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Written By: Cullen Bunn Art By: Jesus Saiz, Cliff Richards, Michael Atiyeh Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: August 19, 2015
The Dying of The Light
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Our Green Lantern Corps have been transported to the Universe that existed before our own........well, at least the stars of this series have....... haven't really seen any other Lanterns kicking about, but we'll just assume that all of our heroes are at least in the same Universe. So with that in mind, add to it that they have gained a young Krona to their party and Guy Gardner rocking a red and green ring simultaneously and you'd think that we'd have a bad ass story where our heroes are up against forces they don't understand on their quest to find a way home. Well, it's been pretty lackluster so far and besides for each issue adding another character to the mix, we haven't really gotten anything substantial that makes this a must read Lantern title. Hopefully that changes here as we saw at the closing of the previous issue that Relic is out and about and knowing our heroes' history with him and how he loathes people that drain the light from the Universe, this might be something worth reading. Let's check it out.
Initially this issue got me intrigued with Relic being a part of the story and what it might mean for our heroes existing in a doomed Universe, but instead of taking the time to contemplate what this means and what their meddling would do to the timeline.......well, they did have one line, but I expected and wanted more, our heroes simply joined up with Relic as a means to an end to get home, while not trusting him at all. Yeah, I know that Relic becomes a pseudo big bad in the future, but here he just genuinely seems interested in who they are and how their power works........maybe if he learned that his Universe was fated to die he might change his tune, but our Lanterns simply lie to Relic to get what they want and at this point that means a ride and help finding their friends....... as you can tell, I'm a bit torn here. I want to find out about more about Relic, but I also understand why the Lanterns are reluctant to trust him.......even though I want them all to be friends and form a motley crew in an ancient Universe.
For all the things that I want to know about Relic, like why he's so small, who he believes put our Lanterns in this Universe and how he finds out about the emotional reservoir depleting, all we get is a recap on what we learned about him from "Lights Out". That's a bit disappointing, especially since I want to know more about what's going on in this story and we spend the majority of the issue watching a re-run. Also, the characters come off a bit odd here too because John Stewart straight up lies to Relic and tells him that they're from his future and that they've come back to save his Universe...... and that's not the odd part. The odd part is how disgusted Guy Gardner seems to be with John over this lie. Of course John Stewart would lie to get shit done...... he's the Lantern that gets shit done and always has been. For some reason Guy is refusing to remember how John broke a fellow Lantern's neck in the beginning of Green Lantern Corps because he was going to spill the beans to The Keepers. See what I'm saying? John makes the hard decisions and Guy ends up coming off really weird here when he's so upset about a lie.
In the end, Relic begins scanning for the other Lanterns when his ship is attacked by Light Pirates. Our heroes go out to take care of the threat and as our issue closes we see where Relic will eventually get his "light drainers" because Arisia gets blasted by one, draining all of her ring's power and leaving her vulnerable to the vacuum of space.
That's it for this issue of Green Lantern: Lost Army and this series doesn't seem to be doing anything for it's readers. We're three issues in and besides for us knowing that our heroes have been transported to the Universe that existed before our own....... I don't know shit about what's going on and it's becoming really frustrating. The only thing that's different about this issue from the previous two is that it looks like Arisia gets killed when in the last two issues we had characters introduced........ That's about it. Besides for some decent looking art, where we actually get some backgrounds due to flashbacks and ship interiors, the only reason to pick up this book is if you need a refresher on who Relic is.
Bits and Pieces:
I really don't see how anyone can be enjoying this book as of now because we're three issues in and nothing has really been explained. All that's happened is new characters are introduced, the occasional fight and flashbacks to John Stewart when he was in the marines that doesn't really do anything for the story. I do love the inclusion of Relic in this title, but all we get is information we already know and in a book that's keeping the story so hush hush, old information just seems like a tease.