The epic finale to Wrath of the First Lantern also ends the epic 9 year run of Green Lantern for Geoff Johns. Johns took green lantern from almost Aquaman level to one of the most popular and most powerful characters of the DC Universe. He’s put Hal though the Sinestro Corp War, Blackest Night, and Brightest Day. There have been wars between all the corps and within the green as well. His run on Green Lantern is what got me back into comics starting with blackest night, and now its over. It’s sad to watch him go but with this last issue he did a perfect job of wrapping up the entire run. There is no way to be disappointed with how this issue went. It was a perfect ending to a perfect series. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he does the same with Aquaman that he did with Hal.
The issue starts with a new green lantern recruit ending his training and reading the story of Hal Jordan from the book of Oa. The book gives a quick recap of the events starting with Rebirth and runs up to the end of issue 19 with Hals nose dive off of a cliff. The rest of the narration done throughout the book is done by the cloaked man reading the book. It then jumps back to present time where Volthoom is finally in Oa ready to destroy the guardians along with the rest of the corp. This is where all 4 books come together (like always for Green Lantern cross-overs) , Attrocitus wants the guardians for himself and must fight volthoom to get at them, and Kyle Rayner uses his new White Lantern powers to try to help the Green Lanterns in any way he can.
If you’ve been reading all the titles in the cross-over event the story gets a little predictable at times but still managed to surprise me. The story is brilliant and the guest artists like Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, and others return to the book with tons of amazing splash pages including a 4 page spread at the end.