Saturday, December 31, 2011
Green Lantern Corps #4
So I know more happened in this issue than Martian Manhunter showing up to give Guy Gardner a hand, but once again, I find myself fixating on the new 52. So I guess J'onn and Guy never served together on the JLI? Since Guy is surprised and doesn't seem to recognize the Martian Manhunter, it seems pretty safe to say that the JLI never happened in any incarnation. I also was a bit annoyed that J'onn only talks about his affiliation with Stormwatch, since I thought he was on the League too.
I am still enjoying Peter Tomasi's look at the Corps as a whole; the focus on galaxy-level threats is pretty entertaining. Sure, the dramatic death on page 4 loses some dramatic impact because I don't know who that GL is, but that goes with the territory at this point. It's much more interesting seeing how the different Lanterns deal with their traumatic memories after leaving some of their fellow Lanterns behind. (I guess Hannu still got ditched by Hal Jordan in some way, since he's bugging out about leaving others behind in the same fashion.)
Fernando Pasarin's art continues to be nicely detailed and dynamic. I don't like his take on the Martian Manhunter with that weird, grooved skull, but I don't think he's responsible for that design. The Keepers have a fun look under their armor, even if we've seen similar builds on a few Sinestro Corps members.