Green Lantern Corps: Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, Scott Hanna, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave Sharpe
The conclusion of the Alpha War happens here. I did like this story arc, even though it can be boiled down to one of things I dislike most in comics: in-fighting. The GLs are rebelling against the Alpha Lanterns. It could only get more in-fighting if Guy socked John in the jaw.
So we’re in full revolt mode. I’m surprised the GLs didn’t go knock down the Guardians’ doors afterward to tell them what happened. I’m surprised the Guardians didn’t come out and say something about the radical behavior of the Alphas, maybe make up some bullcrap about how the Alphas lost control of themselves, or became to willful. I dunno.
The only reason I say that is because I can’t see the Guardians getting away with it. Guy’s the type of…erm, guy…to go up to them and tell them that the Alphas were always a bad idea. While the Guardians are planning the collapse of the Corps, how will they respond to that?
This issue is pretty action-heavy. There are a couple of great character moments, but mostly it’s there to serve the purpose of showing the GLs taking on the Alphas. There are a lot of really gorgeous splash pages full of ring blasts and Alphas being badasses. Pasarin’s art is unleashed in this ish, thanks to all the huge images he has to draw. I’m really impressed. Even more so that Eltaeb’s colors are still amazing to look at, and each green is distinct from another’s. Like, it doesn’t all blur together.
The end scene with the Guardians was interesting, and I like what they did. It definitely closed a chapter in the GL history…one that actually doesn’t seem that long. It’s sad, also, when you think about the characters that are lost. Yeah, that does happen. But I remember reading some of these characters decades ago…to see them finally go is a bit depressing.
So the Rise of the Third army starts next. Knowing GLC, we’re likely to get even more character deaths…and, yet, I find myself excited for what’s to come. I really hope we get to see Guy punch out a Guardian.
Green Lantern Corps #12, the verdict: I wish I had more to say about this one, but it was pretty straightforward. Without revealing too many spoilers, it’s hard to talk about my favorite parts. There’s a sacrificing moment that was pretty powerful at the end. And there was a bit where Guy and John are yanking power batteries out of Alphas. Oh, is that all we had to do to them? In any case, it’s pretty awesome looking. Good action, and good use of constructs. Great character moments at the end. Incredible work by the art team.
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