Green Lantern Corps #41 ( DC – Tomasi / Gleason / Buchman )
The intense and horrific battle between the Green Lantern Corps and the Black Lanterns on Oa takes a turn for the worse! The Corps realizes that the abominable, ultimate goal of the Black Lanterns is not only to feed off the Corps’ emotions, but to consume and decimate the main power battery and destroy Oa forever!
What’s that old saying? The only guarantee in life is death, taxes, and that every major comic book cross over event has to have some throw away issues.
The team on Green Lantern Corps is very capable and on a regular basis give us a look at the GLC that is just a different take on the Corps. In Green Lantern, we follow one or two GLs as they dispense galactic justice to evildoers. Reading Green Lantern Corps is like awesome episodes of Hill Street Blues or Band of Brothers. But every once in awhile even the best stumble.
This issue never really drove the story forward. We see Black Lanterns rise, fall, and rise again all with the intention of tormenting the GLs into feeling a mix of emotions so they can tear their hearts out. Which if you’ve been following Blackest Night at all, this is something you have seen over and over again.
The issue takes place on Oa and as the battle rages on we cut to scenes of Corps member after Corps member fighting off one or more Black Lanterns. The aggressors spew their sermons of hate and attempt to gash open old wounds in the hopes they can tear out the hearts of their opponents. This plays out as we go through Guy Gardener, Kyle Rayner, Kilawog, and a few more. Just and endless cycle of GLs fighting BLs and not doing well.
The only real story development happens in the very end when the large male Indigo Lantern shows up. Again, if you’ve been following Blackest Night you know that the power of the Indigo Lantern coupled with the power of a Green Lantern will destroy a Black Lantern. Still nothing new. It really seems like the only reason this issue was printed was to get the Indigo Lantern to Oa on the last two pages and that is not worth my hard earned cash.
As for the dialog and art, they are up to par. My issues are really not with the writing or the art, but with the story direction.