What with all the excitement of the bombshells in Green Lantern #67 and the anticipation of the DC Relaunch, it is a shame many may miss a sweet and intelligent issue of Green Lantern Corps #61 that came out Wednesday.
While the shock of a new Lantern for Sector 2814 is keeping many a gum flapping, it must also be remembered that Lantern John Stewart murdered one of the most beloved Lanterns in the series’ mythos, Mogo.
How the Earth man will handle that guilt (which I hope remains a part of his character development after September) and puts some peace to it is the subject of this great yarn, reflected through the eyes of another Lantern who has killed and feels she does not belong.
The story of rogue Lantern Qurina Vint, chosen by a ring gone wrong during the War of the Green Lanterns, is an uplifting tale, one that might be occurring elsewhere on Oa as far as we know.
Writer Tony Bedard does a great job in juxtaposing the lives of John and Qurina: John gives a little of himself to her as she learns the power of the rings during a baptism of fire, while she reminds him that his life cannot be measured on one deed along, no matter how monumental. Bedard knows Stewart’s voice well.
It is a self-contained story, but one that reflects the humanity of two cosmic cops.
Daniel and Keith Champagne turn in a great art job with this fill-in. The task of rendering dozens of Lanterns on Oa assembled is never an easy one, and they handle this to perfection. The flights through space by John and Qurina also have a kind of cosmic breeziness I enjoyed.
After you’ve thumbed through GL #67 for the umpteenth time, give GL Corps #61 a try. You’ll be glad you did.