Ringless but still determined to make right, Guy Gardner makes some bad mistakes in “Green Lantern Corps” #15, despite the best efforts of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Fernando Pasarin. Keeping in line with recent developments, Guy Gardner has been shunted back to Earth without his Green Lantern power ring. The majority of this issue focuses on what Guy does when he finds himself landlocked and powerless.
As has been the case during his tenure with the ginger-topped Green Lantern, Peter J. Tomasi writes a Guy Gardner that doesn’t need a power ring to be entertaining and exciting. This issue is very much in line with what Tomasi delivered in “Green Lantern Corps” #0 three months ago. Guy’s frustration is palpable, but tempered by his love for his family. All the same, Tomasi shows us that Guy Gardner, with or without powers, is an action-first type of hero. Naturally, that gets him into a steaming pile of trouble, which Tomasi handles quite well despite the near cliche plot and its developments. Keeping with the notion of this book detailing the adventures of the Green Lantern Corps, Tomasi depicts Salaak incurring the anger of the Guardians and John Stewart works with Fatality to try to put Mogo back together again. The latter story includes some interesting new information about Mogo.
Pasarin’s art, with capable inks by Scott Hanna and solid coloring from Gabe Eltaeb is very good and well matched to the hometown heroics of Guy Gardner on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. Even the scene between Fatality and Stewart is well-rendered and clean. The humanoid characters are all expressive, but Pasarin’s realistic style finds a true challenge with the aliens in “Green Lantern Corps” #15. The interchange between Ganthet and Salaak loses potency due to the fact that Ganthet’s head is disproportionately HUGE and Salaak’s hands are so tiny that both figures come across as more comical than real.
The “Rise of the Third Army” banner is plastered across the top of “Green Lantern Corps” #15, but this issue chooses to focus on character over event, giving readers more of a sense of who Guy Gardner is and where he comes from. The final scene of the issue, however, left me thinking that this book is on the precipice of being more fully engulfed by the Green Lantern event.