Green Lanterns #54: Evil’s Might Part 5 “Supervillian Monologue”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Marco Santucci
Finishes: Scott Hanna (PP16-20)
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Mike Perkins with Hi-Fi
What You Need to Know:
The puppet master holding the strings was revealed last issue and most of the Corps still has no idea who they are up against. Simon Baz finds himself isolated against Cyborg Superman while the rest of the Corps thinks he is a traitor. Can the Green Lantern Corps overcome the dissension created by Cyborg Superman to regroup and stop him? What is Cyborg Superman’s endgame?
What Just Happened:
The issue begins with Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Kilowog, and Jessica Cruz debating whether or not Simon Baz is a traitor who abandoned them. Guy and Kilowog seem to think Simon betrayed them, Kyle and Jessica believe Simon would never betray them, and Hal is undecided. The Lanterns manage to find a home for the surviving inhabitants of planet Penelo and confirm that 94% of their population perished from the attack by the Ravagers.
On Earth, Simon unknowingly continues to try to free Cyborg Superman from the Fortress of Solitude. Simon is able to gain entry to the Fortress and takes down Superman’s security system, Kelex. Simon begins to doubt what he is doing, but Cyborg Superman once again tricks him into believing he is Superman. Simon frees Cyborg Superman, who immediately attacks Simon and explains that he has been the mastermind behind the communication issues between the Green Lantern Corps and the death of Kada Sal. Cyborg Superman boasts that he was able to project his consciousness into the Central Power Battery, which allowed him to gain access to the Phantom Ring he unknowingly slipped over Simon’s power ring. Cyborg Superman beats Simon nearly unconscious, but lets him live to mock him for freeing him and to allow him to see what happens next. Simon feels guilty and used,and drags himself into the Fortress of Solitude and arms himself with a gun. Simon regrets putting too much trust in his ring, and feels the next battle will need a more primitive touch.