Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #1, #2 and #3 - DC

You knew it was only going to be a matter of time before there was another Green Lantern title . . right? I love the Green Lantern Corps book, but . . there's just to many characters involved for all of this to be contained within 2 volumes. So now we get a third title. And with these 3 issues, the title is off with a bang. The series is going to be brought to us by Peter J Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin. But we're also getting many beautiful covers by Rodolfo Migliari and Lee Bermejo. Unfortunately, with doing multiple issues on these posts, I'm not going to be able to include all the variant covers as well. There's just not enough space. Plus . . I really am trying to get caught back up. Which, it appears, is not going to be an easy feat . . either with time or motivation. But that's a subject for another time. Anyways, this title starts out with Guy trying to live up to the promise that he made Ganthet and Atrocitus. They're getting ready to head out into the unknown sectors. But before he can leave, Kilowog and Arisia join up with him. They each also have their own reasons for wanting to tag along. Kilowog, I think, just needs a change of scenery. He's just as devoted as he's ever been to the Corps, but . . I think he's starting to get a little bit tired of having to bury friends and teammates. Especially after the whole thing that they've all just been through with the Black Lanterns. Arisia wants to ask Guy and Kilowog to go to Daxam with her to try and help her save Sodam. In the meantime, while all of these plans are being made, it appears that there's forces gathering in many different places with the intentions of taking down the Corps. Atrocitus is currently helping Ganthet and Guy, by feeding them information. But his ultimate goal, the death and destruction of the entire Green Lantern Corps, is what he's really working towards. We also see at the end of issue #1, and going in to #2, that there's a long lost enemy of the Guardians hiding and seeking his revenge also . . Zardor of Kralok. Zardor, it appears, is adept at bending people to his will. I believe he has some kind of limited telepathic abilities. But he's got a plan to amp things up. He's apparently been gathering telepaths from around the universe and making them his prisoners. Somehow he's using their power to amp up his own. And with this increased power, he's been tampering with some of the new recruits to the Green Lantern Corps. 'I've reached out to the ones I feel are more malleable, and in subtle ways I've also given them higher moral and ethical standards. I've molded them to be natural leaders, willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. I've made them beacons of willpower so the odds of being a candidate for the corps rise exponentially as I moderate the fear they feel. They do what I want them to do. They think what I want them to think. They are completely unaware that they dance to the strings I pull . . . Control the Corps . . Control the Universe!!' And also . . there's something else going on. Guy agrees to Arisia about going to Daxam, but first he wants to stop off at Odym. It appears that he's still having some affects from the Red Lantern ring that he was wearing. Munk had told him that the Blue Lanterns would be able to purge the hold the ring had on him from his system. However, once arriving, Bleez is not far behind. She's one of Atrocitus' Red Lanterns. He sent her to help Guy, but in doing so she's also trying to stop Guy from getting purged. It appears that she thinks that he'll need the energy from both rings to face the challenges that he'll see in the uncharted sectors. But that's not the real problem. While on Odym, Brother Warth discovers that the Green Lantern rings are not reacting the way they're supposed to be around a Blue Lantern. Which is when Guy reveals to everyone that part of the reason they've heading into the uncharted sectors is because Atrocitus has revealed to him that someone is stealing bits of powers from Green Lantern rings everywhere. Meanwhile, back on Daxam . . the tour-group's next stop . . Sodam Yat has fallen from the sun back to the planet. There's a contingency of Daxamites that are trying, and willing to do whatever's necessary to help him. Actually . . they worship him. But other's are hunting him down. When he fell from the sun it turned back to yellow. In so doing . . the Daxamites all lost their powers. Mongul is no longer around. But most of them are not willing to give up their powers this easily. Including Sodam's own parents. And, after the group gets back on track on Odym, they resume their tour with Daxam being the next stop. As they're leaving, Guy and Bleez contemplate whether Sodam is the one that's been stealing the power. 'If Sodam's not dead and he's the drain . . then I'm gonna have to kill him.' I thought this was a great beginning to this series. Of course with Peter working so long with Geoff Johns on the Green Lantern books, as well as Blackest Night . . he's more than familiar with all of these characters. My only question is . . will we see the Green Lantern Quarterly book again? Sometime? I thought that was a great series also, but it only lasted for about 2 years. It would be a great outlet to see some of the lesser known characters.

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