Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Green Lantern #24 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti 
Art by: Billy Tan
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 2, 2013

Maybe They Should Keep the Lights Out

Hal, John and Salaak are trying to figure out why their rings keep blinking out when Kyle, Carol and the New Guardians teleport to OA.  They tell everyone that Relic is on his way to destroy the Lanterns like he did in his Universe.  Relic arrives and begins draining the GL Power Battery while Hal and the rest of the Corps desperately try to stop him.  

I have not been a huge fan of Green Lantern since Robert Venditti took over.  My main reason has been Hal.  He has been a real jerk.  Unfortunately, this trend continues here.  This issue adds immature to his character traits, using "fart" to describe a planet's atmosphere and declaring himself a "charismatic guy."  Who says that about himself?

 Venditti does do a good job making Relic an imposing villain.  He's huge, calculating and seems to view the Lanterns as a mere annoyance rather than a threat. What he accomplishes in the first issue of the event is pretty major and makes me wonder how the Corps can possibly beat him.

Billy Tan shows once again that he can handle the Green Lantern Universe and all the characters that the job entails.  Everything is grand in scope and Relic looks both imposing and awe inspiring.  I really think he is becoming one of my favorite artists.

Bits and Pieces:

Green Lantern #24 kicks off the Lights Out story with a bang.  The art of Billy Tan really nails the scope of the Green Lantern Universe. So why didn't I like the issue as much as I should have?  Hal Jordan is a jerk, that's why.  I really hate the way Venditti portrays him and it is killing my enjoyment of the title.  Hopefully the other writers will fix that as the story continues.


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