This is why Green Lantern is ranked so low. No new reader knows why Black Hand is a Black Lantern or why he wants revenge. What makes him so dangerous? Who cares?
Sinestro awakens to find that he’s been allowed to leave the Indigo Lantern Corps. But there are some catches.
Hal blasts Sinestro just to test it. And because he’s a dick.
Hal Jordan finally has what he’s been after: a Green Lantern Ring with no strings attached. I believe he still needs a Power Battery though. But he’s too busy patting himself on the back for besting Sinestro to realize that. He’s also too shallow and self-involved to notice the thing that Sinestro notices immediately upon returning to normal: Black Hand is missing.
Sinestro plays know-it-all and Mr. I Told You So while acting the arrogant prick and scolding Jordan. Just like he always does. But you can’t blame him! Hanging around with Hal Jordan is like babysitting. But Jordan suddenly decides to try to be mature and responsible when he realizes Black Hand may have returned to Black Lanterning.
That’s the Green Lantern calling the Yellow Lantern black.
Meanwhile, Black Hand has returned to Earth to bring Chinese Take-out to his dead family.
Is this his revenge? “Oh! I forgot the egg rolls! FUCK YOU!”
Meanwhile, Hal and Sinestro travel back to Korugar to recover the Book of the Black. While they’re searching for Black Hand, the Indigo Lanterns will be forging more Indigo Rings to place on the Guardians of the Universe. This will subdue and change them so they stop being manipulative little bastards.
Sinestro retrieves the Book of the Black from his headquarters beneath his home planet.
So there is a book for every Lantern Corps? Why? What are the books for? Who created them? This is the dumbest Reboot in the history of Reboots!
Sinestro decides what they need to do is read the Book of the Black’s prophecies because that never clears up anything. They already know everything they need to know. The Guardians are going to destroy all of the Lantern Corps and replace them with The Third Army. The Indigo Lanterns are making rings to fight this. Black Hand has once again become a Black Lantern and disappeared. But since he’s from Earth, where the fuck is going to go? Yeah, Earth. So what do they need to learn from the Book of the Black?
Whether they need to know it or not, they get some glimpses of the future. John Stewart being zapped by the Guardians. Guy Gardner in prison. Kyle Rayner as a Red Lantern. Atrocitus leading an army of Manhunters. And Black Hand wearing a Green Lantern Ring and wielding a gun. Yep! That was helpful!
I guess the really helpful part that they didn’t plan on is how the Book of the Black teleports them to Earth to join Black Hand and his family at the dinner table.
“Ha ha! We ate all of the Orange Chicken! REVENGE!”
Green Lantern #11 Rating: No change. Geoff Johns seems to think every Green Lantern story needs to be convoluted, over-the-top, full of history, and of universal importance. And, hell, they are the universal police force! He’s probably right. I just don’t think this comic series should have “The New 52” on the front cover. Just admit it’s part of the old continuity and separate it from the rest of the experiment.