Hey! You know that song sung by Michael Ball, entitled, 'Love Changes Everything'? Well, do you think he sung it because he had a very strange premonition about this very cosmic adventure? Or do you think he sung it because Robert Venditti and Billy Tan told him to? Oh! Wait a minute! I'll know who'll know! The Publisher: DC Comics, in December, 2013!! I hear they love a good ball!

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Superior Force'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: 'How the hell are we going to stop this bunch of ingrates?' says Kilowog to Hal Jordan, whilst Nol-anj and her Braidmen attack these two Lanterns from all directions. 'I know!' replies Hal 'We'll call on the Green Lantern Corps for some help! I'm sure with them by our side, these f*ckers will stand no chance of defending themselves!'.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED:  Yeah! I'd say they were. More or less. Despite some bickering back home on Mogo, about the worth of the Ringless Corps.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: A-huh. I think so. I think I felt the world move. Twice. And trust me, it wasn't a very nice experience at all. Ha!
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With a rather ugly looking alien very pleased with himself that everything is going according to plan. His plan.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Despite loving most of the witty dialogue strewn throughout this entire issue, for me, the stand-out of the bunch would have to be the discourse between Hal and Kilowog at the start of this book, whilst they were being surrounded by those funny looking bad-guys...

KILOWOG: Nothing ever goes easy for you, does it, Jordan?
JORDAN: It's not that I'm unlucky, Kilowog. Fights don't find me, I find them.
KILOWOG: Only you would think that's a defense!

Ha! What a pair of clowns. And whilst they're in the field of combat no less! Wow! Talk about a class act!

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) Congratulations, Robert and Billy. Once again you've both managed to tell a bloody good story that was action packed and very curious at the same time. For you, Robert, you gave Hal and Kilowog some much needed 'screen time' I can never-ever frown at. And for you, Billy, you've lavished this book with some well executed and detailed pencil-work that's grown on me more and more by the issue. Kudos.
(+) In spite of whatever else I may come up with down below, I've got to admit, I did like that scene where Mogo showed up and shock the bad guys into oblivion. Not only was it a very bold and daring thing to do, but it also showed Mogo in another light. A much more dazzling light.
(+) OK. So I'm not a big fan of Nol-anj or any of her sanguine shenanigans. Yet I did like how her section of this tale seemed to resolve itself, because I can't wait to see her comeuppance the next time she pops up on this book. Wink-Wink!
(+) To be perfectly honest with you, I'm somewhat undecided about the 'overkill dilemma' that was posed by this story. One part of me loved its brashness. Another part of me was intrigued by its imminent after-effects. Whilst yet another part of me thought that this was just a tad too much to be taken seriously, as it had that shocking way about it that didn't feel quite right within a book such as this one.    
(+) Didn't the end of this escapade conclude on a very enigmatic note, dear reader? Personally speaking, I can't wait to find out who those ugly looking alien really are, plus how in Ganthet's good name they are able to procreate? I mean -- my God -- it must be like 'runny nose city' when this species shags!

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) As much as I did understand the inclusion of that 'squabbling scene' between the two divided factions of the Corps -- because it did hit home how this division now stands -- there was a small part of me that felt it wasn't needed at all, as it only broke up the action with a couple of pages of pointless talking, that didn't lead anywhere within the confines of this tale.
(-) Another slight gripe I had with this adventure was how numerous members of the Corps kept on showing up, and this left me unsure of who was who and what the hell was going on with the overall story-line. Not that this was a major nuisance of course. At best it was merely a confusing 'plot device' that wasn't really needed.  

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, or add and extra dimension to it by default?
THE THEME TUNE TO 'A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS': OK. So this just might be a 'me thing'. But when I first sat down and read this tale, I honestly got a real strong Spaghetti Western vibe running off of it. And to me -- personally -- nothing says Spaghetti Western more than this tune composed by the musical maestro himself, Ennio Morricone.


If this story gave off a scent, what ODOUR would it be and why?
THE COLLECTIVE BOUQUET GIVEN OFF BY AN ARMY OF HAIRDRYERS SITUATED IN A VERY BUSY OFF-STREET HAIR-SALON:  Now if you've taken any notice of my previous answer, I'm sure you'll know all too well why I have compared this adventure to this unified aroma. Yes. That's correct. They both love blowing off hot air when need be. Ha!

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk' -- Tuco from 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly'

Alright. I know what they say about me. They say things like 'That Graf, he's a fool for not wearing his power ring anymore. Why the hell is he still in the Corp, if he isn't willing to play the game by the rules!'.

But do you know what? I couldn't careless what anyone else says. I'm a true-grit warrior. Me. Graf. And don't want to become a f*cking hypocrite by trying to stop someone else from doing something that I currently am.

Admittedly. To a certain extent I more than understand what Hal and the Corps are trying to accomplish by policing the 'emotional spectrum'. To them, it's a way of keeping both themselves and their crusade in check the only way they know how, whilst simultaneously fighting the good fight.

But that's it, though, isn't it? How can a fight be good if the weapon you are using to fight it with is slowly destroying the universe? It's mad. It's inane. And it doesn't make any sense to me whatsoever. That is why I have hung up my ring and have now decided to fight the good fight the good old fashioned way.

With fists and with candor.

Anyway. That's all I've got to say on this subject for the moment, folks. Maybe next month one of my colleagues can pose the other side of this argument.

Nuff said.

GREEN LANTERN #26 GREEN LANTERN #26 Reviewed by David Andrews on December 19, 2013 Rating: 5
Comic Books Section TV Store Online
Powered by Blogger.