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Green Lantern Annual #2 - Lights Out, Part Five: The Source Review

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It's the end of the arc. Will it really be "Lights Out" for all the Lanterns and the Universe? The next phase is set up and new directions are laid out.

The Good

Everything is on the line. With the different Lantern Corps running low on energy and Relic determined to wipe them all out in order to try to replenish the universe's reservoir, this is the end and beginning. The Lanterns need to set aside their differences for one last stand against Relic.

This is a great time for the different characters to shine on their own. Each character, Kyle, Guy, John, Hal, Carol and the rest of the Lanterns all play their own role. You might be surprised the decisions and outcomes for some.

For a big event, this is important. Robert Venditti introduces a new status quo for several characters and Lantern Corps. Sometimes it takes a decimation in order to kickstart something over again. The result of one character's sacrifice has definitely set the stage for more to come.

Sean Chen's art is pretty amazing here. It all looks so crisp and smooth. Andrew Dalhouse's colors gives it all the sheen it needs and deserves.

The Bad

While there are some changes, some weren't too earth-shattering. Many of the characters return to where we'd expect or know they were headed. The biggest shock was in the loss of Oa in the beginning of the arc. What about Relic? Will he win? You can get an idea where things will end up.

The Verdict

Lights Out came and shook up the Green Lantern universe quite a bit. We'll have to see how the repercussions affects everyone in the months to come. We do get to see some great moments with the different characters but there weren't as many big and crazy changes as you might expect. Sean Chen's art and Andrew Dalhouse's colors is a great way to end the story. Now is the time to pick up the pieces. If you don't read this, you will be missing out.

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Edited by Captain13

A perfect issue in my opinion. Strong characterization, neat surprises, character development, and the establishment of threads for a new status quo.

Venditti and the new Green Lantern writers are on fire. I cannot wait to see what they do next.

Also, the art and battles were simply awesome.

Posted by Captain13

I really like how Venditti us going back to basics by getting rid of lame/superfluous parts of the mythos that recently cropped up. No more--or at least reduced--emotion bs.

Now all the corps can go back to being police groups with different ideologies on crime and punishment. For example:

Instead of just being about Fear, the Sinestro Corps can be more about social control and the utilitarian part of punishment. They punish people for small crimes and crimes they may not have committed to set an example for all the people they police.

The Reds are the opposite. They don't care about social control. For them, policing is all about culpability, revenge, and retribution. If you do wrong, you get a proprtional response according ti your guilt. They are shortsighted.

The Greens are in the middle. Their punishment can be utilutarian, but punishment never goes outside the bounds of culpability. Only the bad get punished--so long as punishment has a societal benefit as well.

Indigo is just about brainwashing those with no compassion. It's not so much punishment as reprogramming--like a mental institution.

The Star Sapphires don't believe in punishment at all. They think everything will be okay as long as they spread love.

Orange is about libertarianism, greed, and isolation. Don't get in my business, and I won't get in yours.

And Blue is gone, because they were redundant with the Star Sapphires and lame. :P They just made people feel good. No real problem solving.

Posted by Ando123

I didn't expect to enjoy this issue. I'm looking forward to know what happens in each title

Posted by dondave

Ehh, it was an alright event,not a fan of the Carol situation although I saw it coming.

Posted by Wilbertus

I liked the Lights Out event, it just seemed to be over so soon. Oh well, I look forward to reading this one and I am excited to see what lies in the future for the different lantern books.

Posted by jwalser3

It was alright. In the begining I was hooked, but this issue kind of put it at a 3/5 IMO. Nothing changed, there was no real ground breaking change or consequence. It's like everything was tied up in one page.

Edited by iceslick

@g_man: I really loved this issue even more than Battle of Atom. It had beautiful art and each character had their own moment. Nothing felt clustered or rushed into all in one page. This is why I preferred to have more pages. The only problems I had was I kind of wished all the lanterns were involved with this event because Relic had a problem with all the light smiths not just the Greens and Reds or Blues for that matter. I also felt many of things were expected like Mogo being Green Lantern's new home, Carol fall in love with Kyle (even though I was hoping for that not to happen) and everyone getting out there alive. The future solicitations from comic con kind of ruined that Kyle was still gonna be alive too. I also noticed they didn't show anything that happened to Saint Walker since he was the only Blue Lantern alive. This event turned out to be really good from beginning to finish. I'm definitely getting the trades for this event to read again in all in one shot.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

well that was interesting i say the only thing that would be shocking thing is that Emotional Spectrum are gone

Posted by timelord

I do enjoy these smaller style events. I am going to drop Green Lantern Corps now though I just don't find John Stewart that interesting.

Posted by Hsieh

This is the first GL issue I've read since Johns leaving-- thought I might as well read the tail end of the Relic saga. Not bad at all! In fact, I think I might have enjoyed this issue even more than the past year's worth of Johns stuff. Can't wait to see what comes next for Kyle. I kind of wish he were still a GL, but I'm down for whatever's next.

Posted by feedonatreefrog

Edge of the universe. That's just so epic.

Posted by Captain13

@timelord said:

I do enjoy these smaller style events. I am going to drop Green Lantern Corps now though I just don't find John Stewart that interesting.

At least you gave it a try. He's never been more interesting in my opinion. He's a terrific leader.

Edited by ptigrusmagus

Why are peeps saying nothing happened? The entities died (at least that's what we're told)

Posted by dondave

Why are peeps saying nothing happened? The entities died (at least that's what we're told)

They did but that doesn't really affect them considering they're not powered by the entities, at best it would affect Kyle Ryaner

Posted by Captain13

Anyone else think there is a monster behind the source wall?

Posted by BumBurger

@dondave: my heart kinda sunk when she basically admitted to loving Kyle more than Hal I was like you slut!! But who knows maybe its brother & sister love lol

Posted by carlomaldonado10

I thought this was okay, I don't care for the the whole Kyle/carol thing that's going on and I really hated that Hal Jordan was kind of a dumbass in this story. To me it feels like their pushing John Stewart to be the lead which I don't mind but don' force a character who IMO is better lantern out of the lime light. But that's just the feeling I'm

Edited by Misterwizz

@bumburger:

I found those parts to be badly written in comparison to the rest. Too "soap operish" for my tastes (also it's a big contradiction).

That and the fact that it seemed to be their for the sole reason of giving Hal something to be pissed about during the final battle. Whatever their relationship is, I don't see it lasting (I've said that before and I'll say it again).

Overall a mediocre issue. Wasn't a fan of the entities dying, or how much of a jerk Hal seemed to be.

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Posted by Captain13

I thought this was okay, I don't care for the the whole Kyle/carol thing that's going on and I really hated that Hal Jordan was kind of a dumbass in this story. To me it feels like their pushing John Stewart to be the lead which I don't mind but don' force a character who IMO is better lantern out of the lime light. But that's just the feeling I'm

Based on their previous stories, do you think any character was actually out of character?

Guy was still the angry hothead.

Kyle was still the sensitive messiah.

John was the marine drill sargeant and engineer.

Hal is the cocky pilot who usually prevails on force of will and courage rather than strategy--that was even the case under Johns, when things happened to Hal and not necessarily Hal thinking of long term consequences. That was why he was a POW in one story set on Earth and why Sinestro had a problem with him for several stories. His heart is still in the right place.

I don't think anything was forced here at all. And I don't think he was written as an idiot since it was his idea to find the reds to fight relic.

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Posted by comicbookfan93

Carol & Hal not Carol & Kyle

Edited by carlomaldonado10

@captain13: I get that but it doesn't support that Hal was kind a dumbass in this story. I get that Hal Jordan would risk himself without a plan but the whole corps seems kind of out of character for me.

Posted by Captain13

@carlomaldonado10: Everyone got a chance to shine unlike previous crossovers. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Posted by kilowog52

This issue really blew me away. It was that good. Though I'm not a fan of some ideas such as the light being a limited resource or Carol loving Kyle. I really don't get this whole entities dying thing. They have to either further explain their purpose in further issues or reveal that they yet live. Some things that I noticed. Saint Walker was not around. Did I miss them sending him somewhere else to recuperate? Various Green Lantern characters were mysteriously absent from the arc, such as Morro, keeper of the crypts, and Greet, the alien master chef. They specifically ordered Voz, keeper of the Sciencells to evacuate, but are we to believe that Morro and Greet went down with Oa? I also noticed that the Lanterns who quit the Corps at the end were the same ones who were the last surviving members of the group known as the Lost Lanterns. I wonder if their quitting somehow has some connection to their time as prisoners of the Manhunters. I really liked how Venditti incorporated aspects of the mythos of Jack Kirby's Fourth World into the story. And I am super-excited for the future of all four related titles

Edited by Wilbertus

Wow. I just finished reading this issue and it was really really good. I felt this was a perfect and satisfying conclusion to the arc while teasing a lot of the stories to come. I couldn't be happier. Like everyone else on the planet I might not care that much for Carol/Kyle, but honestly I also don't really mind it.. it's kind of "meh."

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Posted by jwalser3 - October 30, 2013 at 6:18 PM

It was alright. In the begining I was hooked, but this issue kind of put it at a 3/5 IMO. Nothing changed, there was no real ground breaking change or consequence. It's like everything was tied up in one page.

This.

Posted by batsymyplaything

Really liked the read. I especially liked the screenshot of all the Earth Lanterns together in one picture shot. I thought for a second that Hal would say "You guys ready to show Relic what Earth Lanterns can do."

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Edited by ScarletWitchFever

@captain13 said:

And Blue is gone, because they were redundant with the Star Sapphires and lame. :P They just made people feel good. No real problem solving.

You wanna fight, punk?

I have to say that Light's Out, while definitely strong in the beginning, kind of fell flat for me in the end. I felt that taking the entities out of the equation was pretty unnecessary. It feels like Venditti is trying way too hard to separate himself from Geoff Johns and the mythology he created. Be careful, Robert. The reason this series was so successful was because of that mythology.

Posted by Juandicimo_Magnifico45

I really like how Venditti us going back to basics by getting rid of lame/superfluous parts of the mythos that recently cropped up. No more--or at least reduced--emotion bs.

Now all the corps can go back to being police groups with different ideologies on crime and punishment. For example:

Instead of just being about Fear, the Sinestro Corps can be more about social control and the utilitarian part of punishment. They punish people for small crimes and crimes they may not have committed to set an example for all the people they police.

The Reds are the opposite. They don't care about social control. For them, policing is all about culpability, revenge, and retribution. If you do wrong, you get a proprtional response according ti your guilt. They are shortsighted.

The Greens are in the middle. Their punishment can be utilutarian, but punishment never goes outside the bounds of culpability. Only the bad get punished--so long as punishment has a societal benefit as well.

Indigo is just about brainwashing those with no compassion. It's not so much punishment as reprogramming--like a mental institution.

The Star Sapphires don't believe in punishment at all. They think everything will be okay as long as they spread love.

Orange is about libertarianism, greed, and isolation. Don't get in my business, and I won't get in yours.

And Blue is gone, because they were redundant with the Star Sapphires and lame. :P They just made people feel good. No real problem solving.

You have some very interesting points. I never thought of the emotional aspect of the lore getting in the way. The more I think of it though, the more I can see it that way. However, I don't think that simply because the entities are gone that emotions will no longer be the fuel for the rings. Oh, and the blue lanterns are amazing... but they need to do a little more than amplify others.