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Subj: Hal and the Green Lantern Corps #26 - Falling Stars
Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 at 12:50:35 pm EDT (Viewed 474 times)
The titles between Green Lantern books may differ and change but whatever its name Green Lantern Corps #26 stands as a bastion in the marketplace, Utterly redolant of a book content in wallowing in its status-quo and turning out "more of the same".
For this latest issue at least Robert Venditti thankfully moves things on finally and we leave the hysteria of the Yellow Corps and unstable Soran Natu behind to dive headfirst into Venditti's latest attempt at cosmic opera, and this time things appear to be set on a higher scale than ever before...
The opening chapter to 'Fall of the Gods' begins in much the same manner as any other such adventure for the Green Lanterns, what makes this one different is the welcome use of one of the Corps' lesser seen members and a brief display of another cultures belief system present in the autocratic Corps system, one capable of adding some rare colour and depth to the organisation and at the same time offering something of a practical benefit to the group as well. Green Lantern Graf Toren is someone who has been with the Corps since the early 1990's rebuilding and the restoration of the Corps that took place then, and despite appearing in Geoff Johns run and being mounted as one of a splinter element within the Corps objecting to the use of the green light in the wake of Relic's assault on the Spectrum Corps Graf Toren hasn't had a great deal to do. So opening up a new storyline by exploiting Toren's faith and teachings as a light monk Venditti is to be congratulated on an effort to include Green Lanterns other than the earthmen into the center of the plot. One Hopes....
In itself though 'Fall of the Gods' presents a fairly simple premise of something stirring out in the Multiverse and yet another cosmic force about to descend on the Universe with the Green Lantern Corps caught in its headlights and forced to both defend and attack. By exploiting work seen in a previous event, 2015's Godhead' Robert Venditti can build on that selfsame storyline and in revisiting The New Gods mythology build up the mythology of Green Lantern in the process, that in the process of doing so he thrusts the Corps into a world far beyond what it is they are typically comfortable in dealing with adds to the drama and sense of real scale that arrives on display here. Star Systems being obliterated is not unprecedented in Green Lantern, but neither is it any commonplace occurence either. Something is stirring out in the Multiverse and The New Gods are its first targets...
An enjoyable opener i found, the last year of Green Lantern has not been to my satisfaction but by drawing a line and refocusing on a new storyline that acts as a jumping on point Venditti retores my interest in the title finally and in doing so demonstrates why it Is i enjoy his work for the most part on this book.
But what are your thoughts?
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