Overall, I’ve been enjoying “The Weaponeer” storyline in “Green Lantern Corps.” It’s started to feel more like Tony Bedard was making the book his own, and that the book in general was heading in some interesting directions. With this latest issue, though, it feels like the pace has suddenly dropped a great deal, that all the momentum built up over the previous three issues has dissipated.
Of course, the fact that “War of the Green Lanterns” starts in “Green Lantern Corps” #58 may have something to do with that. So rather than end a month early, it certainly feels like this storyline is starting to get stretched out just a tad, and what probably should have just been four issues will now be five. (That may not be the case, of course, but as a reader it’s certainly the way it looks from this side of the printed page.)
So while “Green Lantern Corps” #56 isn’t a bad issue of the title, it’s hardly the most exciting one either. At the end of the previous issue we learned that the Sinestro Corps was rallying to enter Qward and attack the Weaponeer, who took Sinestro’s daughter Soranik Natu hostage. And in this issue? Well, nothing’s resolved. The Sinestro Corps attack, the Weaponeers attack back, the Green Lanterns try to figure out whose side they’re on. It’s a sequence that feels like it should have run four or five pages, not twenty. And sure, everyone gets their own little spotlight in figuring out how to fend off the two sides and prevent a massacre, the word “exciting” is not one I’d use to describe the feel of the story. Competent, yes, but aside from getting the job done without being bad, there’s not much else to say about it.
Tyler Kirkham and Batt are at their best when drawing characters that are alien, like the Green Lantern made out of rock, or some of the more monstrous Sinestro Corps members. When it comes to people, they’re much more standard and the sort of character designs that were especially popular in the mid-’90s, with bulging biceps and six-pack abs galore. It’s the more extreme ones that are at least entertaining, like the bare-chested, hairy Weaponeer with his hawk-goggled helmet. Sure, he looks slightly silly, but it’s an awesome sort of silly.
Post-“Darkest Night” it’s felt like the various Green Lantern titles have been trying to find a new direction, and slightly stalling for the next large storyline. Having your momentum start dropping two months before the next event seems like a bad business move. Why scare readers off when they’re so close to your next hook? It may not be actively bad (and I’m thankful for that), but apathy can be just as dangerous.