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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

Review: Catalyst Prime: Accell #2

Daniel DosSantos is Accell, the first speedster superhero in a brave new world, but just how fast is he? Accell’s quest to test the limits of his powers throw him into a sideways dimension where horrors exist, and death comes at him faster than the speed of sound.

I really enjoyed the first issue of this series from Lion Forge that’s part of their Catalyst Prime universe. While speedster superheroes are a dime a dozen, Daniel feels like he stands out a bit as a relatable guy who plays video games and is pretty unsure of himself and powers. And this second issue feels like it has a more of a focus exploring those final two points as Daniel heads into the desert to find out how fast he is.

Writer Joe Casey gives us an entertaining story that feels trippy at times. While it doesn’t quite stand out as original as that first issue and has a bit too much in common with a certain force about speed, it’s still interesting as there’s just enough to set it apart. What happens when Daniel goes really fast? What’s might happen? Well, we kind of find some of that out.

Things get trippy and the visuals feel like a nice LSD trip which is all made wildly entertaining by Damion Scott. The art, along with inks by Robert Campanella and colors by Sigmund Torre (both of Mosh Studios) is what sucked me into the story. It’s creative and interesting and had me trying to figure out what was happening. There’s even some nice creative use of pages with the flow and a point where you’ll need to rotate the entire issue. That use of movement is solid in the series and I hope we get more of that as it goes on.

The second issue is a little of a dip in story but the visuals more than make up for it. I want to find out more about what Daniel is seeing and experiencing and that wanting to come back is a success. Definitely an interesting series that’s getting its footing down to launch and make itself really stand out from the pack.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Damion Scott
Ink: Robert Campanella Color: Sigmund Torre

Story: 7.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Lion Forge Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Review: Catalyst Prime: Accell #1

Daniel DosSantos is a young man living at the speed of life. After gaining powers from exposure to an extraterrestrial object, DosSantos became the rapid action superhero called Accell. The first of a new public kind of self-appointed crime fighter. Unfortunately, there are consequences to moving faster than sound. Accell about to learn that danger exists on the flipside of having super powers, and will have to grow up quickly to survive.

There’s a lot of speedsters when it comes to comic books and superheroes. Every universe seems to have at least one, if not multiple. So, in the run up to this comics’ release I’ve been intrigued to see how Daniel DosSantos, aka Accell, will stand out from all of the rest out there.

Catalyst Prime: Accell #1 drops us into it all as we’re quickly introduced to DosSantos courtesy of writer Joe Casey who delivers a character that feels relatable in so many ways and a lot of that is due to the details Casey and artists Damion Scott and Robert Campanella include.

Daniel feels like a real world individual playing video games and generally having a pop culture outlook on things. That’s apparent by his references and how the art enhances it with hearts to show off his health, like the video games he loves. But, it’s the attitude of the comic that really stands out as DosSantos clearly loves what he does as a superhero with a general fun and positive outlook on the world and life. He’s also learning his powers and that depiction is what really stands out to me. It’s not just how speed can be used to save the day but the aftermath of those actions. It feels new, unique, and kind of funny at the same time. I’m not ruining it here, but the details the team puts into this makes the comic shine.

The art style overall has a pop style to it full of the energy it attempts to depict with colors and a look that crackles with the enthusiasm and attitude of the writing within. The comic has so much life and energy, a word I keep coming back to, because it truly is a great way to describe it all. When I thought nothing new could be mined with this type of power, I’m surprised with exactly that.

But, through all of that positive fun, the team puts real world issues at the center of it all. It’s not person gets powers and just so happens to fight bad people with powers. Instead we get a Romeo & Juliet aspect to the story that feels new and with its tinge of racism feels grounded in a hateful sort of way. Again, it’s something many can relate to and a detail and twist to it all that makes the series stand out.

Do I love the debut? That’s an understatement. I’ve enjoyed everything Lion Forge has released in their Catalyst Prime universe but this comic debuts in such a way that it challenges a lot of other superhero comics out there from the big two. It has a life that’s missed by many and attention to detail that creates an experience that’s heads above the rest. My favorite comic I’ve read this week.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Damion Scott and Robert Campanella
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Lion Forge provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review