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Green Lantern Corps, Volume 2: Alpha War (Green Lantern Corps, Volume III #2)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  548 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
As part of the DC New 52 event, the Green Lantern Corps return, led by fan favorite Lanterns Guy Gardner and John Stewart.
When the Alpha Lanterns, an internal police force for the Corps, arrest Green Lantern John Stewart for the murder of a fellow Lantern, it sends shock waves throughout the entire Corps. It is up to Guy Gardner and the rest of the Green Lanterns to break
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by DC Comics
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3.5 stars

The Alpha Lanterns were stupid and annoying from the start. They were just an extra set of Green Lanterns that nobody cared about, nobody liked, and nobody wanted to read about.
So the "Guardians" of DC decided to get rid of them.
They probably could have avoided this whole volume, due to fact that everyone had forgotten about them almost as soon as they were created.
Just sayin'...

Tomasi actually did a really good job with this, considering the subject matter.
The Green Lantern Corp
Jesse A
Oct 03, 2015 Jesse A rated it liked it
A strong volume. Very entertaining.
Aug 06, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
MURDERER!!! Not a word you see associated with a Green lantern, but in this Volume we see John Stewart on trial for his life. Risking everything he had and all of his morals to make sure he protected the Corps and countless innocents. He had to make a hard choice, one that will haunt him forever. This choice landed him in front of the entire Corps, charged by the Alpha Lanterns, and expected to be made an example off. To top this all off the Guardians are up to something and it looks like the ...more
Rick Hunter
Dec 10, 2015 Rick Hunter rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: green lantern fans
In my review of Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 1: Fearsome, I stated that I liked Peter J. Tomasi's writing so far and wanted to read some more of his work. Since then, I've read the first 2 volumes of his run on New 52 Batman and Robin and this book. I'm growing even more fond of his writing. I don't think that this volume was quite as good as the previous volume, but it is still pretty damn good. I love the direction all of these Green Lantern books are taking and can't wait to see what happens in ...more
Mike O'Brien
Jul 08, 2013 Mike O'Brien rated it it was amazing
Just picked this one up the other day. I highly recommend this book. Tomasi is a brilliant writer and the art is fantastic. Its a courtroom drama, with the backstory of the Guardians further descent into madness and trying to destroy the Corps. It chronicles their orchestration of the rise and fall of Guy Gardner, and the beginning of the Rise of the Third Army. 5/5.
Matt Raymond
Nov 25, 2014 Matt Raymond rated it really liked it
Green Lantern Corps is very much like a typical crime drama but in space. Exhibit A would be the underused (and rightfully so) Alpha Lanterns. Basically the Internal Affairs of the GL's, who have arrested John Stewart for killing another member despite having a good reason. So naturally, the entire galaxy helps to break him free and dismantle Internal Affa--I mean the Alpha Lanterns! Yes, totally different.

I joke, but this was actually very good. John Stewart has some great moments in the last v
Jun 01, 2014 Jbainnz rated it really liked it
Well this series has found it's feet!

I enjoyed the first volume of this title, but it still paled in comparison to the other Green Lantern titles I was reading at the time. This book steps out on its own whilst also playing a vital part of the 'Rise of the Third Army' story arc. It kicks off right after the last book finishes. John Stewart is feeling the guilts after killing a fellow Lantern just before they were to betray the corps. Guy Gardner is given a promotion from the mysteriously malevol
Nash Bork
Jul 19, 2013 Nash Bork rated it really liked it
This was a Goodreads giveaway.

Peter J. Tomasi brings a new depth to the Green Lantern Corps. This story is a hybrid of soft sci-fi, fantasy and superheroes. The focus of this collection is Guy Gardner who has finally been written as a realistic, well rounded character instead of just a one dimensional jerk. Tomasi also gives the Corps a complexity it has rarely had. There are a lot of twist and turns here which make it an engaging read. The art is also fantastic. Fernando Pasarin is an excellent
Jan 19, 2016 Arturo rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-2012-gl
I can't quite put my finger on it, what it is that makes this book so forgettable, what it is that is wrong with it. I'm not sure if I'm just tired of the corp. or what.
The writing is good, the art is great, the action is awesome, it just feels like the same ol' same ol'. I did keep putting off finishing the book, because of how dark (which is ironic considering how colorful it is), bleak and serious in can be. Any Corp member could die in any issue and many do die. They did.
Die that is. It's h
Chris Aylott
May 11, 2014 Chris Aylott rated it really liked it
Oh, Guardians of Oa. Why does anyone let you run ANYTHING? Time and time again you have proved yourself to be the Green Lantern Corps' worst enemy, and here we go again with another plot to undermine, torment and kill your faithful minions . I assume this will eventually end with you little blue meanies being squished and deposed yet again, and not a moment too soon.

I'm enjoying this latest version of a familiar song, though. The action gets a little chaotic, but the trial of John Stewart is a c
Oct 06, 2016 Matej rated it liked it
The second volume of Green Lantern Corps is slightly more interesting than the first volume, but unfortunately the plot is still a bit to simple, characters are forgettable and while the art is good, it is nothing to write home about.
I am going to read the next volume, but that will probably be the last in this series.
Wing Kee
Jul 02, 2016 Wing Kee rated it really liked it
An inevitable end to a grand mistake.

So yes this arc is all about the Alpha Lanterns which have been a problem since their creation in the old GLC series. So how do I feel about this arc which is the culmination of that group in the GLU?

World: The art is good, it's been the case for the GL books for a while, it's just colorful, full of motion and emotion it's a wonderful book to look at. The world building here is also strong. It's not so much world building but rather using pieces of the GLU th
Christopher Rush
Feb 06, 2015 Christopher Rush rated it it was ok
This isn't very good, but "1 star" ratings to me should be reserved for books that are just awful (since it won't let us give 0 stars as a real rating), so it squeaks out 1 star. As with much of the first collection, this second trade is rife with meaningless combat scenes and splashes and explosions and two-dimensional attempts at necessary three-dimensional effects. Perhaps the unfortunate hardcover binding is partially at fault, but the big "action" scenes are jumbled messes, giving us no ...more
Jun 22, 2015 M rated it it was ok
Peter J. Tomasi works on briging the Green Lantern Corps closer to ruination in this New 52 volume. After burying the Sinestro Corps battery, Guy Gardner and John Stewart reflect on the current status of the Lanterns from Earth. The arrival of the robotic Alpha Lanterns complicates matters, especially when they charge Stewart with the death of a fellow Corpsman. Despite having done so to prevent Oa codes from being dealt into enemy hands, John is railroaded into a sham trial and death sentence. ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Considering I really, really didn't like the first volume of the relaunched Green Lantern Corps, I was hesitant to begin reading this second volume. I eventually forced myself to, and whilst it's nowhere near as good as the previous incarnation of the series pre-Flashpoint, it's certainly an improvement.

The titular Alpha War story is rife with poor characterization and totally ignores the entirety of Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns and its effects on Boodika, but it's mostly harmless fun bar charac
Nov 24, 2013 Lissibith rated it liked it
I don't think Green Lantern Corps. got anything good out of the reboot the DC universe did a while back (And they could definitely drop the "New" out of their "New 52" any day now - it's kinda old news at this point guys...)

This volume is... okay. It's nice to see that post-reboot they haven't fallen back into the trap of writing Guy Gardener as his caricature-y JLI self - something I generally trust Tomasi to do very well, but with the reboot who knows what edicts might have come down.

It start
Oct 07, 2014 Kyle rated it really liked it
Shelves: dcu
I loved this. There were a few slow moments while John and Guy waxed philosophical about what it means to be this or that... But I would rather some slow exposition in a comic book than a bunch of random, disconnected action sequences any day.

The storyline in this volume was very compelling as the stakes are set very high for John Stewart. Life or death stakes, in fact. And it actually feels like life or death because the pacing is just right and the tension is written fairly thick. On top of it
Shannon Appelcline
Jan 21, 2014 Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
The Alpha War story is very typical for modern Green Lantern. It's super big picture with huge stakes and huge fights. The result is OK ... but the whole schtick has gotten a little old, which makes me think that the powers-that-be were right in bringing in a whole new team of writers following Johns' departure. I also have some issues with yet-another Alpha Lantern story, especially since it doesn't seem to really pay attention to what has gone before.

The Guy Gardener Zero Issue is terrific. It
Zack! Empire
Dec 10, 2013 Zack! Empire rated it it was ok
Shelves: dc-comics
It says right on the cover that this book is "legal thriller", (according to the review quote) but that couldn't be further from the truth. It's about as much a legal thriller as my ass is a bridge. We see John Stewart dealing with the fallout for his actions from Volume One. He is put on trail and is sentenced to death. Guy Gardner breaks him out and they go on the run from the Alpha Lanterns. The Alphas are obsessed with killing John to make sure the rest of the Green Lanterns take them ...more
Rachel P
Jul 29, 2013 Rachel P rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a free copy as a first-reads giveaway.

From the description: “When the Alpha Lanterns, an internal police force for the Corps, arrest Green Lantern John Stewart for the murder of a fellow Lantern, it sends shock waves throughout the entire Corps. It is up to Guy Gardner and the rest of the Green Lanterns to break Stewart out and bring down the emotionless Alpha Lanterns.”

I don’t regularly read the Green Lantern comics so I had to do a lot of research to do to catch up to this point in the s
Feb 20, 2014 Cale rated it it was ok
The Green Lantern books, more than any other area of the DC Universe, suffer from event fatigue. It seems like there's always some massive crossover event between its books that makes them hard to jump into. And the corp or the universe always seems to be at stake. And honestly, it gets boring. The Alpha War is an example of that - there's a jury trial that doesn't really feel very developed, and then there's lots of multi-page splash images of lanterns fighting Alpha Lanterns. I get where it ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Benjamin rated it liked it
While I loved volume 1, I liked volume 2. That's not a bad thing. There was something a little more incomplete in this book and maybe a tad tiring, especially in the first half. Oa seems constantly on the edge of catastrophe...when do the GLs ever get a day off? Ha! A long awaited resolve to a story dating back pre-New 52, namely the Alpha Lanterns, was blessedly concluded. We get a reimagined look at Guy's origin, which was cool. The major underlying plot here is the Guardians' ...more
Oct 06, 2013 Anchorpete rated it liked it
The first half of this trade was pretty hard to get through. Actually, there wasn't much in this whole trade, that we haven't seen many times over at this point:

The Guardians scheming, planning something that involves controlling the galaxy.
Alpha Lanterns being d-bags.

What it does have going for it, is the fact that it makes Guy Gardner into a likeable character. Ever since Green Lantern Corps started up again, after Green Lantern: Rebirth, Writers have been trying to make Guy Gardner more like
Apr 04, 2015 Jacob rated it it was ok
Public library copy.

Why do I feel like I keep reading John Stewart trials? While this work is superior to the other lousy DC Comic titles, it's not much better. I'm only a casual GL and GL Corps reader. I've read all the Geoff Johns GL stories and I thought this book was a reminder that all the chess pieces have been played with before from murder trials to the pesky, untrustworthy Guardians, maybe it's time to switch up the cast and let Guy and John (and Kyle even though he wasn't around) take
Jul 14, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Top-notch DC bounty. Tomasi's DC's most under-appreciated writer. Terrific artwork. But I'm still bugged by this story arcs dependance on yet another the-Guardians-are-secretly-evil. Since Hal Jordan's return when haven't they been evil? It's a good formula but it's one that should only be used rarely.
May 19, 2015 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
Stewart faces trial for murder. Have the Alpha corp got too much power? This is an enjoyable book that looks at character, and ethics. It is part of a bigger storyline but you dont need to have read it to enjoy this. If you like the lesser well known GLs from Earth then this book is for you. A good read.
Feb 27, 2014 sixthreezy rated it it was amazing
I couldn't agree more with one of the quotes on the front of the book stating that the Alpha War story is like Peter J. Tomasi doing his best David Baldacci impression and creating a superb court-room action thriller. This book was amazing, and one of the reasons that I am not finding myself to be a gigantic Green Lantern fan.
Dec 01, 2013 Bob rated it really liked it
Another great book in the saga of the Green Lantern Corps. It's nice to have a book that can concentrate more on Guy and John as well as some of the other Corps members. It looks like big things are on the horizon for the Corps and they are not all good but that's what makes it all so interesting and sucks you in.
Matthew Cholodewitsch
Jul 17, 2016 Matthew Cholodewitsch rated it it was ok
This would've worked better if the previous volume had introduced the alpha lanterns and built them up. Here, they service as a decent threat but a lot of the characters motivations (hating the alphas for past treatment) aren't well established.
Oct 24, 2013 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
was a fun read. They cover the past you need to know without bogging things down. I've liked Guy since the late 80's....and this works for me.
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Peter J. Tomasi is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics.
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