Do you think they have apples on Korugar? Maybe not, but when it comes to its most famous resident and his daughter, the only thing we can say is that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
In this week’s pivotal HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #25, written by Robert Venditti and drawn by none other than Ethan Van Sciver, the alliance between the Green Lanterns and the Sinestro Corps teeters on the brink of destruction after the revelation that Green Lantern Tomar-Tu killed mass murderer—and Yellow Lantern—Romat-Ru and had tried to cover it up. The Sinestro Corps is divided, with many of the more volatile members seeking mob justice for the murder of their fellow Lantern. Making the situation worse is the arrival of an injured Kyle Rayner, who has had a Sinestro Corps symbol burned onto his chest. But who would do such a thing?
That would be none other than Soranik Natu, daughter of Thaal Sinestro and leader of the Corps that bears his name. A doctor and former Green Lantern, Soranik is usually a voice for peace and reason—someone who joined the Sinestro Corps to see if she could temper her father’s ruthless ways and shape the Yellow Lanterns into a force for good. What would drive her to do such a thing to a man for whom she’d come to care for?
Well, my friends, if you ever find out that your future offspring with someone is going to become a super-villain, you maaaay want to tell that person. Especially when that person has Sinestro blood running through her veins. When Soranik discovered that Kyle had hidden the fact that time-traveling baddie Sarko was actually their not-yet-conceived son, she kinda lost it.
Okay, that’s putting it mildly. She totally freaked out, branded Kyle, told everyone the truth about their child, declared the alliance over and dramatically claimed her father’s name.
With most of the Sinestro Corps falling in line with her, the Green Lanterns were left with no choice but to square off against their former allies and partners. In what could only be called an emotional, even confused battle, the enemies-turned-friends-turned-enemies-again each scored their victories, but it was the always prepared John Stewart who ended the fight.
Preparing his Corps for the worst, John had installed a failsafe when they built the Yellow Central Power Battery on Mogo. On his command, it made every yellow ring ineffective against will. Needless to say, Soranik wasn’t pleased with this little twist. Claiming John was never sincere about the alliance, she left Mogo with the entire Sinestro Corps in tow.
In the days after the battle, Tomar-Tu chooses to stand trial and face punishment as a civilian rather than a Lantern, but in exchange, John Stewart grants his request that his replacement come from his home planet of Xudar.
Meanwhile, the war between the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps would seem to be over for the time being, and even if the alliance has been shattered, peace between the two Corps still could prevail.
Or could it…?
Yes, that just happened. Thaal Sinestro’s back, baby, and we can’t imagine he’ll be too happy when he’s healed! But that’s a story for another day—one that may begin unspooling in two short weeks, when the adventures of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continue!