The issue kicks off almost immediately after the last panel of Green Lantern Annual #2 as the corps debates the validity of continuing to use the emotional spectrum now that they've learned its finite. Venditti does a nice job accounting for plot holes and quickly explains that the spectrum is being drained much more quickly because of the record number of corps. He also hints at a power struggle looming now that the Blue Lanterns, the only ones friendly to the GLC, are gone. I think a lantern cold war could have been fun, but with the blues already out of the picture it seems the odds are already stacked heavily against the Green Lanterns. This leads Hal Jordan to make a directive that seems to be the shaping factor of the issues to come, he names the GLC a lantern police state.
The story then moves past the complicated GL home world and jumps back to Green Lantern’s roots with some good ol' universe policing. The end result, however, is Hal, rather callously, tricking Kilowag, who is immune to the Star Sapphires since his entire family is dead, into helping him take down Star Sapphire Nol-Anj. While the policing bit was nice, this ultimately felt like territory that's been treaded. Once again, the various lanterns will fight over a disagreement on how to be lanterns.
This issue took a bold step in declaring a clear direction for the Green Lantern Corps, although it seemed to undo much of the progress this universe has seen along the way. Some characters even implied they may simply police their sector without their rings aka the thing that makes them distinctive characters and pertinent to the mythos. As with any changes to an enjoyed mythos, I believe the short comings may best be described as growing pains while the book searches for a comfortable statue quo. What do you think of the new direction? Let us know in the comments section below.