Friday, May 27, 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #10

I'll get to the review in a moment, but - at the risk of sounding like a geezer - what the heck is wrong with comics companies these days?

Week after week, I see multiple titles in the same "family" of comics on sale at the same time. Wouldn't it be smarter to spread those titles out over the month?

This week we have three issues in the GL family - Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors - all on sale in the same week!

Those three issues carry the latest chapters in the "War of the Green Lanterns" story - but why wouldn't they prefer to ship those out one to a week to keep the story flowing until the final chapter in next month's issue of Green Lantern.

Maybe I worry too much about these things - but when comics are three bucks a pop (minimum), it's better to spread that pain out over time, instead of hitting our wallets all at once like that.

OK, end of rant - back to our Emerald Warriors review.

This issue picks up right after the shocking finale to GL Corps, and the death of a vital member of the Corps. Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner are doing their best to stop the evil Krona, who has taken mental control over the rest of the Green Lanterns.

In addition, he has infected several Guardians with the entities that power the different Lantern Corps - so our heroes are facing a near-impossible challenge.

Which is only fair, since the story is almost impenetrable, too. Any new reader picking this up would be lost, given the army of characters, colors and villains to sort out.

They have one more issue to sort this thing out, but so far, as events go, the "War" has been mostly disappointing - a few surprises, but aside from seeing the heroes wrapped in different colors, was this trip really necessary? (Sorry, there's my inner geezer coming out again.)

Grade: B-



Dwayne said...

Sometimes when this happens, I've seen signs in the store telling you the order in which to read them. Sheesh.... comics shouldn't be so complicated.

Chuck said...

Dwayne, I guess they deserve credit for keeping that part clear - the covers are clearly marked "Part Seven," "Part Eight" and "Part Nine."

Dwayne said...

I guess if you're buying one, you're buying them all! Maybe that's why they release them all the same week. You don't have to come back to the store. Spend your money right then and there. They couldn't make it any easier for you to spend your money.