GREEN LANTERN #27 (DC / JOHNS / McKONE/ LANNING) The build-up to FINAL CRISIS continues in Part 2 of “The Alpha Lanterns”! In the aftermath of the Sinestro Corps War, a select few have been chosen to undergo a transformation that will leave them forever altered and forever committed to the Green Lantern Corps. But what other laws are the Guardians unleashing, and why do Hal Jordan and John Stewart want to stop them? Plus, a visit to Oa’s Death Row!
I’m not sure how this builds up to FINAL CRISIS, but I can only imagine that is has something to do with the Guardians making more bad choices. Johns does yet another excellent job as he writes the follow-up to last months jaw dropping event when “Lost Lantern” Laira executes Sinestro Corps member Amon Sur*. Laira is arrested for murder and taken to a holding cell where a grinning Sinestro sees how his war has affected his enemies. Laira is imprisoned awaiting trail, which takes place next issue. Next we see the Guardians create the new power battery of their new Green Lantern ranks…The Alpha Lanterns. We did see the physical appearance of the Alphas in the last issue of The Green Lantern Corps, but we never got their job description. From what I gather if the GL Corps is considered a police force, the Alpha Lanterns are internal affairs. They’re going to be the select group of GLs that make sure all the other cops aren’t dirty. Now who better for that job then John Stewart? Thing is, he doesn’t want the job, and I can see that coming back to bite him in the hindquarters. And did I forget to mention that the Alpha Lanterns are a mix of Green Lantern and Manhunter technology. Yea, this is going to turn out well (insert sarcasm here!).
The writing and art are still some of the best in the industry. In my opinion, Green Lantern is one of the best monthly comics out there.
*Side Note: I did find it interesting when Amon Sur’s ring found it’s new bearer, the Arkham Asylum inmate Jonathan Crane a.k.a. Scarecrow. But that was a two page nugget, Hal Jordan and John Stewart were there to intercept.