Release Date: March 21, 2012
Cover Date: May 2012
Story: Peter Tomasi
Pencils: Claude St. Aubin
Inks: Scott Hanna
Cover: Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
During Kirrt’s funeral, John Stewart ruminates over the fact that he murdered his fellow Green Lantern to save Oa. He left it out of his official report, and only one other Lantern knows the truth, but it’s still eating at John. He delivers the dead Lantern to his family himself, but still can’t bring himself to tell them what really happened. Kirrt’s parents understand their son’s sacrifice, but his slow-witted younger brother isn’t taking things so well. Eventually, John is able to convince him of the hero Kirrt truly was, but it still doesn’t make things any better for his guilt.
Not a bad issue; the focus on John’s actions was a nice touch, and I’m glad to see it wasn’t yet another plot point just casually tossed away. The redneck alien family was a bit forgettable, but the important thing was that John’s still torn by murdering another Corpsman. Sure, his actions likely saved the entire Green Lantern Corps, but it’s humanizing to see that John still feels like he did something wrong. I hope this continues for quite some time; we don’t necessarily need to see John second-guessing himself constantly, but his guilt should help shape him into an even better hero.
The guest art in this issue was provided by Claude St. Aubin, and I’m big fan of his work. He was the regular artist during the recent R.E.B.E.L.S. series, and his style fits a group of science fiction heroes to a tee. No offense meant to Fernando Pasarin, but I’d love to see St. Aubin do a lot more work on Green Lantern Corps!
My only complaint with this issue was Guy Gardner’s debriefing. The Guardians were not pleased with Guy’s use of the Sinestro Corps members as bombs, and that’s fine; that kind of calling-out-on-the-carpet makes sense. What annoyed me was Guy using the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as precedent. Need I remind you that the two Sinestro Corpsmen were literally named Fat Man and Little Boy?
For the last time, we fucking get it. I’m really getting tired of comic book writers treating their audience like a bunch of brain-dead morons. We can understand real-world references just fine without having them repeatedly jammed in our faces and explained to us. This kind of nonsense is nothing short of insulting.