Please be warned that there are spoilers in this review with specific regards to the "War of the Green Lanterns" installments that have occurred in both "Green Lantern" #66 and "Green Lantern Corps" #60, both of which were also released on May 25. If you do not want any of the events in those issues to be spoiled, click away.
The ninth and penultimate chapter of the "War of the Green Lanterns" really doesn't seem that far off from where I last left this story - with the fifth installment. I decided to take a break from the Green Lantern titles as I was feeling burnt out by the Crayola Cavalry. The story simply wasn't moving me at the time.
This issue didn't really change much of that at all. Sure, I'm comparing "Green Lantern Corps" to "Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors," but given that the same story threads through both books, the title is virtually irrelevant.
On the upside of this book, Tomasi still writes one of the best interpretations of Guy Gardner, but the other characters were reduced to multi-colored candy shells of the characters they are and should be. The story feels less like a memorable tale of some of the universe's greatest warriors and more like a cross-platform marketing ploy. The plot is thin enough for one title to stretch out over three months, but with the combined weight of nine issues so far - $26.91! - the combined story is more than just a little limp. Honestly, anyone looking to save a few bucks could just nab this issue, get the gist of the throwdown to this point, and move forward to the final chapter coming next month.
With the demise of one of the core members of the Corps spilling into this issue, the fallout - literally and figuratively - is enough to shift the tide of the battle that has been marking time for a number of installments. Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, and Hal Jordan finally figure out a way to counter the effects of Krona's replacing Parallax into the Central Power Battery, and in doing so, enable the Corps to stand in battle.
The Green Lantern Inking Corps employed in this issue never lets Fernando Passarin's work shine beyond basic figurework and panel layout. Passarin's work is usually very refined and keenly detailed, but much of that detail washes out here due to so many disparate styles, with many panels appearing to be filled with stuff rather than intricately loaded with details and refinements. Passarin's storytelling shines through, thankfully, helping this issue to move from cover to cover.
This installment of the "War" was less than impressive, but leaves the Green Lantern corner of the DC Universe with some big moments coming up - decisions to be made, repercussions from decisions made, and fallout from, well, something. To this point, however, it seems as though there's only one major casualty and not a great deal of other changes that cannot be undone or forgotten.