Comic Book Review: Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #7 – Last Will, Seeing Red

Cover Art for Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #7

Story: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inks: Cam Smith, Oclair Albert, Fernando Pasarin
Colors: Randy Mayor

In a Nutshell

The War of the Green Lanterns looms and this comicbook is a key episode leading to that event. A mentally corrupted Sodam Yat sees Guy Gardner as one of the Guardians and all hell breaks loose between them. Sodam is pretty enraged with the Guardians after what happened in Blackest Night. Zardor exploits this anger so he can have the perfect weapon against the Guardians on his side.

A beaten Guy Gardner finds himself in a very tight spot – tight as in the belly of a serpent. But just like Popeye, Guy manages to get his Spinach in the form of Red Lantern Bleez’ oral discharge. Yes, they actually kissed and swapped spit. Filled with powerful rage, Guy forces his way out of the snake that swallowed him, resulting in the bloodiest and grossest artwork I’ve seen in recent weeks. It’s just plain awesome!

But the big surprise doesn’t stop there. Kilowog and Arisia returns to help Guy Gardner in the nick of time. Before you know it, the battle between the Emerald Warriors and Zardor ends. But Guy can’t call it a day. A defeated Zardor brings along the brainwashed Sodam Yat to take revenge against the Guardians. Guy would have taken the shot to stop the two, but Arisia had other plans.

What's Cool

  • Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #7 gives comics readers an idea of what to expect in the coming War of the Green Lanterns.
  • While this issue is truly action-packed, I’m also impressed with the fast pace at which the story moves. This is definitely not a filler comicbook.
  • Action scenes are very striking (and at times gross in a good kind of way). Artist Fernando Pasarin gives a genuine treat for comics fans.
  • “Kiss me you red bitch!” – Guy Gardner to Bleez. A terrific line, but was Guy referring to the lipstick or to the spit?

What's Crap

  • I don’t have any problem with this issue. But if you expect it to be a self-contained comicbook finale where the characters all go home happy or pose for posterity, you’d be quite disappointed.

The Bottom Line

Emerald Warriors sets the stage up for another Green Lantern big event. No doubt, it is one of the best titles to come from DC Comics recently. Green Lantern fans should not miss this issue or this entire series. So, get your rings on, Poozers!

Comic Book Review: Green Lantern #61 – Seeing Red

Cover Art for Green Lantern #61

Story: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Doug Mahnke
Inks: Keith Champagne, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen, and Mark Irwin
Colors: Randy Mayor

In a Nutshell

Green Lantern #61 lets comic book readers see the world in the eyes of Atrocitus. A strange world full of strange people, he says. A stark observation if I may add. But Atty has a bigger fish to…err…fish. You see, he needs to locate and capture The Butcher, the emotional element of rage, before somebody else collects it. Atrocitus’ archaic and messy tracking technique leads him to a penal facility where a man is about to get electrocuted for a crime he committed and the victim’s father is there to watch the convict fry.

What's Cool

  • Special appearance of The Spectre aka Crispus Allen.
  • The mano-a-mano scene between The Spectre and The Butcher, who has merged with an unwilling human host.
  • The look of The Butcher when it merged with a human host is just fiendishly awesome. Like a hardcore demon with all sorts of blades and knives hanging from its belt.
  • The words in this comic book issue are remarkable. Comic book fans can find quotable quotes without having nose bleeds.
  • Ink job is also incredible.
  • The story is focused on Atrocitus.

What's Crap

  • The scene where The Spectre said that Atrocitus cannot be judged has left a few unanswered questions.

The Bottom Line

The best part of this comic book issue is its smooth-flowing story. Using a prison as the backdrop for the hunt for The Butcher is right on the ball. Where else can we find rage at its worst other than in a correctional facility? Overall, Green Lantern #61 is a good read.

Green Lantern #59: Lorek Tarr Lok


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Members of the Green Lantern Corps take the backseat in this issue as the Indigo Tribe take the spotlight. While the hunt for the remaining super emotional entities continues, a new host for the indigo super entity known as Proselyte has been found. But more than that, many readers will be surprised, if not totally troubled by the fact that a new member of the tribe used be the second baddest ass (after Nekron) in the universe during the Blackest Night war. Plus, a disturbing truth about how the indigo rings work on their bearers’ emotions will be uncovered.

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Another scene to watch out for is the big debate between Hal Jordan and Barry Allen (aka The Flash) which actually began in the last issue. Hal’s latest selection of team mates has been criticized by Barry. The fact that Hal continues to work with Larfleeze and Blue Lantern Saint Walker—and previously with Atrocitus and Sinestro—has become too hard to swallow not only for The Flash, but apparently even for Batman and Superman.

To make things worse, one of the most vicious super entities in the universe takes control of Barry Allen. Needless to say, the situation between Green Lantern and Flash has taken a dreadful turn and everyone’s guess as to what will happen next is as good as mine.

All in all, this is another remarkable issue written by Geoff Johns. The recent ethical conflict between Green Lantern and Flash is a classic in the making. I’m hoping that the next issue will continue to surprise us readers. Special mention goes to artist Doug Mahnke whose work in the Green Lantern series has tremendously improved. I personally like the dark lines and spaces, along with the very expressive faces of the character.

Green Lantern Movie Trailer Launched

Green Lantern movie trailer debuted this week and marks the coming out party for the Emerald Warriors on the big screen. Ryan Reynolds plays the role of Hal Jordan, a test pilot who would later on become Green Lantern, with jurisdiction mainly in and around Space Sector 2814 (where Earth belongs). Hal Jordan received his power ring from an ill-fated alien Green Lantern named Abin Sur, whose spaceship crash landed on Earth. Green Lantern is based on a comic book published by DC Comics.

Entertainment Tonight aired the official first showing of the Green Lantern movie trailer. Fans can view the official trailer on iTunes Movie Trailers.

Apart from Hal Jordan, other favorite Green Lanterns who will make their first appearances include Sinestro (played by Mark Strong), Kilowog, and Tomar-Re. It would appear that the first scenes of the movie involving the transformation of Hal Jordan into the Green Lantern share strong similarities with the 2009 full-length animated feature film Green Lantern: First Flight. But any comparison between the two stops at Hal Jordan receiving his power ring from the dying Abin Sur. For one, the movie’s main scoundrel who receives the business end of the Emerald Warrior’s fist or boot is Hector Hammond (played by Peter Sarsgaard).

The Green Lantern movie is directed by Martin Campbell, who also directed the Mask of Zorro and Casino Royale. Starting Wednesday this week, movie theaters will show the Green Lantern Movie trailer right before the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I preview, also distributed by Warner Bros.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 16): Aliens Vs. Predators, Emerald Warriors

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In this issue, the Colonial Marines and their Hunter Predator ‘allies’ are on the offensive against the Killer Predators. The conclusion to this 6-issue series from Dark Horse Comics reveals how the Killer Predators were able to subjugate their Alien pets. And with that piece of information—thanks to the android David Sereda— the allies now have a chance to defeat the Killer Predators.

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With a Queen Alien in their ship, the Hunter Predators provides the much needed boost to help them and their human comrades win the war. As the series ends, what will happen to Machiko and her team? Rating: 8 out of 10.

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #2

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #2The Emerald Warriors—consist of Guy Gardner, Arisia, Kilowog, and a Red Lantern named Bleez—visit Odym, the home base of the Blue Lantern Corps. In this issue, Guy discovers that the violent energy of the Red Lantern still rages inside him. What would this visit to the Blue Lanterns do for Guy? Can the team really work with a Red Lantern? This issue brings us a step closer to the Guy’s mysterious mission in the outskirts of the galaxy.

Thor First Thunder #1

Thor First Thunder #1Basically, this is a retelling of the very first Thor story as featured in Journey Into Mystery #83, which has also been reprinted as a special feature here in this issue. If you have read the first Thor appearance, you surely have met the Stone Men from Saturn. Well, they are back along with the classic moments leading to where Dr. Donald Blake found a misshapen but mysterious piece of wood that he would later use as cane and emergency lifeline to the God of Thunder. But make no mistake, this issue is not just a recapitulation of how Thor came to be. Rather, it presents how the story of the Son of Odin fits in modern times. Rating: 9 out of 10.

Thor For Asgard #2

Thor For Asgard #2Everything’s wrong in Asgard nowadays. This issue presents a very depressing time in the city of the Norse Gods. The gloomy mood stems from Thor being alone and saddled with the responsibilities of an Asgard’s ruler. To make matters worse, some young and rebellious Asgardians have banded together to attempt to demolish the Rainbow Bridge. How long can Thor put up with all the problems that beset Asgard? So far, I find this arc very interesting both in terms of story and art.

Brightest Day #10

Brightest Day  #10Don’t be fooled by the amazing cover art by David Finch. Aqualad will not beat the crap out of Deadman, at least not in this issue. What you will see though is the ongoing changes and new theories that will redefine Firestorm. Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch still find it hard to agree on anything even as they are fused to become Firestorm. The other highlight of the issue is Jackson Hyde, the new Aqualad. Here, we will see the events that will ultimately lead him to his destiny. Brightest Day #10 is one of the most engaging issues in the series.

Ides of Blood #2

Ides Of Blood #2I admit it. I’m not a big Vampire fan. Besides American Vampire, I have not come across a refreshing vampire story arc lately. But I’m afraid I have to make another exception with Ides of Blood. Sure, many fans find this new take on Roman history a bit boring, but the pacing of the story in each issue has been first-rate for me. After all, if you can imagine a vampire being involved in one of the most vicious assassination plots in history, you would get hooked to this series too.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 8): God of Thunder and The Dark Knight

Thor #614

Thor #614

This is the final issue on Kieron Gillen’s run on Thor. We find the God of Thunder finally drawing out the sword Eir-Gram, the only weapon that can defeat the Disir, the evil shield maidens cursed by Odin. Meanwhile, Fortress Hela and God of War Tyr are running out of time defending the souls of the Asgardian dead. Towards the end, Thor also discovers something about Kelda. And is Mephisto really not preoccupied by what is happening with the Asgardians? Blood, gore, and almighty-ness are the high points of this issue.   Also, the bold penciling makes the evil hordes of Hel and Hell look more terrifying.

Batman #703

This is the prelude to “Bruce Wayne: The Road Home”. We find Dick Grayson’s Batman, Damian Wayne’s Robin, and Tim Drake’s Red Robin on the trail of a master thief who turns out to be Getaway Genius. Damian will learn that his father Bruce is not always the uncompassionate caped crusader that we all know him to be, that Bruce actually has a heart.

Green Lantern #57

Green Lantern #57This issue of Green Lantern made me cry. You know how some long-running comics provide us fans with filler issues every now and then. Well, issue #57 is definitely not a filler. Thanks again to Geoff Johns’ craft. Here, Larfleeze—the wielder of the Light of Avarice—comes to Las Vegas (do I hear uh-ohs?). Readers will get a deeper insight into the world of the Star Sapphires and the nature of love. And did I mention that Carol Ferris will fill in the shoes of someone very important?

American Vampire #6

American Vampire #6I am beginning to hate Vampire stories. Nowadays, those bloodsuckers have become too commercialized and full of cr_p. But not American Vampire. Surprisingly, this series presents a fresh look at vampires. In this latest issue, the story shifts from Hollywood to Las Vegas circa 1935. The local Vegas police, headed by Chief Cash McCogan, are on their toes as prominent businessmen have turned out dead and drained of blood. If our main characters Skinner Sweet and Pearl come to Las Vegas, they will definitely find themselves in a darker, more violent place.

Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book #3

Comic Book Guy #3The death of Jeff Albertson, popularly known as Comic Book Guy and owner of The Android’s Dungeon (Springfield’s most popular comic book store), has brought upon a civil war of sorts. No, it’s not North versus South. It’s Geeks versus Nerds! Comic Book Guy’s death also forces Bart to look for an alternative hobby as Marge (who now owns The Android’s Dungeon) would only sell wholesome kids’ stuff. Meanwhile, Lisa takes it upon herself to find out what really happened to Comic Book Guy. ‘Nuff said.

Justice League Generation Lost #9

Justice League Generation Lost #9When I bought the first issue, I have to admit that I did it simply because I was curious. But as Generation Lost slowly comes to its ending, I am quite surprised about the twists and the cat and mouse game between the Justice League International (JLI) and Max Lord.

In this issue, JLI has finally found Max. Well, not just found–they actually had to fight it out inside the JLI headquarters. Aside from the fight scenes, a personal conflict between Ice and Captain Atom has also come up to the surface. Max’s mental powers allowed him to command Fire to fight her teammates against her will. But is Max really invulnerable? We’ll leave it to Booster Gold to handle the man who wiped out the world’s memory of him.

Doctor Solar #2

Doctor Solar #2You think having the power of the sun makes you a God? How about having the power to give life to entities that came straight out of your imagination? Whitmore Pickerel, the writer who can create living and breathing beings from the characters that he writes about, has become more selfish since the last issue. His first two creations, Leviathan and Glow, have left him to run their own lives. So, Pickerel decides to create more entities to pursue his own plans. The problem is that Pickerel’s creations are not always what we real world folks can consider as virtuous. And Doctor Solar may be the only one that can convince Pickerel to stop his foolish agenda. The dialogues are also worth sinking your teeth into.

Batman Odyssey #3

Batman Odyssey #3I’m a big Batman fan. But storywise, this series does not really impress me. In the previous issues, I even find some scenes to be comedic. The thing is that Odyssey is written by Neal Adams. And I thought that being known for the art that he did for Batman, he could also deliver a great storyline. Still, the completist in me has decided to, well, complete this series. Hey, the art is not at all that bad.