Review: Green Lantern Corps #63

The final pre-reboot issue of the series seems to be some set-up for the post-reboot world of the Lanterns.

Iann Robinsonby Iann Robinson

Green Lantern Corps #63

Green Lantern Corps #63, effectively titled Goodbye, Green Lantern Corps, takes one writer and four artists to tell the end tale of the Green Lantern Corps, at least before the reboot. This is an end-cap issue, one that deals with the fallout from the War Of The Green Lanterns in a rather “go team” kind of way. I’m guessing, with all the new reboot titles, DC doesn’t want readers to lose the Green Lantern Corps in the fray. It’s not just the spirit in which this issue was written, but also some of the plot points which seem to be set-up to bleed into the after-reboot world. I’m not really sure how that will work, but more on that later.

The first chapter of Goodbye Green Lantern Corps deals with Alpha Lantern Boodikka. Why you ask? Yeah, I was asking the same thing. Writer Scott Kolins, with art from Joe Prado, goes over Boodikka’s history and her anger at being used by the Cyborg Superman. She feels discarded, unwanted and defeated. The chapter ends with Boodikka questioning what she will do next, how can she go on as an Alpha Lantern with no mission? The second chapter, where Kolins handles the art himself, deals with two grunt Lanterns that have decided to quit the Corps after the reinstatement of Sinestro. Seen through their eyes, we meet Ry’Jill, an assistant forced to fight during the battle with Krona. Raised on a peaceful planet, the war has torn Ry’Jill apart, a fact that makes the reinstatement of Sinestro even harder for the two grunts to accept.

Kyle Rayner stars in the least powerful chapter. The third installment, with so-so art by Freddie Williams II, deals with alien Lanterns' sudden hatred of human Lanterns. What’s odd is Kyle being the focus as opposed to John Stewart, the human Lantern that killed Mogo. Stewart is the only human to have really committed a crime against the Lanterns, so having Kyle attacked makes the chapter useless. Again, with Kyle starring in Green Lanterns: New Guardians, it may just be to keep his face in the forefront. The final chapter, featuring art from Daniel HDR, is the thing that ties it all together. An alarm sounds, a planet is in danger, and all the Lanterns rise up to take charge in saving it. The final two-page spread shows the Lanterns flying to the rescue, with Tomar in the lead reciting the oath. It’s a powerful image and, as I said, one I think used to keep the Corps fresh in our minds.

Green Lantern Corps 63 puts an open-ended cap on the 63 issue series by leaving some questions for the next volume. Will the tensions between human and alien Lantern become and issue? How does Boodikka work into the future of the team and will they be attacked while weak from so many quitting? Granted, I’m not sure how all of that will work within the “five year” reboot timeline. That entire timeline idea resets the reality of the DCU, so how the Green Lantern story just continues on the same is a mystery to me. Regardless, for those who loved this volume of the Green Lantern Corps, #63 is a decent end for it.