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Subj: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #22 - A Trivial Affair.
Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 at 10:20:53 am EDT (Viewed 166 times)
What a telling example of creative under-achievement Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #22 stands to be in a marketplace filled with unambition. Certainly there can be no faulting the effort put into his part of the contribution from Ethan Van Sciver, even if the use of gratuitous splash page and money-shots is as atypical as ever from him, no, Van Sciver manages perfectly well to deliver something that can be said to be worth the while this month, the unfortunate fact being that the material he is being asked to illustrate is so slight in substance and logic that it falls shamefully far far below what he deserves to be working on... and the challenge of producing a meaningful write-up on such insubstantial fare is considerable to any reviewer.
To sum up: An impressive opening shot from the artist and the location of the upcoming pages is laid out as being an artificial planet deep into space that acts as a galactic bank and is invioble to either political concerns or indeed attack, that is until a key functionary has a change in outlook and decides on a path all of his own.
Coming under attack from mercenaries the Bank/planet calls in the Green Lantern Corps for aid and the immediate questions begin to rise as to why this relatively minor incident requires the mass ranks of Green and Yellow Lanterns to answer, why the Corps thinks this will be an incident that will begat casualties in their ranks, and why it should be that a politically neutral ground such as this planet calls in the Green Lantern Corps rather than some more local agency. The logic of it all is difficult to grasp. So no surprise that the hapless raiders are rapidly despatched by the Lanterns and all ends well. The end consideration is that one leaves the book wondering what the point to this story is and indeed where was the story...
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