After ‘Green Lantern Corps’ #11 ended in an all out war between the Green Lantern Corps and the Alpha Lanterns (with a giant Manhunter abomination tossed into the mix), this issue doesn’t give you time to breathe as it opens right in the middle of said battle.
With all factions of the battle slinging green for the first three-quarters of this book, it seems like the pages (and cover) almost glow with the green light of the Lantern’s rings. The Manhunter monster is set on destroying the Alpha Lanterns, one of the Alphas is having second thoughts about the death verdict that they issued against John Stewart, and the core members of the Corps are fighting for their very lives.
The artwork from Fernando Pasarin is a beautiful thing to behold. In a title like this, the make or break moments of the book’s art lie in the epic scenes where there are sometimes hundreds of characters on a given page. Pasarin manages to pull off all of the scenes in this issue with apparent ease. The aforementioned green coloring from Gabe Eltaeb only enhances Pasarin’s wonderful pencil-work.
Add to the art, a wonderful conclusion to this chapter from writer Peter Tomasi and you’ve got a slam-bang of an issue! The dark story that’s developing in this title in which the Guardians of the Universe are planning on eliminating the Green Lanterns (who they now view as yet another mistake in their long history) has more emotional weight for me that the Blackest Night stuff that happened at the end of the pre-New 52 Universe.
By the time the action in this issue finally dies down, Lanterns are dead, Alpha Lanterns are dead… and it looks like their deaths were only the beginning.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and Cover by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna