Release Date: April 9, 2014
Cover Date: June 2014
Story: Van Jensen
Pencils: Scott Kolins and Chris Batista
Inks: Scott Kolins, LeBeau Underwood, and Marc Deering
Cover: Bernard Chang
Mad Variant Cover: Ward Sutton
Von Daggle gives John Stewart and the Corps a history lesson on Durlans, while Mogo uses his own powers to flush out the spies. They’re all captured save for one, but Daggle advises that interrogation is useless; the Durlans will die before they give up any information. He also tells John exactly why the Durlans hate the Corps so much; hundreds of years ago, the Corps tried to contain them on Durla itself, leading to a massive war which destroyed the planet’s surface and killed off nearly the entire population, leaving the Ancients to experiment and clone themselves a new race of Durlans and begin their plans of revenge. Meanwhile, back on present-day Durla, the Ancients suit up to make war upon the Corps.
Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 3) #30 introduces some massive retcons to the Durlan race, in that their default form is the tentacle-faced one we’ve seen since this story arc began. The usual humanoids with yellow-orange skin and antennae that we were used to over the past few decades of stories is merely the form of the first race they wiped out and replaced. At the same time, it establishes the Durlan majority as a malevolent, conquering race. I’m not sure how I feel about this, as I generally do not like big changes to many past events like that…but of course, maybe it’s not a retcon. Y’know, “New 52″ and all that. At least now the Durlans’ anger towards the Corps makes sense. However, this issue states that the Green Lantern Corps is only a few centuries old, rather than existing for millions (or billions) of years. I’m assuming that was just an error, and not a retcon.
It’s always great to see Chris Batista illustrating Green Lantern again. While he handled the present day stuff, Larfleeze artist Scott Kolins drew the flashback sequences, and the two artists’ very different styles made the issue fun to read. Batista’s bold linework on Mogo looked great, whether it was Durlans skulking through the forest or John and his heroic Lantern force moving in to arrest them. Kolins’ fluid action style really suited the scenes of the Durlans’ brutal past. More importantly, the art from both illustrators followed and supported the story to a tee.
The “Uprising” crossover officially starts next month with Green Lantern (Vol. 5) #31, and will drag through that book and Corps. Let’s hope it gets properly wrapped up at the end; like I’ve said many times before, the story’s been decent, but it’s gone on for far too long. I’m getting bored.