Story so far
Fall of the Gods Part 2. We pick up where we left off in Space Sector 1418, on the planet Slyggia. After seeing Orion boom tube into the last issue only to get jacked by omega beams, Hal and Kyle rush him to a nearby planet to administer emergency treatment. Little do they know that Orion is being careered across the multiverse by a Mighty Metal Golem who shows up late to the party. It’s about to destroy the whole planet. Will it succeed in extinguishing everything in its path to culminate Orion? Find out this week in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #27! Spoilers ahead.
What is this all about?
First off, let me correct myself. In my review for the last issue (#26), I assumed the omega beams that were blasting towards Orion were from Darkseid, and that the Golem was also chasing after. Now we know for certain that the omega beams, in fact, came from the Golem itself. It charges the beams and then engages Orion. Apparently, it is attuned to Orion’s heartbeat, and once Orion’s heart stops, the Golem will disengage and seek out its next objective. So what does that crazy SOB Orion do? He stabs himself in the heart. That’s pretty hardcore.
The alien native to Slyggia that treated Orion’s injuries, thus saving him, has also designed an artificial blood circulation engine adaptable to any life form. But it’s only in blueprint form. Good thing we have a Green Lantern on deck to assemble it with his ring! Kyle does just that and after Orion stabs himself in the heart, the alien removes his heart and replaces it with Kyle’s construct and it is a success. The Golem then boom tubes out because he no longer senses Orion’s heartbeat.
Our Green Lanterns transport Orion back to Mogo where Kyle has to focus on keeping his ring’s construct active because it’s what is keeping a comatose Orion alive. Leave it to our pal Guy Gardner to tell Kyle not to think about having to pee. A little comic relief for us there. Graf Toren expresses to John Stewart that this Golem is probably one of the ones from his visions (see the last issue, #26). We know as the readers that it absolutely is. That much is obvious. Guy is sent off to find Two-Lobe, a Green Lantern telepath originally from the Sinestro Corps.
Two-Lobe scans Orion’s brain and we get the lowdown on exactly what this/these Golems are. They are Eschaton Soldiers design by Yuga Khan, ruler of the Old Gods, to kill his heirs in the event they ever tried to overthrow him.
Which they did and imprisoned him in the source wall. Yuga’s Golems, made of Nth metal, have mysteriously awakened from eons of slumber to carry out their will of destroying the progeny of Yuga Khan. Highfather, who is the son of Yuga Khan, dispatched Orion to seek out the aid of the Green Lanterns. John Stewart has a flashback to the destruction of planet Xanshi in Space Sector 1313, in which he blamed himself for. This was the last time he was involved with the New Gods.
“The New Gods. Every time we cross paths with them…Something bad happens.” –John Stewart
The theory John Stewart holds is that Highfather is with Lightray, who is the fastest flier in the New Gods, and he is keeping Highfather ahead of the Golems. In addition, Hal Jordan is ready to pursue and if you’re not excited for Hal’s game face, then I just can’t help you.
How these Golems awoke from their slumber remains a mystery. Can Kyle hold his construct long enough to bring Orion to a stable condition safely? Where and how will Hal start his pursuit of Highfather? Do these Golems have a weakness? I can’t wait to find out next time in Fall of the Gods Part 3.
Robert Venditti writes a remarkable story. Subsequently, the flow is on point. Never at any time while reading his work have I ever felt bored or thought to myself “ok, next” like I have with some other titles. His writing is enthralling and totally takes my imagination to another place. I hope he stays on this title forever.
The team working on the art has also turned out something delightfully spellbinding. The page where Orion stabs himself in the heart is drawn amazingly! The level of detail is exceptional! Also, the two-page spread where Two-Lobe is telling the history of the Golems through Orion’s memory is FANTASTICALLY drawn and a super important piece to the Metal story. It’s big! I gave the art in this issue a 10 because there is NOT ONE lazy panel in this whole issue. Every panel is drawn with incredible detail and precision. The whole issue is one big piece of amazing artwork.
Reviewed by Justin Swenson
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #27
Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Raea Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey
Release Date: August 23, 2017