Like I stated in my review of Justice League #9, a bullet to the chest has a bigger emotional impact than a superhero diving into the heart of an exploding planet. Why? Because it’s a much more relatable, and human component to a story. Green Lantern John Stewart has killed many fellow Lanterns – not saying its his thing or whatever, but he always seems to be put in a situation where he has to kill Corps member. Now he’s on trial, and the Alpha Lanterns seem determined to bring Stewart to “justice.”
Even before the reboot, the Corps and the Guardians never got along; the blue guys are always partaking in the questionable, and the Corps follows them blindly with only a few Lanterns (I’m sure you can guess who they are) standing up against them. It’s a familiar tale that’s as prominent as the plethora of comic book films that have come out within the last decade.
What I’d like to know is….when will it end??? Angry Lanterns arguing with their emotionless blue mini bosses? It’s all so familiar that one could argue that’s all this title has going for it, and there are cases where I’d have to agree. Will the Guardians ever just go away? Will the Lanterns ever get it through their thick skulls?
This issue, in and of itself is still fun to read regardless of its connection to a lingering plot device that’s worn out it’s welcome. Some titles transitioned well with the reboot…but the Guardians did not. However the trial of John Stewart and the conflict the Alpha Lantern’s stirred up will grab your attention and have you wondering of what’s to come. Of course John Stewart will live, but certainly this trial will have a profound affect on the future. Something’s boiling up, and I have a sneaking suspicion something is going to change for the better. (Or maybe I want the Guardians gone so bad that I’m seeing things that just aren’t there.)
Tomasi has been doing a splendid job of keeping this title focused. Much like with the Legion of Superheroes, Green Lantern Corps has always been muddled with so many different storylines jumping back and forth and in between each other that it became to cumbersome and weighty to follow. Right now we’ve had the privileged of following one character’s story while not neglecting the rest of the Corps, which definitely makes my reading experience that much more pleasant.
Pasarin is growing on me. Everything he does rings with clarity and power, along with El Taeb who makes everything pop with light and color. I wonder if it’s ok to claim that any artist working on a Green Lantern book, whether it be the solo book, GL Corps, or any of the books featuring wielders of a Lantern ring are some of the best artists in the field. Pasarin and El Taeb have so much going on they do perfectly that I’d say to any new artist looking to model themselves after someone would do themselves a service by analyzing the work in GL Corps.
More to come in 30…
8 out of 10 stars