An Alliance Comes to its Inevitable End in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps 25

by Michael DeLaney

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

It was nice while it lasted, but the alliance between the Green Lanterns and the Sinestro Corps has come to its inevitable end. With Tomar-Re’s murder of Romat-Ru, Kyle Rayner’s secret keeping and Soranik Natu’s subsequent branding, things have come to a head in the extra-sized Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps 25.

I thought that the Sinestro Corps/Green Lantern Corps alliance was an interesting experiment, but the yellow fear mongers are probably better suited as enemies of the GLC. What impressed me most was John Stewart’s determination to try and make it work up to the very end. You’ve got angry Sinestros out for Tomar-Re’s blood and Soranik openly admitting that she branded Kyle with her corps’ symbol and John still wants to hash it out.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps has really underlined John Stewart’s strengths as a leader. John is being diplomatic as hell by offering up Tomar-Re in the face of Soranik’s madness. At the same time he’s a military man and prepares for the worst by placing the “green impurity” in the Sinestro’s central battery — that was a nice touch.

While I understand the need for it, I didn’t love Soranik Natu’s villainous turn. Kyle withheld the truth about their son Sarko from Soranik, resulting in the aforementioned brand. However when she makes her big separatist speech to the Sinestro Corps, she emphasizes how Kyle’s true crime was murdering “Sinestro’s heir.” Then she goes full-on baddie with the name change.

I’ll cop to the fact that Ethan Van Sciver makes her righteous rage epic as hell. But the reduction of the passionate Dr. Soranik Natu to the villainous Soranik Sinestro feels like a betrayal of the character on some level. It will be interesting to see if the corps falls in line under Soranik once they discover Sinestro himself is still alive.

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One comment on “An Alliance Comes to its Inevitable End in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps 25

  1. Yeah Mike, I’m in total agreement about Soranik’s heel turn feeling forced. Yes, she had a right to be upset about Kyle’s lie and about Tomar’s actions, maybe even enough to sever her corp’s connection with the Green Lanterns. But the idea that she’d be upset about an “heir to Sinestro” being killed just feels…absurd. I’m not following the leap in logic from “I hate my father and am looking to redeem the thing he created” to “My father was right all along!” I can see Soranik splitting from the Lanterns and can certainly see her being pissed at Kyle, but they’re playing her as hysterical and nonsensical here. It’s unfortunate, especially when there are so many other small character moments that ring true (My favorite? Neither Guy nor Arkillo are going to abandon their corps, but neither are willing to throw the first punch against each other either, leaving them in a stalemate until Soranik escapes. It really shows how far their relationship evolved in such a short time and I really hope we get to see more of them, one way or another)

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