Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Green Lantern #9 Review

Oh, Those Guardians!

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Tom Raney, Marco Santucci, Maria Lavra Sanapo, Michael Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

It's time we head on back to Oa... or at least head back to Oa for a bit since this book tells two stories within its pages and when we get there we're going to check out how Jo Mullein is doing in her investigation in figuring out who not only killed the Guardian Koyos but why as well... You know, since it led to the Central Power Battery blowing up and wiping out our Green Lantern Corps as we know it. On the John Stewart side of things, we'll see what John finds now that he's accepting his role as a mortal guardian and the power that comes with it, not to mention we saw our hero travel through a portal to the world of the Lightbringer. Let's jump into this issue and see what's up with our favorite Green Lanterns.  

For our John Stewart part of our story, we see John come face to face with the being that's behind the Lightbringer God and like Lonar who's guiding John on his journey, this being is a New God as well named Esak and while I do want to know more about the beings of New Genesis and you get a comment in this about them being all gone, this part of our book comes off pretty convoluted and does little to really inform us on John's evolution or even really give us a reason to care about this Lightbringer God that Esak is feeding people's life forces to and ultimately this section just leads to a confusing, uninteresting fight.

Usually, if the John Stewart section of this book lets me down, I at least have Jo Mullein, Simon Baz, or Teen Lantern to get me to a point of caring or at least thinking that the story is going in an interesting place and after the last issue, where we discovered that two of the Guardians were up to something that led to the destruction of the Central Power Battery I thought that we were getting to an interesting place in this story, even if it was just rogue Guardians once again, but this issue spends its time doing a magic mind fuck that feels like it's here more to simply pad out the page count than to actually give us new information, not to mention it all just comes to a crazy ending that felt out of nowhere and doesn't exactly leave me needed to see what happens next.

All in all, the art in this book is decent, the Jo Mullein parts more so than the John Stewart parts, but both were okay, but sadly the art isn't the problem with this book...... The story really just feels like it's taking a weird turn in both sections and while I can usually handle weird, this kind of weird just leads to being uninteresting or convoluted for the sake of being convoluted and it's ultimately, not fun by the end and leaves me scratching my head at times wondering how we got to this point in our stories. Rogue Guardians feels like a been there done that situation and even though I'm all about continuing our Mosaic trek with John becoming a mortal Guardian, the way we're getting there feels like we're barely dealing with how that affects someone or even having John remark on it....... it just is and we've already moved on. Hopefully, things get better in the following issues because sadly, this one just left me numb.

Bits and Pieces:

While I liked the art enough in the two stories within this issue, the two stories themselves felt lacking in what they were trying to tell. Both John Stewart's and Jo Mullein's sections felt padded and the information felt lacking in what we got by the end...... Not to mention it all feels rather convoluted in the way that it's presented. This is a weird book where I love the concepts being talked about but I wish the way that they were conveyed came off a bit more friendly.


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