Green Lantern #1- DC marketing department worked their magic as Green Lantern is now back to #1. Of course since nothing storywise or artwise changed, the #1 here is nothing but a number seeking to get readers to spend their hard-earned money. Okay, rant over! Green Lantern #1 pick up directly where War of The Green Lanterns left off with Sinestro holding a green power ring and Hal Jordan out of the Corps. No one, not Sinestro, Hal or the Guardians of Oa are happy with the situation but they all try to deal with it the best they can. Touches of comedy throughout the issue, something rarely seen in a GL book, make this a light touch compared to the war, Blackest Night etc. In many ways, this issue is a welcome change of pace by writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke from the all-out action of the previous few arcs. Glad to see even with a new #1, Green Lantern is still one of the better ongoing series out there.
Demon Knights #1- A series focused on a magic-based group full of B-list, C-list, no-list characters in the distant past of the DCU? That sound like a disaster in the making but writer Paul Cornell and artist Diogenes Neves made it work by…well, having fun with the concept. Set in the Dark Ages, Cornell quickly introduced the main characters which would be Vandal Savage, Etrigan and Madame Xanadu and from that point on, characters are thrown at the readers at a kinetic pace with action and intrigue thrown in for good measure. After reading the issue, I remember a similar series I read before. That series is Secret Six, another series filled with B-list, C-list, no-list characters. That series was great and hopefully Demon Knights will be the Secret Six of the new DCU.
X-Men: Schism #4- This is it? This is the dispute that brings a spilt to the X-Men? Sorry but I just don’t buy it. Wolverine has always been the guy within the X-Men most willing to do what need to be done to get things done but he is the one who got a problem with sending Hope and gang to fight for the survival of the mutant species? Sorry but I just don’t buy it. Also I feel writer Jason Aaron jumped the shark this issue. Cyclops and Wolverine engaged in a fight while a gigantic Sentinel is slowly edging to the shores of Utopia looking to wipe everyone out? Sorry but I just don’t buy it!