Continuing on from where Rage of the Red Lanterns left off, the new arc in Green Lantern, called Agent Orange picks up with the Controllers in the Vega System looking for the Orange Lantern, while Hal is on Odym trying to get Ganthet to remove the Blue ring he’s stuck with.
However Ganthet is powerless to remove the ring, and while Sayd creates a new ring for Saint Walker, Ganthet explains that Hal must find his hope to power the ring, drain its charge, and only then will he be able to remove it. We also discover that Ganthet had never intended Hal to be a Blue Lantern, instead wanting him to remain a Green Lantern and use his willpower to power the Blue Lanterns.
Its not long before Hal’s pulled back to Oa by the Guardians who are none-to-pleased about Hal’s new blue ring. Interestingly however, even they are powerless to remove it. John turns up to help out Hal, but they’re all scattered when Larfleeze, holder of the Orange Lantern attacks Oa, as he blaims the Guardians for the Controllers trying to steal his power. Scar arrives and declares the Vega System no longer off limits, and proposes the Green Lanterns and the Guardians go after Larfleeze.
This is a great issue. The opening scene with the Controllers attempting to find the Orange Light and ending up slaughtered by Larfleeze and his Corps was very creepy. Thanks in large part to Phillip Tan’s great artwork. Its a pity we’re only getting him for this one story, although maybe we’ll get lucky and he could do some fill-in arcs after Blackest Night.
Interestingly the Orange Lanterns themselves appear to be only constructs, spawned from the Orange battery. Makes sense for a power that’s based on avarice that there’d be no sharing. I’m looking forward to the nature of the orange lanterns being examined in the upcoming issues.
We also really feel for Hal in this issue. He’s desperate to get rid of the blue ring, and you get a tangible sense of how the two rings are battling over him. Its interesting that the ring is so powerful that not even the combined power of the Guardians could remove it. Of course, we also get the usual scenes of the Guardians being, frankly, dicks here. They refuse to listen to Hal’s explanation of the red rings taking people against their will, and we also revisit the Guardian’s unwillingness to play well with the other Corps. This is in stark contrast to Ganthet who announces that he and his Corps will be looking to align with the Indigo Lanterns, to help build a powerbase in preparation to support the Green Lanterns during the Blackest Night.
At this point we’re really expecting a big reality check for the Guardians come Blackest Night, where they find out how Scar has played them, and how, if not for Ganthet, they’d be in a lot of trouble.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of this arc. The Orange Lanterns seem to be markedly different to every other Corps we’ve seen so far, and I’m looking forward to the reveal of their nature. In fact, its one thing I’m really enjoying about this War of Light, is how Geoff is giving each Corps its own distinct feel.