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The Sinestro Corps Wars V2 by Johns & Gibbons

1/04/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps Wars Volume Two in the USA - or Buy Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps Wars Volume Two in the UK

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Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps Wars 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 softcover. Price: $14.99 (US), $16.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-2036-5.

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Where were we? Oh, yes, the Sinestro Corps were attacking on two fronts. The first was the planetary Mogo, the biggest Green Lantern who also helps guide out deceased Lantern power rings to seek out new recipients who’ve proven capable of overcoming their own fears. The other front, much to the surprise of the Oa Guardians is not their planet but Earth, the centre of 52 alternative Earth realities although it looked like Sinestro has made his own significant victory as the Green Lantern Corps finds they can now kill, putting them on a level ground to the Sinestro’s Corps. Sinestro’s contention is that is will make the GL Corps as feared as his own Corps. If anything, though, even if you have pacifist tendencies, it doesn’t help if your enemy is free to kill you. There’s a subtle metaphor hidden in there that in times of war it isn’t ideology but power equality that is needed. On the other hand, one could wonder why the Oa Guardians couldn’t raise the power level so the Green Lanterns could just encase their enemies but there must be some limit to the power rings’ capacity.

This story also brings the Daxamite Green Lantern Sodum Yat to the fore, not to mention his discovery that under a yellow sun he has super-powers irrespective of his power ring and a serious problem with lead. Of all the GL Corps, he is the only one capable of taking on Superman Prime in one of the biggest battles in this volume. Hal Jordan joins Kyle Rayner inside Parallax to free him as Guy Gardner finds something the latter can connect to enabling them both to escape. Parallax has his own fate but you’ll have to read that for yourself. The same with the Anti-Monitor come to that. In between all these battles, I was surprised by how much character interaction was put in, whether it was for the moral decision to kill or the protection of others. I’m still amazed how civilians stayed out of the way, although to be fair we did glimpse the US Navy trying to help with little effect. It was even a strain for the Justice League and other super-heroes on Earth. A minor detail but I wonder what the Earth super-villains were in all of this? As with all stories, you have to keep at the centre of attention of what turns the battle. This book is also the start of the multi-ring Corps even if they don’t have their numbers yet. There can’t be any guesses who wins at the end of this war, but as this preludes ‘Darkest Night’ and as previous reviews have indicated for the latter books, there’s a long way to go yet.

In many respects, this battle is really about power with an over-tone of a different kind of victory as given by Sinestro. Despite the interview with the creators at the end of the book, I did wonder if there would have been a different way to achieve victory other than blasting each other out of the cosmos. Then again, I’ve probably more strategist than blaster these days. It was nice to see some of the Green Lanterns remembering that they can be creative with their power rings energy.

Very fast-paced roller-coaster. Be sure to have an uninterrupted hour to read in one sitting or you’ll be irritable with other people.

GF Willmetts

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