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Green Lantern #7 rewinds the clock in time to give us an answer about what happened on Korugar, and details about what happened to Kilowog, while also explaining what led Razer to seek out Hal Jordan. Jeremy Adams and fill-in artist Amancay Nahuelpan doe a great job of giving us clues about what’s going on while making sure that readers don’t feel short-changed about not getting all of the answers, even when the answers aren’t as straightforward as they appear. Let’s power up our rings to 1.21 gigawatts and go back in time to see how we got to where we are.

The issue starts out with a meeting on Oa, some time after the Guardians have ceded control of the Green Lantern Corps to the United Planets (UP). The first thing that stands out to me from the very first panel is the appearance of Simon Baz. At the end of the previous run Simon was changed by the creation of the new power source and no longer a Green Lantern, instead being a bit of a “ring whisperer” and able to communicate with dead Green Lanterns. Here he’s back to his old self, either ignoring what came before or indicating that it was short lived. Without digressing too much from the review of this issue, it’s odd to see that all of the Green Lanterns are back when, according to Geoff Thorne, part of what his mission was with the last series was to do something about the issue of there being too many Earth Lanterns.

Guy is about to do a very quick about face.

With the arrival of Lord Premier Thaaros we see him in a far different light that we did when he showed up in Green Lantern: War Journal #4, presenting his front facing persona of a reverent leader in a position to do what’s best for the greater good. Knowing what a foul person he really is makes me very suspicious of him right up front, and the character appears far more benevolent than we know he is. There’s a deceptive angle to everything he does, but his true nature is well hidden from our protagonists at this point. The UP uses the Dark Crisis as the reason to quarantine Sector 2814, reassigning the Earth Lanterns to various duties elsewhere, and using their experience as a way to try to prevent them from outright quitting the Corps.

Guy gleefully takes on a mission to go after Lobo, but we do not learn of the status of the other Earth Lanterns other than Hal, who’s job is to partner with Kilowog in protecting Thaaros on a mission to Korugar where he hopes to get Sinestro to sign a treaty with the UP. Now, if you were going to pick a couple of Green Lanterns to join you on a mission involving Sinestro, Hal Jordan isn’t one that you’d have on your shortlist. That is, unless you want to create the very situation that unfolds. Bad things happen, the yellow central battery goes boom, and Kilowog is collaterial damage.

The setup before the fall

All according to plan, in my opinion. I think this is all set up by Thaaros and the UP, creating a situation where you can take Hal and Sinestro off the table in one move. Purely speculation on my part, but I think that Thaaros’s operatives, being Durlans, already infiltrated Korugar and have set things up for Sinestro to lose control over his Corps, and of all the Earth Lanterns Hal is the one you’d not want to have to deal with until you have the rest under your control, so you pit them against each other and manipulate them in order to eliminate their threat. Notice that no one but Hal and Kilowog responded to the attack? All according to Thaaros’s plans, just like the explosion of the battery itself. And Kilowog, well we see no body awfully conveniently for my liking. Likely he’s being held somewhere in secret so that his “death” does exactly what the UP wants, to drive Hal to walk away and return to an quarantined planet while they continue to manipulate everyone else. Once Hal has finished recounting those events to Razer we return to the present where it’s revealed that the blue central battery suffered a similar explosion.

Amidst all the drama the creative team does sprinkle in some lighter moments to keep the issue well balanced. Guy’s initial “take this job and shove it” attitude does a humorously rapid 180 when he finds out that they want him to go after Lobo, and there are some good moments between Hal and Kilowog that lighten the tone of the issue while also reminding readers of the strong relationship they have. This creates a well-balanced reading experience that provides some much needed background information while still moving the overall story along.

I’m not familiar with Amancay Nahuelpan, but my first exposure to his work is a good one. The action is great and he does a great job of conveying emotion throughout the issue. I particularly liked the split panel of Hal and Sinestro with both looking like they are ready to just tear it up. I think Amancay’s facial expression really help sell the script and play a great role in conveying what is one a character’s mind in those panels where the script is relying on the art to tell the story.

Korg is about to turn the tables on Nagaf

The Sinson backup comes to a predictable conclusion as Korg rises in power and puts Nagaf in his place. I won’t spend much time on it here as it really isn’t a story I’m invested in, but if you’ve enjoyed the story so far you won’t be disappointed in the conclusion. This sets the stage for the new ongoing book and gives you everything you might need to know about Korg prior to the launch of Sinister Sons.

Green Lantern #7 is another great entry in the Jeremy Adams run of the book and this issue does a great job of bridging the narrative from the previous one to where we are today. The true agenda of the United Planets still remains to be reveled, but the slow burn has been a great ride so far. Nine out of ten lanterns.

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