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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
'The Other Hero' asks one very important question - what does Hal and Sinestro do after their adventure together in space?
Well, for Hal, he just tries his best to get on with his life with Carol on Earth. For example, he spends some quality time with her whilst getting into some mischief in an aircraft carrier that they both visit.
However, as for Sinestro on the other hand, that's a different story altogether.
You see, Sinesto is on a mission that relays as follows: (1) He fly's to the planet Orgoro, and enlists the services of his one time foe, Starstorm. (2) Now with Starstorm in toe, they both track down another one of Sinestro's old foes, Lyssa Drak, (3) Whist these two 'sardonic space-men' do battle with this blue-skinned b*tch, Sinestro gleans information of off what is in her possession, ' The Book of the Black', relating to his own future and that of the Green Lantern Corps. And (4) Once this battle has ended, Sinestro comes to a realisation - he needs Hal to continue his adventure.
To be continued.
For me, as soon as Hal Jordan said "I think I'll manage. I do not need to be Green Lantern". I just knew that by issues end, he would be eating these very words.
It's like when you see a horror movie and the soon to be victims say "It's OK, the horror has passed".
Yeah - right.
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Tonally, this story was strangely bi-polar in its execution. You see, one half of it was about Hal and his time on Earth. Whilst the other half of it was about Sinestro and his adventure in space. For me, I liked that these two story strands did not try to intertwine with each other, as it made each segment more personable as a tale.
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
I wished Starstorm was given more scope as a character than what has been presented so far. OK, you get the basic gist that he was once some poor schmuck who Sinestro kicked around. But still, it would have been nice to see a much fuller side to him as a person.
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Now I liked the inclusion of Starstorm within this tale, plus that foreboding splash page where Sinestro 'saw the future'. Boy, isn't writer, Geoff Jones, a tease?
ART: All in all Mike Choi's artworks isn't that bad really. OK, I know that he is no Doug Mahnke. But I do not think that he wants to be Doug Mahnke anyway - as he has a really nice manga / Cliff Chiang vibe about his pencils and compositions.
Though, if truth be told, I am not that keen on his facial expressions - too 'mushy' (if that it a proper word).
STARSTORM: Just think about it foe a minute. What veteran actor is very good at playing down and out heroes whom have a possibility to be on the rise again? Correct - Mickey Rourke - and they have the same hair too.
LYSSA DRAK: Personally speaking, I would love to see Lucy Liu play this blue-skinned pain in the ass with a nice ass. Wouldn't you love to see Lucy painted head to toe in blue paint and half-naked? Huh?
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Are You Looking For An Old Foe To Save The Universe With? Well, Look No Further Than Hal!
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
OK, so this story is basically as tale about two people who are destined to team up with each other no matter what they think, right? So in my opinion, minus the space angle, this yarn reminds me of the Eddie Murphy eighties flick '48 Hrs.'.
In my own slighted jaded opinion, I feel that this issue had a lot more going for it than the previous parts of this re-buffed series. The story had more girth to it, the personalities had more time to shine, plus it was nice to see a different artistic take on Hal and company also. Please continue the motion guys.
MARKS out of 10? 8.5