This title starts with Guy Gardner recording a video about an upcoming mission. Suddenly, his ring alerts him to the location of stolen Rakkonium. Gardner quickly leaves for the uncharted sectors. As he arrives he sees a science vessel that has been overrun with pirates. In true Gardner-fashion, he busts his way through and quickly deals with the pirates. He manages to rescue the scientists on board, but they are pretty upset with how reckless he was with saving them.
After some reflection on this little mission, Gardner recalls the deal he made with Ganthet and Atrocitus and decides it’s time to take a more proactive approach.
We then see Gardner face to face with the Guardians. He outlines his plan for going into the uncharted sectors to head-off threats that may be outside of the Corps sphere of influence. Almost as a complete shock to Gardner, the Guardians agree and tell him to start his mission immediately.
After a quick cut-away to a scene of Sodam Yat falling through Daxam’s atmosphere and having his body hidden by a group of children, we return to Oa.
We see Ganthet making his way through the subsurface of Oa towards a massive door with a Black Lantern symbol on it. As he enters, we see the Book of Black that Scar used during Blackest Night. Gathet opens the book and sees a picture of Gardner and Jordan battling one another.
Gardner surprises Ganthet and asks what he is doing. Ganthet explains that the Book of Black may contain help in their coming mission. Both of them notice Lyssa Drax is still imprisoned in the Book of Black.
After Gardner explains that he does not trust Atrocitus, Gathet tells him that they will have to work together to use each other to their advantage. They are now allies and will have to set aside differences for now.
Meanwhile on Ysmault, Atrocitus is creating a Wall of Rage, comprised of the skulls from all of those slaughtered by the Manhunters in the Massacre of Sector 666. He tells Bleez that she must join Gardner on his new mission, but that soon they will be able to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians. Bleez dutifully flies off.
We see Gardner finishing his video recording. He is explaining that the motives for why he is doing this may seem unclear, and that anyone questioning it should dig deeper because nothing is really what it seems. He finishes with explaining that this was all done for the Corps. We then see Gardner cough up a little blood, perhaps Red Lantern energy.
In the very last scene, we see two Green Lanterns, positioned in the Unknown Sector, contacting Sallak and the Guardians. They note that they have the prisoners in custody and will be heading back to Oa shortly. The Green Lanterns then land on the planet below and enter a giant temple. Inside we see a warlord with an orange construct sword. He speaks to them, “Long live the Corps.”
This issue was very solid and ended on a very dramatic cliffhanger. Tomasi did a magnificent job in creating a very tense atmosphere where paranoia and fear could breed in the readers mind. Exploring unknown space is both exciting and dangerous, and who better to lead that charge than Gardner. The attempt to tie up some lose ends with Sodam Yat makes for some interesting plotlines in this title as well.
If you are a Gardner fan, this is a very tough no-nonsense book styled completely after Gardner. It’s defiantly worth picking up and is still fresh enough to be very relevant to what is happening in the current stories.