Thursday, January 30, 2014

Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 Review

Written by: Van Jensen and Robert Venditti
Art by: Neil Edwards
Cover Price: $4.99

Space Cops, Space Cops, Watcha Gonna Do?

Man, I have really liked what Jensen and Venditti have done with the Green Lantern Corps.  They are bringing back the intergalactic space cop stories that I love.  One thing that I was hoping for was more John Stewart and a book I could read and not worry about tie-ins.  The reason for my disdain of tie-ins is two fold.  I have grown weary of the constant tie-ins that have defined the title and I only review Corps so it makes it hard on me.  I know, first world problems, but they are my problems and I'll whine if I want to. Well, this issue has some John Stewart, but it's also a continuation of both Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps #27.  Slight tie-in equals slight whining.  Also, I promise not to write "tie-in" for at least nine days.

Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 is like ordering a pizza and it shows up tossed like a salad.  Sure, all the parts are there, they just are thrown together in a strange way and because of that your not going to get that delicious pizza you want so bad.  The parts of a great Green Lantern Corps story are there.  You have Hal, John Stewart and the Corps, the recently escaped villains from the sciencells and the mysterious Durlans.  Unfortunately, the books pacing and storytelling has the parts all over the place.  We get flashbacks, flash forwards and present time events thrown together.  Then we start all over.  Sometimes writers try to get too clever and I think this might be one of those.  We do get an open ended finish that could make the future of the title really interesting.

Neil Edwards art is a bit disappointing as well.  The panels themselves are nice to look at, they just don't always match the action or dialogue they are representing.  It is a bit upsetting because how good Edwards' art usually is.

 Bits and Pieces:

 Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 is disappointing. The ingredients are there for a satisfying meal, it's just they are thrown together in a confusing way.  I want my pizza.


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