Friday, April 1, 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1 - Review

A "Blood" Oath has been Taken

Honor Guard Lantern Guy Gardner has made a pact with Atrocitus (Red Lantern) and Ganthet (former Guardian turned Green Lantern) to stand against the oncoming doom of The War of the Green Lanterns. After nabbing a group of interstellar criminals, Guy Gardner records a message explaining his hidden motives in case things go wrong. He gets approval from the Guardians to patrol the unknown sectors of space to look for any threats before they can strike first, and the strange bleeding lip and color in Gardner's eyes have flashes of red all about them.

Written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Fernando Pasarin, this is the beginning of Guy Gardner's own series about doing what's right for the universe as the "warrior" of the Green Lantern Corps. The pacing and writing in this series is really wonderful, and I expect nothing less from one of DC's flagship franchises. Guy Gardner was once a joke in comics, but has earned his place through new versions of his character as one of DC's greatest heroes and most brave brawlers. Seeing him get a bit more political when it comes to the safety of the universe is a welcomed character development, and I'm interested to see how his mission differs from Hal Jordan's in the coming war, and what will drive them to battle as foretold in the Book of Black.

The artwork by Pasarin makes wonderful use of ring constructs and mood through chaotic battles and loads of beautiful space backgrounds. If there's one thing I love about Green Lantern titles, it's the settings.

This book is about eight issues in at this point, and it's been a wonderful read so far.

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