(I'll pick up #18 over Reis and Acuna's pink slips, dammit.)
Yeah, I picked it up. Rachelle and Sally kept blogging the storyline and I had to check it out.
I should really fucking hate this storyline.
I hate aspects of the storyline. I still hate the fucking costume. I fucking hate Acuna's art. I really fucking hate the emotional divide between the Zamarons and the Guardians, they get to study love rather than willpower*? Yuck! How fucking stereotypical can you be?
The most irritating part was the Dela Pharon retcon. The original story with Dela (Star Sapphire III) in Green Lantern #41 had a new Star Sapphire pretending to be Carol and trying to trick Hal into marriage. This was part of her usurping Carol as the Zamaron Queen. As well as defeating Carol in battle, she felt a need to steal Carol's position, identity, and boyfriend. It was an interesting story that played up the Zamaron role-reversal by making Hal the "bride" in an old plot. The story itself was about Carol.
By making the Star Sapphire parasite attracted to Hal, he destroyed that story and made the whole thing about Hal.
That wasn't the only point in the whole storyline that made me want to throw things at Johns, but its the part I find hardest to forgive.
It fits in with Hal's character and Carol's character, and restores Carol to her proper place in the franchise. Carol's back to flying airplanes herself. There was an appearance by Tom. It adds the Zamarons into the franchise plotline, which they need to be into, and in the end they aren't so obsessed with love/lust anymore. (It also conveniently changes their appearance back to that of female Maltusians, rather than white human women).
The story is problematic, but moves towards a much better status quo. (Eventually this parasite crap will need to be retconned out, though.)
And the ending left me with a little smile. Cheered me out of a pissy mood. I'm back to reading the GL mainbook again.
Hopefully Acuna'll be gone next issue.
*Anyone wanna take bets on the Controllers' specialty?