STORY: Peter J. Tomasi
ART: Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna
Things are changing in the Green Lantern Corps. At the end of Peter J. Tomasi’s “The Lantern Keepers” arc, John Stewart was forced to murder a fellow Corpsman to avoid releasing the access codes to Oa’s security and defense systems. It was a bold move to make John a killer once again. Many writers spent many years leading the stoic Green Lantern through mental anguish and recovery over his inability to save the planet Xanshi from destruction. This time, however, John knows that what he did was for the greater good, no matter now bad it makes him feel.
The beginning of the issue shows a rather large showing of Lanterns moving the Sinestro Corps Central Battery onto Oa for safekeeping. John has dug a hole big enough for the yellow battery, but Guy constructs a giant hammer and knocks it in sideways instead of vertically, as John had planned for. While his actions came in a moment of anger, Guy explains that the symbol of the Sinestro Corps shouldn’t be standing upright, especially not on Oa. And the Guardians agree! For the first time in Guy Gardner’s career, the Guardians of the Universe agree with his opinion. The Guardians then offer Guy a sort-of ‘general’ position within the Corps, to stand above the rest and answer only to the Guardians themselves. Totally in character, Guy gleefully accepts, smugly adding, “What the hell took you so long to rub the blue glue outta your eyes and see I’m the one!”
The real point of this issue (outside Guy’s promotion) is the final page; the Alpha Lanterns descend to arrest John for the murder of Green Lantern Kirrt, an action that will surely lead to this “Alpha War”.