I have to give Peter J. Tomasi credit, here. As “Green Lantern Corps” has continued its build towards the “Blackest Night” crossover, I’d have expected last month’s events of a jailbreak on Oa to have dominated the issue. Instead? It’s the smallest of the three plots touched on here. The other two stories gain prominence, and that means that people who are reading “Green Lantern Corps” for its long-time main characters will be quite pleased.
Soranik’s discovery last issue that Sinestro is her father is played better than I’d have predicted. Sinestro’s story of what really happened to his daughter after her birth is logical and interesting, and I appreciated that, in many ways, Sinestro’s appearance and warning here fits not only into that story but also with his character in general. It’s easy to buy this story as part of both characters’ histories, and it opens all sorts of possibilities for Soranik’s character in upcoming issues.
Likewise, Sodam Yat versus Mongul on Daxam is an engaging plot, perhaps because it’s more about Sodam Yat’s character than about trying to beat Mongul to a pulp. Tomasi has the unenviable task of making Yat live up to his prophecy of being the greatest Green Lantern, and here we’re starting to see that. He’s a fun character, and as nice as it is to read about Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner (whom, to me, this series has always seemed designed to star), I like what Tomasi’s doing with Yat and Soranik and like the focus on them.
Patrick Gleason’s pencils are in their usual form, here. I like how he draws characters with slightly rounded faces; it’s a little cartoonish in places (like the cover) but at the same time it’s hard to deny the expressiveness that comes with the style. I think Gleason’s at his best when he’s getting to flex his design skills, and fortunately that’s something that happens when you’ve got various Lanterns using their rings. For example, Sinestro’s halo-like field when fighting Soranik looks almost angelic and intricate; it simultaneously looks neat, defensive, and threatening. And of course, it appearing as Sinestro saying he wants to save Soranik? Perfect.
In general, “Green Lantern Corps” moves at a fast clip. It has to in order to tackle three different stories this issue. Even as everything hits the fan, I never feel like it’s actually rushed. Tomasi’s proving himself to have a strong understanding on how to write serialized comics, and he’s rapidly becoming a name to watch out for. Good stuff.