Green Lantern #40

"Agent Orange" continues to spread out in the pages of "Green Lantern" with the Vegan system now falling under the auspices of the Guardians, or so the Guardians decide. As it turns out, the Vega system houses the Orange Light -- a force which Scar of the Guardians declares almost decimated the ranks of the Guardians. Larfleeze is the keeper of the Orange Light and wastes no time using that light on those invading his world.

The War of Light draws nearer under the writing of Geoff Johns and he continues to build galaxies of rainbow warriors. This issue sets the stage for a major tilt to happen out in the sector of space surrounding Okaara as Fatality heads to the world where the Green Lanterns and Guardians are challenging Agent Orange.

Any newbie picking this issue up as their introduction to "Green Lantern" is in for a world of sensory overload as Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion present some art that is clearly influenced by early Travis Charest. Beyond the obvious and somewhat superficial influence, the duo also offers up a significant amount of cross-hatching and shading rendered actually with pen and ink instead of subtly colored hue. It gives the issue a throwback feel and also adds in some shadowy doubt -- unsettling the visuals just that much more.

This issue also features a backup -- er, excuse me, "co-feature" -- telling the tale of Glomulus, one of the myriad Orange Lanterns. Through this tale, and the main story in the issue, we learn how the Orange Light functions under the influence of Larfleeze. In this manner, Johns presents a slightly different take on the tangibility of yet another color from the spectrum, offering a variance on the cookie cutter potentiality of every Corps essentially wielding the same power with a different hue. The art in the backup is provided by Rafael Albuquerque, and makes for a strong change-up from the work of Tan. Personally, I'd like to see Albuquerque get another shot in the Green Lantern books soon, but not necessarily at the expense of the fabulous artists already in place.

DC has made no bones about the Green Lantern franchise becoming a tent pole for the comics and other media, with a major motion picture set to begin filming this fall, a direct-to-DVD release and scads of DCDirect action figures hitting store shelves in the coming months. While I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, I've found myself enjoying this "Green Lantern" title a little bit more each month.

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