After taking a break to tell the story of John Stewart’s adventures during Zero Year, Venditti and Jensen take things back to the present day as all of the GL books I’m reading continue to kick ass in exploring the new world the Corps is facing.
The issue begins with John and his new recruits chilling out on Mogo, when the Citadel that escaped Oa finally makes it’s way back to their new home. John and the rest try and stop it from crashing, but don’t meet with much success. Mogo however is able to help, as he/she adjusts the gravity for a soft landing. This allows John to reunite with Fatality, but also leads to trouble, as some of Lanterns who have decided to give up on using their rings start to lecture him about how trying to stop the Citadel from falling was a waste of energy. I really am enjoying how the impact of Relic’s revelations are being explored.
Before the argument can really get underway, Hal and Kilowog show up to tell everyone that Jruk’s home planet, Oranx is about to sign a protection agreement with the Khund empire, and that Jruk and some other Lanterns need to go there and try and convince them otherwise. John sends Arisia and some randomer called Feska to go with Jruk, because he needs to stay on Mogo and talk to Hal. John is pretty angry with all of the stuff Hal has been doing as Corps leader, like using Mogo to attack the Clann planet, sending Guy undercover with the Red Lanterns, and of course, declaring war against other spectrum users, which includes Fatality. John punches Hal in the face, which is awesome, Hal deserves a smack every once in a while, but the two friends quickly reconcile, as Hal tells John he needs his help to do better.
The trip to Oranx is a lot of fun, I really enjoy Jruk as a character, he’s just so over-the-top and hilarious, so a whole planet like him, but worse, was great. Oranx solves political problems not through talk, but with violence, which is brilliant. Of course, things don’t go smoothly, as the Lanterns’ attempts to sort things out are fucked with by the Durlans, who really are being built up as great villains. A Durlan agent pretends to be Feska, and interferes in the ‘Blood Bowl’, which is sacrilege, and leads to the real Feska coming really close to getting executed. Jruk is able to save the day, and he realises that the Green Lantern Corps is his real home now, and that the Oranx way may not be the best. They are able to save Feska, but Oranx still signs a deal with the Khunds, and those Durlans are still out there, even on Mogo.
John, after mending things with Hal, gets to work on rebuilding the Corps and doing what he does best, being an architect. In an awesome scene, his ideas are turned into reality in an instant thanks to Mogo, and an impressive new Power Battery and a whole host of other buildings are built.
I’m really loving all the Lantern books at the moment, and I think this one might be the best, Jensen and Venditti are writing the most interesting version of John Stewart ever (yes, even better than the cartoon), and they’ve also introduced some great new characters like Jruk. The art from Bernard Chang is fantastic, and the Durlan plot is really picking up steam. I always felt that under Tomasi, GLC was kind of unnecessary, but now, it’s up there with DC’s best books.