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Review: Green Lantern #1

Green Lantern #1

It’s been a while since I read a Green Lantern comic. The various shifts in focus and tone turned me off and I tuned out. With “Future State” refocusing DC’s line and the expansive omniverse on the horizon, I was interested to see where this series would go. Green Lantern #1 lays out those seeds. The United Planets is forming and have convened on Oa to discuss the future order of DC’s cosmos. It’s an action-packed debut with a political focus and its results are a bit mixed.

Geoffrey Thorne puts on the ring to guide the series and its various members to the future. Green Lantern #1 is an interesting comic that has to balance a lot and does so well. It’s just what it balances is a bit mixed. The United Planets is forming to figure out the new order for the various worlds of the DC cosmos. They have convened on Oa to discuss how things will work and if Oa should become a member. It’s an interesting question that I hadn’t thought of.

Unfortunately, Thorne rushes through things skipping over what could be a very interesting debate. Oa, and the Guardians, have been the center of so many issues that have plagued the universe. It’s a legacy that’s touched upon with a few speeches but isn’t debated enough. It’s a great concept that’s only an inch deep. It also has hampered by delivery and setup that’s a bit too Star Wars prequel. Even how the various groups are set up screams the Galactic Senate. It’s an odd visual that distracts and takes what could be a very interesting direction and makes it feel a bit short in how it’s been thought out.

There’s also some hints around those against Oa joining the organization. There’s something about “freeing a heart” and what amounts to a terrorist attack but that too feels all a bit odd. It’s like there was an idea of an attack but not really how it’d play out and some quick ideas were thrown out. There’s the “science cells” which we assume are filled but instead of just freeing a bunch of criminals, the terrorist attack frees an odd being that’s soon defeated. It all fills like something had to just get filled in instead of again being fleshed out.

What really works in Tween Lantern. Thorne’s writing of this relatively new character is great and the mystery surrounding her is great. She gives a spunk and energy to the comic which otherwise might play things a bit too straight and serious. This is a breakout character who deserves the spotlight (and a solo series).

The art by Dexter Soy and Marco Santucci is good. They’re joined by Alex Sinclair on color and Rob Leigh on lettering. The look of the characters is good and there’s a lot packed in. But again, things feel a bit short. The comic has so many worlds and alien races all on Oa but the art doesn’t feel like it takes advantage. It’s also too focused at times and falls short of the “cosmopolitan” feel it should.

Green Lantern #1 has some great concepts. There’s a lot of them. But, the details don’t feel fleshed out enough. They also feel a bit rushed. The debate about Oa joining this new order feels a bit short in debate. There should be far more discussion as to whether it should happen. There’s little doubt it would. The terrorist attack and action sequences too feel a bit too neatly wrapped up. This is a comic though could easily have been two or three issues worth of material. Instead, Green Lantern #1 is a start that has great ideas but not a great execution to go along with it.

Story: Geoffrey Thorne Art: Dexter Soy, Marco Santucci
Color: Alex Sinclair Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Green Lantern #1

Green Lantern #1

Written by: Geoffrey Thorne
Art by: Marco Santucci, Dexter Soy

As this new Green Lantern series begins, the newly formed United Planets and the Guardians of the Universe hold an intergalactic summit to decide who can best serve and protect the cosmos from danger. With the majority of Green Lanterns called back to Oa, John Stewart arrives alongside Teen Lantern Keli Quintela, whose powerful gauntlet could be one of the most powerful and unstable weapons in the universe. With the entire landscape of the universe in flux, is this the end of the Green Lantern Corps…or a new beginning?

Green Lantern #1

Review: The Flash #768

The Flash #768

The Flash kicks off its Infinite Frontier run with Wally West taking center stage. It also stumbles right out of the block with a forgettable issue that feels like a filler arc. The Flash #768 has Wally West making the decision that he wants to hang up his suit to spend more time with his newly reunited family. And, to do that, he feels like he needs the Speed Force taken from him.

Writer Jeremy Adams delivers a story that’s just ok. There’s nothing bad about the comic but it also doesn’t deliver anything that really stands out. It takes what should be some solid concepts and distracts things with a time travel sci-fi comedy. While Wally and Barry race so Barry can suck the Speed Force from Wally, the Speed Force acts up. Wally is sent to the past for unknown reasons that are teased as the issue progresses. There’s a lighthearted take to it all and some comedic moments. But, the issue’s strength is the exploration of how Barry and Wally have approached their roles. That is far too short.

But, this is jus the opening chapter in this arc and it all might come together. Beyond Barry and Wally’s different approach to life there’s an interesting exploration of Barry and Wally’s attachment to the Speed Force. Barry has a better understanding but Wally has a greater attachment to it. Again, there’s potential.

The art races around with Brandon Peterson, Marco Santucci, and David Lafuente mixing things up as the story hops around time. Mike Atiyeh, Arif Prianto, and Luis Guerrero handle the colors. Steve Wands provides the lettering. The art is good but it lacks a certain sense of motion that has been a highlight of the art of the series for some time. While Wally and Barry race, there’s a lack of flow that makes the art feel more like a snapshot in time as opposed to enhancing the movement of the characters.

There’s some small details to enjoy in The Flash #768. A scene of Wally and Barry and Iris walking down the street has some great comments from those watching. There’s also a lighthearted and “fun” tone about the comic as well. It’s a throwback in some ways. Overall though, this is a starting arc that doesn’t excite enough to have readers coming back for more.

Story: Jeremy Adams Art: Brandon Peterson, Marco Santucci, David Lafuente
Color: Mike Atiyeh, Arif Prianto, Luis Guerrero Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: The Flash #768

The Flash #768

Written by: Jeremy Adams
Art by: Darko Lafuente, Brandon Peterson, Marco Santucci

The retirement of Wally West begins! After the events spanning from DC Universe: Rebirth to Heroes in Crisis to Dark Nights: Death Metal, the former Kid Flash decides to call it quits. But the current Flash needs his former partner now more than ever. As fallout from Infinite Frontier hits the Flash, Barry Allen and Wally West must confront the past by way of a Justice League led by Green Arrow.

The Flash #768

Preview: Justice League: Endless Winter #2

Justice League: Endless Winter #2

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Howard Porter, Marco Santucci

“Endless Winter” chapter nine! This is it-the final chapter in the five-week, nine-issue Justice League crossover! With the Frost King’s origin revealed, the Justice League must battle the mistakes of the past as well as the global freeze that now threatens the entire population. This issue is snow-packed with characters and action as Superman battles Black Adam while Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Queen Hippolyta, and Swamp Thing face the Frost King and his monstrous army! All of the world is watching, and the Justice League must make a choice.

Justice League: Endless Winter #2

Preview: Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1

Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Brandon Peterson, Marco Santucci

“Endless Winter” chapter eight! Seeking to bolster his nation’s place in the world, Black Adam arrives in Gotham City demanding action to end the threat causing an endless winter across the globe. But Black Adam isn’t telling the world’s leaders everything-especially not that he’s faced the mysterious Frost King before and won. Find out what Adam’s hiding in the penultimate chapter of “Endless Winter.”

Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1

Preview: Justice League Dark #19

Justice League Dark #19

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Marco Santucci, Amancay Nahuelpan

“Endless Winter” chapter seven! The past holds the key to surviving the Endless Winter, as the Justice League Dark seeks to resurrect both Swamp Thing and the spirit of Viking Prince. Queen Hippolyta reveals a shocking secret to Wonder Woman as the past and present collide. Buried secrets are unearthed as the Justice League and Justice League Dark must come together with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

Justice League Dark #19

Preview: Justice League #58

Justice League #58

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Xermanico, Marco Santucci

“Endless Winter” chapter five! In this turning point issue, the Justice League is scattered across the snow-covered globe, trying to stave off the frozen doom, leaving Green Lantern John Stewart to stand alone. At the Hall of Justice, he begins to piece together clues that could help turn the icy tide that threatens to overwhelm them all. But then an unexpected visitor arrives on cue: the Frost King himself! In the past, however, Queen Hippolyta, Swamp Thing, and Viking Prince witness a terrible decision made by Black Adam-one that will haunt them forever.

Justice League #58

Preview: Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1

Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Jesús Merino, Marco Santucci

“Endless Winter” chapter six! Crush, Roundhouse, Kid Flash, and Red Arrow embark on a bonding exercise with new partners from the original New Teen Titans: Donna Troy and Beast Boy? Everyone’s limits will be tested as they brave the challenges of holiday shopping in Manhattan! And then, the city is buried in snow! When they discover a teen whose powers are triggered by the extreme cold, the team must decide if this new arrival is a future hero or villain. And in the past, Black Adam battles the Frost King with devastating consequences.

Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1

Preview: Aquaman #66

Aquaman #66

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Marco Santucci, Miguel Mendonça

“Endless Winter” chapter four! The icy tendrils of Frost King’s global grip extend all the way to the bottom of the Seven Seas! Can Arthur and Mera convince a ferocious collective of Fire Trolls to emerge from the Earth’s very core to save Atlantis from its frozen imprisonment? And in our look to the past, the unlikely team of heroes gets more than they bargained for when they face off against the Frost King for the very first time!

Aquaman #66
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