The ending of the “War of the Green Lanterns” arc was as monumental and stunning as promised, dropping not only bombshell after bombshell but wrapping up many threads while leaving us with a ton of questions – as the ending of all good cosmic sagas (“Sinestro Corps,” the first “Thanos War”) should.
Geoff Johns knows how to take a reader, wrap them in the familiar and then let it go like a spinning top. Nothing feels safe and there is an urgency in each page as a dynamic space opera moves forward toward a satisfactory (if by some unexpected) conclusion -- a conclusion that will call for some ”˜splainin’ and also sets us up good for the DC Relaunch.
On a whole, “War of the Green Lanterns” has been one of the most pleasurable cosmic crossovers I have ever read. Keeping it limited to the Green Lantern titles helped tremendously. Using concepts as old as the mythos itself, writer Johns brings Hal Jordan’s life in Green Lantern #67 to a logical point at conclusion (albeit with a stunning choice in ally) and then pulls the rug out from under us.
Even with a cadre of inkers, the brilliant pencil work of Doug Mahnke shines through, and the pages flow seamlessly to the climax and the hushed period of judgment beyond. The coloring of the book by Randy Mayor and Gave Eltaeb was exquisite. No mute tones here, but bright colors of the highest magnitude. More than any other book, in GL color is everything! Well done, all.
As a reader and reviewer, I was shocked and pleased by #67 all at the same time. I could not be more excited about September, and even next week.
See you in Aftermath!