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Review: War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath #2 (of 2)

Posted By: Wonder Worlock
Wed, 08/10/2011 - 23:51

The culmination of the War of the Green Lanterns in Aftermath #2 is a complex story and a moving one. Even with the excitement of September, it is my sincere hope that what we lived through this issue as Green Lantern fans will not be lost as continuity is rebooted and swiveled yet again. That, my dear readers, would be a crime even greater than the killing of Mogo.

From the resolution – at least for now – of the Kyle/Sora romance to Ganthet’s shocking decision vis-à-vis the body of Krona to the emotional goodbye to one of the most loyal Lanterns of all, Aftermath #2 writes a scenario as beautiful and meaningful (especially in light of the coming DC Relaunch) as any cosmic opus I have ever read, and they have been legion.

Oh, I know it is said the Green Lantern mythos will be but little altered and that is a good thing for long-time readers. Also with all #1s we are starting off with a fresh feeling, and that is good for the newbies hopping on after the film of June.

But the threads that are tied here and, in the end, a fate that might be forthcoming must not be lost after being recorded to perfection in this two-issue mini-series.

Kyle and his actions always touch me deeply, but his anger and concern here give those feelings new dimension. John’s stubbornness will one day subside, I am sure, but the Lantern has a mighty large burden to bear, especially on Oa.

Think of the thoughts that must have gone through the head of Sora, a dedicated healer, to force her to do what she was about to do. How much greater must be that hatred because of blood ties? This is something I am sure will be touched on by Geoff Johns as he explores Sinestro in Green Lantern. At least I hope it is.

The writing by Tony Bedard, the cosmic symphony of art by Getty, Smith & Crew, and as always the brilliant colors of Rain Beredo defined this book and brought the Green Lanterns War to a stunning conclusion, managing to touch on each of this large cast for those small personal moments we look for in such a tale.

Congratulations to all, and I will see you in September!