At the conclusion to ‘Green Lantern Corps’ #9, the Guardians allowed the Alpha Lanterns to pronounce sentence on John Stewart, who was accused to murdering fellow Lantern Kirrt. John’s friends vouched for his character and his reasoning behind killing Kirrt but in the end, it wasn’t enough as the Alphas proclaimed John as guilty and sentenced him to death!

John’s friends want him to speak up in his own defense to which John replies, “I’m done wasting my breath.” John is locked away in the sciencells to await the announcement of his manner of execution. The first two-thirds of this issue is filled with a lot of banter over who agrees or disagrees with the Alpha Lantern’s decision. The Guardians refuse to execute a Lantern and declare that another Lantern may not participate in the execution either. Thus the duty of execution falls to the Alpha Lanterns since it was they that chose the sentence.

Meanwhile, Guy drops by the sciencell to bring John his last meal and to attempt one last time to convince John to do something besides sit idly by and allow the Alphas to plot his death.

When the final seven pages finally arrive, the discussion and debate over John’s fate gets explosive… literally. I won’t say who sides with who or how it plays out but punches will be thrown between friends, lots of green ring energy will be flung and the titular ‘Alpha War’ will begin in earnest.

Peter J. Tomasi delivered a lot of tense dialogue in the first part of this issue, so much so that I honestly wouldn’t have been disappointed if it were drawn out a little longer. But the action has arrived and I can’t wait to see where this goes… especially with the underlying plot from the Guardians to replace the Green Lanterns altogether!

Verdict: Buy

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin & Scott Hanna
Cover by Fernando Pasarin & Scott Hanna