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This Just Happened: Oa's Explosive Last Stand

This Just Happened: Oa's Explosive Last Stand

By Alex Nagorski Friday, October 11th, 2013

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read GREEN LANTERN CORPS #24 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).

Earlier this week, artist Bernard Chang told COMIC VINE that GREEN LANTERN CORPS #24 is “a rather explosive issue, with many things that will change the Corps forever, and this is one of those issues you do not want to miss! Things will truly never be the same after the last page in this issue.”

Well fans that have already picked up the issue and read part 2 of the epic crossover event “Lights Out” know that Chang wasn’t bluffing. After Oa’s Central Power Battery was drained in GREEN LANTERN #24, the fate of the Green Lanterns’ home planet became doomed. And in the final pages of GREEN LANTERN CORPS #24, the Corps’ battle against Relic becomes that much more difficult when Oa actually explodes and ceases to exist.

“Superheroes are at their most interesting when they’re in a situation where the default use of their power can’t defeat whatever threat or villain that they’re up against,” series co-writer Van Jensen said to BUZZFEED earlier this week. “This is exactly that, the Green Lanterns are facing a situation where their inherent powers are borderline useless or even counterproductive. When you can’t use your basic abilities then it’s up to how smart you are or how creative you are to try to come up with a solution. That’s been a lot of, I think, what makes this such a good story, and what made it so much fun to write.”

“Relic is the best kind of villain, one that is completely justified (at least to himself) in his goal of saving the universe from the Lanterns. It's just that he is willing to use whatever means he can — like destroying the Blue Lanterns and blowing up the Green Lanterns' Central Power Battery — to achieve that goal,” Jensen continued to NEWSARAMA. “It's easy to sympathize with Relic, even as he commits atrocities. And Relic is all the more interesting because his very existence ties directly to the existence of the Lanterns.”

“The chaos in the story is reflected in how I constructed the pages, drafting panels as broken shards of glass, with the idea that the reader is feeling the destruction of the Green Lantern home world, and completely immersed in the constant battle happening all around us as Relic looks to destroy the Corps,” Chang explained to NERDIST about his creative process. “Reading this issue is like turning your speakers to full blast on each page until the end.”

Below, take a look at the final page of GREEN LANTERN CORPS #24, and sound off in the comments section below about what you think is next for the Lanterns in their war against Relic. Co-Written by Van Jensen and Robert Venditti and illustrated by Bernard Chang, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #24 is available in stores now.

“Lights Out” continues next week in GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #24.