The Spinner Rack has returned, and your host, Seth Singleton is back to spotlight his top 5 DC Comics for the week of April 3rd.
When last we saw them Hal had infiltrated the BlackStars. Following a series of loyalty challenges, he arrives on Rann and is brought to a chained Adam Strange he pretends to not know.
Hal is told that he must kill Adam to complete his initiation. But, the noble lantern of Sector 2814 wants a fair fight.
There is a timeless shot on page 4 that feels like something out of a Silver Age comic. Controller Mu, Rann’s Science-Minister Sardath, and Alanna Adam’s wife stand before a beautiful crescent-moon-shaped window. Three suns glowing in the distance, spilling orange light in through the window.
Mu is arguing that he offers a painless and benevolent assumption of control over Rann. He demonstrates this by threatening first sun-eaters and then other monsters on the walk to his ship. Alanna is not deterred and answers that she cannot be intimidated.
Which is when the ship arrives to witness the duel between Strange and Jordan. Adam is trying desperately to get a response from Hal, who only says “Shh.”
At the count of 10, Rann’s defender is still trying to reason with Hal, when both men fire their weapons. Hal takes a grazing shot off his neck, and Adam Strange is struck in the torso and collapses over the span of four panels on page 8 just as the ship carrying Alanna arrives.
Alanna is angry. Yet somehow, for all of Hal’s stoic appearance, there is a panel on page 9 where he appears to give a nod or wink.
Hal is a good cop. He could never go bad. Which is why this story has a twist.
The story arc of Hal working undercover to stop the Blackstars plan is revealed. Mu and his cohorts are collecting five components to assemble the Ultimate Asset. A green lantern ring is revealed to be component number four.
I can’t give it all away here. But I will tell you that the end is only the beginning of the next adventure.
Somewhere in a space, a green lantern ring is floating. Hal is walking across a green misty world. He does not know where he is or what direction he should seek. A little old man tells him to find the place called Emerald Sands. When he gets there Hal needs to say that “Myrwhidden” sent him.
The name reminds me of Myrddin, which is a Celtic name for Merlin, and that makes me think that there is some magic coming our way next issue.
Writer: Scott Snyder
Superman finally gets a chance to fight the white-haired trickster-Superman from the future. This is the same guy who conned the Justice League into coming to the 6th Dimension.
Now, the man of steel is trapped in a dark dimension. The distant sun barely keeps him alive. Which means he can’t escape.
In addition to making it easy for the white-haired guy to kick Superman’s butt.
Hear all the details on the embedded podcast at the top of this post.
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