G3 Review: Green Lantern-Emerald Warriors #1

Cover art by Rodolfo Migliari

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1
Writer: Peter Tomasi
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inks: Cam Smith
Colors: Randy Mayor
Letters: Steve Wands
August 11, 2010
DC Comics

As of right now, I am pulling all three Green Lantern books. I really enjoyed the fantastic nature of the Sinestro Corps War, and then it built up to Blackest Night. So, I kept on keeping on. While there was some phenomenal art during Blackest Night, the best stories did not come from the GL titles.

I’ve recently been contemplating dropping Green Lantern. Reis’ art is to die for, but Johns’ writing is not. Now that they’ve shown the teasers about the Indigo Tribe, I may wait another arc. I love the Indigo Tribe. Green Lantern Corps is still enjoyable. But, after the Cyborg Supes story is done, GLC is headed for the chopping block. My thinking in all this is that I would be content to just get Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors. Guy Gardner is a whole lotta lantern. Peter Tomasi has, on many an occasion, impressed the hell out of me with his writing.

After reading the first issue, I’m getting a strong cross-over vibe. That makes V. a grumpy girl. I wanted a contained experience, I don’t want to have to rely on the other titles. Sure, sure, the GL books have crossed over for like years. I’m not surprised or anything. I’m just rolling my eyes.

As for the issue itself, it is as decent as a #1 can be. We already knew that Guy, Ganthet, and Atrocitus have entered into an unholy pact for what I can only assume is the greater good. Tomasi dances all around that notion, but we still don’t know what they’re up to. Guy is recording a “while I’m still sane” video. I bet that’ll be dedicated to his bestie, Kyle, after he’s gone all ragetastic. Ganthet is digging around the depths of Oa looking for clues. And, Atrocitus professes his hate of all things Green Lantern. There are no big reveals, no particularly intriguing moments, but lots of Guy talking cash shit. He’s almost talking too much. I truly hope that Tomasi takes this opportunity to expand upon Guy’s character. The kitschy one-liners are fun, but he could be so much more than that.

Fernando Pasarin is a good fit for this book. His style meshes with the action-oriented, heavily detailed sequences that are fundamental to the space cop vibe. Some panels are better than others, but his splash pages are excellent. I bet he’ll only get better from month to month. There is one thing though that perplexed me: Atrocitus drawn with a hot, little, man tush in his tights. I understand that beefcake is a staple in the spandex books, but that made me feel all weird on the inside. So please Fernando, no more Atrocitus ass shots.

“Poozer Hunting” is the awesometitle to the second issue. That gives me hope, in Kilowog kind of way. Emerald Warriors will get the standard three issue opportunity. If by the 22nd page of that third issue, I still have on my meh face; it is over between us.

To be fair, the problem might not be this book at all. Zatanna left me luke warm too. It is highly probable that everything was blasted into darkness by the EPICNESS of Birds of Prey #4. I fucked around and read that first. The other books never really had a chance.

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