DC is definitely making things tough for members of our Green Lantern Corps. Over the last few years, we’ve had things go from bad to worse for this group, what with Blackest Night/Brightest Day, and now DC is definitely doing their best to keep the ring bearers down in Rise of the Third Army. Although I’m not reviewing the issue here (that’s going to come when I get to that issue in the Rise collection of reviews), I am going to talk about what this issue means for those of us who have been long-time GL fans.
Green Lantern Corps #14 shows the first major battle between the Green Lanterns and the new army. One of 4 (or is it 5?) human Green Lanterns, Guy Gardener leads the team up against the army, knowing that they can stop this force whatever they are. It seems, though, that knowing and acting on that knowledge seem to be two different things. During the course of the battle, the team determines that they are powerless against the new army – their rings are useless. One by one, the members of the GL Corps force fall at the hands of the Third Army, leaving only Guy to escape and report back as to what happened. The Guardians, it seems, are furious and blame Guy for this loss (anyone else notice how the Guardians are starting to lose it?), resulting in his resignation from the Corps.
Yes, Guy Gardener is no longer a Green Lantern at the end of this issue. That takes 2 human GLs out of the equation – Guy and Hal. Add to this the attempted execution of John Stewart not too many issues back, it seems like the humans are taking the brunt of the Guardians focus, leaving the other Lanterns as a pure afterthought. Sure, we’ve still got Kyle out there, and we have new GL Simon Baz (of whom the Guardians have yet to take notice of – he probably does not seem like too much of a threat to them at the moment), but this is an invasion force. This activity by the Guardians should raise the eyebrows of any Corps member (well… if their species has eyebrows, that is) as no military force would demand the resignation of any recruit during wartime – they may demote them and strip them of rank, but they would keep their fighting force fighting.
We’ve seen Guy no longer have a ring before. I recall a time (in the old universe) when he had a yellow ring, and when he was known as Warrior and it turns out he was part Vuldarian and could morph his body into being a living weapon. Yeah, you read that right. Guy was a living weapon. He used to be a laughing-stock that no one knew how to handle from a writing perspective – from his first appearances in Green Lantern when he was arrogant and cocky, to being a jerkish tough-guy (as well as a timid goody-two-shoes – seriously) in the pages of Justice League International, Guy never seemed to find his own footing properly until he became Warrior and embraced his heritage. Then Hal Jordan came back during Green Lantern: Rebirth and we had Guy back to how he used to be – a bit brash, a bit rude, but very proud and a strong member of the Green Lantern Corps.
Guy has been a mainstay of the GL Corps for some time now, even being promoted to lead the group as Sentinel Lantern. Whether this was a ploy by the Guardians to set him up to fall hard is unknown, but seems somewhat likely. However, as has been pointed out in several other discussions on this issue, it seems that Guy has not fully given up his powers – the final scene of the issue shows him in costume which is generated by his ring:
I don’t think Guy will be gone long, but it looks like he’s down for the remainder of the Third Army arc of Green Lantern Corps.
What do you think? Will Guy return? Do you even want him to? Or have you had enough of his bowl haircut? Let us know in the comments below!