War rages above Oa as the Red Lanterns, Green Lanterns, and Titans collide. But with Starro the Conqueror on the side of the Red Lanterns, how long can the heroes hope to last?
Injustice 2 #61
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Daniel Sampere & Juan Albarran
Cover Artist: Daniel Sampere
Cover Colors: Alejandro Sanchez
Colorist: John Kalisz
Letters: Wes Abbott
Publisher: DC Comics
What You Need to Know:
In his quest for vengeance against the Green Lantern Corps, Atrocitus has recruited Starro the Conqueror into the Red Lantern Corps. To combat this, the New God Metron hired the intergalactic bounty Hunter Lobo to bring Blue Beetle. Tasking him with protecting the young hero while he saved the universe. But Lobo’s less than subtle kidnapping of Blue Beetle has brought the Titans (Superboy, Starfire, & Wonder Girl) into the fray. But as the shaky alliance arrives at the battlefield, they find the war already well underway and a number of Lanterns now victims of Starro’s mind-controlling spores…
What You’ll Find Out:
With the Guardian Sayd now under his control, Starro begins the indiscriminate slaughter of Green Lanterns. A fact that Atrocitus takes immense pleasure in. The ever-loyal Bleez, however, is more focused on their new enemies. Lobo, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, and the Titans have arrived. Superboy saving Soranik from Dex-Starr while Lobo goes straight for the big man Atrocitus. But when he arrives he sees a Red Energy Construct fly past him that sends his bike…and his lower body…drifting off into space. Angering Lobo who tries to fight Atrocitus as just a torso. Seeing this, Atrocitus attempts to recruit Lobo but Blue Beetle flies in to retrieve him and his legs.
The battle rages on with Soranik as the latest to fall victim to Starro’s Spores. Rather than stay in orbit and continue losing more troops, the order to retreat to Oas surface is given. Iolande welcomes their new allies but the Red Lanterns are unrelenting. Before they can even contemplate resting, Starro and his army begin charging with energy. There’s only one target worthy of their combined might, the Central Power Battery. One of the Guardians orders all of their kind and Lanterns to defend it. Blue Beetle questions how he’s supposed to stand up to that army as their combined might easily pierce the Green Lanterns barrier. Shattering it and striking the Central Power Battery within…
What Just Happened?
This was a chapter almost entirely dedicated to action and things are not going so well for the heroes. Strangely, the moments of levity that tried to get inserted into this issue felt out of place. Though I can understand why they’d be slipped in. It still has a serious tone reminiscent of the Green Lantern Corps vs Sinestro Corps War in Injustice 1 but not as overwhelming in its darkness. Almost as if it’s trying to tone itself back a bit. However, we don’t know if the Central Power Battery was destroyed or just damaged. While both are bad, if it’s destroyed these moments of levity might just be to get us feeling good before the rampant deaths that await us next issue.
Final Thought: First Ch’p dies and now B’dg…Lantern Alien Squirrels just have the worst luck don’t they?
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