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on 17 March 2017
Excellent graphic novell. The story line are great! The argument and art are amazing! I recommend!
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The story running through issues #21-27 of Green Lantern Corps is collected, along with Green Lantern Annual #2 as Green Lantern Corps Volume 4 TP (The New 52). This is an excellently scripted and illustrated story that shows us the Green Lantern Corps rebuilding itself after the events leading up to the fall of the Guardians. We see how the Guardians various plots have turned public opinion against the Corps, and even degraded the willpower of several senor Corps members. The Khund are beginning to take over the `protection' of several worlds who no longer trust the Corps, we see several new recruits being drafted and being put through their paces, and we see a sinister new threat to the Corps make their appearance. Then we have the back-end of another universe-threatening crossover event pop-up out of nowhere in the middle of everything, with no footnotes as to where the rest of it is, as we find ourselves on Oa witnessing the destruction of the planet. A new cosmic entity called Relic, a survivor from the previous universe, is collecting all the Lantern energy from the various Corps, claiming that there is only a finite amount of it, and the Corps are wasting it, leading to the death of the universe, and he intends to gather it all together and replenish the Source - yes, THAT Source. Once he is dealt with, at the cost of at least one entire Corps, we are back to rebuilding the Green Lanterns on their new home-world, not a stone's throw from the ruins of Oa, and I'm sure you can guess his name... Anyway, there is serious friction between the two surviving veteran human Green Lanterns (I have no idea where Simon Baz has got to - I think he is permanently assigned to Earth at the moment), and the hidden threat is revealed to be the [spoiler], who are out to discredit the Corps and take control of the universe (or galaxy - I'm not sure if the writers have got a grasp of the difference in scale), and the Khund are also expanding and attacking Corps Sector Houses.

Now, you may be wondering why I gave the volume five stars. It is simply because it is excellently written and illustrated. Even the end of the crossover fits in neatly with the storyline, and sub-plots, characterisation and character-development are continued right through it. Now, given the nature of the new threats that are arising, and the restrictions on the use of light-based energy, will we see the L.E.G.I.O.N. appearing in the near future?

THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE

Issue 21 - "Chain Reaction" - opens with John Stewart and Fatality ("My name is Yrra") approaching the planet Kosh in response to a reactor failure, where they find a bunch of unidentifiable aliens stealing the core. As the two engage, their rings begin to malfunction... Then we get a couple of pages of introductions to some new characters who are about to be conscripted by the Corps, as on Oa, Salaak resigns from the Corps due to his self-perceived failings in not spotting that the Guardians were plotting to kill everyone in the universe... Though some other Lanterns share his opinion of himself, and Soranik has to step in to rescue him. This is followed with an attack by Larfleeze - which we don't see. Back at Kosh, the alien thieves reveal themselves to be shape-shifters, and escape with their loot, while John and Yrra get into an argument with the local authorities - which foreshadows a major sub-plot running through the rest of the volume and on into the future. The aliens reveal themselves to be [spoilers].

Issue #22 - "Meltdown" - opens on Zamaron, where the Star Sapphires discover that their central power battery will no longer charge their rings... On Oa, John Stewart comes to report on last issue's events, to find that Hal Jordan has been put in charge of the Corps, and that ring failures have been occurring there as well. He is sent to help out at a potential planetary disaster with a team of recruits, only for another ring failure to occur just as the Khunds invade. Meanwhile, Fatality has been pursuing the Durlans from last issue, and is captured by them.

Issue #23 - "A Date with the Executioner" - opens with John Stewart and his rookie Green Lanterns prisoners of the Khund, who are going to execute them. On Oa, problems with the central power battery are occurring... and Fatality escapes from the Durlans and her ring takes her to Oa for help. The Green Lanterns discover that Ion, the being powering the central battery is dying, as are all the other spectrum-beings...

Issue #24 - "One Last Stand" - opens in the middle of the "Relic" crossover as Relic himself attacks Oa. Following a long battle, the planet is destroyed...

Green Lantern Annual #2 is the big finish for the Relic storyline, and all the storylines from the Green Lantern family of titles feed in to it. Relic, Kyle and the Guardians are at the Source Wall, behind which Relic believes the hidden reservoir of the light-energies is to be found. He decides that he needs more power to break through, and tries to seize Kyle's, causing the release of all the Lantern-entities who were hiding in him. Their battle with relic is quickly joined by the Green and Red Lantern Corps. Eventually, someone crashes into the Source Wall, and we all know what that means...But, the light-reservoir is found, and is replenished from Relic's collection, though Kyle is apparently lost during this. The Green Lanterns return to their new homeworld, where they find that the Indigo Tribe has rebuilt their lost Central Power Battery. However, now that they know the danger of using ring-power, many Green Lanterns now refuse to recharge their rings. Meanwhile, the Guardians are still hanging around the Source Wall, and find Kyle is thrown out through it. He has news of the Lantern-entites...

Issue #25 - "Powers That Be" - shows us John Stewart in a Marine Corps unit rescuing civilians from the superstorm approaching Gotham City in the `Zero Year' storyline over in Batman. John is a sergeant with a gung-ho officer, who is quite happy to shoot civilians and rioters alike. The unit is tasked with herding civilian refugees holed up in Gotham stadium to the evacuation vehicles, but a costumed character called Anarky has recruited a gang of local ne'er-do-wells to seize control of the stadium as a protest, and who overpower the marines. John has to organise an escape, rescue the hostages, and depose Anarky while stopping his superior officer from going nuclear.

Issue #26 - "Homecoming" - opens on Mogo, where the Green Lantern Corps are relocating, following the destruction of Oa. John Stewart is reunited with Fatality when the Citadel from Oa is brought there. On the planet Dranx, Green Lantern Jruk has brought some colleagues to support him as he tries to convince his homeworld not to ally with the Khund. On Oa, John Stewart and Hal Jordan fall out over how the Corps will deal with the discovery of the finite limit to the light energy that powers the ring. On Dranx, the Durlans are at work to discredit the Green Lanterns... and they begin to infiltrate the new Green Lantern Corps headquarters built on Mogo as well.

Issue #27 - "Forensics" - opens with John Stewart leading a team of Lanterns to investigate an attack on a Sector House by prisoners escaped from Sciencells when Oa was destroyed. They discover that there is ring-draining technology on the loose. Meanwhile, the fleeing prisoners have been found by the Durlans... Then the team pick up a broadcast from Hal Jordan revealing the hidden secret about the source of ring energy, and threatening anyone who tries to use it. This is followed by distress calls from sector houses across the galaxy as the Khund invasion begins...
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