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As part of the DC New 52 event, the Green Lantern Corps return, led by fan favorite Lanterns Guy Gardner and John Stewart. When the Alpha Lanterns, an internal police force for the Corps, arrest Green Lantern John Stewart for the murder of a fellow Lantern, it sends shock waves throughout the entire Corps. It is up to Guy Gardner and the rest of the Green Lanterns to break As part of the DC New 52 event, the Green Lantern Corps return, led by fan favorite Lanterns Guy Gardner and John Stewart. When the Alpha Lanterns, an internal police force for the Corps, arrest Green Lantern John Stewart for the murder of a fellow Lantern, it sends shock waves throughout the entire Corps. It is up to Guy Gardner and the rest of the Green Lanterns to break Stewart out and bring down the emotionless Alpha Lanterns. Collecting: Green Lantern Corps 0, 8-12


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As part of the DC New 52 event, the Green Lantern Corps return, led by fan favorite Lanterns Guy Gardner and John Stewart. When the Alpha Lanterns, an internal police force for the Corps, arrest Green Lantern John Stewart for the murder of a fellow Lantern, it sends shock waves throughout the entire Corps. It is up to Guy Gardner and the rest of the Green Lanterns to break As part of the DC New 52 event, the Green Lantern Corps return, led by fan favorite Lanterns Guy Gardner and John Stewart. When the Alpha Lanterns, an internal police force for the Corps, arrest Green Lantern John Stewart for the murder of a fellow Lantern, it sends shock waves throughout the entire Corps. It is up to Guy Gardner and the rest of the Green Lanterns to break Stewart out and bring down the emotionless Alpha Lanterns. Collecting: Green Lantern Corps 0, 8-12

30 review for Green Lantern Corps, Volume 2: Alpha War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars The Alpha Lanterns were stupid and annoying from the start. They were just an extra set of Green Lanterns that nobody cared about, nobody liked, and nobody wanted to read about. So the "Guardians" of DC decided to get rid of them. They probably could have avoided this whole volume, due to the fact that everyone had forgotten about them almost as soon as they were created. Just sayin'... Anyway. Tomasi actually did a really good job with this, considering the subject matter. The Green Lantern 3.5 stars The Alpha Lanterns were stupid and annoying from the start. They were just an extra set of Green Lanterns that nobody cared about, nobody liked, and nobody wanted to read about. So the "Guardians" of DC decided to get rid of them. They probably could have avoided this whole volume, due to the fact that everyone had forgotten about them almost as soon as they were created. Just sayin'... Anyway. Tomasi actually did a really good job with this, considering the subject matter. The Green Lantern Corps title deals with John Stewart (my #2 favorite Lantern) and Guy Gardner (nobody's favorite Lantern). So if you're not interested in what's happening with either of these guys, you may not enjoy it. This volume does have an impact of the events in Green Lantern, Vol. 3: The End, but I managed to understand what was going on without having to read this one first. It was nice to fill in a few of the blanks, though. One of the things Tomasi did really well was give some of Gardner's origin with the Lanterns. He pulled one out and made him seem much more sympathetic and likable, which is always a plus when it comes to Guy. Like most of these titles, it wasn't so great that I would go out of my way to recommend it, but it was also not a bad way to pass the time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    A strong volume. Very entertaining.

  3. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    The Alpha Green Lanterns are mega dicks and they are about to use their sense of "justice" to kill one of the biggest Green Lanterns. In reality this is really a story of setting up the big final crossover event coming next. The wrath of the first green lantern. This has John on trial for killing one of the members of the corps. BUT he did it to protect them. However, the Alpha squad look at it as black and white only. So they sentence him to death! Guy isn't having that though. The guardians ar The Alpha Green Lanterns are mega dicks and they are about to use their sense of "justice" to kill one of the biggest Green Lanterns. In reality this is really a story of setting up the big final crossover event coming next. The wrath of the first green lantern. This has John on trial for killing one of the members of the corps. BUT he did it to protect them. However, the Alpha squad look at it as black and white only. So they sentence him to death! Guy isn't having that though. The guardians are really pieces of shit. All plotting to get rid of the central members of the Green Lantern corps to make room for their new creation. It's actually frustrating to see what they're doing in the background but it's nice to see how easy a government can use their people and throw them away, makes you realize how they do it in real life so easy too. I also think the fights here are pretty brutal and a great ending. The art can be a little sketchy at times and some ugly faces drawn here or there. Overall, this is solid build up to the next crossover. Peter writes the corps good here and it's no different. 3.5 out of 5. Round it to a 4.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    MURDERER!!! Not a word you see associated with a Green lantern, but in this Volume we see John Stewart on trial for his life. Risking everything he had and all of his morals to make sure he protected the Corps and countless innocents. He had to make a hard choice, one that will haunt him forever. This choice landed him in front of the entire Corps, charged by the Alpha Lanterns, and expected to be made an example off. To top this all off the Guardians are up to something and it looks like the en MURDERER!!! Not a word you see associated with a Green lantern, but in this Volume we see John Stewart on trial for his life. Risking everything he had and all of his morals to make sure he protected the Corps and countless innocents. He had to make a hard choice, one that will haunt him forever. This choice landed him in front of the entire Corps, charged by the Alpha Lanterns, and expected to be made an example off. To top this all off the Guardians are up to something and it looks like the end game will be the complete destruction of the Corps. This book was amazing!!! I am firmly hooked on the Green Lantern Corps series. John Stewart and Guy Gardner take the center stage in this series and Guy is desperately trying to free his fellow Earth Lantern. A guilty verdict for John will mean his death by the hands of the Alpha Lanterns, the internal affairs of the Green Lantern Corps. When reviewing the evidence against John someone has tampered with the ring log and it is not looking good for him. This book is loaded with amazing action/fighting sequences and the art work is very well done. The writing was spot on and kept me turning pages as fast as I could. I liked the first Volume in the New 52 reboot of the Green Lantern Corps, but this book was much better. Without giving anything away the Guardians have big plans for the Corps and it isn't necessarily for the best. Seeing these characters have a darker side is very intriguing and I can't wait to see how this story line plays out in future books. This is defiantly just another chapter in a larger story. I will be reading Vol 3 when it comes out as soon as I can. If you would like to read more of my review check out my blog at brunnersbookshelf.blogspot.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rick Hunter

    In my review of Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 1: Fearsome, I stated that I liked Peter J. Tomasi's writing so far and wanted to read some more of his work. Since then, I've read the first 2 volumes of his run on New 52 Batman and Robin and this book. I'm growing even more fond of his writing. I don't think that this volume was quite as good as the previous volume, but it is still pretty damn good. I love the direction all of these Green Lantern books are taking and can't wait to see what happens in In my review of Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 1: Fearsome, I stated that I liked Peter J. Tomasi's writing so far and wanted to read some more of his work. Since then, I've read the first 2 volumes of his run on New 52 Batman and Robin and this book. I'm growing even more fond of his writing. I don't think that this volume was quite as good as the previous volume, but it is still pretty damn good. I love the direction all of these Green Lantern books are taking and can't wait to see what happens in the next volume of each. I still don't like John Stewart, but this is becoming my favorite Green Lantern title. Peter J. Tomasi's writing is the main reason for that. I love how he has written Guy Gardner in this series. The best part of the book for me was seeing Guy's origin in issue #0.The Alpha Lanterns were also a nice addition to the story. Since the Green Lantern Corps is basically the police force of the universe, the Alpha Lanterns are Internal Affairs. They police the police. Seeing their justifications for their actions and the reactions of the Green Lanterns are what really kept this story going. Tomasi's writing gets 4.5 stars. Fernando Pasarin provided most of the art for volume 1 and returns as the only artist for this volume. His artwork is pretty average. He is capable of some really good art as illustrated by some of the closeups of the main characters. These closeups are nicely detailed. Some of the other panels have little to no detail if they are are viewing subjects from a distance. As a whole, Pasarin does a better job with the alien characters than he does with the humans. Torek and Boodikka were my two favorite characters because of how they looked. The way Pasarin stages the fight scenes looks good, but the followthrough is weak. He gets some good help from the colorist for the lighting effects during these battles, but character faces and clothing suffer during the fight scenes. The art for this book could be much better. Art gets 3 stars. A 4.5 star writing score and a 3 star art score average out to a 3.75 overall score. that is almost right on the average score of all voters here on Goodreads. This book has really great writing, but would be one of the top books in the New 52 with a better artist on board. It is still well worth chcking out if a Green Lantern fan.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike O'Brien

    Just picked this one up the other day. I highly recommend this book. Tomasi is a brilliant writer and the art is fantastic. Its a courtroom drama, with the backstory of the Guardians further descent into madness and trying to destroy the Corps. It chronicles their orchestration of the rise and fall of Guy Gardner, and the beginning of the Rise of the Third Army. 5/5.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Adam Bain

    Well this series has found it's feet! I enjoyed the first volume of this title, but it still paled in comparison to the other Green Lantern titles I was reading at the time. This book steps out on its own whilst also playing a vital part of the 'Rise of the Third Army' story arc. It kicks off right after the last book finishes. John Stewart is feeling the guilts after killing a fellow Lantern just before they were to betray the corps. Guy Gardner is given a promotion from the mysteriously malevol Well this series has found it's feet! I enjoyed the first volume of this title, but it still paled in comparison to the other Green Lantern titles I was reading at the time. This book steps out on its own whilst also playing a vital part of the 'Rise of the Third Army' story arc. It kicks off right after the last book finishes. John Stewart is feeling the guilts after killing a fellow Lantern just before they were to betray the corps. Guy Gardner is given a promotion from the mysteriously malevolent guardians, who are up too no good again. Tomasi builds the story brilliantly as we get to see more of what the guardians are planning. I'm loving where this Lantern crossover is moving too, lots of mystery and intrigue. We get to read Guy's #0 issue in this collection as well which was cool to see. Looking forward to seeing John's origin story at some point in the next book. The end of the book slams you with a cliff hanger and I can't wait to see what happens! Another great volume for yet another awesome GL series!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Aylott

    Oh, Guardians of Oa. Why does anyone let you run ANYTHING? Time and time again you have proved yourself to be the Green Lantern Corps' worst enemy, and here we go again with another plot to undermine, torment and kill your faithful minions . I assume this will eventually end with you little blue meanies being squished and deposed yet again, and not a moment too soon. I'm enjoying this latest version of a familiar song, though. The action gets a little chaotic, but the trial of John Stewart is a c Oh, Guardians of Oa. Why does anyone let you run ANYTHING? Time and time again you have proved yourself to be the Green Lantern Corps' worst enemy, and here we go again with another plot to undermine, torment and kill your faithful minions . I assume this will eventually end with you little blue meanies being squished and deposed yet again, and not a moment too soon. I'm enjoying this latest version of a familiar song, though. The action gets a little chaotic, but the trial of John Stewart is a cracking legal thriller, while John and Guy are still getting some of the best character writing I've seen for them. Plus you've got to love any space opera story that includes a mission like, "The planet Mogo is putting itself back together; go help it."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fluffyroundabout

    A much better volume than the first. Strong story where things happen that actually matter and actually affect the GL Corps. Due to this, I feel like this GL series is well worth the read, in spite of the first volume. Art is fantastic as usual too. Seriously if you've read the first volume you need to read this one. A much better volume than the first. Strong story where things happen that actually matter and actually affect the GL Corps. Due to this, I feel like this GL series is well worth the read, in spite of the first volume. Art is fantastic as usual too. Seriously if you've read the first volume you need to read this one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gonzalo Urrutia

    I don't think there was ever a time in American history when publishing a story about a bunch of cops helping one of their own evade trial wouldn´t have been a tone-deaf idea. I don't think there was ever a time in American history when publishing a story about a bunch of cops helping one of their own evade trial wouldn´t have been a tone-deaf idea.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt Raymond

    Green Lantern Corps is very much like a typical crime drama but in space. Exhibit A would be the underused (and rightfully so) Alpha Lanterns. Basically the Internal Affairs of the GL's, who have arrested John Stewart for killing another member despite having a good reason. So naturally, the entire galaxy helps to break him free and dismantle Internal Affa--I mean the Alpha Lanterns! Yes, totally different. I joke, but this was actually very good. John Stewart has some great moments in the last v Green Lantern Corps is very much like a typical crime drama but in space. Exhibit A would be the underused (and rightfully so) Alpha Lanterns. Basically the Internal Affairs of the GL's, who have arrested John Stewart for killing another member despite having a good reason. So naturally, the entire galaxy helps to break him free and dismantle Internal Affa--I mean the Alpha Lanterns! Yes, totally different. I joke, but this was actually very good. John Stewart has some great moments in the last volume, and it just keeps going in this one. His guilt manifests so well on the page and in his interactions with friends and families, all of whom project their own perception of the event in question in all sorts of extremes. I remember hoping they'd explore that here and they did it better than I expected. Guy Gardner also feels different. He's got a thankless promotion (part of the guardian's Third Army plan), and that may factor in, but I think it's more. His discussions with John are very honest, and his attempts to help him are guided by a simple right and wrong view of the problem. We still get his frat boy persona, but in smaller doses. Later, we get to read #0, probably one of the best GL universe issues in a while. It humanizes Guy Gardner and gives him a depth that's basically been denied to him since he was invented. It was hard to for me to hate him after that one. His father is a jerk, and his siblings have success that he'll never achieve. There's this underlying jealousy he has towards them, but he's still loyal to his family despite not feeling belonged. It only made the final issue more of a gut punch. Although John is regaining trust in the Corps, Guy has lost it at the worst time and it opens some family wounds. They really like to use cliffhangers in this series, and that's fine. It kind of works for me in this one, and I enjoyed the pace. I try to ignore the whole "the stakes of never been higher" set up that these comics tend to have because, well, they say it all the time. Keeping that out of my mind, this one felt important in terms of character development. I just hope volume three doesn't get bogged down in crossover Hell. This could really become something great.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    An inevitable end to a grand mistake. So yes this arc is all about the Alpha Lanterns which have been a problem since their creation in the old GLC series. So how do I feel about this arc which is the culmination of that group in the GLU? World: The art is good, it's been the case for the GL books for a while, it's just colorful, full of motion and emotion it's a wonderful book to look at. The world building here is also strong. It's not so much world building but rather using pieces of the GLU th An inevitable end to a grand mistake. So yes this arc is all about the Alpha Lanterns which have been a problem since their creation in the old GLC series. So how do I feel about this arc which is the culmination of that group in the GLU? World: The art is good, it's been the case for the GL books for a while, it's just colorful, full of motion and emotion it's a wonderful book to look at. The world building here is also strong. It's not so much world building but rather using pieces of the GLU that have been put together for a while and leading it to it's inevitable confrontation. The pieces have been sitting in the world for a while and you knew eventually that things would lead to this and wow was it good. Story: The story on it's face is wonderful and leads to discussion, which is great. The start of the conflict and the linchpin on the other hand was not. I'm so tired of seeing Jon on trail can he have no story except of him making a tough choice and someone not agreeing with it, is that the extent of his personality and his character? But other than that the story was great. The Alphas have been annoying and tragic for a while and this was great how the story ended. It leads to further world changing events but it also felt natural and emotional. I read these character before they were Alpha Lanterns and the end is truly tragic and topical. However the highlight of this trade has got to be the #0 for Guy, that story was great. One issue and we are able to get the full Guy story in a compact and emotional shot and it is absolutely wonderful. I love that he's no longer just the Bro lantern and he truly is a fully fleshed out character now. Characters: There was a hell a lot of character development in this arc, a lot. So many characters going through stuff from John to Guy to the Alpha Lanterns this was just full of interaction, great dialog and characterization. It's a testament to the writing team and the richness of the world that a book this action packed and fast paced can have so much emotions and character moments in it, it's great. I love this universe it's dense it's real (for what it is) and the characters are wonderful. Onward to the next book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lissibith

    I don't think Green Lantern Corps. got anything good out of the reboot the DC universe did a while back (And they could definitely drop the "New" out of their "New 52" any day now - it's kinda old news at this point guys...) This volume is... okay. It's nice to see that post-reboot they haven't fallen back into the trap of writing Guy Gardener as his caricature-y JLI self - something I generally trust Tomasi to do very well, but with the reboot who knows what edicts might have come down. It start I don't think Green Lantern Corps. got anything good out of the reboot the DC universe did a while back (And they could definitely drop the "New" out of their "New 52" any day now - it's kinda old news at this point guys...) This volume is... okay. It's nice to see that post-reboot they haven't fallen back into the trap of writing Guy Gardener as his caricature-y JLI self - something I generally trust Tomasi to do very well, but with the reboot who knows what edicts might have come down. It starts out with (view spoiler)[the bad kind of self-sacrificing hero. I won't say it was a bad choice, because it's utterly in character for John, when faced with a murder charge for carrying out his duty, is willing to take the punishment in order to make a point. But it is the sort of self-sacrifice that makes me roll ym eyes with the noble stupidity of it all. I like john, but if he'd let himself be killed out of principle, I wouldn't have been able to mourn it. (hide spoiler)] As a Guy Gardner fan, it was nice to get a focus on him in the second half. A revamped backstory leaves me a little confused, since I was under the impression GL continuity was more or less untouched. That one's gonna be a bit confusing to folks going back to older books. :) Still, it's pretty much the same old Guy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nash Bork

    This was a Goodreads giveaway. Peter J. Tomasi brings a new depth to the Green Lantern Corps. This story is a hybrid of soft sci-fi, fantasy and superheroes. The focus of this collection is Guy Gardner who has finally been written as a realistic, well rounded character instead of just a one dimensional jerk. Tomasi also gives the Corps a complexity it has rarely had. There are a lot of twist and turns here which make it an engaging read. The art is also fantastic. Fernando Pasarin is an excellent This was a Goodreads giveaway. Peter J. Tomasi brings a new depth to the Green Lantern Corps. This story is a hybrid of soft sci-fi, fantasy and superheroes. The focus of this collection is Guy Gardner who has finally been written as a realistic, well rounded character instead of just a one dimensional jerk. Tomasi also gives the Corps a complexity it has rarely had. There are a lot of twist and turns here which make it an engaging read. The art is also fantastic. Fernando Pasarin is an excellent artist and a great story teller. There have been many fine artists contributing to DC's New 52, but many of them have been flashy and not really supported the story i.e. Jim Lee on the Justice League. Pasarin's art can be big and amazing, but it always works in support of the story. I have not read any type of Green Lantern book in probably about ten years, but I had no problem getting up to speed with the GL universe in this story. The best book I've read in the New 52. Looking forward to the follow up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    I loved this. There were a few slow moments while John and Guy waxed philosophical about what it means to be this or that... But I would rather some slow exposition in a comic book than a bunch of random, disconnected action sequences any day. The storyline in this volume was very compelling as the stakes are set very high for John Stewart. Life or death stakes, in fact. And it actually feels like life or death because the pacing is just right and the tension is written fairly thick. On top of it I loved this. There were a few slow moments while John and Guy waxed philosophical about what it means to be this or that... But I would rather some slow exposition in a comic book than a bunch of random, disconnected action sequences any day. The storyline in this volume was very compelling as the stakes are set very high for John Stewart. Life or death stakes, in fact. And it actually feels like life or death because the pacing is just right and the tension is written fairly thick. On top of it all, we have the Guardians acting extra sinister and aloof while the Alpha Lanterns go all Big Brother on the GLC. Of all the GL titles, this volume captures the current political state of the the GL universe the best. It deals with a lot of the main story arch's complications head-on, and I would consider this volume essential reading. 4/5

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The Alpha War story is very typical for modern Green Lantern. It's super big picture with huge stakes and huge fights. The result is OK ... but the whole schtick has gotten a little old, which makes me think that the powers-that-be were right in bringing in a whole new team of writers following Johns' departure. I also have some issues with yet-another Alpha Lantern story, especially since it doesn't seem to really pay attention to what has gone before. The Guy Gardener Zero Issue is terrific. It The Alpha War story is very typical for modern Green Lantern. It's super big picture with huge stakes and huge fights. The result is OK ... but the whole schtick has gotten a little old, which makes me think that the powers-that-be were right in bringing in a whole new team of writers following Johns' departure. I also have some issues with yet-another Alpha Lantern story, especially since it doesn't seem to really pay attention to what has gone before. The Guy Gardener Zero Issue is terrific. It sheds great light on his character. I opted not to read the Rise of the Third Army stories because they'll be collected in the Rise of the Third Army collection. I'm not sure why DC opted to include them here too, but their constantly overlapping event collections since the Nu52 haven't made a lot of sense, unfortunately ...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Arturo

    I can't quite put my finger on it, what it is that makes this book so forgettable, what it is that is wrong with it. I'm not sure if I'm just tired of the corp. or what. The writing is good, the art is great, the action is awesome, it just feels like the same ol' same ol'. I did keep putting off finishing the book, because of how dark (which is ironic considering how colorful it is), bleak and serious in can be. Any Corp member could die in any issue and many do die. They did. Die that is. It's h I can't quite put my finger on it, what it is that makes this book so forgettable, what it is that is wrong with it. I'm not sure if I'm just tired of the corp. or what. The writing is good, the art is great, the action is awesome, it just feels like the same ol' same ol'. I did keep putting off finishing the book, because of how dark (which is ironic considering how colorful it is), bleak and serious in can be. Any Corp member could die in any issue and many do die. They did. Die that is. It's heavy emphasis on Corps. Because it's about wars and battles and strategies... and death. Well to give you an idea, how forgettable it is, I will copy and paste this unto the next volumes review. So although I don't really recommend this. It's something you have to be in the mood for, and I'm always in the mood for star wa... No wait, not that, .. battles in space!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    The Green Lantern books, more than any other area of the DC Universe, suffer from event fatigue. It seems like there's always some massive crossover event between its books that makes them hard to jump into. And the corp or the universe always seems to be at stake. And honestly, it gets boring. The Alpha War is an example of that - there's a jury trial that doesn't really feel very developed, and then there's lots of multi-page splash images of lanterns fighting Alpha Lanterns. I get where it co The Green Lantern books, more than any other area of the DC Universe, suffer from event fatigue. It seems like there's always some massive crossover event between its books that makes them hard to jump into. And the corp or the universe always seems to be at stake. And honestly, it gets boring. The Alpha War is an example of that - there's a jury trial that doesn't really feel very developed, and then there's lots of multi-page splash images of lanterns fighting Alpha Lanterns. I get where it comes from, but it just doesn't inspire excitement. The artwork is well done, but the story just never clicks. Everything is epic, but it's also a prelude to an even bigger epic. That just gets tiring.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints Green Lantern Corps (3) #0, 8-14 (June 2012-January 2013). John Stewart has been an upstanding member of the Green Lantern Corps for years. When he is accused of murder by the newly appointed Alpha Corps, the Green Lantern Corps much choose sides…but it could be just what the Guardians want. Something is brewing in the universe, and the Third Army is rising! Written by Peter J. Tomasi, Green Lantern Corps Volume 2: Alpha Wars is part of the New 52 relaunch of the DC Universe. Following G Reprints Green Lantern Corps (3) #0, 8-14 (June 2012-January 2013). John Stewart has been an upstanding member of the Green Lantern Corps for years. When he is accused of murder by the newly appointed Alpha Corps, the Green Lantern Corps much choose sides…but it could be just what the Guardians want. Something is brewing in the universe, and the Third Army is rising! Written by Peter J. Tomasi, Green Lantern Corps Volume 2: Alpha Wars is part of the New 52 relaunch of the DC Universe. Following Green Lantern Corps Volume 1: Fearsome, the collection features art by Fernando Pasarin and Cafu. Green Lantern Corps #13-14 were also included in Green Lantern: Rise of the Third Army. Green Lantern has always been one of my favorite DC heroes. The Hal Jordan Green Lantern was a nice gateway to the other Green Lanterns and a strange network of space “police officers” that could come in any size or shape. Of course, two Americans really lead to Corps in this volume, but the fun still comes. Green Lantern Corps isn’t a revolutionary comic. The storyline is rather basic comic book fodder, but the series is heavily tied to Geoff Johns run on Green Lantern which essentially just continued the story of before Flashpoint. This means that this volume also contains a lot of conspiracies and questionable actions by the Guardians of the Universe…which is a step above many comics. The Alpha Guardians (and even Guy’s special designation) seems like a bad idea from the get-go. The Guardians have a history of making bad decisions and I would think that more of the Green Lanterns might recognize this as a questionable idea to give a certain among of the Corps even more power. You would think the characters were err on the side of caution, but the Guardians actions seem to be largely unexplored by their “employees”. The storyline involved in the second part of the collection is a bit odd. The collection contains Guy’s adventures as he became a Green Lantern to set-up Xar and tweak Guy’s origin while introducing his family, but the story largely ties into the next storyline. It does provide a good cliffhanger in this sense, but it also feels like an incomplete story. It feels like it isn’t part of the collection. Green Lantern Corps might not be groundbreaking, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t fun. With so many character options, I wish they’d branch away from Guy and John a bit and dip back into the ideas of the Tales of the Green Lantern Corps. The Rise of the Third Army proves to be a big moment for the Green Lantern Corps…bring it on! Green Lantern Corps 2: Alpha Wars is followed by Green Lantern Corps 3: Willpower.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 2: Alpha War sees Guy Gardner, John and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps pitching themselves against the Alpha Lanterns who have gone off the rails! The action is gripping as the Alpha Lanterns become a law onto themselves and become obbssed with obedience! This pitches the Alpha Corps against the Green Lanterns! This provides great tension and action! Beneath all of this the Guardians are manipulating events to their advantage as they are busily trying to replace Th Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 2: Alpha War sees Guy Gardner, John and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps pitching themselves against the Alpha Lanterns who have gone off the rails! The action is gripping as the Alpha Lanterns become a law onto themselves and become obbssed with obedience! This pitches the Alpha Corps against the Green Lanterns! This provides great tension and action! Beneath all of this the Guardians are manipulating events to their advantage as they are busily trying to replace The Green Lantern Corps! Old plotlines are dealt with and new ones are created as well! Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 2: Alpha War will keep you guessing at every stage with plots that don't seem to connect but will take you by surprise! Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 2: Alpha War brilliantly keeps the action and character development going right from the start! This makes for a great combination as each character directly impacts on each other! The Action is thick and fast on an epic level! At the same time the Guardians plans are sinister and you can really feel the Green Lanterns are having a shake up! The art marries up perfectly with the script! Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 2: Alpha War zings alongs from the beginning with the stakes on an epic level! You never know which way things are going to go! john being dragged out be his heels, their total irreverence to the Guradians etc all add humour to the tones of action, adventure etc in the book! Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 2: Alpha War is a blast from the start! It will keep you up seeing what happens! Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 2: Alpha War is full of daring do as the Lanterns unknowillingly take on the Guardians, World building as we zip around Earth, the Galaxy etc, Everything on an epic scale as we get to see more of the Guardians construction activities, what is going on Earth, what is happening at The Watchtower etc, past plot points are addressed and new ones created, adventure as the sides clash and attempt to outsmart each other and action! Brilliant Crisp High Five! Highly Recommended! Get it when you can! :D

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ronan The Librarian

    I’m enjoying this series so far. The writing can be corny every now and then, but it’s entertaining and I’m actually interested in what happens to the characters and the overarching plot. I’m not sure why I wasn’t as high on the art in my review for the first volume, but it’s really good. The splash pages are detailed, and balancing the distinct look of all the aliens is impressive. And with as much of the book needing to be green, it always looks vibrant and keeps you engaged. I didn’t start th I’m enjoying this series so far. The writing can be corny every now and then, but it’s entertaining and I’m actually interested in what happens to the characters and the overarching plot. I’m not sure why I wasn’t as high on the art in my review for the first volume, but it’s really good. The splash pages are detailed, and balancing the distinct look of all the aliens is impressive. And with as much of the book needing to be green, it always looks vibrant and keeps you engaged. I didn’t start the series knowing much about Guy or John, but I like them individually, and as buddy-space-cops. The variance in the GL’s power is odd to me. At times, they can move mountains, and other times they struggle beating up a normal alien. It feels a bit convenient that the rings are just as strong as they need to be in a given moment. It’s a minor gripe but just something I thought about. I look forward to reading on.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    John Stewart's actions are finally called into question thanks to the Alpha Lanterns still being around to act as the internal police of the Green Lantern Corps. Admittedly I was a little surprised that they're still in circulation given their rather colorful origins during a bout of questionable Guardian activity. And it's clear that the conflict was also engineered by the Guardians for more questionable reasons. But hey, it all makes sense if we're heading for another big story arc that threat John Stewart's actions are finally called into question thanks to the Alpha Lanterns still being around to act as the internal police of the Green Lantern Corps. Admittedly I was a little surprised that they're still in circulation given their rather colorful origins during a bout of questionable Guardian activity. And it's clear that the conflict was also engineered by the Guardians for more questionable reasons. But hey, it all makes sense if we're heading for another big story arc that threatens to mess up the Green Lanterns Corps as a whole. And we'll finally get an answer to all these "Third Army" references that the Guardians have been making behind closed doors.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    This volume showed the true depths the Guardians will go to accomplish their end goals. Guy and John are both shown as admiral soldiers who are dealing with a war they're not even sure they're in. Guy was much more admirable this volume as he was more hot-headed than annoying. The Alpha Lanterns were always an interesting idea that never panned out. This is a good solution to that. I really love where this title is going. The art was fantastic. Overall, a very good read that sets up so more. This volume showed the true depths the Guardians will go to accomplish their end goals. Guy and John are both shown as admiral soldiers who are dealing with a war they're not even sure they're in. Guy was much more admirable this volume as he was more hot-headed than annoying. The Alpha Lanterns were always an interesting idea that never panned out. This is a good solution to that. I really love where this title is going. The art was fantastic. Overall, a very good read that sets up so more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mohannad Elhamod

    I just really don't like Guy... I just really don't like Guy...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 🌟 John is arrested by the Alpha Lanterns for killing a Green Lantern. The Third Army starts to form.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Rush

    This isn't very good, but "1 star" ratings to me should be reserved for books that are just awful (since it won't let us give 0 stars as a real rating), so it squeaks out 1 star. As with much of the first collection, this second trade is rife with meaningless combat scenes and splashes and explosions and two-dimensional attempts at necessary three-dimensional effects. Perhaps the unfortunate hardcover binding is partially at fault, but the big "action" scenes are jumbled messes, giving us no rea This isn't very good, but "1 star" ratings to me should be reserved for books that are just awful (since it won't let us give 0 stars as a real rating), so it squeaks out 1 star. As with much of the first collection, this second trade is rife with meaningless combat scenes and splashes and explosions and two-dimensional attempts at necessary three-dimensional effects. Perhaps the unfortunate hardcover binding is partially at fault, but the big "action" scenes are jumbled messes, giving us no reason to spend time looking at them. The story, likewise, is so full of cliche one is tempted to laugh, were it not for the unfortunate occurrences throughout the storyline to supporting characters we wanted to care more about. Gardner and Stewart are still unimpressive as lead characters, Gardner even more so as the "reformed trouble maker turned teacher's pet." Yes, it's all part of some master plan (since the whole storyline is just a buildup to the next storyline), but the emotional turning points are all forced and obvious and made even less enjoyable by the trite dialogue throughout. The "villains" of this story are immediately introduced as jerks and miscreants, giving us no reason to believe they were ever credible in their appointed role or to empathize with their unsurprising demise. The climax continues the pattern of numbing fight scenes and stereotypical "good guy-turned bad guy-turned good guy" resolution. None of the emotional confrontations are given appropriate payoff when the truth is finally discovered, and then Tomasi kicks into high gear with his "destroying all the supporting characters" storyline and suddenly the Corps is up in arms and this and that and nothing seems credible, as if the Green Lantern Corps is entrusted with every power in the universe except common sense. This could have been something, but the absence of original storytelling or characterization really dragged this down into nothing special at all. Don't get me wrong; that doesn't make me happy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charles Mitchell

    the more I delve into the GL world the more intrigued I become. this is an integral prelude to the first great GL crossover epic of the New 52 era

  28. 4 out of 5

    M

    Peter J. Tomasi works on briging the Green Lantern Corps closer to ruination in this New 52 volume. After burying the Sinestro Corps battery, Guy Gardner and John Stewart reflect on the current status of the Lanterns from Earth. The arrival of the robotic Alpha Lanterns complicates matters, especially when they charge Stewart with the death of a fellow Corpsman. Despite having done so to prevent Oa codes from being dealt into enemy hands, John is railroaded into a sham trial and death sentence. Peter J. Tomasi works on briging the Green Lantern Corps closer to ruination in this New 52 volume. After burying the Sinestro Corps battery, Guy Gardner and John Stewart reflect on the current status of the Lanterns from Earth. The arrival of the robotic Alpha Lanterns complicates matters, especially when they charge Stewart with the death of a fellow Corpsman. Despite having done so to prevent Oa codes from being dealt into enemy hands, John is railroaded into a sham trial and death sentence. Refusing to allow his friend to die, Gardner takes it upon himself to bust John out, and then begin a brawl between the Alphas and the Corps. Following the destruction of the Alphas, a trip down memory lane is in order for Guy Garnder - as is a promotion. Things fall apart when the Guardians unleash the Third Army and disgrace Gardner for leaving his assigned duties. As such, Guy is discharged from the Corps and sent back to Earth. Tomasi steers the Corps into the upcoming Third Army crossover well, while helping bring readers on board with the replacement GLs of Gardner and Stewart. The treachery of the Guardians and the history of the Alphas does carry over from the pre-relaunch day, which can leave new readers wondering about the current state of events. Art chores from Fernando Pasarin are sharp, well-defined, and emotional; this is especially important when your cast includes robots, aliens, and expressionless beings. Grab a ring-side seat for the Alpha War and find out who is left standing!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Considering I really, really didn't like the first volume of the relaunched Green Lantern Corps, I was hesitant to begin reading this second volume. I eventually forced myself to, and whilst it's nowhere near as good as the previous incarnation of the series pre-Flashpoint, it's certainly an improvement. The titular Alpha War story is rife with poor characterization and totally ignores the entirety of Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns and its effects on Boodika, but it's mostly harmless fun bar charac Considering I really, really didn't like the first volume of the relaunched Green Lantern Corps, I was hesitant to begin reading this second volume. I eventually forced myself to, and whilst it's nowhere near as good as the previous incarnation of the series pre-Flashpoint, it's certainly an improvement. The titular Alpha War story is rife with poor characterization and totally ignores the entirety of Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns and its effects on Boodika, but it's mostly harmless fun bar characters pretty much ignoring certain questions in order to further the plot, which isn't good, obviously. But it all picks up in the second half as the focus shifts to Guy Gardner and the Third Army; this story looks at Guy's backstory and motivations, whilst the Guardians continue their downward spiral towards crazy town. The artwork is excellent throughout, Pasarin's double page spreads are excellent and perhaps some of the best I've seen on the Lantern books ever, whilst guest penciller Cafu fills in for an issue with an almost indistinguishable style, making for a very visually cohesive story. This isn't great, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. Shifting John Stewart out of the spotlight in favour of Guy Gardner is a good idea, and the artwork holds everything together even when the story is threatening to break it apart.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel P

    I won a free copy as a first-reads giveaway. From the description: “When the Alpha Lanterns, an internal police force for the Corps, arrest Green Lantern John Stewart for the murder of a fellow Lantern, it sends shock waves throughout the entire Corps. It is up to Guy Gardner and the rest of the Green Lanterns to break Stewart out and bring down the emotionless Alpha Lanterns.” I don’t regularly read the Green Lantern comics so I had to do a lot of research to do to catch up to this point in the s I won a free copy as a first-reads giveaway. From the description: “When the Alpha Lanterns, an internal police force for the Corps, arrest Green Lantern John Stewart for the murder of a fellow Lantern, it sends shock waves throughout the entire Corps. It is up to Guy Gardner and the rest of the Green Lanterns to break Stewart out and bring down the emotionless Alpha Lanterns.” I don’t regularly read the Green Lantern comics so I had to do a lot of research to do to catch up to this point in the story. I discovered that Guy Gardner doesn’t typically take center stage but this time he excelled in the starring role. The artwork and storyline were well done, overall a good read for Green Lantern and DC Comics fans alike.

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