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People with too much time on there hands – namely, scientists – have recently discovered the central concept behind the old proverb ‘There is a fine line between love and hate’. For some strange reason, it is something to do with DC Comics renumbering their line of publications. True – just ask, Writer: Pete Tomasi; Artist: Fernando Pasarin; and Publisher: DC Comics. But only ask them in June 2011.
The shockwaves emanating from Mogo’s death kneel is causing everyone involved in the ‘Green Lantern War’ quite some emotional difficulty. Krona’s physically deterred by this sudden development you see, just long enough for the confused and perturbed – Hal and Guy – to break free from their chains, and then reconnect with the angry and the distraught – John and Kyle.
Kyle tells Guy and Hal that John killed Mogo – concerning news I know. But what they are even more concerned about at the moment, is what they have to do next – free Parallax from the central power battery, so that Krona has no control over the Green Lantern Corps.
And can they to accomplish this task? Well – initially – under the guidance of the newly emerged Ganthet, the ‘Crayola quartet’ use all their might – plus the additional power rings – to free Parallax.
But unfortunately this task is halted by the possessed Green Lantern Corps, whom get in there way.
Still, Guy has ‘love’ and ‘hate’ on his side – he loves the corps – and he hates anyone trying to usurp it. So much so in fact, that he manages to free Parallax and then reverts’ the Corps back to normal – just in time for Krona and the possessed Guardians to step into play. To be concluded....
As penultimate chapters go, this ninth instalment of ‘War of the Green Lanterns’ is quite good actually. The plot seems more substantial – the characterisation great – the art very dynamic – and the overall package just top notch. Now this is what I want to see coming out of DC – not just a couple of number ones – a good solid story with good solid characters, art, and plot.
One of my favourite things to come out of this issue was the art by Fernando Pasarin. He seems to have a sort of earthy exuberance that is not as ‘cartoony’ as some of the other artists on the Green Lantern books, as well as having the ability to draw each character on the page as individuals, and not as re-jigged clones of the same. In someway, Fernando’s art reminds me of Mike McKones’s work – full of character and dynamic poses.
Another thing that I liked in this issue was the scene in which Guy uses ‘love’ and ‘hate’ to free Parallax and ‘save the day’. In someway this scene optimises Guy to me, as he has always been a contradictory character since back in the day. Heck, if anybody out there can remember the Giffen and DeMatteis early run on the JLI – Guy started off as a hateful figure, until Batman punched him out, thus causing him to have a mind jolt and turn all ‘lovey dovey’. OK, this only lasted for a short while I know, but I am sure you can understand the point I am trying (and failing) to convey – a very appropriate scene for Guy.
My only problem with this issue however, is the attitude towards John for killing Mogo. Come on – he had to do it – this is supposed to be a war, right? I just hope that this sentiment of resentment towards John by his fellow corpsmen is a fleeting one, and not something that will be rehashed again and again to break up a fairly tight dynamic.
Overall, this ‘Emerald Warriors’ instalment of ‘War of the Green Lantern’ was a great read, with decent art, an evolving plot-line, and an emotional subtext which was both pertinent and revealing. Great.
THE RATING: A