Friday, August 12, 2011

War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath #2

This really is more what I expected from Tony Bedard when he took over Green Lantern Corps. Instead of long, drawn-out stories meandering in the background of the "important" stories covered in GL, Bedard is actually moving the main plot forward for the GL mythos. I guess the relaunch has Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi busy enough that they could actually leave the core storyline in Bedard's hands. He does a good job with it.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the corps is the expansive, alien cast, so seeing Soranik Natu's crazy band of assassins, Guardian-loyalists like Salaak and Shorm, that's what I want from my GL comics. The crypt-keeper GL shows up, the corps deals with Mogo's body in a neat way, this is a sci-fi comic that actually feels like one. Too often the focus on the four Earth GLs reduces all these other guys to background players. Kyle Rayner is sort of the star of the issue, and Bedard writes him better here than he did in the regular Corps title. It gives me hope for New Guardians.

And boy, oh boy. How the heck can any GLs support the Guardians? They were torturing Sinestro, they fired the biggest GL of them all, and dang did they look evil when they closed in on Ganthet at the close of the book. I'm still interested in seeing where the Green Lantern corner of the DCU ends up.

This was solicited by Miguel Sepulveda, but instead Ransom Getty and Andy Smith handle the art. The book looks pretty consistent with issue one, and I'm glad to see Getty landing a big assignment like this.


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