Green Lantern has not missed a step yet, and issue 3 keeps it on track and takes it to a new level. We start with Carol entering her apartment just as her phone rings. Tom Kalmaku is on the line and tells her to turn the television on. She is then staring at an unbelievable sight: Jordan and Sinestro working together to save the bridge from issue 2 from collapsing.
Meanwhile, Jordan is fighting his own insecurities and wanting to go say goodbye to Carol before leaving with Sinestro to protect Korugar. Sinestro reminds Jordan that he has failed in romance as he failed at being a Green Lantern, and his only hope of doing anything right is to forget his own petty problems and join him in a battle against the Sinestro Corps.
We then return to Oa, only to see the Guardians discussing the emotional lobotomy they performed on Ganthet. He has lost all of his feelings and is now ruled only by cold logic.
The subject quickly turns towards a more pressing matter though. The Guardians believe the Green Lanterns, much like their predecessors the Manhunters, are flawed. They suggest it’s time to start a Third Army and replace the Green Lantern Corps.
Refocusing on Jordan and Sinestro, they begin to close in on Korugar. Sinestro then reveals the key to destroying his corps. He holds a power battery out to Jordan. By flying a power battery into the Sinestro Corps Central Power Battery, it should defeat them.
The two then firm up their attack plans, with Sinestro playing decoy while Jordan takes the power battery to the central battery. Sinestro tells Jordan to turn his uniform black to disguise themselves, something Jordan wasn’t even aware could be done. They then sit and wait for nightfall, but as they do a young girl is attacked by a Sinestro Corpsman. Sinestro springs into action to save her and Jordan takes off towards the central battery.
As Jordan approaches the central battery, he is faced with a Sinestro Corpsman that he makes quick work of before entering the battery to shut it down. As he enters though, the central battery detects him and begins disintegrating Jordan. With his dying breath he blames Sinestro of setting him up.
This story is easily one of the best of all of the Green Lantern titles since the reboot. The writing is action packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat. At some scenes, such as when Sinestro leaps into action in the defense of the Korugarian, you can feel the tension and sense of urgency.
The biggest shock was obviously that the Guardians are planning on replacing the Green Lantern Corps. Who knows what they could be replaced with though. The Guardians have tried robots and sentient beings. Perhaps they may try planets like Mogo who are completely obedient, or maybe even start to patrol the universe themselves as Ganthet did.
The major question though is: Is Jordan really dead? They couldn’t kill him off after reviving him so soon, and certainly not in this manner. It looks very similar to how Sinestro traveled between universes to reach the anti-matter universe. So hopefully we will find more answers there.
The artwork in this issue was amazing, and the variant cover by Ethan Van Sciver is out of this world. You could feel your own chest puffing out along with Sinestro and Jordan’s when they sparred with each other. Everything seemed to come together perfectly for this issue. This is absolutely worth picking up, and I would suggest getting a copy of the beautiful variant if you have an opportunity.