The Green Lanterns take on Superman and it makes for the first explosive action in Year Two.
Allegiances will change and casualties will occur.
Tom has carefully guided the story upto this point and while most of it sticks, some of it falls by the wayside.
And Redondo is beyond reproach by now. His artwork speaks for itself.
Hal is freed by John Stewart who is still faithful to Superman and believes the Guardians are making a mistake.
In Fawcett City, Superman pays a visit to Billy Batson in preparation of the Green Lanterns coming based on Sinestro’s warning and Gantlet’s reception, not to mention the Watchtower picking up foreign objects approaching Earth at high speeds.
Hawkgirl comes in as reinforcement while Luthor continues to monitor Sinestro’s prison cell.
Cyborg takes a clean shot at the Lanterns through the watchtower laser canon (wow, bloodthirsty much?) but the Lanterns are unscathed.
Ch’p is able to infiltrate Superman’s brain and knock him out. Shazam and Hawkgirl are both captured as well.
Luthor is goaded by Sinestro into releasing him and the latter manages to kill Ch’p, freeing Superman.
Elsewhere, in Starling City, Black Canary gets an unexpected guest in Guy Gardner, who is slowly growing wary of Superman and aligning himself to the resistance after learning the Superman killed Oliver Queen and may be responsible for the disappearance of Kyle Rayner.
Though the main war has started between the Corps and the Justice League, most of the major players are still to enter the arena. Guy is still oscillating while John and Hal are many light years away.
The fact that Cyborg shot Green Lanterns point-blank with the cannon was a little off-putting. He couldn’t be sure they would only be injured, so he was going for the worst case scenario.
Tom’s use of Ch’p was excellent though. And the death was expertly crafted, as Sinestro killed him with a small pin (Ch'p prided himself on being able to think small almost uniquely).
The casualties will only mount only Superman’s back in action.
Though the war has started, Taylor is still wavering about getting down to business.
There are some intriguing alliances made here and the death is particularly well done, but the slow pace proves detrimental in more ways than one.
So, I give it 7.5 out of 10.
+Some great moments for a particular Green Lantern
+The action ramps up
-Pace continues to be forcibly slow
-Justice League unusually blood-thirsty