Comic Hit List: War of the Green Lantern Aftermath #1

Taking place right after the events of ‘Green Lanterns #67, the corps is in shambles and all the lanterns, granted a ring by Mogo to fight for Krona, are left wondering what’s next for them Sinestro now once again bears a green ring and the rest of the Guardians are freaked out that a human was able to kill one of their own (even though it was Krona who went rogue and became evil). In the center of it all, four Lanterns from Earth Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner and John Stewart are left to deal with the consequences to the choices they had made. The corps is now without a direction and is in the worse shape it has ever been in.

Writer Tony Bedard (Exiles and Legion of Superheroes) does a bang up job dealing with the reactions of characters who had to deal with the fallout of the war which forced lantern against lantern and also turn them against those they’ve sworn to protect. It’s also refreshing to finally see someone not from Earth stand up and question the Guardians for once. For far too long has the big blue heads been making questionable judgement calls and later having it blow up in their faces. Sinestro’s return to the corps also opens up a whole new can of worms, which can be taken to some pretty awesome directions, so here’s to hoping DC doesn’t screw the pooch on this one. Kudos again to Bedard for also showing us a whole new side of the often overlooked Green Lantern John Stewart, who now has to deal with the guilt of killing Mogo a fellow Lantern to save countless others.

Now onto a bit of negativity, as one of the problems with this issue would have to be the fact that since there’s so many loose ends that has to be tied up, the focus of the story seems to be all over the place. I will say that with the story pulled in so many directions, DC should have either given them each their own book or stretch the two issue miniseries longer. Both artists Miguel Sepulveda (Thunderbolts and Superman/Batman) and Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern Corps and X-Men: Phoenix Warsong), are quite talented, which confuses me that having the two work together resulted in such mediocre work. There are a few bright spots here and there, but overall it felt rushed and incomplete. Also, with DC bragging about ‘drawing the line at $2.99, why is it that so many of these titles are still showing up with a $3.99 price tag? DC, if you’re going to say that you’re going to do something, then do it. Don’t go out to eat with us and then suddenly say that you’ve forgotten your wallet at home. Stay with us here on as learn more of the ‘Aftermath of the Green Lantern War, how long Sinestro will wear the green ring and how long Hal Jordan will be without it.


Grade: B-


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