Like most of us have at one time or another I had the recent displeasure of finding myself flat out broke. Bills were coming in red, the car needed servicing, blah, blah, blah…You get the picture. As I said, we’ve all been there. Something had to give and unfortunately that something was life’s little luxury known as my weekly pull list. To be fair, my pull wasn’t extravagant by many peoples standards (geek people at any rate).
Wednesday 23rd January 2013 was unofficially branded Green Lantern Day. Due to last minute changes in their publishing schedule DC Comics released Green Lantern #16, Green Lantern Corps #16 and Green Lantern: New Guardians #16 all on the same day. The excitement amongst Lantern fans was high and, given the recent disappointment of all three titles, I am pleased to report our excitement was suitably matched by great improvements in quality and storytelling.
A few months ago while I was looking over upcoming releases I made a speculative mental note to pick up the first issue of a mini-series loosely based on my favourite Marvel character. Not that I was expecting much you understand. The title sat low on my reading stack the following week and so I was not prepared for what was coming when I half-heartedly peeled back the cover to Space: Punisher #1.
As most geeks of any repute will no doubt be aware September was “zero month” in the DC universe. After a year of getting to know our heroes DC decided that it was high time to drop a few origin stories in our laps. Where Green Lantern differed to most of the rest of these books is that we didn’t get the origin to either of the characters we have been following in the title over the previous 12 months, Hal Jordan and Thal Sinestro.
I would say, more than any other book in the Lantern series, Red Lanterns has benefited from the forthcoming Third Army event. It seems that Peter Milligan has been forced to get a move on if he intends to have his story of rage completed before the crossover drops into his universe and changes everything.
Right then, then let’s get one thing straight before I even try to tackle this book… Black Hand is in it and he is newly undead (again!). Ergo, this is a horror book. You can’t make your main protagonist an evil undead serial killer and expect to get away with calling your book an action story or a sci-fi adventure. As long as we can all agree on that the next bit should be easy.
It’s taken me a few days to get around to writing this post. I’ve spent the last week with a ludicrous grin plastered across my face muttering, “Earth 2… Green Lantern… Sweeeeet!!!” While it explains perfectly how I feel about the book I don’t think it would have made for a very long review.
DC Comics have been knocking it out of the park with the whole Green Lantern line recently and Green Lantern #10 is no exception. In the previous issue we learnt that Abin Sur had helped create the Indigo power rings to brain wash the universe’s most notorious criminals into feeling compassion and remorse for their crimes.