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This issue covers some of the aftermath and repercussions of last issue’s battles. The main focus is on honoring those Corps members who died in the fight. John Stewart has it particularly rough, as he was forced to take the life of one young Corpsman to save others. After the ceremony honoring the dead, Stewart volunteers to return the body to the family in a farm setting on a distant planet, where he must deal with the family’s anger and grief. Writer Peter Tomasi does an excellent job with a story focusing on the realities of war, making it probably my favorite issue of the run so far.
On the art, I was delighted to see the work of Claude St. Aubin (with inker Scott Hanna), a Canadian artist who I recently worked with on another project very far from superheroes. He does a great job here, capturing the heroic and human qualities of the story perfectly.