Release Date: November 19, 2014
Cover Date: January 2015
Story: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Diogenes Neves
Inks: Marc Deering
Cover: Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy
Kyle Rayner and Carol Ferris arrive on New Genesis with Highfather, and are immediately taken to a device which will extract the Life Equation. The procedure is a success, and Kyle is left without his white ring. As we all expected, however, Highfather’s got an insidious plan for it: since Kyle’s Earth was one of the few to defeat Darkseid, Highfather is going to recreate that particular universe perfectly to his liking, in order to permanently destroy the Apokolips threat. Kyle and Carol disagree, but Highfather easily fends them off and banishes them to the surface via boom tube. Highfather tests his new Life Equation-enhanced scepter on the city of Muz, and the results are perfect, granting him a new army. Meanwhile, in the antimatter universe, the Guardians realize that the Life Equation is now in Highfather’s hands, and everyone’s in deep shit.
Thrill to the exciting battles within, as Highfather attacks the White Lantern with a flashlight! I’m sorry, that cover just made me laugh. Anyway, the backstabbing from Highfather is revealed here, and I’m sure that surprised absolutely no one. What I’m more interested in is how Kyle and Carol will proceed from here; Kyle’s got no ring, and Carol’s is depleted. I’m guessing Carol that will find some other way to access the pocket universe that stores here battery, and Kyle will finally get himself a Green Lantern ring once more. I liked Carol’s determination that they’re going to take care of business, even powerless. That’s some solid character work, proving that they don’t need rings to be interesting.
Digoenes Neves’ art was great throughout the issue, but what really made it pop to me was the color work by Wil Quintana. He often used a more flat palette, which in turn made the linework stand out more. This allows the reader to focus more on expressions and detail, and given that the fight sequence here was very brief, character interactions were much more important.
“Godhead” is a little more than halfway through. The slog continues next week with Red Lanterns #36 (oddly promoted with the KISS logo font on the last page), and while this issue did help renew my interest a bit in the story, I still think it’s a bit too clichéd. We’ve seen “Corps Wars” too many damned times.