Green Lantern #50 – Guess What?

Green Lantern #50 ( DC Comics – Johns / Mahnke / Alamy )

BLACKEST NIGHT spreads with an oversized anniversary issue! Surrounded by friends and enemies, Hal Jordan goes into battle with a being he will never defeat – the Black Lantern Spectre! Can Saint Walker, Sinestro and the others put a stop to this bizarre Spectre rebirth?
Plus, Atrocitus reveals a tie to a power that may make him the most unbeatable of all the Lanterns!

You are NEVER going guess what happens in this issue! I mean never, that is unless you look at DC’s text, the cover, or the big 200 point font on the cover. I mean you are never gonna…..what, you figured it out? Hal becomes Parallax again? How the heck did you get that?

All kidding aside, this issue isn’t about Hal taking in the essence of fear again. Is more about what gets him there.  Coast City is swarming with Black Lanterns and the New Guardians, with their newly deputized commarads, are there to even the odds. We get a few frames of each guardian with their new  apprentice teaching them the ropes of being a ring berrer, and more than a few objections from Hal at the likes of Lex Luthor and Scarecrow having power rings. And who can blame him? They’re freaking crazy! Hal dosen’t have much time to complain about it, because a Black Lantern Specterhas other plans for him.  After an o’so brief stint and a BL, Hal and Ganthet drive a green spike through the heart of the Specter, but to no avil.  It’s deduced that the only thing that can take down the Specter is Parallax.

This is where the most interesting interaction takes place.  Hal and Sinestro have a little throw-down about who should actually control the yellow cosmic entity.  Obviously, Hal wins. Readers have to turn the comic SIDEWAYS just to see how much power Parallax has.

I have to say that this BN tie in was waaaaaaay cheesey, but good.

Grade: B+

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Updated: February 5, 2010 — 7:43 pm

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