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Blackest Night: The Green Lantern Corps

01/03/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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Blackest Night: The Green Lantern Corps by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. pub: DC Comics. 200 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $19.99 (US), $22.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-2274-1.

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The resurrected bodies that make up the Black Lantern Corps are attacking Oa, the home of the Guardians, to topple the main lantern that supplies the Green Lanterns with their twenty-four power supply. Leading the fight are two representatives from Earth, Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner as well as other Lanterns you might know like Arista and Kilowog. Things are not going well and how much to say without entering spoiler zone might be difficult in this reprint from ‘Green Lantern Corps # 39-47’, suffice to say there is a death and resurrection of one and a demonstration that you shouldn’t wear green and red power rings at the same time. The latter is also a turning point in the battle even if it did create a bigger menace along the way.

Again, like the previous ‘Blackest Night’ volumes, this being the third, this is something of an all-out war with none of the characters given much opportunity to step back and be counted. If I have to be totally objective, considering what the lantern rings power are capable of, I do wonder why they weren’t used as more than beam blasters much of the time, although Gardner’s idea of doing something that was rather original series ‘Star Trek’ did make some sense. Hopefully, the new Lanterns recruited to replace the dead Lanterns might have some imaginative ways to use their power rings.

I’m also obviously thinking too hard here as well. Granted a lot of the Lanterns who arrived at Oa were needed to defend their headquarters but who was defending their own sectors at the same time? I mean, the Black Lanterns were everywhere and the Corps is supposed to be defending the galaxy and there is already an honour guard protecting Oa.

Undoubtedly, the younger generations of comicbook readers will be engrossed in the amount of fighting that goes on. There is also a sensible moment at the end mourning the dead and reminding the Guardians that the Corps are people not robots and to relax one of their laws. I’m not telling you which one or I’d have to suspect you have a Black Lantern ring. In the meantime, this is one war that ends with this book.

GF Willmetts

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