Release Date: September 17, 2014
Cover Date: November 2014
Story: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Diogenes Neves
Inks: Marc Deering
Cover: Diogenes Neves and Marc Deering
Five years from now (sensing a pattern?), Kyle Rayner is an all-powerful god who uses the power of the Life Equation to immediately pacify troubled worlds across the universe. Once in a great while, there’s a member of the population who will not submit; they’re quickly forced to change, but in the case of a woman named Saysoran, she manages to escape offworld. Former Guardian Yekop is the control system for the ship she stowed away on, and he allows her to locate Kyle himself. She dons Godkiller weapons and faces the mighty White Lantern. Kyle reveals that he still feels he’s done everything right, even killing the Guardians and Carol Ferris when they tried to stop him. Saysoran won’t have any of that, and demands that life be able to choose its own path. Kyle explains that this was her test; as he didn’t have an outside perspective, he needed someone to either continue his work or undo it when he’s gone. It’s their choice. As Kyle becomes one with the Source, he leaves behind a White Lantern power ring for Saysoran.
Ugh. This issue was even worse than the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps tie-ins. It made little to no sense. Saysoran automatically knows what the Godkiller arms are, and how to use them, and who Carol was, and that Kyle killed her? (Remember, she was angry about that before Kyle explained his history.)
Not only that, Kyle as Space Jesus (an obvious reference to the godawful Green Lantern [Vol. 5] #20 and its epilogue) is just dumb. Aside from the fact that the Futures End timeline will never happen, there’s no way in hell the powers-that-be would ever let Kyle stay all-powerful for that long. He’s got a sad history of being kicked down and depowered since 2004. And even if Kyle did become a god…why are there still problems on Earth? Futures End makes even less sense now; Kyle could’ve swooped in and fixed the entire planet in a literal flash.
Kyle passing on his legacy to Saysoran didn’t bother me, however. That’s a classic piece of Green Lantern lore; passing on one’s ring is a critical part of the mythos, and when it comes to the last power ring going to a seemingly random choice…Kyle is the expert in that department. (Or rather, he was, before all of the countless retcons.)
Still, that’s not enough to save this turd of an issue, nor was the fine art by Diogenes Neves. What a waste of the creators’ talents! It’s a good thing that none of this bullshit will ever come to pass. There’s two Lanternverse Futures End tie-ins left; I’m sure they’ll suck, too.