By: Geoff Johns (writer), Doug Mahnke (penciller), Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen, Mark Irwin (inkers), Gabe Eltaeb & Randy Mayor (colorists)

The Story: This makes me want to break out into a chorus of, “Feelings…woah, woah, woah…”

The Review: With all this Flashpoint business going on, War of the Green Lanterns has gotten kind of lost in the shuffle (we haven’t seen an episode for over a month).  You have to question the wisdom of DC’s editors for allowing a company-wide crossover and a major franchise crossover to compete with each other for attention, but never mind.  Since Johns is crafting both, he has the luxury of accommodating the fallout from both into the new DCU in September.

So let’s turn our attention briefly away from altered Earth to the center of the normal universe, shall we?  Last we left our Lanterns, Hal and Guy were well on their way to becoming immortal blue midgets, and Kyle and John had just blown up a planet.  Thanks to crossover shenanigans, some major developments took place without my knowledge and so we fade in to see the Corps, free of Krona’s influence and led by the Earth Lanterns, ready to rumble with the Guardians.

Not to imply that Johns’ whole theme about the value of emotion is irrelevant, but when you have several thousand Lanterns giving the beatdown to their former employers, all that touchy-feely stuff really falls by the wayside.  Blame Johns for simply being too good at delivering high-quality action; he has a knack for setting up expectations then pulling them out from under you moments later.  You’d think return of all the other Corps ringleaders (yup, that’s a pun) to the fray would seal the deal, but no—Krona just uses them to his advantage and we’re off again.

But the biggest twist of all comes smack-dab in the middle of the issue and will leave you flat on your butt in disbelief.  This one’s too good a spoiler to actually spoil, so I’ll only say that the GLC gets a new recruit that proves we probably shouldn’t dismiss the importance of having Mogo’s say in these things.  Plenty of writers have toyed with this plotline, but only Johns has the gumption (and cred) to do it and the chops to pull it off and make the aftermath work.

Less shocking is the Guardians’ rattled reactions to the war’s consequences.  Predictably enough, they’re ungrateful to the Lanterns for freeing them from entity possession and the machinations of their oldest enemy.  Krona accused them of lacking emotions, but in a way, they definitely prove him wrong this issue.  Anyone who gets that shrill can’t be said to be entirely lacking in feeling, and their misplaced anger toward Hal makes them downright temperamental.  Again, kudos to Johns; he’s not what anyone calls deep, but he sure knows his way around a cliffhanger.

I think Manhke is one of those artists who’s very aware of what his strengths are, so he knows exactly how to make the material work within his style.  He doesn’t draw anything the way you expect, but once you see it, you immediately accept that’s how it must look.  That opening splash page alone is a joy to behold.  It’s not just the impressive volume of characters he squeezes in there; it’s how he meticulously arranges them for maximum volume and depth gives each and every single one extraordinary design detail in spite of their multitude.  If that’s not loving your work, I don’t know what is.

Conclusion: Heart-thumpingly explosive and full of swerves that’ll leave your head spinning.  Not much dramatic depth to be found here, but a pretty consequential conclusion to DC’s Event that is not an Event.

Grade: B+

– Minhquan Nguyen

Some Musings: – Geez, that Ganthet—takes a licking and keeps on ticking.  I imagine he’s going to feel this Green Lantern gig isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.