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Byron Brewer

Review: Green Lantern Corps #62


“Love is a burning thing / And it makes a fiery ring / Bound by wild desire / I fell into a ring of fire …” – Johnny Cash


The elevator-like relationship between Lanterns Kyle Rayner and Soranik Natu comes into clear focus in Green Lantern Corps #62 in an adventure taking place, interestingly enough, after War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath #2. And it is a personal story indeed, but really NOT of either Kyle nor Sora.

No, the real cause of concern here is a crazed Star Sapphire named Miri, who fancies herself this duo’s Dolly Levi. Although the couple’ trysting has been down considerably of late – and especially since Krona took possession of the majority of the Lanterns and turned them into his WMDs – Miri sees that the loss of an “eternal love” is worse than the cosmic destruction of a “poor, defenseless world” somewhere in Sector 1852.

As pretty as they may appear, this instance gives any reader pause to think about the mental makeup of those wearing violet rings whose purpose is to spread love throughout all 3600 sectors of the universe.  And how!

Of course, Kyle’s real secret from Sora --- and himself, really -- is that his true love was and is his late gal pal, Jennie-Lynn Hayden AKA Jade. And Miri the Matchmaker’s quest to aright an “eternal love … more precious than life itself” is one tremendous boo-boo!

Writer Tony Bedard again shows the art of the self-contained story and that he knows the voices of most of the Lanterns well. It was nice to see the really unwanted (by Miri) Tomar-Tu in this issue since I was a big fan of his predecessor, Tomar-Re.

The art job by Daniel HDR, Keith Champagne and Nei Ruffino flows smoothly throughout, capturing the largely cosmic moments (such as Miri’s attacks) and intimately personal moments (like those between star-crossed lovers Kyle and Sora). Great work.

While we are all excited about September, the Green Lantern family of books is also making sure our summer is as festive as fall promises!