manage to save a bunch of Daxamites from some Sinestro Corp members and Yat rallies the Daxamites, telling them they need to fight against Mongul and his Corps or die trying.

-Finally, we find Soranik on her homeworld of Korugar telling her people that they have to get over their hatred of Sinestro and move on. Unfortunately, the only way the people of Korugar can get past the sins of Sinestro is with his death. After her speech, Soranik runs into Sinestro himself, who says to her that he would like a heart-to-heart talk with his daughter.

I can't stress enough what a great job Peter Tomasi did writing this comic book! This book had everything I'd ask for in a comic! The parts on Oa with the Red Lantern first battling Voz, and then fighting the Sinestro Corp members was spectacular, the stuff on Daxam had a great mix of humor and seriousness, and the reveal at the end that Soranik was indeed the daughter of Sinestro was wonderfully handled. Besides the great writing job, Patrick Gleason's pencils were also top-notch.

The Red Lantern scenes were great, and I especially enjoyed reading the reactions of the Sinestro Corp members. At first they were cheering the Red Lantern on as he killed Voz, however, after the Red Lantern began to kill them, they began shouting at Voz to protect them. The banter between the Sinestro Corp members on Daxam was also well done and pretty funny.

Once I'd read that Sinestro had a daughter in Hal's series, I was pretty sure that Soranik was going to be Sinestro's offspring. That revelation should have major reverberations in future storylines, especially since Kyle and Soranik are in a relationship. I doubt Sinestro is going to be pleased that his daughter is dating the "alley rat".

For a score I'm going to give this comic a 10 out of 10. That's right, a perfect score! Considering the fact that I only gave out 2 perfect scores out last month, that should show just how much I enjoyed this comic book. I'll definitely be waiting anxiously for the next issue of this series!

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