Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Green Lantern Corps #50 [2010]

The aftermath of the Blackest Night begins with a secret meeting on the Planet Ysmault between Guy Gardner, Ganthet, and the Red Lantern Atrocitus. Following the meeting Ganthet resigns his post as Guardian of the Universe and becomes Green Lantern of Sector Zero.

John Stewart has been summoned by the Guardians to team-up with Alpha-Lantern Boodika to investigate the Planet Grenda home of Green Lantern Drill Sergeant Stel, who lost contact after reporting the planet’s population is missing. Once Stel was located Boodika betrayed John Stewart by recruiting him into the Alpha-Lanterns.

Back on Oa Ganthet recruits both Kyle Rayner and Natu to the Planet Grenda without the other Guardians awareness. The Alpha-Lanterns have been requisitioning Green Lanterns into their ranks commandeered by none other than Hank Henshaw: the Cyborg-Superman.

Henshaw tells Stewart through a mindlink of what happened after the Sinestro Corps War and through the Blackest Night. The Green Lanterns arrive to save Stewart and they retreat into a hidden cavern where a billion Grendans are under the control of Henshaw.

Writer Tony Bedard and artist Ardian Syaf present a wonderful tale of the Cyborg-Superman absent from the Blackest Night. We witness the humanity of Henshaw through his eyes and his desperation of ceasing his existence however being denied by the Lord of Death, Nekron. Bedard really took the Green Lantern ball and ran with it giving characters the depth they needed to enhance the stories told.