Release Date: May 26, 2010
Cover Date: July 2010
Story: Tony Bedard
Pencils: Ardian Syaf
Inks: Vicente Cifuentes
Cover: Rodolfo Migliari
After his mysterious meeting with Guy Gardner and Atrocitus on Ysmault, Ganthet returns to Oa and officially resigns his position as a Guardian of the Universe. He declares himself Green Lantern of Sector Zero; the other Guardians aren’t keen on this at first, but ultimately approve. While Ganthet forges his own power battery and ring, Kyle Rayner and John Stewart are starting to rebuild the planet from the catastrophic damage it suffered during Blackest Night. John is summoned to the Guardians’ citadel, where he is teamed with Alpha Lantern Boodikka for a special mission: Stel’s homeworld has ceased communications, and after Stel himself went to investigate, contact with the robotic drill sergeant has been lost as well. Meanwhile, the other Alpha Lanterns are capturing unwilling Green Lanterns to add to their ranks.
Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) #48 marks the debut of the new creative team of Tony Bedard and Ardian Syaf, and they’re started things off with some serious intrigue. The Alpha Lanterns have always presented a hidden danger to any other Lantern, and after being restricted and defeated during Blackest Night, it looks like they’re trying to form a Corps of their own. It also seems that they have the ability to mask themselves from detection by other Green Lanterns, which could prove most useful to their cause. (Tough break for their new “recruits,” though.)
As for Ganthet’s secret mission with Atrocitus and Guy, it’s likely tied into the search for the emotional entities. We’ve already seen Atrocitus hunting for them on Earth, after all. However…what’s Guy up to, and why will it piss off Hal Jordan? We’ll have to wait for Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors in August to find out, as there really weren’t any clues here.
I believe Ganthet opting to forge his own lantern and power ring was done for two reasons: one, the splash page showing the forging process was gorgeous, and two, I have a feeling that Ganthet built some custom features into both pieces of technology that he doesn’t want anyone else to know about. For example, he’s already “hacked” into other Corps’ rings during Blackest Night, and I doubt that’s an ability he’d just throw away. Ganthet has proven to be a formidable ally as well as foe, and since he always plans ahead, I’m sure he’s got something up his sleeves with his “homemade” lantern and ring.
Last but not least, I think the Alpha Lanterns have it in for John Stewart, but just need to lure him far away from Oa first. That problem on Stel’s homeworld has got to be just a ruse, and Boodikka is likely the cause. The other Lanterns the Alphas have captured are pushovers compared to John; he’s the only Green Lantern whose willpower actually exceeds a power ring’s capabilities (as seen in Green Lantern [vol. 4] #26). John was one of the initial group asked to become Alphas, but he’s the only one who refused. The Alphas likely want revenge, after a fashion, and the best way to do that would be to turn their biggest opponent into one of them.