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Green Lantern Corps #29

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Green Lantern Corps #29

Credits

  • Words: Peter J. Tomasi
  • Art: Patrick Gleason
  • Inks: Drew Geraci & Rebecca Buchman
  • Colors: Randy Mayor & Gabe Eltazer
  • Story Title: Sins of the Star Sapphire: Love on the Air - Part One
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Oct 8, 2008

And thus the great war of the lights began . . .

No matter how hokey it sounds . . . DC, Johns and Tomasi are going through with the idea of having a Lantern Corps for every color in the spectrum. After the yellow of fear started the assault on Oa, the pink of love calls next. Kind of fitting that what seems like a froo froo war gets its start with the color associated with all things girlie.

We get to see the birth of a Star Sapphire, we get to see Guy on a date, and the Guardians shaking a little in their boots. If we could get Kilowog thrown in and somehow bring old Ch’p back (I am now waiting for Johns to yell "he’s in the Black Lanterns"), we would have the makings of a perfect GL Corps book.

And it would be perfect, if the melodrama were reigned in just a little. It all feels like Cop Rock. Too much emphasis on emotion and spectacle, not enough EXPLOSIONS (save the one). Green Lantern Corps should be all action. In some ways it should emulate Starship Troopers. We should get solid characterization in between big space battles. The melodrama is important, but it seems the pink creeping in at the beginning of the book has infected the whole chapter with a bit too much emotion. Lovey-doveyness is everywhere. It is almost a Harlequin Corps Romance.

That being said, there are some interesting things here. What direction is the new Sapphire headed and what are her intentions? Will the pink war be a two-sided attack, one on Oa and one that is based a little on revenge against a certain other Corps lost member? The Saarek thread is obviously the tie-in to the upcoming "Blackest Night" . . . unless of course the whole color war is a prelude to the Zombie Corps’ arrival. Guy and the new Ion going on a mission together is intriguing. And of course, there is the telegraphed peril coming Ice’s way.

And there it is. That last paragraph summarizes the biggest problem with this book. There is too much going on. Tomasi does a good job juggling it all, but there are too many threads. Will everyone reading be able to follow from month to month? There are at least five stories here. For all the time spent making the book new reader friendly (and in that arena it is a resounding success, there hasn’t been this good of a jumping on point since issue one), there is just too much going on. Nuances are lost to the Easter Egg set. In the end, it is probably better than the snail’s pace of many six issue waiting for a trades worth of story arcs are these days, but it runs the risk of alienating those new readers that it is desperately trying to draw in.

Gleason and company play a neat artistic game here. There are nods to the Jimenez, Perez school of old, but then it effortlessly switches to the modern DC house style of Norton and company. Thick lines and less rendering versus old school comic art with wrinkled foreheads and pronounced cheek bones. The fact that different portions of the story are illustrated in a different manner keeps the eyes from immediately picking up on it, but it’s there and it is a cool thing. Kudos to the art team for portraying the past and the future of DC’s art in the story that hopefully does the same for the Corps.

This is not a bad book by any means. It’s just not exceptional and as the supposed prologue to THE NEXT BIG THING, one would expect it to have a little more umph and a little less hand holding.

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