Tomar-Tu confesses to murdering the serial killer Yellow Lantern Romat-Ru. Now Green Lantern Corps Leader John Stewart is faced with a difficult decision. The alliance between the Green Lanterns and the Sinestro Corps is tenuous at best. Something like this could shatter it beyond repair. This might not be the event that tears the relationship apart. That could come from Soranik Natu lashing out against Kyle Rayner. “Fractures” is a very fitting title for this story arc.
The opening pages of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #24 from DC Comics show the actual event of Romat-Ru’s murder. It is fittingly brutal and is particularly damning for Tomar-Tu. Artist Ethan Van Sciver definitely knows his way around the Corps and delivers some brilliantly detailed pages. He gives Romat-Ru such a conniving and menacing look. He’s really the polar opposite of Tomar-Tu in every way, despite them looking so similar.
The murder itself is painful. Romat-Ru’s flesh is ripped from his bones as the Green Lantern energy rushes over his body. This is like something out of a horror movie. The victim doesn’t make a sound. All that’s heard is Tomar-Tu’s scream and the sound of burning flesh. What’s left is nothing more than a charred skeleton.
Although Tomar-Tu committed cold-blooded murder, he instantly shows regret. Since the deed was done, he’s been torturing himself. In an effort to hide the evidence, he’s been staying awake 24/7 to maintain a bubble around Romat-Ru’s yellow ring to prevent it from finding a new host. You can see how much this strain has been weighing on him. It’s tearing him apart.
Hal Jordan, who has apparently forgotten his stint as Parallax where he single-handedly destroyed the entire Green Lantern Corps, refuses to believe his buddy Tomar-Tu could murder someone. He stands up to John and defends Tomar-Tu’s honor, but the evidence is all there. The next few hours are going to be very trying for everyone involved. Everything hinges on what John does next.
John has to hold the Green Lantern Corps to a higher standard. If they’re going to be seen as the protectors of the universe, they need to uphold the law, regardless of who breaks it, even if it’s one of their own. Yes, the victim was a despicable creature who killed tons of people, including children, but that didn’t give Tomar-Tu the right to be judge, jury, and executioner.
While all that is happening, a clash of the ages is brewing between Soranik and Kyle. She just found out the time-traveling villain Sarko was actually their child. Kyle knew this and didn’t tell her. This is the latest in a number of missteps for Kyle, the previous being his suggestion that Soranik trade in her yellow ring for a green one again. She is leading the entire Sinestro Corps and all of the good they’ve done as of late can be directly attributed to her. They’re following her. What kind of leader would she be if she threw it all away and went back to being a regular old Green Lantern?
This is where things get scary with Soranik. She shows signs of her father in her actions against Kyle, however justified they may be. The yellow rings are powered by fear and she shows the ability to create a whole lot of it in this scene. The saying about a woman scorned is very accurate here.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #24 is like a space soap opera. You’ve got betrayals, intrigue, conspiracy, and good old-fashioned murder. Writer Robert Venditti is crafting an epic tale with a clash of major egos. It’s actually kind of amazing they made it this long until the first murder.