MINOR CROSSOVER: LIGHT'S OUT
With Relic Comes A Universe Without Light
Before our universe, no, our...reality, existed, there was another. It too used the emotional spectrum to achieve its ends, but more-so than our Lanterns ever dared. That place is now gone, dead. And from the bowels of its implosion came one creature, surviving the new reality, calling himself Relic. His thoughts are focused; his powers absolute. His task, simple: the lights of the emotional spectrum must be collected, preserved. And he will kill every Green Lantern in his way, if necessary.
Left: Relic attacks Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Cover art from Green Lantern #24 (2013).
You have ventured upon the Light's Out Reading Order. This is a Minor Crossover Event surrounding the Green Lantern characters and elements important to their titles; here you will find limited artwork, a concise listing of the issues, and detailed summaries for your guidance
Last Update: 11/06/2013
The Reading Order is Final.
001 Green Lantern #24
002 Green Lantern Corps #24
003 Green Lantern New Guardians #24
004 Red Lanterns #24
005 Green Lantern Annual #2
As Relic Approaches
001 Green Lantern #24 - Officially starts the event. Arriving on Oa, Hal Jordan and others try to find out what happened to the Green Power Battery. It's been revealed that recently it spit out a near-dead looking Ion who took off with the other light entities. While pondering if Kyle Rayner might offer some assistance, he appears with his team of New Guardians. Kyle then tells them of "Relic", a being from the previous universe, who came here to collect the light spectrum's. During this discussion, the villain arrives. He warns them to give up and leave Oa, but they refuse, Hal striking the first blow. Relic then unleashes his tech; spider-bots latch onto the Power Battery while discs whirl around blocking, and returning, attacks to their masters. In short time, the Battery becomes completely drained. Soon after, it explodes. Now stranded without their power source, they are left with their rings and a few, collected Lanterns. But the worst is not over; Salaak tells them that the Battery was integrated all throughout Oa's core. Soon, it will explode.
002 Green Lantern Corps #24 - Part 2: Oa's Last Stand. Continues immediately from Green Lantern #24. The battle continues, but now the Green Lanterns are attempting to escape the planet. With John Stewart's tactics, a diversionary attack on Relic is created while the rest escape in The Citadel. Now revealed, the structure once thought to be a hallowed hall turns out to actually be an escape rocket. The diversion and fighting continues, but finally has played out. Known as Ergann, this one figure stages a martyrdom while holding Relic's ship in place, dying as his fellow Green Lantern's escape and the planet blows up.
003 Green Lantern New Guardians #24 - Part 3: Gods and Monsters. Occurs moments after Green Lantern Corps #24. Believing John Stewart and his team dead, Hal argues with the Guardians and others about what they should do next; for some reason, Relic hasn't gone after them. Suddenly, Kyle sees the Spectrum Entities heading towards them. Each one: Ion, Adara, Predator, Ophidian, Proselyte, and The Entity merge with him. They've taken over Kyle's body to do as they will. As they leave, Hal and the rest fight them, urging them to stay; he believes these creatures could be key to beating Relic. But Kyle's body isn't under his control; using their powers, he teleports them to Ysmalt, home of the Red Lanterns, where they were originally headed for support. Meanwhile, it turns out Stewart and his forces are still alive. Barely. They've entered Secret 2814 and located the secret world where Indigo-1 and her Indigo Tribe resides. Now all they have to do is locate her. In the meantime, Kyle is still fighting for control. His strength is unbelievable, but not enough as his body is intercepted by The Guardians; they were able to ignore the teleportation attack. Using their powers, they help Kyle achieve balance and regain his assertion; the Entities are now under his control. But ironically, Kyle now realizes what has to happen. Relic doesn't need to be defeated, he needs to be helped.
004 Red Lanterns #24 - Part 4: Blood Brothers. Happens a short, undefined while later. On Ysmalt, Guy Gardner is fighting with Bleez now that she knows he was sent as a traitor. Guy attempts a ploy and it works. In turn, he reveals the original intent with the group. Now claiming that he has become a true Red Lantern, all our surprised with Hal and his forces arrive seeking alliance. The Red Lanterns attack, but Hal makes parley with Guy, who in turn makes an offer to his group. Near the same time, elsewhere in the galaxy, Atrocitus is now calling himself Atrocity Butcher as he flies, empowered by The Butcher Entity. In the midst of his glory, he's surprised by Kyle Rayner who absorbs The Butcher, ultimately leaving Atrocitus abandoned with his cat, Dex-Starr. Back on Ysmalt, and agreement has been reached; for the Red Lanterns help in beating Relic, they will get their own Sector where they are the law. At the same time, Kyle has found Relic; the villain is at the edge of the universe attempting to blow a hole and create a breach. As Kyle shows up, Relic prepares to fight. But now things are different, Kyle and the Guardians have decided to help him in his objective.
005 Green Lantern Annual #2 - Part 5: The Source. Occurs near immediately after Red Lanterns #24. Hal and Guy argue over finding Kyle and Relic until Star Sapphire Carol uses her tether; this means she's now in love with Kyle. The issue then moves to Relic, Kyle, and the Guardians at the edge of the universe. The probes aren't working and Relic's theory is that the reservoir is dying and needs replenishing. He turns on Kyle and uses his tech to suck the energies from the Entities contained. Suddenly Hal, Guy, and all the other forces show up. The fighting begins. As the battle thickens, now John Stewart and his remaining forces join the fray; the Indigo Tribe is helping him. They teleport fighters between Relic and his tech-mirrors and begin wailing on him. Guy then tells his Red Lanterns to tear Relic's ship apart. It hits the wall and is absorbed into it. With all their rings beginning to fail, something else happens at the wall; it begins cracking with dark emanations. Kyle comes forward and drags Relic with him through the wall. The White Ring now becomes fully powered as Kyle realizes its secret. Relic begins to come forth from the wall; he claims his theory was correct and now the reservoir is filled, but dies, being absorbed into the wall before he can escape. The remaining Lanterns never see Kyle return. Believed to be dead, Indigo-1 teleports them to the planet Mogo, where they find a restored and rebuilt Green Power Battery. Stewart used his friendship with the Tribe to get them to rebuilt it with Mogo as the home base. In the final pages of the story, the guardians remain at the wall in a vigil for Kyle. He suddenly appears, erupting and escaping the wall. They tell him that all must believe he is still dead; now his journey truly begins.