We’re now five issues into “Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors” and it’s hard to say exactly what the purpose of this new title is, aside from having a third “Green Lantern” comic on the stands. Based on Peter J. Tomasi’s strong run on “Green Lantern Corps,” I keep waiting for the moment where we see the need for a comic that stars Guy Gardner, Kilowog, Arisia, and Bleez the Red Lantern, but once again I’m left scratching my head.
Part of the problem is that this initial storyline has been lackluster, pulled in several different directions at once. Even as the main characters go up against the Lanterns who were controlled by the main bad guy, Zardor, we start to get tie-ins to the goings-on over in “Green Lantern” with the villain trying to capture all of the entities that represent the Lantern powers. This issue makes the current storyline feel more like a placeholder until it’s time for the crossover with “Green Lantern,” with the ease that Zardor is temporarily pushed aside, and that’s never a good feeling when reading a book.
It doesn’t help that Zardor himself, five issues in, has no personality to speak of. He’s a bad guy who laughs maniacally but doesn’t bring anything new or interesting to the table, instantly forgettable the moment you’re done reading the issue. Being bored by the main villain of a comic is hardly how to draw your readers back for another issue. Sure, he makes Green Lanterns blow off their own heads, but that’s not a story hook that I can say I particular care for.
Fernando Pasarin and Cam Smith do an all right job on the art, although it in some ways feels strangely generic. There are a few panels that stick out (Guy Gardner grabbing an escaping Green Lantern ring, or the times that creepy Green Lantern that looks like a centipede shows up), and all in all it’s not bad, but there’s nothing too exciting here either.
Each month I hope that “Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors” can bring something new to the table that makes me want to keep reading, but apparently I wouldn’t make a good Blue Lantern because that hope is fading fast. At the end of the day, this book is shaping into one that is merely unforgettable. With all the good comics Tomasi’s written, that’s a real shame.