Monday, October 4, 2010

Justice Society of America #43

Has DC decided to move the original Green Lantern offstage again?

A decade or so back Alan Scott was renamed The Sentinel and moved to the back burner as the focus was placed on a single Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner). It was writer Geoff Johns who restored the original name and brought GL back to the forefront of the revived Justice Society of America.

But this issue seems to be putting things into reverse. Over the course of an incredibly dry (and frankly dull) conversation between GL and his son Obsidian, we learn that the powerful Starheart (which GL now controls) has erected a home for wayward magical creatures on the far side of the moon.

It strikes me as nothing more than a fancy ghetto for all these beings, but maybe that's just me. At any rate, to maintain this new realm, GL must focus at all times on controlling the Starheart. That seems a lot to ask of anyone - does he ever sleep? Watch a movie? Go on a date? You get the idea.

He also predicts a future event that seems a safe bet for a future crossover, especially since in includes vampires. Here's a prediction from me: I won't be buying it.

The art here is by Jesus Merino with inks by Jesse Delperdang, and while the cities and fantasy buildings are spectacular, the heroes seem to suffer from odd anatomy in a few places.

Look, this is a poor comic that spends a lot of effort setting up a magical environment on the moon, but gives us no good reason to care. GL and Obsidian spend most of the issue whining about recent events, and as a reader I found it really difficult to care.

This issue could have been presented as a short subplot in a regular issue. As a stand-alone story, it's mighty weak.

Grade: C


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