Release Date: December 24, 2014
Cover Date: February 2015
Story: Charles Venditti
Pencils: Billy Tan
Inks: Mark Irwin, Marc Deering, and Livesay
Cover: Ethan Van Sciver
Hal Jordan and Black Hand are surrounded by Orion’s forces at the Source Wall, but Black Hand somehow manages to free the trapped beings in the Wall, changing them all into Black Lanterns. Sinestro soon arrives via boom tube, and the Lanterns bring the undead forces to New Genesis where they begin to wreak havoc. Unfortunately, they soon begin to come back to real life, as they were never really dead in the first place. Meanwhile, the Templar Guardians tell Kyle Rayner that Highfather is merely accessing the Life Equation through Kyle; he could never actually remove it from the White Lantern. Kyle tries to stop him mentally, but Highfather’s too strong. This also backfires as Highfather attempts to convert the Wall titans to his cause. As New Genesis is slowly destroyed, Hal finally gets through to Highfather, telling him that he’s becoming a Tyrant just like Darkseid. Highfather relinquishes his control over the Life Equation, and Kyle uses it to teleport the titans away. Sinestro refuses to help the failing New Genesis, but Saint Walker is so impressed by Kyle’s work that he regains his blue ring, supercharging the Green Lantern Corps and allowing them to save the city. The Corps returns to Mogo and gives the sentient planet back its ring, while unbeknownst to them, a massive hand begins to free itself from the Source Wall.
As I feared, “Godhead” ended with a plopping noise. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t very good, either. Highfather just stood down, the Lanterns did absolutely nothing until Kyle just teleported the Wall titans away with no explanation, and Mogo magically comes back to life with his ring (even though his slow rot after removing it made no sense). Black Hand freeing the trapped Source Wall titans and other folks also made no sense. They’re not dead, as was specifically explained, so he should have had no power over them.
As for the rest of the Corps, there really wasn’t any point. The Green Lantern Corps didn’t do much until after the fight was over, Guy was the sole Red Lantern whose presence also was not necessary, and the Sinestro Corps turned tail after Highfather gave up. Look, I would’ve been annoyed if Sinestro proved to be everyone’s savior, but in fact the story went in the opposite direction, and he didn’t do shit except open a boom tube. That’s it? Even I think that’s lame. Last but not least, Saint Walker getting his ring back was cool, but it was more of a foregone conclusion than a solid plot point.
Moving on to the art. Billy Tan’s work was sadly very hit or miss here. Most pieces and splash pages looked pretty good, but far too many closeup shots and dramatic scenes looked rough and unfinished. Not a good fit for an annual or a big crossover finale. What happened?
In conclusion, “Godhead” reeked of throwing all of the Corps in a big crossover just because the powers-that-be decreed it. This could’ve been just a Green Lantern-focused story and it would’ve worked much better. (True, Kyle’s a White Lantern and was crucial to the plot…but given his history as a Green Lantern, it still fits.) And then there’s the matter of the last page. Of course the story didn’t goddamned end. Ugh. I’m so sick of “events” that merely lead into the next. Tell one story, and finish it, fer crissake!