Daily Archives: September 24, 2011

A New 52 Review: Green Lantern Corps #1

Green Lantern Corps #1
“Triumph of the Will”
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Cover artists: Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

While I try to avoid reading about comics I plan on reviewing before I get a chance to do so, I became aware of some of the violent excesses of Green Lantern Corps #1 through some reports online. As a result, I figured the best I could hope for from this comic was a so-so read. The criticisms about the overtly depicted, over-the-top violence are valid, but fortunately, there’s more to this first issue than its opening scene. Despite the fact this new series really just picks up where the previous volume (as well as Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors) left off, writer Peter J. Tomasi offers an accessible script with a surprisingly strong emphasis on characterization — namely, on GLs Guy Gardner and John Stewart. The writer explores what these men have in common, offering a logical reason for them to partner up and share the spotlight in this new series. Another pleasant surprise is the fact artist Fernando Pasarin delivers some of the strongest artwork we’ve seen from him in his short time with DC Comics. The creators don’t reinvent the green-glowing wheel here or anything, but they do offer a well-crafted story that manages to overcome the distraction of the extreme images with which it opens.

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