Just got this comment in one of the earlier threads...
I had to reread that a couple of times because, even though this line of thought was originally about Black Canary, I just read the Sinestro Corps Special and I'm pretty devastated over what's become of Kyle Rayner.
I'm having a hard time trusting DC at this point.
I'm a big Kyle fan too (he was the character who basically got me into comics) and I think that was one of the best written comics from ANYONE in years and the first time I've seen Kyle done right in a while. So here's a my list of five things I actually liked about the story that involve Kyle.
1. Kyle as an Outsider
While it was always a lot more prominent during the early Marz issues, Kyle has always been a character apart from any group he was in - usually latching on to one or two members to socialize with outside of work. In the Titans, he mostly spent time with Donna off duty even before they became an item. In the JLA, he really only hung out with Wally West and, when he was a member, Connor Hawke. So I like Kyle's mental monologue during his first appearance in the book about how happy he was to finally feel like an actual part of something... only to wind up being seperated from the other Lanterns by being turned into a living power battery by The Guardians. It's a good character statement that rings true.
2. Kyle as the most human Lantern
On that note, I love Kyle's insistence that other Lanterns NOT stand on ceremony and letting them know that he is, in fact, only human - no pun intended - and not an angel, as one Lantern insists. Given that one of Kyle's biggest worries about having his powers was that it would put him apart from normal people (well... at least until Winick took over and turned him into Happy Power Godboy), I thought that was a nice moment as well.
3. What Kyle Fears Most
Kyle does have a number of fears about being a Green Lantern. Of course Sinestro preys upon one of the biggest here - fear of loved ones dying because of one of his enemies. We don't know for sure that Sinestro is telling the truth but it's plausable enough - even to someone who isn't being physically and mentally tortured by the most evil beings in the universe - that it's enough to get Kyle thinking "Wait... who COULD be next" But what's really interesting is how Sinestro, in order to total win Kyle over, takes advantage of one of Kyle's other biggest fears - Merging with Parallax.
Seriously - how many times has it come up that Kyle feared going the same way Hal did? He lived in the shadow of everything Hal did during all of his heroic career. It was refered to in a flashback in one story near the end of Ron Marz' original run as Kyle had a series of nightmarish hallucinations. It was refered to by Mark Waid when Kyle wondered about the Batman "take out the JLA" protocols and pointed out that a Green Lantern going crazy WAS a legit concern when they were voting whether or not to kick Batman off the team. And then there was all of Rebirth, where Kyle is seeing all of his friends being possessed by The Spirit of Fear itself...
Getting Kyle to think he was responsible for his mother's death was the fingerhold. Tossing him into the lion's den with the baddie who was responsible for so much suffering, knowing full well that he needed a host? That was the handhold.
4. Sinestro viewing Kyle as a credible threat.
In Rebirth, Sinestro didn't view Kyle as being worth his time in a fight - an estimation that Kyle proved wrong and which we see in flashback at the start of the issue. While I'm sure there is some petty revenge in Sinestro coming after Kyle first (Kyle DID brand the symbol of the Guardians into Sinestro's back), there are also several practical considerations.
First, Kyle is - technically speaking - the most powerful of the Lanterns. Taking him out of the fight early would be a tactical advantage.
Secondly, Kyle is something of a symbol to all the rookie Lanterns who consider him the most powerful among them and the best of the best. His sudden disappearance puts fear into the ranks just before The Sinestro Corps show up en masse to layeth down the smack.
Thirdly, just how big of a mindfuck will it be to everyone - Guardians included - when their Torchbearer shows up batting for the other team? That's going to demoralize and freak out all the rookies who aren't already shaken - to say nothing of Kyle's fellow Lanterns from Earth.
5. Further Erosion of the Winick Green Lantern run
Call me petty if you will, but I am somewhat gratified that it turns out Kyle coming up with the name "Ion" was a result of being merged with a big green willpower being and not because of any actual wish on his part to use that codename seriously. It also means I can now write off a lot of bad characterization as Kyle being possessed.
I understand your concerns and I won't spoil for you all - but i have it on high authority that Kyle is going to come through this alright. :)
Logically, I can think of a few ways that he can get out of this on his own - the big one being that as the only Green Lantern of Earth who is used to overcoming his fears on a daily basis, he'll have a better source of leverage to eventually force Parallax out once The Big Yellow Bug is distracted. But it's only been one issue. We shall see.