Sunday, May 29, 2011

Comics this week

Green Lantern #66- After a delay, writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke finally got Green Lantern #66 out. Whereas the writing of Johns did not suffer as a result of the delay, Mahnke’s art did. There were panels in this issue that looked rushed and nothing that approached the great work he did in the previous few issues of GL. Disappointing as the story took a twist here with Krona finally revealed his master plan for a new set of Guardians. There was a brief interlude in the middle with Sinestro and the Book of the Black and I hope it means something because it took up pages in the issue. More importantly, it broke the flow of the story for me. “War of the Green Lanterns” is still a very good mini-series but DC need to sort out of these delays.

Green Lantern Corps #60- Part 8 of the War of the Green Lanterns, this issue showcased John Stewart’s and Kyle Rayner’s attempt to break Mogo free from Krona's influence. As the oldest and most important GL in the Corps, breaking Mogo free would change the conflict totally in favor of the GLs. That’s why I was so shocked by what John Stewart did at the end of the issue. I won’t spoil it here but it was a big decision, a game-changer and one that Kyle think he got wrong. Read this issue and decide for yourself. Green Lantern Corps #60 might not be the best issue in the “War of the Green Lanterns” so far but it could be the most important. That was how big of a decision John Stewart made.

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #10- Thus far, every time the “War of the Green Lanterns” reached a Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors issue, the results had been less than spectacular. Luckily, Part 9 of the miniseries broke that trend. Yes, DC released Part 7 (Green Lantern #66), Part 8 (Green Lantern Corps #60), and Part 9 all in the same week! Part 9 finally let Guy Gardener do something rather than being a jerk and it also setup the new Red Lanterns ongoing series that is going to come out of “War of the Green Lanterns”. Writer Peter Tomasi didn't do that much with the story but he did get the job done. His job basically was to setup the big fight and at the end of the issue, that’s what happened. We were setup for the final big fight between the now freed GLs (don’t act like that’s a spoiler) and Krona. The only problem I had with this issue was the art. Fernando Pasarin's art in this issue was good but the coloring of this issue was a little too much. Wild, crazy bright colors filled this issue and while there might be some people who like it; to me it was too much of a good thing.

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