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Review: Green Lantern Mosaic #18

Green Lantern Mosaic #18

Sometimes the fork in the road is the best thing that could happen to us. When we find ourselves at a place where we cannot go forward or stall we then look for a better way. Sometimes that means moving to a new place, hoping it brings good fortune as well. Then there are those times we find a relationship that may be dragging us down, leading one to cut ties with people who are considered emotional vampires.

Those around may know us better than we know ourselves but this isn’t always the case. As you get older, you’ll find that people older than you give you unsolicited advice and sometimes it’s from people who you consider close. This is when your ability to discern comes into play. In the last issue of Green Lantern Mosaic, Jon’s powers have grown more than the rest of the Corps could anticipate as he gets into the battle of his life.

We find Jon shortly after the Amazon Hellburner eviscerated everyone he loves in the Mosaic. He becomes focused and rebuilds the Mosaic by hand, unleashing a new power and role, as he has gained the abilities to join the ranks of the Guardians. He uses his newfound abilities to restore the Mosaic to balance, even getting rid of some evildoers in the process.  By the issue’s end, he finds a way for all inhabitants of the Mosaic to live harmoniously, definitively ending his tenure as Protector of the Mosaic.

Overall, an issue that ends the story as wild and serene as the story has always been. The story by writer Gerard Jones is great and infinite. The art by the creative team is astounding. Altogether, an issue that gives readers a satisfying conclusion.

Story: Gerard Jones
Art: Albert De Guzman, Luke McDonnell, Steve Mattson,
and Robert Campanella
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Green Lantern Mosaic #17

Green Lantern Mosaic #17

What happens when it seems as though everything you built, has gone to waste? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt it was a wasted effort? Some people may feel this in romantic relationships, where one person is more serious about the relationship than the other. Others may feel this in their professional career as if their lives stalled if they don’t get to a certain milestone by a certain age.

This is where one finds that purpose or that reason for going forward. This tests your resolve and why you are where you are. All we have is our fortitude and our reason for living. In the 17th issue of Green Lantern Mosaic, Jon’s perfect picture of the Mosaic is crumbling, and he’s doing everything to keep it intact despite the efforts of the aliens and the Green Lantern Corps.

We find Jon reunited with Katma Tui, a brief bright moment as the rest of the Green Lantern Corps looks to dismantle what Jon has built within the Mosaic. Soon each of the Justice Leaguers that came with the Green Lantern Corps finds out just how complex a world Jon created and how arduous it is to manage. Hal’s frustration leads to a boiling point, leading him to seek the direction of the Guardians. By the issue’s end,  one of the races in the Mosaic looks to carry out a genocide that will see every race decimated.

Overall, an issue that puts the complete story in perspective. The story by Gerard Jones is impactful and vast. The art by the creative team is astonishing. Altogether, an issue that shows the reader just how complex a world builder Johns was already, all those years ago.

Story: Gerard Jones
Art: Albert De Guzman, Luke McDonnell, Steve Mattson,
and Robert Campanella
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Green Lantern Mosaic #16

Green Lantern Mosaic #16

When should you ask for help?  Everyone is different when they look to ask for the help they require. For some, it’s when they can’t figure something out right away. They want an answer but nothing possessing the knowledge to move forward. Then there are those who have something to prove but would rather drown than ask for help. Both of these situations prove that most don’t know that they are in trouble.

Sometimes, it takes our friends and family to step up and step in. We sometimes can’t see when we need help. It usually is more difficult for superheroes, especially when saving the world is at the center of their actions. In the 16th issue of Green Lantern Mosaic, Jon looks to his super-powered friends to confront the mounting issues in the Mosaic world.

We stumble upon the Mosaic World, as it is under attack, and not from your usual villains, it just so happens to be Hal Jordan and some of the Justice League, looking to make their presence known. As we soon find out just how Jon came to the Mosaic World in the first place, and how his steadfast valiance is what attracted Rose to him in the first place. We also see how the events of Mosaic have become too much for Jon, as Hal and Guy and Gardner return to end all the chaos, but not without causing a bit of trouble themselves. By the issue’s end, as Jon regains his faculties, some things have shifted back, as his dead wife, Katma Tui, is alive and well now.

Overall, one of the best issues ever. The story by Gerard Jones is unassailable and infinite. The art by the creative team is extraordinary. Altogether, an issue that shows how great a storyteller Jones is.

Story: Gerard Jones
Art: Albert De Guzman, Luke McDonnell, Steve Mattson,
and Robert Campanella
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Green Lantern Mosaic #15

Green Lantern Mosaic #15

In our world, the taking of human life is incomparable. To commit the act is a crime for a reason. It’s borne of ill will most of the time. Sometimes it’s accidental, and at times involuntarily. Then there are times when the person absolutely has no choice because of circumstance.

When you have no choice it may be as well be a matter of life or death. It’s either you or the other person. Being in the military, I’ve seen this scenario play out too many times where you may have a moment of being utterly frozen or your training kicks in. It’s rare when we have to reckon with these split-second decisions. When we do, it is usually hell to pay. In Green Lantern Mosaic #15, Jon has this very dilemma in front of him, with the guidance of Ch’p.

We find Jon trying to get his bearings, when old Timer shows up, to carry him to his own personal hell known as Xanshi. He literally confronts those he has killed throughout his life. Each person is more difficult to deal with, and he has to even confront his Grandpa Roy. These confrontations cause him to self reflect, making him question why he has sustained the Mosaic world as log ash e has. By issue’s end, his most devastating reckoning just so happens to be his wife, Katma, leaving him, unfettered.

Overall, one of the best issues of the series, leaving fans to see how human Jon is as he deals with past foes. The story by Gerard Jones is commanding and vast. The art by the creative team is remarkable. Altogether, an issue which reinforces why the fanfare fro this book remains almost thirty years later

Story: Gerard Jones
Art: Albert De Guzman, Luke McDonnell, Steve Mattson,
and Robert Campanella
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Green Lantern Mosaic #14

Green Lantern Mosaic #14

There’s not too many movies that induce paranoia like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It tapped into our worst fears of mind control and total immersion into society. Marvel took the idea and unleashed it into their comic universe through the Skrull Invasion. This, of course, was pushed into their Cinematic Universe in Captain Marvel and Spiderman: Homecoming, showing a world where you need to question if someone really is who they say they are.

The movie’s story infused the idea that our worst fears can be realized at any moment and we would be powerless towards it. The movie has had several remakes and remixes, and every time the story at the center of it is still so relevant. As interesting as the Skrulls are at Marvel, I always wondered how it would be if an actual superhero were mind-controlled. In Green Lantern Mosaic #14, this scary idea plays out.

We find John enjoying the world he built on Mosaic but still feels incomplete. It’s a situation he doesn’t know how to overcome. Before he can settle into his sublime, the UberMenschen, controlled by the Peeper attack the Mosaic and take control of his body through the use of Pods. These very pods start to take control of different inhabitants slowly becoming the dominant force within the Mosaic World.

Overall, a crazy trip of an issue in this series, one which will make the reader re-read to see what a rabbit hole writer Gerard Jones leads us into. The story by Jones is powerful and immense. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that will have fans of this book even more enamored.

Story: Gerard Jones
Art: Albert De Guzman, Luke McDonnell, Steve Mattson,
and Robert Campanella
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Further Adventures of Red Sonja Vol.1

Further Adventures of Red Sonja Vol.1

writer: Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Doug Moench, Clair Noto, Frank Thorne, Christie Marx, Charles Dixon, James Owsley, Bruce Jones, Peter B. Gillis, Jim Valentino, Sue Flaxman, Marie Javins, Steve Buccellato
artists: Frank Thorne, E.R. Cruz, Estaban Maroto, Howard Chaykin, Dick Giordano, Terry Austin, John Buscema, Pablo Marcos, Tony DeZuniga, Barry Smith, Ernie Chan, Neal Adams, Geof Isherwood, Luke McDonnell, Armando Gil, Bruce Jones, Steven Carr, Gary Kwapisz, Josef Rubinstein, Gavin Curtis, Keith Williams, Alfredo Alcala, Del Barras, Reggie Jones, Kirk Etienne, Howard Simpson, Rober Quijano
cover: Frank Thorne
FC | 200+ pages | $19.99 | Teen+

Featuring a collection of issues from the original Marvel Comics series “The Savage Sword of Conan,” with each page painstakingly re-mastered for this volume! Plus, Sonja Tales from Kull and the Barbarians, as well as pin-ups!