War of the Green Lanterns: A Recap
!!SPOILER ALERT!! If you haven’t read up until Part 9 of the War of the Green Lanterns (Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors 10) please do not read yet, massive spoilers.
I have been reading Green Lantern monthly since right before Blackest Night started. I think my first issue was the Black Hand origin story, with the full-page panel of him blowing his brains out. I read all of Blackest Night and Brightest Day, reading all the Green Lantern books associated. I have enough plastic rings to fill both hands with (and I have......don’t you judge me). So, needless to say, I’m a fan.
The latest storyline is the War of the Green Lanterns. Krona, one of the original Guardians who has been banished for basically wiping out an entire sector, is back. He has rounded up the entities for all 7 of the Corps, and is now putting the plan into effect. He returns Parallax (the entity of the Sinestro Corps, and former inhabitant of Hal Jordan) to the Green Power Battery, making the entire Green Lantern Corps fall under Krona’s command. Even the four human lanterns from Sector 2814 are affected, although not completely. They realize that the rings are messing with their heads, and decide to take them off.
This creates a unique take on the book since, as brought up in the book, Hal Jordan can’t honestly give an answer as to when the last time he had his ring off. He has had the ring on non-stop, since Blackest Night. He has been way too stressed, and spread too thin, since then. So, when Hal, John, Guy, and Kyle have to take off their rings to escape the impurity of Parallax, they are almost lost. Almost.
Hal was with a group of ring bearers from each of the seven corps, that were sucked into the Book of Black, without their rings. So, Hal (who wasn’t sucked into the book), has six rings of the different corps, so the four decide to “commandeer” them, to save Oa. Kyle chose Blue (Hope), John Indigo (Compassion), Guy Red (Rage), and Hal Yellow (Fear). If you’ve been reading, Guy had a Red Ring in the Blackest Night storyline, and he was only saved by Mogo purging him of the “impurities”. They can’t agree as to what is the most important thing to do, remove Parallax from the Central Power Battery, or save Mogo from the “brainwashing”. So, Hal and Guy go after Parallax, and Kyle and John go to save Mogo.
Hal and Guy fly to the heart of Oa, to get to the power battery, but the much more interesting thing happens with Kyle and John helping Mogo. They find that Mogo is repurposing the rings of the dead lanterns, and sending them out to anyone and everyone, to get Krona’s Corps built up (i.e. brainwashed). They decide they need to get to the center of the planet, to sever Mogo’s link from his power ring, to stop him from sending out rings. When they get to the center, they find that even though Mogo saved them from a huge army of Black Lanterns on the last storyline (he absorbed, and purified them) he was still infected at his core with Black energy
Kyle (who has the Blue Ring) tries in vain to purify Mogo, of the Black Lantern energy, but with not much success. With little hope left, John gathered the residual black lantern energy, formed it into a bullet-shaped thing……. And killed Mogo. You read that right. John Stewart. Killed. A. Sentient. Planet. It really was the only way to save the rest of the corps, at least in John’s eyes. Kyle tries in vain to use the Blue ring to save him, but all the corps members, and all the corps men, couldn’t put Mogo back……what? Anyway.
Now, when Mogo was destroyed, it sent a shockwave through the entire corps. Using this opportunity, Hal and Guy managed to knock Krona out of the fight, and he, Hal, and Ganthet go to remove Parallax. However, they don’t have enough power, between the four of them, and their four rings. Ganthet believes it will take the power of the entire spectrum. They have the two extra rings, but no one to wear them, so Hal and Guy take another ring each.
So, Ganthet (Green), Hal (Yellow and Orange), Guy (Red and Violet), John (Indigo), and Kyle (Blue), fire at the Central Power Battery, shattering it, vanquishing Parallax, and freeing the corps once and for all. Once they do, they still have to battle Krona, and the other Guardians, who are possessed by the other Entities. Kyle is able to purify the Rage from Guy, so he can take the Red Ring off, without it killing him. The latest issue basically ends with them going after Krona, and the Guardians/Entities.
I honestly don’t know how this is going to end, with Green Lantern 67, but I’m excited about it. I believe there was a rumor that only 3 of the Earth Lanterns were going to survive, but so far, they’ve all made it. I will write a review/synopsis of the last issue, when it comes out on July 13th.
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