In the month of October, 2014, DC Comics will garnish their covers with a monstrous piece of artwork. Robert Venditti will pay homage to this by wearing a pink carnation. Where as Billy Tan will run quickly to his nearest church and prey for all our souls in Klingon. You have been duly warned.

To QUOTE Joseph Campbell: 'Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy'.

After the cataclysmic events seen over in Godhood -- the one-off special that's still on sale -- I'm afraid to say that the Green Lantern Corps have seen better days. Mogo has been turned into Lindsay Lohan's film career -- pointless. A planet I can't be bothered to look up the name of has been completely decimated. And now Hal and the gang have to figure out who is trying to hack into their computer system, and stealing all of their knowledge on Kyle Rayner.

Yeah. You remember Kyle, don't you? He's that nice White Lantern who faked his own death a couple of months back. Plus now, he has to mind himself or else Metron, Orion, and the rest of the New Gods will try to capture him because... errr... blah-blah-blah, yadda-yadda-yadda!

Not the end. Not yet anyway.

Essentially this is a stepping-stone-story which has bridged the gap between the Godhead 'one-off special' and the regular Green Lantern titles. But more than that, though, this is what I would call one hell of a cracking read that I can't wait to see more of.

Well, after reading this book as well as the aforementioned special, I must say that I am very intrigued by this Green Lantern and New God war. Now at the moment it does seem like a very one side battle. Especially how the God's keep on kicking the crap out of the Lanterns. Yet I'm sure this has been put into place just to: (1) Exhume this event with a sense of awe and dread. (2) Define the power-levels between the two rival clans. And (3) Set up a scene a little later down the line when Hal the guys finally kick New God ass.

What's more, I best mention how I really loved the manner in which Robert gave Hal and the chaps some real personality trails, as well as how Billy gave his character-work a fairly well-polished sheen. Never in my whole life have I seen a rendition of the New Gods looking so good. Let's hope it don't stay that way, eh? Ha!

The only thing I'm not too keen on -- both in this book and in the event so far -- is how the New Gods come across as a bunch of f*cking idiots. I mean, they've got no manners. They've got no patience. They've got no common sense. Yet the one thing they do posses is a pain in the ass attitude and the power to match it.

Hmmm. I wonder what Jack Kirby would have thought about this new take on his characters?

Conceptually this comic book is about a gang of Cosmic Gods, right? And to me, personally, nothing says 'Cosmic God' more than those cleaver chaps over at the 'Cosmic God Symphony'. So it's over to you, my friends, with 'Tree Of Life'.

Now I know this might be my silly side speaking. Yet after reading that scene where Mister Comfy Chair hacked into the Corps computer system, a part of me felt that they needed to install a better firewall measure to counteract this breach of security. And so, my friends, that is precisely what I'm going to compare this comic book to. Firewall Software.

At the very end of this issue it's insinuated that Hal is going to ask someone to help him out with his battle with the New Gods. So just for fun -- allegedly -- can you guess who it is out of the following eight suspects?

  1. Jackie Chan -- See option eight for more details.
  2. The IRS -- Well? They caught Capone, didn't they?
  3. Paris Hilton -- Maybe she can bore them to death?
  4. The Government -- Ha! Fat chance. There's no money in it for them.
  5. Kim Kardashian -- Now with an ass like hers, wow, God damn!!!!
  6. The Pope -- Hey! It might work!
  7. Sinestro -- What? Too obvious?
  8. The Entire DC Universe -- Tell me you wouldn't want to see that happening!

Nuff said. 

GREEN LANTERN #35 GREEN LANTERN #35 Reviewed by David Andrews on October 13, 2014 Rating: 5
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