By Koppy McFad
March 28, 2010 - 00:13
Green Lanterns Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner lead a coalition of multi-hued ring-wielders to Earth in a final effort to destroy the Black Lanterns once and for all. But on the way there, they find their path blocked by their girlfriends-- turned-undead Lanterns. Ice tries to talk Guy into giving in while Kyle's murdered girlfriend forces him to experience her brutal killing firsthand.
This issue helps contribute to the scope of the wider "Blackest Night" storyline while remaining interesting in its own right. All the main Lanterns get a chance to show off their capabilities or expand on their characters, even if it is only in one or two panels.
The encounters with the Black Lantern girlfriends are a bit underwhelming. Guy is never really tempted by Ice, who has none of the charm that made her attractive in the first place. Kyle has a harder time, getting to personally endure what his girlfriend suffered because of him. But this horror sequence isn't enough to slow him down. (It really isn't that horrifying compared to what readers had in their imaginations when the girl in question was first "fridged") In the end, even an entire undead planet is easily taken out by this coalition of rainbow Lanterns who work together with surprising ease despite the deep differences between them.
The art is exciting and keeps the action moving. It is also more comprehensible. Gleason seems to have reined in some of his more extravagant tendencies so it becomes easier to tell who is doing what.
Perhaps it is because this is just a sideshow to the main "Blackest Night" story that this whole issue seems rather unimportant. Despite the cast of millions and the massive amounts of violence, it does not appear that the events in this issue will really affect the outcome of the war against death. Maybe it is because this is a mere sidestory that they cannot devote as much time as they wanted to each of the threats. But the characters and the action sequences make the story worth reading.
Small quibbles: making Guy a Star Trekkie seems to be out of character. It feels like the writer is speaking for himself rather than a hardcore jock like Guy. Also, no mention of Guy's other dead girlfriend, Kari Limbo?
Rating: 7.5 /10