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Written By: Cullen Bunn Art By: Jesus Saiz Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: June 24, 2015
The Christmas Lantern
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
You better be worth it Lost Army, after giving up New Guardians, Corps and Red Lanterns, oh you better be worth it. It's time to get into a whole new Lantern adventure, where we have John Stewart and company in what I can only call another dimension, away from the Central Power Battery and every other Corpsmen.............but since we've seen that the Green Lantern Corps are completely gone in the Universe, maybe they aren't......who knows. This is one of the most mysterious new titles that has come out this month and I can't wait to get some answers, so let's check this out and see what Cullen Bunn has up his sleeve with this first issue of Green Lantern: Lost Army.
If you read the Sneak Peek to this...... well, you're pretty much caught up for half the book. We start this story with John Stewart, Arisia, Two-Six, Kilowog and Xrill-Vrek fighting off what they call "Cleaners" because.......well, because these Cleaners want to clean our Lanterns from the cosmos. Wherever our heroes are, these Cleaners are acting like white blood cells and trying to destroy the foreign matter that is now on their world. Obviously the Lanterns don't want to be "Cleaned", so they do their best to beat off the assault and eventually they get a reprieve when their attackers back off and they can finally address the elephant in the room. Like I said, if you read the Sneak Peek you'll know already that our heroes came across Krona at the end of it and instead of his usual lunatic self, here we see Krona just really curious about these strange rings his rescuers are wearing. Yeah, it seems that this version of Krona is a younger one, who at some point in the Universe's past traveled to this strange dimension in search of the Multiverse........... So yeah, he's lacking that whole hell bent on the Lantern's deaths thing we usually associate with the character and it's a pretty cool addition to this story.
Even though the rings can't locate the Central Power Battery or Mogo, it does locate three Lanterns and an anomaly that our heroes go in search of once the cleaners back off a bit and boy am I surprised at what they find............ Well, kind of surprised that they find the three Lanterns dead in crystals and kind of surprised that they find Guy Gardner.......... but really surprised that they find Guy Gardner rocking a green ring and a red ring. That's right folks, Guy is back and he's now rocking the Green and Red, making him look like what John calls The Christmas Lantern. I actually had to laugh out loud as the kids do at John's remark. Too bad we won't be getting any answers from Guy though because all he knows is that he gave up on the rings as we saw at the end of Red Lanterns and then woke up mysteriously in this strange place rocking two.
In the end, John fills Guy in with Krona being the way he is and the group fly off to what Krona believes is their Central Power Battery after tapping into one of the dead Lantern's rings, but what they find is beyond weird. As the issue closes, our heroes find themselves in front of a gigantic Rage pyramid and I'm left with more questions than I initially had going in.
That's it for this first issue of Green Lantern: Lost Army and I have to say that I'm really disappointed with this it. If this issue were a TV show, it would have the production value of a 60's Doctor Who episode. Our heroes are simply fighting colorful floating blobs, the backgrounds are non existent and we just end with a red pyramid. There was nothing to this issue. The highlight of the whole thing was having Guy Gardner back in action and sporting two rings simultaneously, while having John Stewart making fun of his new outfit's red and green Christmas look..........besides for that though........nothing. I really hope that this series picks up because I love both Cullen Bunn as a writer and Jesus Saiz as an artist but here it seems like neither really put their best effort forward.
Bits and Pieces:
Where you'd expect that some of your questions going into this book would be answered, instead you get more questions by the end and ultimately have nothing really to show for even picking up this book in the first place. I was really looking forward to this title but find myself disappointed now that I've got it. Just not much going on and the art went back and forth between being really strong on the character front to lackluster and that's a shame since there were really no backgrounds in this issue at all.