While this Examiner has been trying to keep up with the gist of the 'Blackest Night' storyline, he's been a bit lax about covering the other 'main' parts of the story, those covered in both the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps titles. Since his comic book store was unable to get issue 6 of Blackest Night in last week for review purposes, your comic book Examiner figured he'd catch up on the other titles.
Green Lantern is, by far, the most important of the two 'GL' crossover series, as far as what the heck is going on in relation to the 'main' Blackest Night storyline. Sure, the Corps book is a really fun read, but it seems to have slightly less 'weight' to it than Green Lantern, proper. So what's going on in Green Lantern since last we talked about it, you ask? Quite a lot actually.
In Green Lantern issue 46, we see a lot of the sub-plots from the "War of Light' story lines start to gel together. Events shift from the battle over the world of the Star Sapphires to the far reaches of the universe, as Hal Jordan (the 'main' Green Lantern) tries to collect a representative of each member of the various 'light' corps. Even if one of those corps consists of just one entity.
The whole idea is, by issue 48, that these seven representative individuals of each 'color' of emotion are to take on the main Black Lantern force, which has by now massed on earth - namely, near Coast City, the town Hal was unable to save years ago (a failure that eventually drove him bonkers). Through these three issues, every thread is brought together, just in time to reconnect with Blackest Night in issue #5.
All in all, these three issues are a fun read, and add vital details to Blackest Night. If you weren't sure where all these light-wielding aliens came from at the beginning of Blackest Night #5, these three issues explain it quite well. Of course the story doesn't end here... one of the small sub plots involves John Stewart, another Green Lantern, entering the dead world of Xanshi on a likely mad quest to put things right there.
But as Hal Jordan failed to save Coast City, Stewart failed to save Xanshi... so there's a nice parallel going on with this particular plot. What happens when that story comes to a head? Tune in to Green Lantern #49 to get the scoop there (which may or may not be in your local comic book store as you read this).
Unlike many comics out these days, Green Lantern is still only $2.99 per issue, so it's not horribly expensive to catch up on this arm of the Blackest Night storyline. So if you're still interested (and a lot of folks are still), go check these out today... unless you're waiting until Wednesday to do so!