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11 Mar 2013

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #17

By David Lee Andrews   Posted at  05:30   PETE TOMASI

[ DYING FOR A BARGAIN
My God! The final battle is nearly here. The Guardians are going to show no fear. Or maybe the reverse will be more true. And the Lanterns will pick up a pew. With a Tommy-gun and strange looking buccaneer. Yah-Har! Someone like Writer: Peter J. Tomasi; or Artist: Fernando Pasarin; plus Publisher: DC Comics, in March 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this SECOND PART of 'Wrath of The First Lantern'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: To break Guy Gardner's stubborn and hard-lined resolve, the First Lantern, known as Volthoom, perverts his memories, and then tries to make this ginger Lantern very angry indeed.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Yes. And then some.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: We get to see what Guy's life might have been like, if his brother and sister died, he allowed a suicide bomber to go 'BOOM', and if he himself turned permanently into a Red-Lantern.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With Guy sad, and with Volthoom glad.

Overall, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Even though it wasn't the most profoundly constructed sentence I've ever read, in the same breath, I did find it very appropriate when Guy said to Volthoom...

'Get Out Of My Head You Freak'.

Well, the manner, the tone, and the diction of this 'decree', does manage to sum up this issue to a tea. Correct, dear reader?




What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) My God! Shivers shot right up my spin when I read that scene where Guy's brother and sister 'supposedly' died whilst trapped underneath the ice. Honestly. That section of story was a sight for sore eyes I can tell you. Furthermore, I can say exactly the same thing about when Guy failed to stop the suicide bomber too! Ka-Pow! Say no more.
(+) Artist, Fernando Pasarin, really did surpass himself in this issue. My own personal favorite sections were the double-page spread, and that part where Guy got 'bloody' during his 'Red Mode' rampage.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) Considering I enjoyed it within the confines of this issue, over time, I can see the conceit behind this story getting a bit repetitive if it is continuously played out again and again (i.e. a villain torturing a hero with his own 'warped reality').
(-) I wasn't very keen on that part where Guy played 'Red Lantern' really. By this section of the tale the timorous nature of the overall narrative got a bit stale for me.

Pick TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and compare them individually to a HONG KONG ACTION STAR.
YANG CHENG-WU AS ANGRY GUY: Just take a look at Wu and then tell me that this 'growling looking' bad-guy from 'Game of Death 2', wouldn't rip out your throat with his own teeth? You can't. Can you. 

TONG LUNG AS POLICE OFFICER GUY: Now who would you choose to shoot at a suicide bomber on a prowl? Me: I'd choose this one time Bruce Lee replacement -- Tong 'the bomb' Lung. 

What WORD or PHRASE could you use to sum-up this story?
'The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. I can resist everything but temptation' -- Oscar Wilde

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'RENEGADES OF FUNK' BY RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: Now if you think about it for a moment or two, the one thing that Volthoom and Guy both have in common, is that they're both funky renegades. So let's dance, baby!!!!




ANYTHING Else?
All in all this installment of the 'Green Lantern Corps' was a fairly so-so issue. On the one hand, it instilled drama, pathos, and suspense into this adventure. Whilst, on the other hand, I can see it becoming someone formulaic where its overall premise is concerned.

Now I'm sure you know where I'm coming from with this comment, dear reader. 'Hero gets shown his perverted past by the current bad-ass villain'. However, that is not to say this story-arc will not become very memorable in retrospect; because I'm fairly continent the outcome of this 'event' will have a number of connotations spilling out in the near future.

GIVE IT, IT'S DUES: If This Comic Book Was A Monkey, It Would be a Funny Looking One Who Likes To Throw His Own Sh*t Again And Again And Again.

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