Despite Salaak’s pleas to abandon the planet, the issue kicks off with Hal Jordan and the other earth lanterns taking one last shot at Relic. A few failed constructs and krakoom’s later and the team decides its time for a strategy change. Cue John Stewart, military veteran and die hard history buff. Hal concedes and the team decides if it worked for a Native American tribe, it’ll work for space police against an invader from another universe. The group splits ways with Salaak helping the wounded escape while Stewart leads a team of lanterns against Relic to distract him from the fleeing lanterns. Here the book takes an interesting artistic approach to depicting action. During the battle, random characters are shown in freeze frame inserts. While this is stylistically interesting, I can’t help but feel like it detracts from the severity of the situation. Compare the image to the right to a panel from The Sinestro Corps War pictured below.
Although Oa was destroyed, this issue didn’t progress the plot much further than Green Lantern 24. It did, however, cement Relic as a formidable foe and certainly managed to pin the lanterns in a corner, proving the real success of the event has been finding a way to put the corps in a dismal position, and things are certainly bleak. Lights Out continues tomorrow with New Guardians 24. Stay tuned to fanboysanonymous.com for complete coverage of the event.