Sunday, February 20, 2011

Rant-Reviews--Three Green Lantern Books.

One book of the Green-Lantern-line came out last week, and two this week. Two were decent and one impressed. To find out which did what, read on...

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #7
Probably the least interesting and slowest-developing Green Lantern book of the ones coming out now. Even though Peter J. Tomasi normally hits home-runs with stories, this has just been a bit of a weak series. The art is decent, but the weird fixation with mind-control snakes going into people's mouths and noses is a bit odd. The plot moves forward--just barely, but at least a plot seems to have formed beyond, "Guy Gardner is worried about the future," with the Sodam Yat character serving an interesting role as a sort of Green-Lantern power-drain. Still, I can't feel the upcoming "War of the Green Lantern" cross-over will be the shot in the arm this so far mediocre series needs.
2.5 out of 5 stars.

Green Lantern Corps #57
If you aren't following Brightest Day an appearance by the character FireStorm will probably leave you scratching your head. On the positive side the art continues to look nice, and the whole storyline with this Weaponeer individual comes to a satisfying resolution. A bit above-average.
3 out of 5 stars.

Green Lantern #62
Geoff Johns returns us to the main story after the random digression last issue, and boy is that a good thing. The action flies fast and furious, and a great twist to the normal, "Good guys always win" formula occurs with members of the Justice League telling Hal himself, "You lost," in his fight with some character known as the rogue guardian Krona (whom I have never heard of before due to my lacking knowledge in DC continuity). There is action, humor, and some foreshadowing about how Hal may be reaching another breaking point in his life like that time he was possessed by Parallax a long time ago. A fine return to form for the series, with the next issue kicking off a crossover between all three titles as the prologue to War of the Green Lanterns that should hopefully go well.
4 out of 5 stars.

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