In the comics of my childhood, continued stories were rare. In fact there were usually at least two complete stories per issue. That began to change in the 1970s, and by the 1980s long serial stories with no particular beginning or end were appearing. I even wrote one or two myself. In the DCU comics I’ve been reading lately, and probably for some time, stories are most often six issues long, making for a good-sized trade paperback. This is not a bad thing, it’s plenty of room to develop a story, and yet it gives readers a feeling of closure when they get to Part 6, as happens here.
Earth’s rookie GL’s Simon and Jessica are battling the leader of the Red Lanterns, Atrocitus, who is trying to implement “Red Dawn” on Earth. It’s as bad as it sounds. Simon is fighting valiantly, but barely hanging on. Jessica is frozen with fear, a problem she’s had for some time. Something has to break for the heroes, and Jessica finds her way through her problems, emerging with more power than anyone might have expected, especially Atrocitus.
As the main threat fades, the personal storylines and plot threads are given room to find resolution nicely. Then a new storyline is teased for the next set of six issues. I hate Red Lanterns, but I like the writing of Sam Humphries on this series, and enjoyed the art of Will Conrad and Jack Herbert on this issue.