In Review: Green Lantern Corps #26

The cover: Bernard Chang has shown a fairly typical moment that occurs about every four months in lantern history: two members have a disagreement which becomes physical. Granted, I’m used to seeing Guy Gardner in this situation, though John and Hal have had their moments in the past, and they’re having one this issue it seems. Nice blocking to emphasize the force hitting Hal. I also really like the alien crowd around them that seem to be enjoying the match as well. Good colors by Marcelo Maiolo, with great streaks of color making that right’s connection all the more powerful. Overall grade. A

The story: This issue picks up with the events after Issue #24, as #25 (which I didn’t review) was a terrible waste of paper! On Mogo, the new home of the Corps, several members are waiting for the arrival of the Citadel, a piece launched from Oa that contains further survivors of the battle against Relic. The piece comes in too quickly, but Mogo is able to stop by influencing the gravity of himself (he is a living planet) so the use of the lanterns’ rings is unnecessary. Among the GLs is Fatality, whom he rushes to greet with a passionate kiss. John tells her the Corps coming apart at the seams due to their self-imposed limitations to their rings. Before a spat can begin, Hal and Kilowog arrive with news that the planet Oranx has being offered an alliance with the Khunds. Oranx is Jruk’s homeworld, so he, Feska, and Arisia go there to reassure them of the Corps’ protection. Meanwhile, Hal and John have the conversation that the cover promises. Van Jensen’s story, co-plotted by Robert Venditti, splits the action between Mogo and Oranx, but I wish it would have stayed on Oranx. I really was bored by what was going on with John. I’ve read this conflict between lanterns several times, and having John bemoan his lost retirement is like listening to Luke Skywalker whine about going to Tosche Station to pick up some power convertors. Oranx continues the plotline begun last month in Green Lantern, as there are sinister forces seeking to further tarnish the reputation of the Green Lantern Corps. I’m getting tired of whiny lanterns. Overall grade: B-

The art: Bernard Chang does a good job on the art. His lanterns look good, his settings epic (with Oranx being a standout), and the natives of Oranx look great. The action in the Blood Bowl looks good, and the interruption that occurs in its proceedings looks fantastic! It’s also good to see Jruk in action, proving that he’s still a force to be reckoned with, even with an appendage missing. Jruk really steals the book, even though there’s an epic creation of an important site. His two pages in the Bowl to “make them listen” is wonderful to see. Also in the book are the shape changing aliens that have recently been popping up make an appearance or two, and they look much better in this book than in others because their tentacles are in motion rather than laying flaccid. Overall grade: A

The colors: Very impressive work from Marcelo Maiolo on this book. There’s not of constructs this issue out, nor in the foreseeable future, but he still creates some wonderful light effects, such as the landing of the Citadel, the bright sun and its shadows on Mogo on the first five pages, the overwhelming orange sky of Oranx, and the bright and deep greens on Mogo at night. Really gorgeous work throughout. Overall grade: A+

The letters: A great variety of lettering from Dave Sharpe: narration, scene setting, dialogue, alien dialogue, yells, screams, and sound effects. His SLURRRRRKKs are to die for! Overall grade: A+

The final line: Love the art, bored by the story. I want lanterns to use rings, not begrudge their use. Overall grade: B


Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years. He’s since moved to a high school where he’s taught 9th grade and currently teaches 10th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.

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