Saturday, July 9, 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #11 - Review

Gardner Vs. Diplomats!


Guy Gardner has finally earned some R&R after the horrifying "War of the Green Lanterns," but soon finds himself getting into the thick of it when a diplomat is attacked by a fleet of starships. Gardner reluctantly agrees to pursue the ship and save the diplomat, and discovers a lovely woman sent the distress call. He lets his guard down, staying to escort the ship, but as for everything with Gardner, things turn for the worse.

Written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Bernard Chang, this issue of Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors follows the honor guard Green Lantern, Guy Gardner, taking on one of his many famous types of stories -- space missions. It's single focused issues like this that make me love Gardner as both a Green Lantern and a comic book character in general. He has a very big heart, but loves to do things his way or throw a punch to prove the other guy is wrong. He's the kind of guy you want backing you in a fight, but the last guy you want to make angry.

This issue had a pretty classic and pulp science fiction element to it, but it's those kinds of stories that can be turned on their heads for the better in any Green Lantern series. I also love, and this is a bit of spoilers for anyone reading, when Lanterns have to fight without their rings. It really proves that it's the man that makes the ring and not vice versa.

Tomasi's writing is top-notch as always. I've loved his work on Green Lantern Corps and on this title. If there's one man who can capture Gardner in all of his glory, it's Tomasi. Bernard Chang's art lends well to the style of the book and the way that Gardner fights, so it was as an excellent match up for this issue. I'm not sure if they're going to continue this one, but I really hope that Guy Gardner continues to have his own book for a while, even if it's just as the lead role in another Corps series.

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