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The war with the Sinestro Corps may have ended, but the Green Lanterns still face some unlikely ripples from the battle in this new collection!
At the time that I started to fall out of print floppies, this is where I dropped off of the Green Lantern Corps. It’s a series that in its various forms over the decades that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed because it’s one of the few comic titles that deals with the whole realm of space and the sheer fun and diversity of it without feeling like we’re overcrowding what’s happening on Earth. And smartly, as the years went on and we’ve had a variety of interesting Lanterns, it gave them a home to operate out of, especially with my favorites in the form of Guy and Kyle. With this volume, serving as a prelude to the Blackest Night event that followed, a number of storylines are worked here and Peter J. Tomasi again shows that he can deal with the diverse cast well while working towards the larger goal that was coming on.
This time period is one that I wish as given more time to grow at that, as it has Kyle and Guy opening their restaurant on Oa and working through the challenges of it. But it’s pretty much a sidelined event as other things are drawing attention and sadly, most people don’t want to read about stories like that. For the Corps, changes are very much afoot here as the Zamaron’s are starting to make their own move to bring their brand of peace and justice to the galaxy. With the Star Sapphire ability, they’re working their battery more now and that’s causing the Guardians to be a lot more concerned about events, as they see emotions as being the primary force working against their goal of universal peace and order. There’s a really solid segment in here where a small diplomatic mission to Zamaron occurs – with Guy no less – and we see the interplay between these two very old sides about their opposing views. Each certainly has their merit, but of course we know that it’s the combination of all emotions that really allows for true justice to be served.
But the Corps itself as the focus here has a whole lot to deal with on a more personal level. The opening story brings us something that shows that the Sinestro Corps has decided to operate more as a terrorist group (which, well, makes sense) as one particular member subgroup of that Corps has decided to start targeting the families of Green Lantern Corps members. It’s a brutal sequence early on as dozens and dozens of eyes literally rain down upon the Corps members and as they realize the true nature of it all thanks to a little heard of member named Saarek that can communicate with the dead. It causes an expected panic amongst all the Corps members, but I was particularly thankful that it didn’t have this focus on going to Earth to deal with just the human element. It dealt with the varied races and their fears about family members being offed.
While that storyline dealt with a little detective work and some action, the other main story that occurs throughout here and more so in the final chapters involves a Sinsetro Corps member known as Kryb. Her deal is to consume and control children of others and particularly those of the Green Lantern Corps, which does allow inter-member relations. It’s a disturbing series of events as a pregnant Corps member with her husband as a fellow Lantern have to deal with Kryb coming after that while Kyle and Soranik involved as well. Kryb is just disturbing visually and because of what she’s after, thinking herself as the proper mother to all, so much so that she does her best to control adults as well in a mother knows best kind of way. Because of the nature of it, there’s a lot of near-graphic material that pulls back, but all the implied parts are very much there and it can certainly make you wince, which is what a Sinestro Corps member is supposed to do.
The other storyline that runs into this that began earlier is caused by Mongul of all people, who has managed to escape what was supposed to be his natural prison. While getting back out into the galaxy, he crashes into a ship that has a pair of newlyweds on it, killing the husband and leaving the wife, Miri, now a widow. She’s prime Star Sapphire material and we see her evolution into becoming a member there. The Star Sapphire stuff has always been interesting, but seeing the groundwork for it laid out so clearly here, Miri’s ascension into it and her first mission is all very well done. And while love is definitely the focus, there’s also the harder edge to their members because of the loss that they’ve suffered. It left me liking her a fair bit and hoping for more in the future.
While serving more as a transitional book for the series, Sins of the Star Sapphire covers a lot of ground, works with a lot of characters and manages to make each of them feel like they’re definitely their own people. Introducing new characters like Miri and Saarek works well but we also get plenty of time for Kyle, Guy and even a solid visit from Ice who has come to spend time with Guy and to work on their relationship a bit. Toss in a radical new change from the Guardians to the Book and the growing threat that they’re facing, and the use they have for Saarek in trying to find the corpse of the Anti-Monitor so they can have a discussion with him, there’s a large level of events that’s building here and given time to grow rather than being forced into existence. Good stuff, definitely fun but also fairly disturbing.
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