Green Lantern Corps #48: Writer: Tony Bedard. Pencils: Ardian Syaf.
Last Issue: 7 1/2 out of 10.
Review: And thus begins the Tony Bedard era of GLC. We start this series with Ganthet and Guy Gardner holding a clandestine meeting with the leader of the Red Lantern Corps, Atrocitus. Ganthet tells Atrocitus that he has a proposition for him, and Atrocitus gives Ganthet 5 minutes to plead his case. After hearing Ganthet out, Guy agrees to whatever it was Ganthet said(we weren't privy to the conversation), and Atrocitus also seems interested. From there, Ganthet appears before the remaining six Guardians of the Universe and resigns his status as a Guardian of both the Green Lantern Corps AND the Blue Lantern Corps. Ganthet then requests to be made into a common Green Lantern, who would look after sector 0(which is where Oa is located)and after some thought, the Guardians agree to grant Ganthet his wish. On Oa, a rookie Green Lantern is abducted by the Alpha Lanterns(or requisitioned if you will), while Ganthet meets up with Kyle Rayner and John Stewart to talk about rebuilding the thoroughly demolished Oa. While the three were discussing rebuilding, John is summoned to meet up with the Guardians. He heads in and finds Alpha Lantern Boodikka standing with the Guardians. The Guardians reveal to John that the planet Grenda had ceased all communications with the outside world, and when a Green Lantern was sent to investigate, they reported that there was nobody left on the planet, before promptly vanishing as well. John agrees to go with Boodikka to see what they could find, and this issue ends with the rookie Lantern from earlier “requisitioning” his GL partner into the Alpha Lanterns.
What I Thought: I liked it. Tony seems to have a definitive idea of where he's going with this series, and I for one am glad to see Guy Gardner replaced for John Stewart. I've never been all that high on Guy, and his oftentimes childish attitude tended to grate on my nerves at times. Granted Guy had been written a lot better the past few years, but he was never one of my favorite Lanterns. It seems that this book will be revolving around Kyle(who is my favorite Lantern), John(who I always thought was egregiously underutilized)and Ganthet(who definitely brings something different to the dynamic of this book). I don't have any complaints about those three characters carrying this comic at all. The stuff with the Alpha Lanterns forcing Green Lanterns into their ranks should lead to some great stories down the road, and I for one hope Tony slow burns this storyline, and has the Alphas gather a veritable army before their scheme is revealed, that way we can have a very strong(Manhunter-esque)Alpha Lantern contingent ready to take on the GL's. Regardless of what Tony does, I have some high hopes for this series going forward.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.I bet Atrocitus is probably a blast at parties...