The various Green Lantern books continue to be very enjoyable in the wake of Lights Out, and whils this title is not as central to proceedings as the others (which is necessary, Kyle is supposed to be dead) but it’s still very well-written, as Justin Jordan explores some cool and weird sci-fi concepts.
This issue is basically a war between the Utopian Exurans, and all the pissed of alternate reality Exurans who have had their lives turned into Dystopias, with Kyle, the Guardians and Carol Ferris caught in the middle. To make matters worse, Kyle can’t use force to stop the battle, as the planetary safety system that made Exuras such a Utopia, tries to stop violence, and if he were to unleash his full power, the system would strain itself too hard and just blow up Exuras. With the Dystopian Grandfather controlling the dimensional gateway and pretty much fracturing reality, time is of the essence, but there doesn’t seem to be much of an apparent solution.
In the end, it is diplomacy, not violence that solves things, as the Guardians are able to convince Dystopian Grandfather that the Utopians are not monsters, but just people, and that if he goes through with his plan, he will be just as bad as them. Basically, two wrongs don’t make a right. The portals are shut down, and some of the Dystopians are left behind. Whilst it was as bit odd that the Guardians, not Kyle were able to save the day, Kyle at least was able to defeat the Dystopian Nias in their fight, and at the end he lays down the law. Kyle tells the Exurans that they should use their dimensional portal to make every version of their planet into a Utopia, and if they don’t… he will. Carol is surprised at Kyle just throwing his weight around like that, but Kyle seems fine with it. Could this be a sign of things to come? Will power corrupt the White Lantern? The ending of this issue was also very interesting, with the Guardians discussing what Kyle saw behind the Source Wall, and how something is coming and Kyle isn’t ready for it. I wonder what this threat is? New Gods?
The art for this issue was once again solid, I love Brad Walker’s style, and even though he didn’t draw every page, Geraldo Borges is a solid fill-in. The GL titles really are in good shape at the moment, and with all of the foreshadowing going on, they don’t seem to be stopping any time soon.