01/10/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War Volume Two by Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, Peter J. Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason and Ethan Van Sciver. pub: DC Comics. 192 page graphic novel hardback. Price: $24.99 (US). $28.99 (CAN). ISBN: 0978-1-4012-1800-3.
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With the second volume of ‘The Sinestro Corps War’, things are neatly brought together. It also explains the misnomer of where was Dave Gibbons in Volume One as he has writer’s credits on several of the issues here. The only puzzle is why main writer Geoff Johns didn’t write them all and there is nothing in the extensive discussion at the end of the book covering this.
The Guardians have amended their laws allowing the Green Lanterns to kill Sinestro’s Corps but it is still left up to the individual as to whether they will choose that option. Sinestro himself sees this as a victory because he sees it as the means for people to fear the Green Lanterns and fear is what feeds the battery source that supplies his own power ring.
The battle has come to Earth though as the nexus between the multi-universe and allow the Earth super-heroes to join the fray pin-pointed at Coast City and New York – looks like Metropolis missed this particular onslaught.
Going too much into the details of this particular war might be deemed as spoilers, so I’ll hit on a couple things that really grabbed my attention. Although the art shows a lot of aliens that I hope someone has a scorecard to show the variety of species out there, one Green Lantern comes from Daxam. Those of you who are familiar with Mon-el, aka Valor, should be familiar with the powers these people get under a yellow sun. There’s a nice touch on his homeworld where the Daxamites have the same perchance for circular attachments to their cloaks as him. Having the rather oddly named Sodam Yat (I mean, ‘Sod ‘em’!!) having extra powers combined with his power ring, made him more formidable until he encounters the lead around a nuclear reactor which as we know is their weakness. I actually liked their demonstration of why this is a weakness as it blocks the sun radiation from charging their powers as well as making him susceptible to previous injuries he recently had.
Hal Jordan also explains that it isn’t that Green Lanterns are without fear but that they overcome their fears which is what makes them so formidable. Make a note of that if you’re ever at the receiving end of his fist.
I think what amazed me most about this all-out war is that there were no civilian injuries, even on Earth which kinda stretched things a little. It’ll also be interesting to see what the other nine protocols that the Guardians are changing about their corps power rings.
This is a gripping volume that you must read after volume one, so don’t forget to order both at the same time and be ready to spend several hours reading both books together. Everyone gets a chance to shine in the green light and it isn’t just force that is used to beat the bad guys which is always a nice touch. The only thing I wonder about is how do the various artists involved in this project do for some downtime after all this intensive pencilwork. Great stuff.
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