Rating: 4.5/5 – Ethan Van Sciver Drawing Green Lantern Again…YES!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
For me, there’s not a whole lot better than seeing Ethan Van Sciver drawing a Green Lantern book. Believe it or not, we’re now ten plus years away from Green Lantern: Rebirth where Van Sciver, along with Geoff Johns really made an impact in not only in bringing back Hal Jordan, but also revitalizing the entire Green Lantern Corps. Now in a new six issue mini-series, Van Sciver is back to penciling the team along with writer Tom Taylor. Although Hal Jordan isn’t starring in the book this time around, longtime Lanterns like John Stewart, Kilowog and Guy Gardner are and I have no complaints.
The credits splash page is a close up of B’dg (successor to Ch’p), a Green Lantern who most closely resembles a squirrel. He’s enraged at the Green Lantern Corps being unable to find their way out of the dead universe they find themselves in. Seeing Van Sciver draw the “squirrel” cursing as his rings gives off a faint glow brings me such joy! Not only do we get to see B’dg and the Lanterns mentioned above, but a whole lot more. It’s obvious that Van Sciver has an affection for these characters, especially Kilowog and Salaak who look perfectly alien. Van Sciver has also designed a couple of new non-Corps characters in Dismas and Ausras, who look regal, dark and just a tad scary.
Together, Dismas and Ausras have become guardians to a gigantic city-planet that’s full of survivors from the dying universe the Lanterns are trapped in. Tom Taylor writes an entertaining story that not only gives a new reader enough context to know the predicament the Corps have found themselves in, but also enough to propel the story forward and build my excitement for not only these new characters, but also for the larger overall story. I went into this book so excited to see Van Sciver penciling the Green Lantern Corps again, but came away just as excited for Tom Taylor’s story. With five issues left, hopefully Edge of Oblivion will keep me on the edge of my seat!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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