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Lantern, Part 4
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Series  Miniseries
Number  4
Continuity  Season 11
Continuity No.  27
Writer  Bryan Q. Miller
Pencils  Marcio Takara
Cover  Cat Staggs
Assistant Editors 
Publication Date  July 9, 2014
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Smallville: Lantern #4 is the fourth issue of the print edition of the DC Comics comic book miniseries. The issue collects chapters 10-12 of Smallville: Lantern, originally released digitally.[1]


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From DC Comics: "Fighting a pitched battle against the strength of Parallax, John Stewart is able to regain his Green Lantern will. But will the change come in time to defeat Parallax’s minions?"


Tess and the rest of team in the Watchtower monitor the yellow ring situation in Arkham Asylum.

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Trevor communicates with Watchtower on Prometheus' whereabouts.

Meanwhile in an underwater facility of the D.E.O., Director Trevor confirms to Watchtower that there have been incidents related to the yellow rings in Washington, D.C. as well. According to Trevor, the rings focused on the U.S. Congress, with half the Senate and half the White House becoming the new carriers and starting attacking each other. Wonder Woman is already there, trying to control the situation but according to Trevor she will need all the help she can get. Then Trevor informs Green Arrow that new activity was detected by D.E.O.'s mystics in the boom tube Prometheus has been using. Steve asks Oliver if he is ready for the mission and he responds positively so Steve tells Zatanna to teleport him with one of her spells to where Prometheus was spotted.

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Tess and Chloe work on finding a way to stop the Yellow Lanterns.

In Watchtower shortly after Green Arrow vanishes, Tess asks Chloe if she is really okay with Oliver being back out in the field and Chloe says that in a situation like this there is no other place for them to be. Tess and Chloe then contact Emil Hamilton at S.T.A.R. Labs, who informs them that unlike the green rings, the yellow rings actually control the people wielding them. Emil takes that notion a step further and determines that the ring may also share a single communication frequency and if they could isolate the communication channel, as they did with Superman's ring, maybe they could interfere.

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Superman tries to get John out of Parallax's control.

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Superman gets impaled by John.

In Gotham, Nightwing fights some thugs, who have taken advantage of the chaos caused by the Yellow Lanterns, and attempt to rob a woman and her child. Meanwhile, Batman receives a call from the ladies in the Watchtower, who ask him to secure a single yellow ring for them so Batman, who is in battle with Firefly, says he will see what he can do for them. Superman tries to convince John Stewart, who is possessed by Parallax, that it's okay to experience fear, that it's not an emotion anyone should repress or ignore. Superman's words about a soldier having the right to ask questions seem to have an impact on John, but surprisingly Stewart responds by impaling Superman with a sword constructed by his yellow ring.

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The Green Lanterns decide if they will interfere.

In space, a small group of Green Lanterns observe the battle on Earth. Aya says that they had agreed to not interfere but Salaak confesses that he feels responsible for what happened, even though he had good intentions. The Green Lanterns are not sure if they can fight Parallax because the last time they did it, most the members of the Corps were killed and Oa was almost destroyed. Salaak then plays John's message about the one thing that frightens Parallax, so they decide to find it and stop the fear entity once and for all.

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Green Arrow fights with Prometheus again.

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Green Arrow takes out Prometheus.

Prometheus and his men arrive at Fort Knox via Boom Tube, intending to steal the gold that is kept there, but Green Arrow is waiting for them. After taking out his men, an one-on-one battle ensues between Arrow and Prometheus. Prometheus wonders if Green Arrow cares about his real identity but Oliver says that if he is not his counterpart from a parallel Earth he doesn't really care about it. During the fight, Oliver succeeds to get the upper hand and start beating Prometheus, raging over what he had done to Agent Chase's team and the fact that he almost took him away from his child, finishing him off with a massive headbutt. After that, he reports to Steve Trevor that the area is secure.

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Batman takes Firefly's ring.

In Gotham City, Batman fights with Firefly and during the battle Batman tricks him into colliding to a building. There Batman finds the chance and takes the yellow ring, which tempts him to become his new bearer, from Firefly and then puts it on his analyzer on the Batplane and sends the data to Watchtower and S.T.A.R. Labs, who verify that they can't turn the rings off but they can reboot them. Unfortunately, that would reboot both green and yellow rings in the area.

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The rings get rebooted and Superman gets his strength back.

Watchtower informs Superman, who is pierced by a sword constructed of yellow energy, about their plan, while Parallax leaves John's body intending to take over Superman's but he tells to his teammates to reset the rings. When they do the sword on Superman's chest disappears, he gets his strength back and all the Yellow Lanterns, including John, are released from the influence of fear and lose their powers with the rings turning black. Superman tells John, now he is free from Parallax, to get back up because they aren't done fighting yet.

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Superman saves the criminals while John confronts Parallax.

After their rings get rebooted and they lose their powers, the inmates of Arkham fall from the sky unable to do anything to escape from their eventual death but fortunately Superman manages to save them all. Meanwhile, the also depowered John Stewart distracts Parallax, who insists earth has enough fear to feed him forever. Stewart lures the cosmic entity into a junkyard and smashes the left side of its head with a wrecking ball. Parallax is about to counterattack but the real help comes when the other Green Lanterns arrive on the scene with the entity of willpower. The two entities begin to battle and with an assist from Superman, they banish Parallax to its realm, which was his greatest fear.

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The Lanterns decide to choose their destiny on their own.

In the aftermath, the Green Lanterns reevaluate their mission parameters and as their rings finish their reboot, they decide to choose their own destiny.

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John explains what will be done with his ring.

Later, Stewart explains to Clark that the Corps will endure and from now on no one will be conscripted against his will. John also tells Clark that his ring will be returned to the colony, where the Kryptonians will elect which of them will become the new Green Lantern of Sector 2813 and no one will know Kal-El was the ring's first choice. After that, Clark is reunited with Lois, who asks his help to cover the latest breaking story: Green Arrow's return to crime-fighting.

Meanwhile, Oliver and Chloe decide to be clear and promise to eachother to not put their selves in danger anymore for real this time, at least until the baby is born.

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Lex wants to assemble a team.

In LuthorCorp, Lex tells Otis that he didn't get any Lantern-related info from the Justice Society mansion. He then orders Otis to get a list of all the individuals who wore Yellow Lantern rings but Otis tells him that all of them are already in prison. Lex says that something about them was compatible with the rings, which are now on his possession, and he needs them to assemble a team in order to save the world.


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