By Koppy McFad
March 18, 2009 - 04:55
The battle for control of the Sinestro Corps ends as unrest festers in Oa, the headquarters of the Green Lantern Corps.
As the "Blackest Night" approaches, the various members of the Green Lantern Corps. seem occupied with minor matters, not recognising the scope of the threat that will soon be upon them. Sodam Yat is asked to save his homeworld of Daxam but is too angry with his home to go through with it. Kyle Rayner and Soranik Natu continue their forbidden romance and the various villains in the Oa dungeons seem on the verge of a riot.
This is a very involved series, what with the huge cast and the rival Corps. that have recently sprung up everywhere. This makes it difficult for all but the most devoted fan to keep track of events. Additionally, so much time and space is devoted to moving the various plots and subplots forward. The only real action in this issue is Mongul's fight with Arkillo.
Some parts of the story seem forced: Sodam Yat's angry rant at his home planet feels fake and makes him come off as a selfish jerk-- not to mention the fact that he is failing to perform his duty as a Green Lantern by not helping Daxam. The romance between Kyle and Soranik also feels artificial. It is like they fell in love just to defy the Guardians' new rule against Green Lanterns getting into relationships with each other.
The art is powerful but also often turns confusing. Using inventive camera angles may be good for scenes but not when you are showing two alien monsters wrestling with one another. With such a huge cast of characters and a diversity of settings, the art team should exert more effort to make their work easily comprehensible. The cover for one, is barely understandable.
Rating: 5 /10