Written by Robert Venditti
Pencils and Inks by Clayton Henry
Colors by Pete Pantazis
Cover by Romulo Fajardo, Jr. and Stephen Segovia
Things continue to heat up for the Green Lanterns as the Darkstars, along with their leader and former Green Lantern Tomar-Tu continue to enact their method of blood-for-blood justice across the universe. With this imposed threat of the Darkstars and their large numbers, we are seeing the Green Lantern Corps seek alliances in the most unlikely of places. John Stewart placates Zod’s character for a temporary alliance, Kyle Rayner finds an audience with High Father and Orion, Guy Gardner reaches out to his friend Arkillo in the Yellow Lantern Corps, and Hal Jordan even enlists the help of Hector Hammond himself.
A wrench is thrown into the mix, however, when the Darkstars interrupt Guy and Arkillo’s secret meeting with each other. The Darkstars pander to Guy’s childhood as he was a victim of child abuse from his drunkard father. Guy doesn’t put up a fight at all, which I thought was strange, and he immediately joins the Darkstars so that he can go kill his father. I know Guy is a bit of an unpredictable wild-child, but I find it odd that he would give in so easily to the Darkstars when he has been fighting so hard to find help to defeat them. Could the Darkstars perhaps also have the ability of mind control or persuasion of some type? Or is it feasible that Guy has a sneaky plan up his sleeve? Neither of those ideas are verified, only thoughts in my mind.
Have you ever heard the old saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend?” Well I think the Darkstar Rising story arc plays on this really well. We are seeing temporary alliances from characters who share, or potentially share, a common enemy, and it’s flat out cool to see. From Stewart and Zod, to Jordan and Hammond, Robert Venditti has put together a marvelously interesting story, and I am so excited to see where he is going to take it. As I have mentioned many times before, all of Venditti’s work that I have read has been fantastic. This story is just as incredible, and Venditti will surely take it to equally incredible heights. This title has also brought in Clayton Henry on art, replacing Van Sciver. But the level of detail in the art is wonderful. Each panel is drawn with care, and it really shows. You must have great art to match up well with such an amazing writer like Venditti. Include this title in your pull for the week and then sit tight until we find out what happens next time in: Mano A Arkillo! Round Two!