Release Date: May 25, 2011
Cover Date: July 2011
Story: Peter Tomasi
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inks: Cam Smith, Keith Champagne, Andy Owens, Sean Parsons, Jack Purcell, and Jay Leisten
Cover: Miguel Sepulveda
1:10 Variant Cover: Clayton Crain
The destruction of Mogo causes a psychic feedback wave that temporarily incapacitates Krona, the possessed Guardians, and the corrupted Green Lantern Corps, enabling Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner to break free. Meanwhile, Kyle Rayner and John Stewart argue amongst the ruins of Mogo about whether the planet’s destruction was warranted. They teleport back to Oa to help Hal and Guy, who have rescued Ganthet and retrieved the Book of the Black. The group mounts their assault on the Central Power Battery, with Hal and Guy also wielding the orange and violet rings, respectively. The Corps wakes up to attack them, and it’s up to Guy to finish the job. He manages to break Parallax out of the Battery, freeing the Corps from Krona’s control. The four Earth Lanterns ditch the extra colors and stick with the green, and the Corps braces for the final battle with Krona.
This issue was good, with the high points being Kyle rightfully chewing out John for his lack of compassion, and Guy channeling the red and violet rings to crack open the Central Power Battery. Aside from admitting what he loved and hated the most, Guy showed some selfishness by declaring that no one could ever take the Corps away from him. Maybe he should’ve worn the orange ring? (More on that later.)
Fernando Pasarin’s artwork is consistent and solid, and he’s proving to be quite adept at illustrating large groups. I spent a lot of time poring over his wide shots of the Corps, spotting familiar faces like Vath Sarn, Amanita, and Soranik Natu. On that note, you may have noticed that the last page has Chaselon among the Corps. This is an error, as not only was Chaselon turned into an Alpha Lantern in Green Lantern (Vol. 4) #26, he was also killed by Black Lanterns in Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) #42. Oops!
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #10 did seem a bit rushed, however, especially towards the end. Some rather important plots were glossed over, ignored, or just plain didn’t make sense.
First of all, why is the Central Power Battery so damned hard to access all of a sudden? Plenty of past Green Lantern comics have featured characters simply walking or flying into the damned thing. There’s no evidence that Krona put any kind of shield or other protection around it, either, so why would our heroes try to drill through the shell instead of just going after Parallax through the Battery’s lens, where the entity is plainly visible?
I get that Guy was wielding the two “extremes” of the emotional spectrum, and his actions were reflective of this. However, Hal didn’t show any change whatsoever when wearing the orange ring, even though he specifically warned the other Earth Lanterns that none of them — himself included! — should try to use it because it would overwhelm them. Furthermore, Hal’s use of the orange ring was pointless; Guy ended up doing all of the work to remove Parallax.
Finally, I think the rescue of the Corps just happened too damned fast. It literally happened within a page or two. I don’t think was a last minute editorial decision to wrap the storyline up, as the “War of the Green Lanterns” releases have been very carefully planned to dovetail with many other event storylines going on across the DC Universe, but it still feels off.
“War of the Green Lanterns” is set to “conclude” in Green Lantern (Vol. 4) #67 at the end of June. Why the quotes? Because the story won’t truly end there. There’s the aftermath in subsequent issues of Green Lantern Corps (Vol. 2) and Emerald Warriors, as well as the eponymous War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath miniseries. (And, of course, it will lead directly into the next Green Lantern event, whatever the hell that is.) I’ve got a feeling that very few of the important questions will be answered, but I’ll save that for my inevitable “War of the Green Lanterns” wrapup post sometime in July or August.