I was pleased to hear that Peter J. Tomasi was returning to “Green Lantern Corps” this September. It was nothing against his replacement on the book, Tony Bedard, but Tomasi’s “Green Lantern Corps” had a particular level of fun about the title, and having Tomasi back sounded like a sure thing.
Keeping in mind that the various Green Lantern titles are some of the few to not really be changed at all from the DC re-launch this month, what did we get? A perfectly average issue with a couple of nice touches to remind us where Tomasi’s skills lie.
The overall story for the issue, with Green Lanterns being killed in sector 3599 and a world getting wiped out as a result, isn’t that interesting just yet. We don’t know the Lanterns in 3599 before they die in the opening scene of the comic, after all, and by now the random violent deaths of non-characters is hardly an attention-getter. Likewise, the destruction of a world (through an admittedly inventive means) lacks a lot of impact when you’ve never even seen the world before this comic.
But there are some little bits here and there that are fun. Guy Gardner applying for a coaching position is entertaining, especially when we see just what the administrator has to say in regards to Guy’s application. Even better, after a year or two of “John Stewart as soldier” it’s nice to finally see his long-time profession of architect return to the fold. Stewart’s interactions with the corrupt businessmen are slightly cliche, but at the same time it’s such a relief to see Stewart (and Gardner) having normal lives on Earth and doing things true to their character that I found myself willing to roll with the otherwise predictable scene. Tomasi always did a good job with the characterization of the cast of “Green Lantern Corps” and this is no exception.
Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna do a nice job here, too. This is some of Pasarin’s better pencils to date; the dejected look on Guy’s face as he sits in the office is perfect, as is his excited expression when he talks about being a good juggler. And while the scenes in Sector 3599 aren’t terribly interesting in their own right, Pasarin does his best to make them lively. “Green Lantern Corps” is certainly an attractive comic.
Perhaps because it’s business-as-usual, “Green Lantern Corps” has one of the quieter openings from the re-launch titles to date. It doesn’t have any huge impact moments, but it’s not bad either. Just a quiet, middle-of-the-road title. I can’t see this attracting new readers, but the existing fanbase will be pleased.