Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Green Lantern: Lost Army #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Cullen Bunn
Art By: Jesus Saiz
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 15, 2015

Light It Up

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

As we've all seen in our regular Green Lantern title, The Green Lantern Corps has been wiped out, but apparently a few of our ring slingers have survived....... or possibly all of them.  All I know at this point is that John Stewart, Arisia, Kilowog, Two-Six, Xrill-Vrek and Guy Gardner woke up in a strange world where they were confronted by energy blobs that hated their jerk off faces and they found a young Krona who hasn't yet become a tiny man who is hell bent on the destruction of the Universe.  Not a bad plot, but the execution wasn't for me because the majority of that issue was just the GL's fighting floating blobs in panels devoid of backgrounds.  The coolest part of the book was seeing that Guy Gardner for some reason woke up in this strange place rocking a Green Lantern ring and a Red Lantern ring, giving him a Christmas theme to his outfit.  As our story ended, Krona led our GL's to a energy source he believed could replenish their rings, but when we finally saw it, it was a big red pyramid and I don't care who you are, you never trust a big red pyramid.  Let's check out this issue and see if we get anymore info on what this series wants to be, except cryptic.

Explain It!:

As our issue begins it wastes no time in getting us into the action....... but sadly it isn't much more interesting than seeing our heroes fight off the energy blobs from last issue and actually becomes a bit annoying to me because of something really silly.  You see, this pyramid is a energy source for this Universe's Red Lanterns and here they use staffs with a pointy crystal on the end to create their constructs and energy blasts........... but every character keeps calling them "staves"...... Yeah, it's an appropriate word for what they are, but I don't think I've ever heard anyone use the word stave before in my life and seeing everyone saying it here all willy nilly just completely threw me off........ and made me think that I was a bit of a dummy, but I'm going with my initial impression that folks don't just go around saying staves in their day to day.  Anyway, after almost expending their ring's energy, John says "fuck it" and flies up to the red pyramid with Guy to replenish his ring........ because really, it's either this or nothing and after touching their rings to the structure, it becomes green and charges their rings to 200%.  Apparently this power source is a cleaner version than what our heroes are used to and they actually feel the purer energy run through them as they recharge.  Seeing their energy converter corrupted by these newcomers gets the Red Lanterns all into a tizzy and they fly off talking about how they're going to tell the Overseers on them........ Which is tattling and no one respects tattlers, but you know nothing good can come from this down the line.

In the end, our heroes fly off to find other Lanterns that might be in this strange place and after being ignored by more of those energy blobs that wanted to erase them in the last issue, Krona believes that since the Lanterns have used a energy source that is native to this place, they are no longer considered outside threats and you know who's interested in that theory?  Well, I guess I'll just tell ya, it's that big bastard Relic coming out of nowhere and it's at this point that John Stewart realizes that they aren't just in a different place, they are in a different time because this is a young Relic from his original Universe that existed before our own.  So that's a pretty interesting revelation right there.

That's it for this issue of Green Lantern: Lost Army and just like the previous issue, not much goes on here.  Lanterns fight, something new happens, cliffhanger.  There just isn't much to these issues and I come out of this title feeling underwhelmed because of it.  Yeah, we have some of our favorite Lanterns, doing their Lantern thing, but with absolutely no backgrounds to speak of and no real information about what's going on or why, it comes off as more of a fun idea for a story instead of a finished product.  The characters themselves look great and the colors are popping, but those are the only positives that I can say about this book besides for getting a thrill from having a bit of information from the cliffhanger.  Hopefully in the next issue with Relic joining the group we'll get some info about what's going on because from what I remember, Relic has the gift of gab and at this point, I just want him to talk my ear off.

Bits and Pieces:

Green Lantern: Lost Army continues to disappoint as we have another issue that comes off flat with not a lot going on.  The major positives to this book are the art, but that's only for the characters since this book is devoid of backgrounds and the cliffhanger that promises interesting things to come in future issues.  Just a really rocky start to this series that I expected to love.


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