Release Date: March 30, 2011
Cover Date: May 2011
Story: Peter Tomasi
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inks: Cam Smith
Cover: Felipe Massafera
1:10 Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham and Matt “Batt” Banning
As Guy Gardner, Kilowog, and Arisia take off in search of Sodam Yat, Parallax’s insertion into the Central Power Battery hits them hard. Arisia is completely controlled, and a swarm of Green Lanterns from other sectors try to capture the resistant Guy and Kilowog. It’s a losing battle, but Kilowog lets himself to be taken to ensure Guy’s escape. Guy manages to get in touch with Hal Jordan, and they meet at the secret Green House. Like other Lanterns before them, however, the two soon begin to brawl over how to proceed. They realize that they’re being played like marionettes, and ditch their rings to plan their next move with clear heads.
“War of the Green Lanterns” has certainly delivered on its promise to feature our favorite Earth ring-slingers beating the shit out of each other. This issue in particular was reminiscent of the classic Guy versus Hal fights from the past, and Fernando Pasarin brilliantly illustrated it with cleverly designed constructs and framing. And let’s not forget the excellent double splash page featuring the possessed Corps! Lots of fan favorite Lanterns were in there, like Torquemada, Amanita, and Rot Lop Fan. (Yes, I know he’s technically not a Lantern. Wiseass.) My favorite scene? Hockey player Guy pummelling Hal with pucks. Hilarious and effective.
The dialogue between Hal and Guy seemed forced at times, but overall it was believable. (If you want, just chalk the forced stuff up to Krona and Parallax.) These have certainly had their differences in the past, and the corruption of the Green Lanterns’ power source didn’t help keep them buried. I especially enjoyed how each of them was working with Atrocitus for completely different reasons, but immediately condemned what the other was doing. As if either of these two could take the high-and-mighty approach!
Now to comment on a seemingly forgotten story thread that causes myself and many fans to laugh: why is Hal still wearing his flight jacket? More to the point, when was the last time that asshole actually flew a damned jet, or even bothered to report for duty? If he ever sets foot on United States soil again, the Air Force is going to clap him in irons. Hal may be a great Green Lantern, but he’s a very poor soldier.
All things considered, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #8 was fantastic, and likely the strongest issue of the “War of the Green Lanterns” storyline thus far. We won’t get another installment for a few weeks, when Green Lantern (Vol. 4) #65 hits the stands; fortunately, this issue ended in such a way that a brief break makes sense from an in-universe standpoint. Either way, you’ll just have to be patient!