Review: Green Lantern # 26
✔Straight forward story
✔draws up some reaction from the reader
✘The story tends to fall flat at times
✘Not a big fan of how the artist draws the torso region of every other character, it feels as if they've gained 20 pounds.
✘The creative team has yet to wow the reader with anything, it feels like they just keep throwing in seed after seed hoping something will stick before the inevitable showdown between Hal and Guy happens
I would like to start this review by saying something about myself, I am a die hard Green Lantern fan, and even worse I am a Hal Jordan guy. Green Lantern was the first title I picked up and it was also the first title to ever impact my career decision so I tend to be very critical of this book because I know this titles true potential. On this issue we see the after effects of the Lights Out Green Lantern crossover. We see how the creative team decided to let the “B-Plot” of Nol-Anj finally get center stage after being released from her citadel prison and receiving a sapphire ring during all the chaos that transpired. Hal and Killowog decide to take the fight to her home planet in a sector where there is no honor amongst thieves and where only the strongest clan can survive. So while Hal and Killowog are fighting not just the renegade Star Sapphire and the people she had sworn herself to protect, they realize that the numbers game will eventually catch up to them quick specially since they do not want to waste any ring energy in fear of tearing the universe apart in order to avoid the fate of relics old universe. So what does a desperate leader with no other option does? he calls in every single Green Lantern in the known universe to come and help to turn the tide of the war around. They of course accomplish their goal but in doing so Hal just made himself and his corps look no better than the guardians or Sinestro for that matter, at least Sinestro had some sort of order and contingency plans in the event of certain things happening.
For some reason I have witnessed several correlations between the reds and the greens that seem too coincidental to ignore. Last month (Nov. ’13) the Red Lanterns decide to make their presence felt upon sector 2814. This month the Green Lanterns or in this case Hal Jordan decide to lay down the law on the rest of the galaxy and push the corps weight around in order to “regain respect” as the corps leader so eloquently phrased it. And if one dares look into the crystal ball one can see that both titles and specially their corps leaders are on a collision course of which I don’t believe either of them will walk out of the same again. But enough with the theories, this book was not half bad at all, specially for a jump off issue in case new readers are interested to stay with the book in the end. Despite the “shaky” start to their run, the team of Robert Venditti and Billy Tan have done a decent job with the conclusion of their “B-Plot” story (for those that don’t know, the B-Plot is a term used in the business to talk about a side story that either started or is taking a back seat to the featured storyline and once said A-Plot concludes the B-Plot takes its place in the fold and becomes the main story for however long it has left in order to tie up loose ends in order to build up for a new storyline). The pacing of the book was simple and the story itself was straight forward and the characters actions as well as their morale can be questioned, Venditti and Tan have yet to push the true boundaries of the book, hopefully they will go all out somewhere down the road. So for a wrap-up issue it left much to be desired in the end. But that is expected when your job is to follow up the comic book equivalent of Frank Sinatra on a monthly basis.