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Green Lantern Corps #16

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2007
By: Kevin Powers



“The Sinestro Corps War” (part 7)

Writer: Dave Gibbons
Artist(s): Patrick Gleason, Prentiss Rollins (i), Guy Major (c)

Published by: DC Comics


The “Sinestro Corps War” rages on in the pages of Green Lantern Corps #16 this week, as Dave Gibbons brings readers back to the frontlines. The primary focus of Green Lantern Corps during the “Sinestro Corps War” has been on the battle between yellow and green, fear vs. willpower. The primary battlefield: The space and surfaces of the planetary Green Lantern Mogo and planetary Sinestro Ranx. Dave Gibbons has also taken the opportunity to focus in on a specific group of Green Lanterns, much like Geoff Johns has done with the “lost Lanterns” in the main Green Lantern title. However, there’s more at work than meets the eye as new developments unfold and very important things are uncovered in this issue.

This is, no doubt, the best installment of Green Lantern Corps, not only during the “Sinestro Corps War,” but possibly of the entire series. Almost everything that has been explored and built–up since this title’s re-launch comes to a head by the climax of this issue. This story also opens up many new questions that are all both intriguing and mind-boggling.

The first thing that makes this issue memorable is the classic portrayal of good vs. evil. Everyone knows that the Sinestros are the bad guys and the Green Lanterns are the good guys, but the way that this classic idea is portrayed in this issue is really noteworthy. Perhaps it is the color differential; yellow being fear, green being willpower, or maybe it’s just the general sense that this saga is exactly what the superhero genre needs to be. It’s basic, pure and simple. Sure, when it’s all broken down into separate parts each character has their own motivations, but this is purely good versus evil. The way the Sinestro Corps attacks relentlessly at full force, using brawn and the sheer ability to instill fear, and the way that the Green Lantern Corps strategize and try to figure out tactical solutions to the onslaught, all the while maintaining the willpower to continue the fight; this absolutely beautiful storytelling. Another positive quality of this issue is the way that it follows perfectly with Green Lantern #23. With the end of this issue the scope of the war is fully realized as both this and Green Lantern #23 practically go hand in hand to each respective battlefront.

One thing that has been built upon for a long time in this series is the purpose and true importance of Mogo. Since the “Recharge” of the Green Lantern Corps, their importance has increased exponentially and at the center of it all is the planetary Green Lantern. Mogo is where Superman and Superman-2 finally defeated Superboy-Prime during Infinite Crisis, and Mogo is where the Green Lanterns go for therapeutic and spiritual purposes. However, the explanation for Mogo’s purpose and importance provided in this issue transcends the “Sinestro Corps War” even further on the scale of greatness. The re-read value of this saga increases simply by knowing exactly how important Mogo is to the entirety of the war. I’m happy Johns and Gibbons did not touch on the matter any earlier as the suspense they built was fantastic, and when this issue ends, you realize what exactly was at stake and how serious it could have been had Mogo fallen. Mogo’s true importance and purpose also opens the doors for future stories and ideas as it is realized that no matter what, Mogo cannot fall. While Oa serves as the source of the Green Lantern’s power, Mogo most definitely serves as the consciousness and guiding light behind the central battery.

Also further developed is the story behind the mysterious Green Lantern Sodom Yat. Yat’s importance has not yet been revealed, although it would seem that he will be taking the mantle of Ion once all is said and done. However, there is much more to Sodom Yat than you may think. After reading a feature in the most recent Wizard, I did some digging into my comic boxes and came across Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 by Alan Moore. Indeed, Abin Sur comes across prophecies of a future Green Lantern named Sodom Yat that possesses the same powers as Superman and is unstoppable with a power ring. Sodom Yat is a Daxamite, and in Green Lantern Corps #13 he even references the Kryptonian Red Sun and religion. However, in Green Lantern Corps Annual #2, a demon tells Abin Sur that Sodom Yat will be defeated during the final destruction of the Green Lantern Corps. That annual ties in directly with this issue as Sodom Yat is most definitely powerful and seems to know when he will die.

While the prophecy and story is still unfolding there are two important things to note about Sodom Yat. First, Arisia acknowledges that there is something special and unique about Sodom Yat but that he is “no Hal Jordan.” Second, when the Guardians enable lethal force, something comes over Yat that may have certain implications in the future. Arisia compares Yat to Hal Jordan because no matter what prophecies the Guardians or Sodom Yat believe in, Hal Jordan is always the “chosen one” because he’s brash and impulsive. Yat is much more methodical. When lethal force is enabled, Patrick Gleason draws Sodom Yat’s face in a way that raises a great deal of questions. The look of sinister glee on Yat’s face is very noticeable as is his grin. Perhaps I am thinking too much into it, but Sodom Yat’s grin is very similar to that of Parallax.

Either way, Yat’s power is great and the sequence where the Green Lanterns defeat Ranx is absolutely stunning. The sequence is beautifully drawn and colored and is delivered perfectly. However, the appearance by Hal Jordan at the end of the issue, which directly relates to Green Lantern #23, only adds to the suspense and the drama that is the “Sinestro Corps War.” This saga is simply fantastic on all fronts, whether it is being told in Green Lantern or Green Lantern Corps.

Patrick Gleason’s artwork is phenomenal for this title. While Ivan Reis delivers quite a bang in Green Lantern, Gleason’s work definitely stands out. His style is unique and consistent, and he captures the intensity and violence of the war perfectly. Not to mention Guy Major’s colors. The way that the green and the yellow have stood out throughout the war has been phenomenal. Major’s coloring duties only add to the overall quality of this issue.

Overall, this is hands down the best issue of Green Lantern Corps to date, and the best Green Lantern Corps installment of “The Sinestro Corps War.” So many questions are answered and even more are raised as the fight steamrolls towards Earth. As a Green Lantern fan I couldn’t be happier, as a comic fan, this is what “big events” are made of. This is my Pick of the Week.





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