Quite a bit has been made of a scene that James Robinson wrote in Justice League: Cry for Justice #2 in which it’s suggested, nay revealed that Green Lantern Hal Jordan participated in a menage a trois with a couple of shapely super-heroines. I can understand others’ frustration with that snippet of dialogue, as it really adds nothing to the story or characters. But it another bit of dialogue on the next page that I found more distracting and frustrating.
Destroyer #5 (Marvel Comics/MAX Comics imprint)
by Robert Kirkman & Cory Walker
Robert Kirkman brings this limited series to a close on a strong note. Given the overall violent tone of the story and the building plot about the title character’s health, it’s safe to say that most readers expected a particular ending. The writer throws his audience a curve ball, though, opting to take a completely different tack while staying true to the main character. Keene is a fighter, and he’s a man who never gives up. Those elements play a significant role in the “death scene” that makes up most of this issue. It’s a thoroughly entertaining scene, and while it’s as brutal as any other action scene that came before it, it lacks the gruesome gore, allowing it to come off as more comedic in tone. The notion of the reaper or reapers being afraid of a trained killer works quite well.
The nature of the plot for this final issue allows the reader to view Cory Walker’s artwork in a different light… a white light, actually. The main part of the story in this issue takes place in a void, so we’re faced with the figures and action out of any real context. There are no backgrounds, which in previous issues were just as well rendered as the super-heroes and villains. The blank backdrop allows Walker’s style to really come to the forefront; it’s interesting to see how he mixes a simpler look with the convincing detail of the effects of violence. Ultimately, my favorite aspect of the art here is what I’ve enjoyed the most from the start, and that’s Walker’s ability to balance the title character’s raw power with the aged, paunchy man behind the mask. Keene seems like a real guy, and that contrast with his unreal job and actions has really defined this series. 7/10