don’t look good for the recent alliance between the Green Lanterns and the
Sinestro Corps. A green has murdered a yellow. Hal Jordan and John Stewart find
it unbelievable, and have differing opinions on how the situation should be
what Earth’s other Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner? He and Soranik have issues to
resolve before they can rekindle their romance. But will the personal friction
between them spill over into their roles as peacekeepers of the universe? Let’s
just say that the color red may be better suited for one of them.
All of this
promises greater fractures in an alliance the once held such promise. It
certainly will provide fodder for several issues to come, and perhaps lay the
groundwork for years of stories. I’m beginning to appreciate what Robert
Venditti has built over the past year, and would say he done as much – if not
more – for the Green Lantern franchise than Geoff Johns. Sure, Johns brought
Hal Jordan back from the dead, but Venditti resurrected Green Lantern.
I foresee Ethan Van Sciver stepping off in the near future, his best GL years
behind him. The art in this particular issue is extremely dark. His inks are
heavy, his line work bold, perhaps too bold. Some might argue that it merely
reflects the overall darkness of the story, but I see that as a convenient
rationalization. There’s a great deal of texture in play, which seems
superfluous to me, as if he were somehow using it as a substitute for somewhat
lazy drawing. Pages 6 and 14 use a cheap ploy of (almost) repeating panels,
which I regard as an artist’s cheat.
time to, as the rings say, “scan for a replacement.”