I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sinestro Corps War

"I got a little teary-eyed reading a comic today," I said to Amy while we were waiting for an oil change in Lowell, Michigan. "You should have seen it. It was pretty funny."

"Oh yeah?" Amy inquired. "What were you reading?"

"It was this 'Sinestro Corps War' crossover in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps comics," I said. I went on to describe a touching moment - which I won't describe in detail for fear of spoiling the story - which involved the people of Coast City showing great courage in a time of great fear. As I described the situation to Amy the tears start welling up again, more heavily even than before, climaxing when I choked out the words, "and then they called it the city without fear."

Green Lantern has been fantastic since Rebirth, but the "Sinestro Corps War" crossover marked the first sign of greatness for post-Recharge Green Lantern Corps. In fact, the storyline redeems any previous Green Lantern Corps story arcs that might not have stolen the attention of readers for whatever reason due to the fact that the entire series is a constructive response to an odd prophecy from an obscure Alan Moore story from the '80s. The story is both epic and incredibly personal, tying together decades of Green Lantern mythology in an entertaining and emotional way.

This story is collected sequentially in a two-volume trade paperback titled The Sinestro Corps War. Give it a shot. If you want the whole story (I believe that Geoff Johns considers the "Sinestro Corps War" to be the second part of a trilogy, of which I can only imagine Rebirth and Recharge are the first part) I'd read all of Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, and Ion since Rebirth and Recharge.

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