DC did it again this week: released two chapters of the "War of the Green Lanterns" story. The big problem this time out, however, is they dropped a major spoiler for part four on the cover of part five. If you didn't catch that spoiler with the cover image when you clicked on this review, well, then good for you. Read on. If you're allergic to spoilers, please click the back button and read another review. Might I recommend the "Super Dinosaur" review?
Now that the spoiler sensitive are gone, let's rap a while.
Tony Bedard is given the hot potato in this issue. He has the task of taking the Rainbow Warrior Lanterns out for their first assignment following their ring selection in issue #65 of "Green Lantern." That first assignment is a doozy, though. They have to save Ganthet from the entire Green Lantern Corps - now possessed by Krona through the restored Parallax impurity - if they can stop bickering.
The Rainbow Brite Crew is composed of Hal Jordan now sporting the yellow ring of the Sinestro Corps, John Stewart flashing the indigo ring and trying to muster some compassion, Kyle Rayner holding onto the blue ring of hope and Guy Gardner reunited with the red ring of rage. The big debut of the Crayola Cavalry with their new rings just seems like a hard-sell marketing ploy rather than an intriguing plot development. The quartet is dynamically staged upon the two-page spread and their new powers are cleanly identified just in case this is your first exposure to the War of Light that has been raging (or is it dribbling?) through the Green Lantern books for the past five years. That'll be a great image to run with the inevitable action figures. For now, it's heavy-handed and presents the first major bump in this "War" storyline.
I can buy the impurity being restored and allowing Krona to essentially reprogram the rings, but for the characters - THE Green Lanterns - to pony up to other colored rings, especially rings that have either (a) threatened the sanity and/or safety of these heroes, or (b) proven useless in battle alone (yes, blue ring of Hope, I'm looking at you) leaves the characters with little to do save stand around and argue. After all, Guy Gardner nearly died being separated from the Red Ring the last time. Now, however, these characters have to find Ganthet and save the Corps, which outnumbers them by hundreds, if not thousands. That, of course, doesn't even factor in the power of the rings that the Green Lanterns still wield.
So yes, the odds are quite stacked against our heroes at the end of this issue. And no, that doesn't spoil this story one bit.
Batt handles the inking chores throughout this issue and it looks good on Tyler Kirkham's pencils. The art seems more cohesive throughout the entirety of the book tan recent issues. Kirkham's characters get a little shifty here and there, but essentially they remain true throughout the story, giving Kirkham the ability to fill out the issue with scads of detail and throngs of other Lanterns. The "War of the Green Lanterns" looks big in this book, and it should.
The war has boiled away five chapters so far. The sides are declared and the battles are being fought. At this point, it looks like a sure win for the Green Lanterns, but DC wouldn't dare disparage the legends of the four Green Lanterns from Earth, would they? Despite the heavy-handedness of the story as it sits at the close of its fifth installment, I'm keen to find out.