As we last saw our cabbage breathed hero, Alec was at the mercy of Abigail Arcane. This issue starts with a doctor talking to a child named Williamn who is deathly allergic to Cholrophyll (anyone else see where this is going? good, if not you need to think really hard) and confined to a bubble for his own safety. The doctor encourages William to try to socialize more with the other children at the hospital, even though he can’t leave the safety of his bubble he should still try to make friends, and explains that he likes to go scuba diving. During the conversation William hears a mysterious voice calling his name from one of the trophy fish on the wall. The doctor calls in some orderlies and has William moved to one of the play rooms where of course there is a bully who wants to pop the enclosure and threatens to do it that night at midnight. Back to Abigail holding Alec at gunpoint ordering him to “do something.” Alec eventually calls on the green, unconsciously i might add, to tie up Abigail. Abigail explains that she now believes he is who is claims to be. She says she was once in love with Swamp Thing when it was using his body. She asks for Alec’s help and says she is taking him to a hospital in Texas, there’s a boy she needs to save.
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When last we saw our band of would be heroes they were preparing for an assault. As we start up Issue #3 in this tale of magic and awesomeness we see Etrigan and Xanadu as Xanadu uses her own life force to put up a temporary barrier to keep the Horde at bay so the townspeople and the heroes can rally a defense. This greatly upsets Etrigan who lashes out, cursing the town priest with a burning demonic touch and claiming that he’ll roast the town alive if Xanadu dies. The mysterious horsewoman comes riding through the barrier Xanadu set up saying not even that can keep her out and she will go where she pleases, seems there is more to her than it seems. Then realizing his time is short Etrigan switches back to Jason Blood and we see Xanadu professing how she loves Blood and not the demon, to which people nearby make a comment about the would be love triangle.
Gardner, Stewar, Isamot, Hannu, Sheriff, Brik and Vandor are facing off against the army that has encompassed them. They are barely holding them off and quickly losing ground. When we last saw Isamot, he had lost his arms and legs, but he is still in the fight with his power ring on his tongue now.
This title starts with Guy Gardner recording a video about an upcoming mission. Suddenly, his ring alerts him to the location of stolen Rakkonium. Gardner quickly leaves for the uncharted sectors. As he arrives he sees a science vessel that has been overrun with pirates. In true Gardner-fashion, he busts his way through and quickly deals with the pirates. He manages to rescue the scientists on board, but they are pretty upset with how reckless he was with saving them.
After some reflection on this little mission, Gardner recalls the deal he made with Ganthet and Atrocitus and decides it’s time to take a more proactive approach.
We then see Gardner face to face with the Guardians. He outlines his plan for going into the uncharted sectors to head-off threats that may be outside of the Corps sphere of influence. Almost as a complete shock to Gardner, the Guardians agree and tell him to start his mission immediately.
Well after Brightest Day it looks like Swamp Thing is tied into the Green Lantern Corps because of him being the White Light bearer (like it or not) so i figured a review of the new Swamp Thing series would be a good idea. This series acknowledges the events of Brightest Day so if you haven’t read that series you should do so first.
As the comics start we see what’s happened to Alec Holland since the end of Brightest Day Aftermath. He’s forsaken the power of Swamp Thing and his life as a chemist and become a construction worker. He still has all his memories of being Swamp Thing, and even gives medical advice based around plants to some fellow construction workers. Well when someone is having trouble because of coming back from the dead, apparently Superman has to come give them advice because he shows up at the construction site later that day and talks to Alec about how a little bit of work can make you realize how important everything is. Alec thanks Superman for his advice but admits that even though he feels lost he doesn’t want to be found. Cut to dig site of a mammoth skeleton, the skeleton has gone missing and the scientists there are attacked by insects that seemingly reanimate the dead bodies of the scientists and attack other scientists. Meanwhile Alec is at home asleep having a nightmare about how he became Swamp Thing, he wakes up to his room full of flowers and plans and as he runs out of the room into the woods he is confronted by Swamp Thing as the issue closes out.
These comics take place in the Dark Ages, long before the rest of the current DC comics. Initially we’re introduced and given the backstory for Etrigan and Jason Blood, which I won’t spoil here because its very good and I want you to go read the comics yourself. I will say its different slightly from the old one. If you’re familiar with Etrigan, you pretty much know that these comics are going to be very violent, and that fact is drilled into you with the introductions of Madame Xanadu and Vandal Savage (one of the classic villains in DC comics who in this series becomes allies with Etrigan through bizarre circumstances). You also are introduced to the town of Little Spring, a small village directly in the path of the Horde, lead by the Questing Queen and Mordru (another classic DC villain). The Horde is a gathering of barbaric creatures and savages who have been rampaging through the country killing anything that gets in their way.
Green Lantern has not missed a step yet, and issue 3 keeps it on track and takes it to a new level. We start with Carol entering her apartment just as her phone rings. Tom Kalmaku is on the line and tells her to turn the television on. She is then staring at an unbelievable sight: Jordan and Sinestro working together to save the bridge from issue 2 from collapsing.
Meanwhile, Jordan is fighting his own insecurities and wanting to go say goodbye to Carol before leaving with Sinestro to protect Korugar. Sinestro reminds Jordan that he has failed in romance as he failed at being a Green Lantern, and his only hope of doing anything right is to forget his own petty problems and join him in a battle against the Sinestro Corps.
We then return to Oa, only to see the Guardians discussing the emotional lobotomy they performed on Ganthet. He has lost all of his feelings and is now ruled only by cold logic.
Welcome to the Corps, poozer! This is the very first issue of the Green Lantern Corps. Green Lantern Volume 2 changed it’s title at issue 200, after the Guardians announced they were leaving with the Zamaron for another dimension. The Green Lanterns are now left without the guiding voice of the Guardians and must fend for themselves.
Salakk and Ch’p are traveling through deep space in the first scene. Ch’p is explaining to Salakk that he has been erased from the history of his homeworld due to the Crisis on Infinite Earths and has no reason to stay in his sector. He has decided to patrol Sector 2814, home of his good friend Hal Jordan. Salakk has agreed to patrol 2814 as well. He say’s it’s for a change of scenery, but in reality it’s probably to hang onto the sense of community he has built with the Green Lantern Corps, and to avoid being lonely.
We left Atrocitus as he was deciding whom he should bestow the gift of intelligence on, within his corps. After a brooding two previous issues, he has come to the realization that whatever he hopes to achieve with his group of rage filled maniacs, he will need help. The only question left, who will be raised to Atrocitus’ equal?
Without much surprise to anyone, Bleez is chosen to be Atrocitus’ second in command. He throws her into a lake of blood on the Red Lantern homeworld and watches her sink to the bottom. As she is falling down through the liquid hatred, he mind starts becoming more aware.
Bleez is slowly able to regain some control over her cognitive faculties. She finally regains all of her intelligence prior to becoming a Red Lantern, but with it, also her memories.
She is now able to remember the source of her rage and the events that led to her becoming the monster she is now. With this gift from Atrocitus, has come a new sort of curse. Bleez claims that she is too weak from the transformation to help lead the Red Lantern Corps, but Atrocitus decides to “help her” with this problem.
This is the last Green Lantern comic of volume 2. After issue 200 the title becomes Green Lantern Corps. Hal Jordan has just rejoined the Corps. It marked the 45 year anniversary of the first Green Lantern comic title. And it marked the announcement of a major decision by the Guardians.
Throughout all of space, every single Green Lantern was summoned to Oa for a major announcement by the Guardians themselves. Everyone dropped everything they were doing, some Green Lanterns even showed up with captured villains, having received the announcement mid-battle.