WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #45
The Green Lanterns have formed an alliance with Kryptonian dictator General Zod in the latest issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. It's just the latest twist in the story of General Zod, which has seen the rogue Kryptonian claim an entire world as New Krypton.
DC Comics seem to have a plan in the works for General Zod. The last year saw the Kryptonian General freed from imprisonment, and he then successfully rescued his wife and child from the Phantom Zone. In January, Zod successfully claimed the planet Jekuul as his own, with his family using their powers to appear as gods to the inhabitants.
They were opposed by the Green Lantern Corps, but emerged triumphant, and even managed to hack into the Corps' databanks during the conflict. In the hands of a military man like Zod, that knowledge is of unlimited potential. He's become the DC Universe's most dangerous villain. But first, he'll get to play hero.
The latest twist comes in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #45, as the emerald space cops are facing the threat of the Darkstars, brutal enforcers who believe in killing criminals with impunity (and slaughtering any Green Lanterns who get in their way). The previous issue saw Corps leader John Stewart launch an innovative plot against the Darkstars, seeking to unite the Corps with their natural enemies.
He makes his way to New Krypton personally, seeking an alliance with General Zod. Using for his sales pitch nothing but good, old fashioned revenge.
It's a shocking twist in the tale, setting up what's sure to be a terrific final battle between the Green Lantern Corps and the Darkstars. But the cost is massive; in this case, John Stewart's decision to ally with General Zod legitimizes his regime, and gives the Kryptonian warlord credibility. The Green Lantern Corps has essentially lost the ability to do anything about Zod, and that's a decision they may come to regret.
That's not to say Zod will go unopposed, though. Superman knows about Zod's regime; a recent arc saw the Man of Steel travel to the future of Jekuul, where he saw the House of Zod treat the inhabitants as little more than slaves. Unable to do anything about it in the future, the Man of Steel has sworn to end Zod's reign in the present. It's true that particular arc has been dropped for the last few issues, but DC clearly has a plan in the works for their ongoing story of General Zod, so it's sure to be revisited.
Unfortunately, John Stewart's decision likely means Superman will be forced to act without the support of the Green Lantern Corps. This alliance is unexpected, but it will certainly have long-term repercussions on the entire DC Comics Universe.