Sunday, March 16, 2014

Green Lantern Corps #29 Review

Written by: Van Jensen
Art by Bernard Chang
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 12, 2014

Green Lantern Corps: Lanterns on Patrol

In my humble opinion, Green Lantern Corps should be the Police Academy of the Green Lantern books. We should get recruits training, on patrol and if they end up in Miami and/or Moscow, so be it.  Van Jensen (and his kind overseer Venditti) is giving us just that. Now, if they can recruit Micheal Winslow, everything will be right in the Universe.

Van Jensen throws a bunch of story lines at the readers this month.  Thankfully, all are good.  John Stewart and crew are still trying to recruit rogue lantern, Daggle, back into the Corps.  For those unfamiliar with current affairs, Daggle is a Durlan who was kind of a undercover Lantern who feels betrayed by the Gaurdians.  Jensen makes his true intentions a mystery, which makes John Stewart's efforts to recruit him all the more nail biting.  Oh yea, I forgot to mention that while this is going on they are being attacked by a ton of Durlans intent on getting Daggle themselves.

While this is going on, Iolande continues the search for Soranik.  Readers of the book know what happened to her, but it's fun to see the search unfold.  The Lanterns find out some harsh realities about the Universe and the Corps and only get a little closer to what they are looking for.

The final bit is a really great recruit training bit.  Arisa is trying her best, but some of the new Lanterns are just not that good.  Throw in Jruk (my favorite) who just can't get over his old glory and we have a winner.

The issue ends on a cliffhanger that shows just how much trouble the Lanterns are by showing just how entrenched the Durlans are in the Corps.  My only real complaint is the lack of certain other Corps.  It's coming, though, and I know it will be worth the wait.  I just want it now, dammit.

Something great we do get now is Bernard Chang's art.  He makes the book a pleasure to look at with his vibrant art that just jumps off the page.  This is a science fiction book and Chang makes it so.  Everything has that outer spacey, weird alien look that is so awesome.

Bits and Pieces:

Green Lantern Corps #29 is really good.  Van Jensen is giving readers the Space Cop book they deserve with great action, a mystery and a bit of Police Academy recruit training.  The art of Bernard Chang is some of the best Sci Fi in comics today and makes everything a pleasure to look at.  If you have any interest in Green Lantern or Science Fiction, do yourself a favor and pick this book up.


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