Friday, January 17, 2014

Green Lantern Corps #27 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen
Art by: Bernard Chang
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 15, 2014

CSI: Space Sector 0422

John Stewart and the Corps get their David Caruso on and investigate a destruction and kidnapping at a Sector House. The baddies that escaped from the Oa Sciencells join together and are given an ultimatum and the true threat to the Lanterns is revealed and it may look just like you.  Yes I'm pointing at you, blog reader.

Fatality: "Why would they kidnap Lanterns?"

John Stewart: "I don't know, nothing RINGS a bell."

(John dramatically  takes off his sunglasses, cue Roger Daltrey scream)

Van Jensen and Robert Venditti are getting the Corps back to the basics.  They are intergalactic space police and finally they are acting like it.  That doesn't mean this is a slow moving, do nothing issue, though. No breather here.  What we get is a huge dose of mystery, investigation, forensics and deducting.  This is the Corps I've been waiting for.

John Stewart is the star and he is a Sherlock Holmes with a ring.  They way he figures out the "crime" is so cool and really points out how smart he is.  Those smarts are going to be put to the test, because the threat to the Corps is huge and some of it comes from within their own ranks.  I have my bet on who is the traitor, but I'm sure I'm wrong.

Bernard Chang's art is really good.  He does such a good job with varying aliens and gives the book such a great sense of scope.  There are a couple panels when the Lanterns are a mere speck on the page compared to the threat they are facing.  Awesome.

The only downside of the issue is it is not new user friendly at all.  In fact, long time readers may have to do a little research while reading.  I know every issue can't play catchup for the reader, but it's such a good issue that I wish I could recommend it to new readers.

Bits and Pieces:

Green Lantern Corps #27 is such a great step in the right direction.  John Stewart and the Corps are back being Space Cops , but all is not well in the Universe.  In fact, they are about to face their greatest threat from without and within.  Highly recommended.

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