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Hope Burns Bright
The avatar of the Blue Lanterns chooses a host!
Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne & Doug Mahnke
Nick J. Napolitano
For a few months now, a mysterious being has been wandering the universe, trying to snatch up the entities that embody the various colored Lantern Corps. Larfleeze has his safely tucked away, and Carol Ferris seems to have tamed the Star Sapphireís ďPredator,Ē but this issue is all about hope. Adara, the entity of the Blue Lanterns, chooses a host, and reveals quite a bit in the process.
This really was a spectacular issue. Both Adara and Larfleeze have very strong, very important moments, with Adara pulling a bit of psychoanalysis on our hero and disclosing some things about Hal Jordan that he probably doesnít want to admit, even to himself. Larfleeze, left in charge of the young man who briefly played host to the Predator last month, is forced to face some truths about himself as well, and the reader is given a few nuggets of information about our favorite orange alien that make him far more interesting than he already was. Iím curious how much of the Larfleeze stuff was planned from the characterís outset. Heís really become the breakout character of the Blackest Night
cycle, turning out to be far more entertaining to read (and, from all accounts, to write) than anyone anticipated. Whether his history, which we glimpse this issue, was pre-planned or whether Geoff Johns
decided to flesh it out once the character caught on isnít really clear. Either way, though, itís welcome.
The Adara host we meet this month also kicks things off as a pretty engaging new character. Of all the various Corps (with the exception of the deliberately ambiguous Indigo Tribe) Iíve felt like the Blues are the ones who havenít gotten the development they deserve. After a pretty triumphant debut, we havenít seen too much of them. Part of that, probably, is because the meticulously slow process of selecting a Blue Lantern keeps them from becoming legion like the other Corps, but whatever the reason, Iíve been left wanting more. This issue takes a big step towards giving us that.
does his customary powerful artwork, with some great-looking aliens and a very nice design for Adaraís human host. Randy Mayor
is doing good color work as well, not only using the multiple Corps to make the pages look diverse, but even picking up on the emotional cues that go with each color along the way.
One of the best issues of this title since Brightest Day