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GREEN LANTERN: WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS collect issues GREEN LANTERN #63-67, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #58-60, and GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #8-10. WOTGL opens up directly after Green Lantern: Brightest Day where we left off with Krona, the renegade guardian, who had acquired all of The Entities of the various 7 lantern corps and disappears into deep space, with Hal Jordan and each representative of there respected corps (Sinestro, Carol Ferris, Atrocitus, Saint Walker, Indigo-1, and Larfleeze) following right behind. The group goes to the Lost Sector planet of Ryut to find Krona's lair, and find many questions regarding Krona and the Guardians past, and even find The Book of the Black (the book from Blackest Night). The book manages to trap all of the lanterns inside, except Hal and the lanterns power rings, which Hal saves for later. During this time, the Guardians are fed up with years of Hal's disobedience and send a group of GL's after Hal to arrest him. After this, Krona shows up in front of the Guardians and infects each guardian with an Entity spirit, and puts the embodiment of Fear Parallax back in the main GL power battery, making every single being who wears a GL ring under Krona's control. All except those that have been already been exposed to Parallax can resist it for a short period of time though, which includes Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Kilowag, and Ganthet to save the day. OH. And did I mention the guys can't use there GL rings for fear of being controlled by Krona? Yeah, the stakes just blew up!
If you're worried about collecting the other volumes GREEN LANTERN CORPS (Green Lantern Corps: The Weaponer) and GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS (Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, Vol. 1) that lead up to WOTGL, then don't worry, there not necessary. To help you catch up with what happened; GL Corps simply explains where Kyle and Ganthet went. While GL:EW explains what Kilowag and Guy were doing (though it somewhat sets up WOTGL). But again, there not necessary, but they do help with having prior experience leading up to the event. Though I strongly suggest reading GREEN LANTERN: BRIGHTEST DAY, because other then being a really enjoyable book, it sets up everything in WOTGL and it really makes the title that much more significant in scope and understanding.
Getting back to WOTGL, I won't give away any more info regarding what happens next, because there is a lot of stuff going on this book, all of which is pretty exciting to watch unfold. Ever wonder what really lead to the Manhunters to make them go crazy? What about seeing the first power ring? Even hearing the origin of the GL Oath perhaps? A quick glimpse of Larfleeze when he was a young being? Or what about Indigo-1 knowing Abin Sur when she wasn't so "compassionate"? Yes, there are some fun questions and answers to be found in this book, and there are plenty of other twists and fandom that happen in the story.
This book easily rank's just has high as the other titles from Geoff Johns work on GL since he started (And not to dismiss Peter Tomasi and Tony Bedard's writing on this book either. They too have written some great GL material). In many ways, it's also has nods to each of those titles, furthering the GL lore. But what makes this so good is the action! If you loved Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night, then your going to love this. It actually borrows from both of those titles (and Green Lantern: Rebirth) and WOTGL plays out like Sinestro War and BL combined together and came out like this...but with a lot more emphasis on the color spectrum this time around. Again, I don't want to give things away, but you're probably thinking: "How are these guys going to take on an entire GL corps, six-Entity based guardians, and an all-powerful and knowing rouge guardian?!" Yeah you got to see it to believe what happens. The sheer magnitude of the title trumps everything before it. GL: Rebirth saw Hal and friends fight off Parallax by themselves. Sinestro Corps War saw two armies fight each other to the death. Blackest Night saw a world-wide zombie attack against the few living fractions fighting to stay alive. WOTGL see's a small group of guys fighting just about everybody with what little resources they have. It's one fun under-dog story that is well worth seeing how it plays out.
Now if there was any flaws in the title I could think of, it'd have to be just two things come to mind. One is the "Catch em' all" effect in the title. I can't really explain it too much because it would give away some major plot twist, but some might not like this and some might really enjoy this. You know how I mentioned Hal didn't get trapped in The Book of the Black AND all of the other power rings were picked up by Hal? You'll see. It's a fandom decision that is plot heavy in story, but some might not like this plot device. It might feel like it's a cheap way to carry the story. I didn't feel this way though, because I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm just giving people a heads up.
The other problem, and this might sound weird, but it might make you feel "lantern'd out". Since Johns took over the reigns of Hal Jordan in 2004, he's been on a roller-coaster ride ever since. And since Rebirth took 5 years of build-up to get to Blackest Night, fans hung on for the ride. Then Brightest Day sort of leaned off the action and took a small, slower pace of recover for fans. GL:BD still had action in it, but it was cool down period in general. Then comes WOTGL, where we get thrown right back into the heavy action from before. This flow might wear readers out from years of continuous action. If you have been following Johns GL run, he still uses a familiar pattern that does seem predictable by now with a rinse-repeat effect, so don't expect any new surprises in how the book flows. But I totally enjoyed the book, but again, there might be people out there who might feel tired of all that stuff.
--SIDE NOTE--: This has nothing to do with the review of the book itself, but this might help anyone who is currently reading the New 52 comics of GL, which takes place right after this book ends. I know many people who just picked up the current comics of GL and have never read any previous GL material, and might be interested in looking into the previous material to help them with catch-up in the GL lore. This book is difficult to consider to new readers, because GL and Batman never had a reboot in New 52, so nothing starts from scratch, and it all carries over for story. WOTGL is an excellent book that leads into the New 52 for Hal Jordan...but if you're a new reader and want to learn more about GL lore and how Hal got to where he currently is, if you pick this book up, you'll be doing a lot of back-tracking that goes up 6 years worth GL material to get you caught up. Or some time on Wikipedia can help you out as well. As GL fan, I feel its well-worth picking up all of Geoff Johns material on GL (if you're into it). Besides, if you decide to stay on GL from here on out, you'll probably going to have to back-track at some point down the line to further understand whats going on. Just keep that in mind and expect it. If you don't want to exhaust your self in a lot of material, then don't pick this book up and just enjoy Hal's DC 52 starting point currently. Hope this helps. -------
GREEN LANTERN: WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS is a fun, excellent read. It's got many little twist, a lot of action, plenty of reading material for a great price (Amazon pricing is a steal for this book), and it's the last book of Hal Jordan before the New DC 52. Its well worth checking it out on many things that leads into those events. This is a must have for GL fans, and I recommend it to new readers as well (just be prepared to do some catching up material).
If you have not read the Brightest Day comics, you might want to, at least the ones that tie directly to War of the Green Lanterns. I planned my reading of Brightest Day, reading the series in chronological order, which required going from one book to another between the seven Green Lantern Brightest Day novels. Though cumbersome, it was worth the effort and helped paved the way for WOTGL. Search "Brightest Day Reading Order" and you will a number of useful results (I used a link from comicvine).
War of the Green Lanterns is an incredible novel with a great plot and beautiful artwork. Geoff Johns has crafted some great stories, and this is among his absolute best. There are many surprises along the way, and the ending? Wow. After everything that just happened, THAT happens? Mind. Blown. I want to elaborate, I really, really do, but it is better if you read it for yourself. An amazing read and you will only be cheating yourself if you ignore it. Batman is probably my favorite superhero, but lately the Green Lantern character has grown on me, and this graphic novel only helps his case even more. Do yourself a favor and read Geoff Johns' work, you will be in for a treat.
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