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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Green Lantern Corp #14

November 17th, 2012 by Christopher Williams Comments

Written by Peter Tomasi

Pencils by Fernando Pasarin

Inks by Scott Hanna

Guy and company are caught up in a fight with the Third Army as he races back home to stop Xar from killing his loved ones. The Third Army devours Guy’s fellow Lanterns, but Guy escapes and puts his family in protective custody with the Justice League. Fatality tracks down John Stewart. Kilowog and Salaak discover new Green Lanterns aren’t being recruited and Guy is forced to make a tough decision.

This was definitely a great issue. We get it all here, great action, intrigue and a hard moment to swallow. These Guardians have gone from bad to super devious, sending Xar after Guy’s family was appalling. It’s one thing to dismantle the Corp, but to put their families on the chopping block was a very cold move. Meanwhile Kilowog starts to play detective when he realizes he isn’t getting any new trainees. He and Salaak do some digging, and guess what, new rings haven’t been leaving Oa to recruit new members. As the icing on the cake, they also find that the video of Stewart snuffing out a fellow Lantern has been doctored as well. It was interesting to see Salaak starting to question the Guardians since normally he’s the straight laced by the book kind of alien, so if he realizes there’s a problem with the Guardians then you know it’s bad.

Man, poor John Stewart, talk about going on a fool’s errand. Having to find every piece of a deceased Mogo is quite the task to keep Stewart out of the picture so he can’t interfere with the Guardians, and based on John’s personality we know its one he’ll take seriously. On his search through space, the Star Sapphire, Fatality seeks John out. I was a bit confused by this, maybe they explained why she was doing this in a previous issue, but she didn’t explain her presence to Stewart here. Even if it was covered previously, they could have at least had her shoot a quick explanation to Stewart just to catch readers up. If anyone out there knows what’s going on here send me a tweet.

Once Guy ensures his family’s safety he’s immediately called back to Oa to get an earful from the Guardians about abandoning his post to save his family. Though I will talk about the meat of a book, I don’t like to spoil the climax, so you’ll have to pick up the issue to find out what happens here, but let’s just say its not good for Guy. Overall this was an exciting book that lays out the groundwork nicely for the GLC’s place in the Third Army arc. Though my heart will always remain with the flagship title of the GL Universe, it seems as though Green Lantern Corps is doing a better job of moving the story forward. The art here didn’t blow me away; it was still penciled and colored quite nicely, though Flash and Cyborg could’ve used some better detailing here. It sort of looked like outlines of them, which made me think they were mere afterthoughts to the plot, story wise though, I couldn’t have asked for much more.

3.5 out of 5 nerds

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Christopher is self-billed as the World's Coolest Nerd (meaning he wears glasses and is clumsy, but he never earned good marks in school). He loves all things Star Wars and superhero related such as comics, books, cartoons and movies. He's a husband and father who somehow manages to keep up with his pastimes since his day job mainly consists of sitting around a store with not much to do. He's very outspoken and wants to share his opinions with the world, or at least his fellow nerds. You can follow him on Twitter @AUDone44.