The idea of the Green Lantern Corps is one of the genuinely genius concepts in the DC or any comics universe. Superficially similar in nature to the Jedi Knights of Star Wars, the Green Lantern Corps are essentially space police, and their tales chronicle the exploits of sentient representatives from various solar systems around the galaxy, given immensely powerful rings that are powered by will. Lanterns know no fear, or are at least able to overcome it.
This edition collects issues 27-32 of the regular, currently ongoing DC comics series Green Lantern Corps (GLC), and is the second full collection featuring the work of "new" writer Peter Tomasi. It's a strong collection of exciting, interesting stories, with an epic scope that is made all the more intriguing due to the broader narrative going on in the background, namely the impending "war of light" (a prophesied conflict between representatives of the emotional spectrum, each signified by a different color, green representing courage or will) to be chronicled in the "Blackest Night" series, still to be published/released. It's not necessary to know about it, but for regular readers, it adds to the richness of the tapestry that serves as the backdrop to the stories here. Trust me, if you're into science fiction, horror, you like military style movies and are a fan of Star Wars, this is a volume you will probably enjoy very much, although I would also recommend you buy the other GLC volumes offered here on Amazon.
The basic plots of the six issues collected here have been touched on by the other review, so I'll just briefly focus instead on what works in each one. The art by guest artist Luke Ross in the first two chapters is stellar and a good contrast to the often confusing if never boring Patrick Gleason who draws the final four chapters. These two issues quickly capture the peril of corps life, and the magic inherent in the GLC concept. The threat to the corps involves their family, and is creepy to boot. The meat of the collection is the final four chapters, involving a genuinely scary and threatening villain, and I congratulate Tomasi on his originality in her/its creation. (Gleason's art makes it sometimes difficult to tell.) Kryb is a member of the Sinestro Corps, mortal enemies of the GLC and wielders of rings powered by fear. Her mission is novel; to steal and possess the children of GLC members from different worlds. Horrific to look at, Kryb is also powerful, managing to hold off several lanterns on her own. Think of a crazed terrifying alien mother creature abducting the children of others, and you will get the idea. Also in this volume, Tomasi continues to exploit one of the greatest strengths of the series, which is that characters can and do die. Green Lanterns die in the series all the time, and there's a real sense of peril; characters one gets attached to can go any minute. In fact, regular readers of the series will often take this fact for granted, and it will sometimes sneak up on you, so that when a character actually dies, there's some genuine surprise. By far the most intriguing part of the collection though, is the "diplomatic" confrontation between the Guardians and the Zamarons, ancient relatives who separated from them eons before. The Guardians are threatened by increasingly obvious displays of power by the Zamarons, which rivals that of the Guardians, and undertake a tension filled visit to their home planet. The Zamorons believe that love alone can save the universe, while the Guardians believe all emotion is dangerous. Will and logic alone drives them, and the difference in philosophies sets up a key conflict likely to be explored in the upcoming `war of light.'
Tomasi is continuing the strong tradition of storytelling begun by Dave Gibbons when the series launched, and this volume is an improvement on his previously uneven writing. The six issues collected here form a very strong, very compelling narrative. Patrick Gleason does his usual to do justice to the story drawing the final four chapters. His work is solid, and even spectacular in some places. It is also busy and difficult to follow in parts. He has however been a stalwart regular of the series, but I am beginning to feel that he's reached the pinnacle of his growth here, and that it is time for him to move on to new challenges. If so, Luke Ross would be an excellent replacement, although, DC is hardly ever that smart.