Blackest Night is over and the Green Lantern Corps are in the process of rebuilding. Oa has pretty much been decimated and even the central power battery is in need of a jump-start. Old soldiers share embraces and tears remembering hard fought victories on the battlefront and fellow warriors laid to rest. A tree grows on Mogo, each leaf depicting a fallen Corpsman, in memory of their sacrifice. Furthermore, the moratorium on the redistribution of power rings is lifted and thousands of rings venture forth throughout the universe to find those with the integrity and strength of will to bear the green light.
But it isn’t all peaches n’ cream. Kilowog is looking to step down from his position as drill instructor and get back into the field. Lanterns Arisia, Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner have seen their requests for an audience with the Guardians ignored for too long and the result isn’t exactly a peaceful sit-down with the lil’ blue guys. Demands are made and harsh words are exchanged, but the dedication of the Lanterns to their cause is never in question.
Those of you who were unimpressed with the fact that Blackest Night just rolled right into Brightest Day without a solid conclusion should pick this issue up, as it gives the War of Light some nice closure. It also brings home the point that it wasn’t just a big superhero event where everything wraps up nicely and and everybody goes home happy; it was a war and Peter Tomasi treats Green Lantern Corps as though it is a war title, albeit one with magical rings. It’s a nice way to set the book apart from other superhero team books and really give it its own identity.
I love the camaraderie between the Lanterns, Guy and Kyle especially, and there’s also a real sense of hope to this issue. Sure, there’s been a lot of losses, but what has been destroyed can always be rebuilt. It’s a theme that ran throughout Blackest Night and it’s nice to see this issue end on such a positive note. Amid the ruins of the planet Oa, Kyle and Guy share a beer and look forward to brighter days and greener pastures.
I’ve noticed advertisements for the next issue of GLC, featuring a new creative team. I’m not sure if this is Peter Tomasi’s last issue or if he’s just taking a break, but if this is his finale, it’s a good one. He wraps up loose ends nicely and drops a few new plot threads that are sure to be exciting in the months to come. We’ve got old friends renewing their bonds of friendship and new conflicts waiting in the wings. And as I said earlier, I appreciated the fact that he gave us a an actual wrap-up to Blackest Night. Hopefully when the series is collected, this issue will be included as the epilogue. I’m giving it a B+.