Hearts torn asunder.
When this Uprising saga started way before its actual titular event, John Stewart had been struggling to hold his own book in the manner Guy Gardner did before him.
Because, let’s face it – John’s isn’t exactly the most interesting of the bunch beyond his duty-before-everything shtick. Introducing former enemy Fatality aka last survivor of a planet doomed thanks to John’s hubris, and making her into a Star Sapphire and his love interest didn’t help.
What became great about the Corps book after Jensen took over was how he showcased the ones surrounding John and Fatality. Whether it was new entrants like Jruk and Feska or old returning ones like Von Daggle, they energized the book with their unique quirks and personal tragedies.
Sadly that is all gone here. We’re back to the old boring duo of John and Fatality. And even that goes haywire.
Chang does have some good moments with the artwork here, but there’s little he can do about the story, which feels like it’s just for the sake of putting one over the readers.
After the climactic (and slightly generic) final stand against the Durlans ended with victory for Hal’s forces and a prison term for the shape-shifters, John and Yrra spend some intimate time on Zezzen.
After the obligatory quote of war and death a result of hate, she is spied by one of the many young Zezzites just as she’s about to kiss John. Coming closer to the child, she reveals who she truly is even as she swallows the Zezzite whole – a high level undercover Durlan.
Apparently, ever since Lights Out and maybe even before, the John-Yrra thing has been about being close to the enemy. Apparently, they can manipulate not only shape but also emotions.
As the being actually known as Verrat Din emerges with the strength of a Daxamite, the requisite monologue begins explaining who she is.
And all I read is ‘Oh, the fight wasn’t enough and we need to make something stupid happen just for shock value.’
So, John’s only stable relationship and one of the few things that made him more than a stereotypical hardliner is totally false. Okayyyy.
John and Verrat start fighting even as the Lantern tries to reconcile everything that’s happened just now.
The emerald ring tries to fly away but is crushed by Verrat, though not before confirming that the real Yrra is still alive. Even as he contacts Hal, he fails to restrain her from going off to Mogo.
Lantern Stel is the first casualty as he is broken apart while the Durlan tries to find her people’s location from Lantern Perood. Arisia, Isamot, Iolande and Oliversity engage her, even as Hal alerts Von Daggle about the last problem.
Feigning rustiness, Daggle stays back from the fight and with the help of Mogo, puts an end to the threat of the Durlans.
On the other hand, the fight continues and results in the first fatality in Oliversity(in an eerie similarity to how many Lanterns died in Infinite Crisis at the hands of Superboy Prime).
She reaches the prison cells but is too late. Apparently, Mogo found a way to render the Durlans’ ability to shape-shift redundant and trapped them in a state of constant flux, leaving them shapeless.
As Mogo moves away from the yellow sun, Verrat’s powers fade and she is captured. John contemplates killing her but decides against it. For now, John has only one objective – to find the real Yrra.
Elsewhere, some shadowy figures talk about how the Durlans may have failed, but this is just the beginning of the onslaught on the Corps.
With some fairly unwanted focus on two of the more uninteresting characters in this book, and a twist which felt out of place and just for shock value, Jensen’s final entry to the Uprising event is a bust.
Chang’s great visuals do redeem it a little, as does John’s final act, but overall this both felt unnecessary and forced.
So, I give it 5.5 out of 10.
-A horribly contrived twist
-Failed attempt to play off an underdeveloped relationship
-Pacing is off