The Darkstars are waging an all-out war against the Green Lanterns on their home base on Mogo. John Stewart, the leader of the Corps, puts his plan into action to cut this unstoppable force off at it knees. Everything rides on the next few moments. If the plan fails, the Corps will be obliterated. As John points out, like so many of his plans, this one begins with Hal Jordan, the greatest Green Lantern of them all.
I was wondering how the Lanterns would use Hector Hammond in this battle and we learn the full extent of that intention here in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #49. It’s a direct and powerful attack that strikes at the heart (and minds) of what links the Darkstars together. With this removed, they can no longer communicate and since they’re spread out over a couple different fronts, that’s a devastating blow.
This also makes me wonder how many of the Darkstar suits are actually manned by a person. We know that Tomar-Tu is driving one, but are the other suits filled too? Or are they more like automatons, executing the will of a hive mind? We don’t see anyone else in there so it could be a mixture of the two.
Artists Rafa Sandoval and Sergio Davila pack so much energy and excitement into Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #49. This is the climactic final battle that will close out not only this story arc, but the entire series and it’s going out strong. The Lanterns are fighting like it’s their last battle ever across multiple fronts. Kyle and Guy are teamed up with General Zod, Orion, and Arkillo to form an awesome super group that is backing down from no one.
One of my favorite shots is on Mogo as John’s plan begins to come together. Kilowog charges at Tomar-Tu with muscles bulging, ready to deliver a ring-enhanced punch to the alien’s beaked face. It’s no wonder this guy has stuck around for as long as he has. He’s one tough poozer.
Although the battle against the Lanterns and the Darkstars is intense and all kinds of awesome, this showdown really comes down to Tomar-Tu against Hal Jordan. They were together when this whole mess started and have debated the merits of the Darkstars’ brutal enforcement policies. This is personal for these two and it’s going to get rough.
You can feel the intensity of this fight from Dave Sharpe’s letters. There are times where Hal is screaming at his opponent. He’s not trying to reason with him. It’s all braggadocio and it looks incredible. The words pop off the page, standing out as the only text in certain images to really underscore the energy in these moments.
There are several full page shots in this scene as Hal and Tomar-Tu beat the ever-loving crap out of each other. The level of detail is impressive. At one point, Hal swings a mighty right hook with a construct of a huge glove over his hand. You can see the individual stitching on the glove as it hits its mark. Tomeu Morey’s colors give it this iridescent glow, as is the case with all the constructs in the book.
Writer Robert Venditti has been building to this for some time and boy, does it deliver. Although I’m bummed that Venditti is leaving the title and the series is coming to an end, I could not ask for a better, more action-packed finale. Picture the ending to your favorite sci-fi movies, where lasers are flying every which way and the heroes are rising up against insurmountable odds to take down the ruthless bad guys. That’s exactly the feeling that comes through in these pages.