Review: War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath #1

A great epic with a disastrously bad end gets an epilogue that has its own problems.

Iann Robinsonby Iann Robinson

War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath

Imagine if King Kong squat down and took a giant dump in the middle of New York City. That would be a proper metaphor for the end of War Of The Green Lanterns. Now imagine one man, with a single dog pooper-scooper, was dispatched to clean up said dump. That would be the metaphor I’d use for War Of The Green Lanterns Aftermath #1. This sad attempt to make right all the wrong done by the finale of WOTGL is almost as insulting. The worst part of all of this is that it was thought out, it was all planned this way. DC higher ups sat in a room and decided to completely screw up the legacy of the Green Lanterns just to push the upcoming reboot.

Aftermath #1 (there are only 2, this is, thankfully, a short series) has all the clichés one would expect from a quick clean-up that doubles as a way to shank us into the reboot. Writer Tony Bedard kicks the whole thing off by making the already lame final page of Green Lanterns #67 even more melodramatic. Instead of Hal Jordan walking down a deserted road calmly saying “This isn’t how it’s supposed to end”, Bedard has him fall to his knees, punch the ground and yell the line. It turns what is supposed to be a powerful moment into something you’ll giggle at. Then there’s the shot of pieces of Mogo as they circle OA. Cut to the Guardians, who have become my favorite part of this whole mess, because it’s their time to shine.

Apparently, even though Krona attempted to kill them and destroy the universe, the Guardians are more afraid of the fact that Hal Jordan was able to kill him. Of course, nobody bothers to explain why it’s okay for Sinestro, who had as much to do with Krona’s death as Jordan, gets to remain part of the Corps. In a hysterical example of plot device over story, the Guardians say they’re afraid of Jordan because his will power overrode the ring’s orders never to kill a Guardian, but since the ring chose Sinestro, they’re okay with that.

Then comes the anger of the Lanterns over Sinestro’s appointment and Jordan’s dismissal, complete with the totally out-of-character rant by Kilowog as he melodramatically throws his ring down. If Guy Gardner had done this I might have bought it, but Kilowog’s tantrum smacks again of writing against character just because to create a reaction.

Next up we have the whining of Ganthet and this unnecessary exchange between him and Saint Walker. The only part of this whole issue that doesn’t seem forced are the scenes involving John Stewart. Bedard actually writes Stewart the way he’s always been, a guy who stands by his decisions and doesn’t lie to try to make himself a hero. I applaud how well Bedard wrote the John Stewart pages, I just wish it hadn’t been in the middle of this disaster.

The art is also substandard and looks completely rushed. To be honest, artist Miguel Sepulveda and Tyler Kirkham make everybody look like fish. Panel to panel, character after character, everyone has this fish look to them. It’s hard to explain, but trust me, it’s impossible to miss, especially with Sinestro, The Guardians and Hal Jordan. I had hoped Aftermath would make me feel better about the tremendous let down in War Of The Green Lanterns, but it didn’t. Instead, it reinforced the idea that DC cares very little about what’s going on within their stories. It’s all about the reboot now.