Now here is an oddball tie-in to Zero Year if I have ever seen one, a comic from the Green Lantern comic line. How the heck does this comic fit into everything? Let’s find out! Is it good?
Green Lantern Corps #25 (DC Comics)
Sergeant John Stewart and the platoon he belongs to arrive in Gotham City to evacuate citizens inside of the Seaside Coliseum, who are staying there because they could not leave the city in time before the storm hits. While they enter there, we run into a group of anarchists, led by a masked man appropriately named Anarchy, who have commandeered the stadium during this time. They are not the most friendly of bunches and will give the Marines a very difficult time.
Also, we have a flashback that’ll lead into another flashback while also is being thought about in a flashback. This is like, so deep, man.
Like with many of the tie-ins to Zero Year, this was a good read and enjoyable. It’s a very well told story about Stewart trying to figure out how to deal with the crazy situation he is in while chaos (and anarchy, obviously) is all around him in his enemies and in his own fellow troops. The scenes are connected alongside a story his mom once told him when she was younger and how anarchy broke in her homestead. Both stories blend together well, with the story of the past helping to add more depth and nuance to the main story. It is just a very well-constructed story overall and I’m honestly a bit disappointed in myself for not reading Green Lantern Corps normally if this is the level of storytelling abilities shown from this writing duo of Robert Venditti and Van Jensen.
The characterization for John Stewart is very well done with showing his intelligence and humanity, even incorporating his interest in architecture to help him and others get out of sticky situations. The rest of the characters are not nearly as impressive as him, with his fellow Marines being your stereotypical jerk and gung-ho idiots while the villain is a ridiculously zealous radical that would like to sacrifice him and everyone to make a point, which was illogical to begin with. Then again, that probably fits Anarchy as a character, but I have not read any story with him and I’m just judging that based off his name.
I personally thinks he just likes the sound of his own voice and doesn’t believe his own crap he’s spewing.
The artwork is primarily by Victor Drujiniu, with Allan Jefferson doing the flashback parts. I like both of their styles here, even if Victor’s a bit goofier looking, and I like the fact that the comic has both artists do a different time period. I always appreciate it when comics do that, since both styles can help separate the time periods from one another and make it a bit more distinct. Their artwork gets the job done and looks good overall, but though I do have a nitpick to toss at it: In the scene where the troops see how many people there are in the stadium, they state that there looks to be thousands of people there instead of hundreds. However, I don’t see it at all and I really do think it is just hundreds of people like they anticipated. Doesn’t hurt the book, but something I noticed.
- The use of both stories together worked very well.
- John Stewart is a very great character here.
- The use of both art styles worked.
- Most of the characters are idiots and/or stereotypical jerks.
Is It Good?
Green Lantern Corps #25 is a pretty good issue and tie-in. The fans may not like the fact the title is getting roped into another event just so soon after Lights Out, but it did turn out to be an enjoyable book regardless. Give it a shot if you’re interested.
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