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Review: Green Lantern Corps #50

Cyborg Superman needs a make-over.

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Kyle Rayner arrives just in time to save John Stewart from a lobotomy at the hands of the Cyborg Superman, whose co-opting of the Alpha Lanterns has much more tragic origins than at first appearance.

The Good

Cyborg Superman's quest for death has a grand, mythic quality that adds an epic, tragic undercurrent to this latest evil scheme. The flashbacks of his viewpoint of Blackest Night were quite moving, painting his invisibility to Nekron and the Black Lanterns as equally macabre and melancholy. This issue added more new facets to the space opera dynamic I've enjoyed so much about this title, especially with the revelation of Stel keeping his robot community hidden underground from the Alpha Lanterns at the end. Oddly, that's something that could've easily come off as being very " Futurama" if played wrong, but it was a stand-out scene as it turned out.

The Bad

If this is supposed to be a storyline that brings Cyborg Superman back in a big way, then I can't help but think that the character desperately needs a make-over. It's been almost 20 years since the Death of Superman and the reasons for Hank Henshaw pretending to be Superman haven't been relevant in as many years. Worse yet, his name and appearance can't be anything but confusing to somebody unfamiliar with the deep annals of DC continuity. Also, for a character who's established in flashbacks as being pedantic in his speech, a lot of his lines ran a little too colloquial for the kind of evil space lord he's supposed to be.

The Verdict - 3.5/5

As I said in my review of this weeks' Green Lantern, I continue to be intrigued by how the various light corps play out in the greater DCU cosmology following Brightest Day. This isn't quite up to the level I enjoyed during the Tomasi/ Gleason run on this title, but the spotlight on Cyborg Superman was a genuinely-moving character study, even if I think he's sorely due for a revamp.