Release Date: December 10, 2014
Cover Date: February 2015
Story: Van Jensen
Art: Bernard Chang and Mirko Colak
Cover: Bernard Chang
Variant Cover: Darwyn Cooke
Highfather thanks Indigo-1 for walking the other Lanterns into his trap, and offers her Tribe a place in his army. She respectfully declines, so Highfather returns the stolen indigo power ring and sends her home. When the captive Lanterns are dumped out of prison before him, Highfather wastes no time using his scepter to convert them into soldiers. John Stewart and Sinestro try to fight back, but they’re not match for Uggha, one of Highfather’s generals. Before the New Gods’ leader can convert them, the Green and Yellow Lanterns are saved by Malhedron, who believes that Highfather has become a tyrant. He sends Sinestro to the Source Wall to find Hal Jordan, while John and Saint Walker stay behind to kick the hornets’ nest. John threatens the citizens of New Genesis and goads Uggha into another fight, eventually stealing his hammer and beating the shit out of the New God. The insurgency has begun!
Malhedron’s quasi-defection was a nice payoff that’s been building for some time now. It was also interesting that after he saved John, Sinestro, and Saint Walker, he said that’s as far as he’d go in defying Highfather. Perhaps another battle with Malhedron is brewing down the line? Or Highfather will just off him, and then regret it, which will set up his downfall.
Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 3) #37 was decent for the most part, but it had some pretty crappy moments that brought it down a bit. John touting himself as Earth’s greatest assassin may have just been boasting to rile up the New Gods, but it still sounded very out of place. Also, his comment that he’s leaving his family in Sinestro’s hands? Where did that come from? Sinestro’s not even going to Earth! Even if by “family” John meant the Green Lantern Corps, that still doesn’t make sense; the Corps is under Hal’s leadership, anyway. Weird. At least the scene with John finally kicking Uggha’s ass was a great moment.
John’s doing a bellyflop on the cover, but the interior art fares much better. The only downside was that Mirko Colak’s art, found on the last few pages, is very different stylistically than that of Bernard Chang. Colak’s art isn’t bad, but it’s just a very noticeable jump which takes you out of the story for a bit.
Only a few issues left of “Godhead.” It remains to be seen how much plot the powers-that-be can cram in there and the epilogue to follow before Convergence — DC’s big spring crossover that mixes universes past and present — comes along and mucks with continuity even further.