War of the Green Lanterns – Graphic Novel Review
TITLE: War of the Green Lanterns
AUTHORS: Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, Tony Bedard
PENCILLERS: Doug Mahnke, Tyler Kirkham, Fernando Pasarin. Cover by Ivan Reis.
COLLECTS: Green Lantern #63-66, Green Lantern Corps #58-60, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights #8-10
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASED: November 16, 2011
By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
When the Green Lantern Corps caught wind of the sour reviews for the Green Lantern movie, they went to WAR!!!!
Geoff Johns latest galactic epic featuring the emerald knights sees Krona, a villain who is the same species and seems to have the same powers as the Guardians of the Universe, captures the not only the Guardians, but Sinestro, Atrocitus, and the rest of the so-called “New Guardians.” As he holds them all captive, he places Parallax, the monstrous entity of fear, inside the Green Lantern Corps’ central power battery. This allows him to control almost every Green Lantern in the corps. The exceptions are Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner. Now the four Green Lanterns of Earth are on the run from each and every one of their peers as they attempt to restore the central power battery and defeat Krona.
When you compare this story to Johns’ other large-scale Green Lantern stories like The Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night, it doesn’t quite measure up, but it’s still pretty good. With the central power battery contaminated, our heroes have no choice but to use with the New Guardians’ discarded power rings, which of course are all a product of the various other Lantern Corps. Hal Jordan uses a yellow/fear ring, Guy Gardner once again places a red/rage ring on, Kyle Rayner chooses a blue/hope ring, and John Stewart wears a purple/compassion ring.
Initially, I wasn’t a big fan of this move. It seemed (and still seems) like an excuse to make action figures. Now, I’m a little more forgiving. It makes sense in the context of the story, and John Stewart got a cool alternate costume out of the deal. But I wish they’d done a bit more with the fact that these heroes who are accustomed to being driven by willpower are now being driven by things like fear, rage, etc. Guy Gardner has a bit of a rage outburst when the first put the rings on, but that’s about it. I understand the need to move the story forward, but I wish they’d had a bit more fun with that aspect of things.
One thing I enjoyed about this story compared to some of Johns’ other GL work is the fact that other areas of the DC Universe didn’t bleed into it. We didn’t have heroes and villains from outside the Green Lantern cast dropping into influence things, and it didn’t blow up into a universe-spanning story like Blackest Night. This is strictly a Green Lantern story that affects Green Lantern characters. And to it’s credit, it has some pretty big moments. Ganthet (a rogue guardian who helped found the Blue Lantern Corps) takes on an army of Green Lanterns, we get to see where the rings are actually forged, John Stewart makes a pretty monumental decision regarding the life of another Lantern, and there’s a hell of a twist at the end which you know all about if you’re reading Green Lantern these days.
All in all, War of the Green Lanterns isn’t Geoff Johns’ best work, but it’s a lot of fun. This book is jam packed with a lot of content, and a cliffhanger that’ll leave you wanting more.
Front page from fanboyseo.com. Green Lantern Corps #59 cover from fanboyz.net.
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