Picked up Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #13 yesterday and,as the solicitation info says:
Set far in the future, this issue is packed with clues about what’s around the corner for Hal Jordan and the rest of the Corps!
It’s definitely a pause and reflect issue after the somewhat full on tempo of the last twelve issues that detailed the return of the Corps, the defeat of Sinestro, and escape from both Brainiac and Larfleeze, and gives us a glimpse of what’s coming up. There are several things hinted at, including the return of the Sinestro Corps (possibly under the control of Romat-Ru), Evil Star and the Spider Guild, as well as what appear to be giant robots with very Kirby-like designs.
But then we get a couple of double page spreads that really caught my eye:
“Armies incomprehensible” that caption box says as we see a whole host of power rings flying out, presumably looking for hosts. And I use “power rings” deliberately as the symbol on them is that of the original Earth-3 Green Lantern counterpart, Power Ring:
While there were a number of different Power Ring incarnations over the years (the original shown above, as well as both a Kyle-Rayner and a John Stewart analogue when the Crime Syndicate were from the Anti-Matter Earth as opposed to Earth-3) they were only ever shown as single characters, not part of a Corps. Will the Earth-3 universe be sending it’s evil Power Ring Corps over to ours?
This “battle for the fate of existence itself” at first glance looks like a second War of Light with the Sinestro Corps and the Red Lanterns battling the other Corps. However, in the bottom right being blasted by Indigo-1 and in the middle left, just below Atrocitus’s left fist, are what appear to be Weaponers of Qward but which, on closer examination, are Orange Lantern constructs (note the Orange Lantern symbol on the shoulder of the one in the bottom right) – has Larfleeze taken over the Weaponers?
Either way, it’s looking like it’s going to be an exciting few months for the Green Lantern Corps.
Adapted by Neil Gaiman, no less.
Cue Mrs Earth-Prime squealing with delight in 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .