Release Date: August 13, 2014
Cover Date: October 2014
Story: Van Jensen
Art: Bernard Chang
Cover: Trevor McCarthy
Variant Cover: Mike McKone
John Stewart threatens the Fatality imposter, demanding to know where the real Yrra is. He doesn’t get much for answers, but Von Daggle helps him out. John takes off alone, while Hal Jordan has Daggle deal with the villains who helped out during the war against the Durlans. John tracks down Fatality at an old prison facility; she’s killed the other beasts incarcerated there, but she also mercilessly attacks John on sight! She blames him for the destruction of her planet and people, but also reveales that she never loved him. The Star Sapphire ring did all that, and she was brainwashed by the Zamarons. Fatality lets John live just this once, declaring that he and the Star Sapphires are now her mortal enemies. John screams out in frustration, his constructs destroying the facility.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this issue. The pacing, dialogue, and art was great, but Fatality was retconned back to her former Green Lantern-hating self. Don’t get me wrong, I love the original Fatality concept, but the way in which the retcon played out was dumb. Blaming it all on the Star Sapphires, and using the violet power ring as a brainwashing tool? I just found that to be a cheesy copout. I wouldn’t put something like that past the Zamarons, sure, but it seems to serve no real purpose in the story other than to screw over John again. And here’s something else: how is she mad at John for the destruction of Xanshi, since Cosmic Odyssey never happened in the “New 52″? We need a little more background information on whatever Xanshi’s rebooted history is. (Nice to know that Fatality’s classic costume still exists, though.)
At least there’s some good stuff in Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 3) #34. The art was absolutely fantastic. Bernard Chang really pulled out all of the stops, with his signature monotone panels (props to colorist Marcelo Maiolo) and even a few “sketch” panels that really added to the emotional punch. Chang even made the crappy new designs for Evil Star look decent!
A solid issue in itself, but I’m personally displeased with the Fatality retcon. Your mileage may vary. Maybe we’ll find out that this is all a trick as well, as I don’t see Fatality going back to hunting Green Lanterns, but I’m not getting my hopes up. Even her plan to fight the Star Sapphires rings hollow. If the Zamarons were able to easily subdue her the first time, why would this time be any different?