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Five Developments from GREEN LANTERN #12

Hal Jordan and Sinestro are still working together against Black Hand. When prophecies are revealed from the Book of the Black, you know everything is about to change.

There's been a lot going on in the pages of GREEN LANTERN since the New 52 started. Sinestro was chosen to become a Green Lantern once again, Hal Jordan has been stripped of his power ring, Hal has been forced to work with Sinestro in order to get a ring created by Sinestro, the Guardians of the Universe are plotting to create a "third army" and replace the Green Lantern Corps and Black Hand has been freed from the Indigo Tribe's influence and now has the Book of the Black.

Despite so much happening, there doesn't seem to be a lot of talk about this series. With the twelfth issue out now, the annual in a couple weeks and a zero issue next month, let's take a look at the latest revelations and get everyone up to date. There will be spoilers for GREEN LANTERN #12 so be sure to read that issue first. We won't disclose every absolute detail and you'll definitely want to read the issue to see how everything played out.

== TEASER ==

Hal Jordan can fry a person's brain

In the old days, Green Lanterns weren't allowed to kill. That made sense if they were to be the universe's peacekeepers. As things heated up and the Corps found themselves in the midst of the Sinestro Corps War, the Guardians allowed the Lanterns to use extreme force if necessary

When Hal and Sinestro found themselves transported to Black Hand's family dinner, they needed a way to put him out of commission. Without a thought, Hal simply fried every synapse in Black Hand's head. Sinestro was actually a little surprised by this. Black Hand's body does have the ability to heal itself so this wasn't a fatal or permanent move. The fact that Hal could do and knew he could do it says something. Is this something he's going to use again if necessary?

Amanda Waller wanted Carol Ferris as Star Sapphire

Who doesn't want Carol as Star Sapphire again? Maybe it was the outfit? (I'm kidding).

We know she still has her ring. After Hal finally realized that he was ready to give up his former life as a Lantern and be with Carol, Sinestro showed up demanding his help. As this was happening, the Indigo Tribe also showed up and both were transported away. Carol got her ring and was ready to put it on but apparently hasn't yet.

In this issue we see Carol taking a call from Amanda Waller. She lies and says she no longer has a Star Sapphire ring but it's clearly seen on her desk.

Sinestro wasn't actually chosen to become a Green Lantern again

One of the shocking moments at the end of the previous volume of GREEN LANTERN was when a green power ring chose Sinestro to become a Green Lantern once again. As Hal Jordan's greatest enemy, it was surprising that he would be reinstated, especially after all the chaos and destruction he caused with the Sinestro Corps.

Now it turns out there actually was a reason. Actually we're not aware of what the full reason was but the Guardians were clearly involved. What we can gather from their conversation is the plan was to separate Sinestro from his Sinestro Corps. He's doubting his former ways and has been more supportive, in some ways, of the Green Lantern Corps.

Sinestro is willing to sacrifice his yellow power lantern

This goes along with the Guardians' plan. In order to fight Black Hand, they needed the combined power of the green power battery and another. Sinestro was quick to offer up his yellow lantern. Hal took it as Sinestro's way to commit to the Green Lantern Corps. Sinestro claimed that wasn't the case but deep down, he could be trying to deny the fact that he has been changing his way. As he's been working with Hal, there's bound to be something rubbing off on him.

Another crazy prophecy from the Book of the Black

We've seen a lot of prophecies from the Book of the Black. The first we see on the second page tells Black Hand that "Hal Jordan is not your enemy." But that's nothing compared to what he sees later. You definitely need to see this doosey of a prophecy for yourself.

There's still some prophecies from issue #6 that haven't played out yet. Are these prophecies absolute? If so, there must be some big things coming in the GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL that's due in two weeks. The solicit for that annual doesn't sound too good for our heroes either. Make sure you catch up on this issue to find out how this story is going to end.

Tony Guerrero is the Editor-in-Chief of Comic Vine. You can follow him on Twitter @GManFromHeck. He wonders if there's any mention of him in the Book of the Black.

48 Comments
Posted by ssejllenrad

"Hal Jordan will be the greatest".... Nothing like an authentic Hal nuthugging by Johns....

Posted by growup

@ssejllenrad said:

"Hal Jordan will be the greatest".... Nothing like an authentic Hal nuthugging by Johns....

as much as I love johns work I have to agree with this

Posted by Arkhamc1tizen

@ssejllenrad said:

"Hal Jordan will be the greatest".... Nothing like an authentic Hal nuthugging by Johns....

I totally agree

Posted by Arkhamc1tizen

@ssejllenrad said:

"Hal Jordan will be the greatest".... Nothing like an authentic Hal nuthugging by Johns....

even through i love this I total agree

Posted by Outside_85

Not sure why the killing/seriously maiming bit was a revelation, since Flashpoint seems to have done nothing to the main GL book it wouldn't be a news that they can still kill if they choose to.

As for the last one...greatest what?

Edited by TheMess1428
"Hal Jordan will be the greatest... Black Lantern."

You heard it here first.

NOTE: I totally read this issue right after I wrote this comment and was actually shocked to find out I was 100% right. lol I had assumed it wouldn't even show in this issue.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@ssejllenrad @Red_Justice @Arkhamc1tizen have you guys even read the book?
Posted by Adnan

@ssejllenrad: G-Man cut off the rest of the page to avoid spoiling it, there is more to it than that in the actual comic

Posted by SlamAdams

@TheMess1428: Makes sense considering theres that new GL with the gun showing up soon

Posted by SlamAdams

Are they still allowed to kill? For some reason I thought that was rescinded after the war and chocked up the ring's ability and Hal's lack of hesitation to the fact that that attack wouldn't be fatal for Black Hand.

Posted by NightFang

@TheMess1428 said:

"Hal Jordan will be the greatest... Black Lantern."

You heard it here first.

NOTE: I totally read this issue right after I wrote this comment and was actually shocked to find out I was 100% right. lol

First he was the host of Parallax and now this ^.

Posted by Sammo21

@TheMess1428:

I haven't even read my copy...being its in the book of the black I thought it was fairly obvious? Maybe not...

Posted by Green ankh

I cut GL from my buys atfter issue 3....dumb dumb !!

Posted by fodigg

@ssejllenrad said:

"Hal Jordan will be the greatest".... Nothing like an authentic Hal nuthugging by Johns....

Posted by Aph8825

Awesome ending in GL #12 I cant wait to see what happens!

Posted by Twentyfive

@ssejllenrad said:

"Hal Jordan will be the greatest".... Nothing like an authentic Hal nuthugging by Johns....

I think you and I can be friends.

Posted by feargalr

@TheMess1428 said:

"Hal Jordan will be the greatest... Black Lantern."

You heard it here first.

NOTE: I totally read this issue right after I wrote this comment and was actually shocked to find out I was 100% right. lol

Well its pretty obvious...

I like where Johns is taking the GL corner of the DCU.

Posted by inferiorego

SPOILER!

Hal Jordan will become the greatest door-to-door banana salesman.

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Posted by ZombiePie

The "Hal Jordan will be the greatest" scene...man that's some nice use of compression.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

Holllllyyyyy crap.

Posted by Luster77

HAL JORDAN WILL BE THE GREATEST....RING SLINGER IN THE UNIVERSE!!!! THEN GUY GARDENER RING KICKS HIM IN THE NADS......

Posted by Mucklefluga

I kinda wish i read Green Lantern now

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

This can't happen......it can't... Hal was supposed to have the happy ending he deserved....he was supposed to marry Carol and live happily ever after.... He can't be come a you-know-what........

Posted by GR2Blackout

"Hal Jordan will be the greatest"

I'm getting a chosen one feeling.

Posted by SoA

@inferiorego: it was fate.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

The frying the brain is a bit harsh, but when a comic villian is responsible for more than several hundred deaths, then FRY HIM!

Posted by CrimsonAlchemist

Come on Hal is the greatest but I like Guy better.

Posted by SpitfireINK

Hal Jordan needs to die! and find out it was Sinestro that was controlling Parallax all along!

Posted by JayJayCAW

seriously, I called that ending the moment Black Hand died again and we found out about Baz, I said it as a joke but hey I still freaking called it LOL

Posted by Destinyhero20

Hal Jordan will be the greatest Pokémon trainer of all time :)

Posted by RedOwl_1

@TheMess1428 said:

"Hal Jordan will be the greatest... Black Lantern."

You heard it here first.

NOTE: I totally read this issue right after I wrote this comment and was actually shocked to find out I was 100% right. lol

O.O < WUT?!? I'm begging to think I MUST start reading this :P

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

If Hal turns out to be the greatest Black Lantern, I will barf up Red Lantern rings all over the place in pure fandgasm...seriously

Posted by landau_corinthian

@Luster77: Then Batman knocks out Guy with one punch!

Posted by growup

@Jonny_Anonymous: chill your beans bro

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Red_Justice Ummmm I am chill?
Posted by growup

@Jonny_Anonymous: glad to hear it

Posted by Crash_Recovery

Looks like I need to catch up. I have 6-12 sitting in my "to read" stack.

Posted by InfamousFish

Would this be a good jumping on point? Issue 11?

Posted by HalJordan888

This was a great fucking issue and I can't wait to see Hal as the Greatest Black Lantern!

Posted by Zereta

Been loving all the GL books (Even RL) because of the way they set up the Third Army stuff and everything. Favorites have been betwen GLC and GL but man, the last couple of issues of GL have been amazing.

And the tease at the end of GL #12... Holy shit.

Posted by doordoor123

Hal Jordan will be the greatest nicest person who ever lives. And he'll ride ponies and poop rainbows. His hair will turn blonde and he'll have pigtails. When he's not riding ponies and pooping rainbows, he'll be baking muffins and pies with a BIG grin on his face. It'll be his top priority to give hugs and kisses to the world! 
On sunny day, in starry night, all of my friends will hug me tight. Those that are upset, lets not fight; Feel the power -- THE NICE LIGHT!

Posted by TheCommissar

I'll be upset if Hal ends up dying, but I won't drop the series unless the new guy ends up being irritating.

Posted by The Dude.

So, is the premise of Hal Jordan the greatest no matter what ring he wears? Is he gone conquer the colored spectrum? I was gonna say this is getting interesting, but GL has always been interesting, and a very underrated comic.

Posted by Friskynesss

Actually it was noticeable that Hal's had an attitude change when he and Sinestro invaded Kouragar. He kills a Sinestro corps member with a gun construct. Sort of out of character for Hal Jordan.

Posted by DEGRAAF

I have noticed a change in Hal as well since he got sucked back in but it kind of sucks i was hoping they would give him a year off or something and let him be with Carol while we follow Sinestro around unattended.

Posted by sinestro_GL

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@ssejllenrad @Red_Justice @Arkhamc1tizen have you guys even read the book?
Posted by LordRequiem

I loved Blackest Night, but apparently Jones has no ideas so has to re-use such a recent villain, and move to get rid of Hal Jordan as everyone is predicting. Why kill off Hal? That's the only outcome I can see with all these new solicits without him appearing anywhere.

Posted by consolemaster001

damn!