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Subj: Re: Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #19...
Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 at 01:22:00 pm EDT (Viewed 581 times)
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Good review as always.

Glad to know I wasn't the only one who felt something was off about this issue. You essentially put into words what I felt when I read this issue (for the most part).

But the Alley Rat wasn't the only one acting a bit out of character. Hal was as well. He was ready to shoot first and ask questions later (that's Guy, not Hal). Based on his past characterizations with meeting little to unknown characters, Hal has been known to remain cool headed and ask questions first. So, when I read this issue, I was wondering what on earth has gotten into Hal Jordan? Why is he acting so out of character? Meh.

Hopefully issue #20 will be better.

It's difficult for me, I had to stop reading Green Lanterns as I wasn't enjoying what I was reading and feel the two leads are written better in Justice League. Hal Jordan's title I have enjoyed up until the conclusion of the Brainiac storyline, and what has come after that has been so largely poor and forgettable I can't deign it with even comment. And with this issue I felt the dissonance with the title had become so serious I just had to pass some comment on it all, and yet still failed to really get to the nib of what's wrong with Green Lantern these days...

With artstyles that change radically by the issue compounding a lack of any real direction or focus the two titles share the same problems as the X-Men at Marvel - a prioritisation of product over quality. It strikes me that between the two publishers there has developed an ideal that so long as there are 'X' amount of books out featuring these character brands then that is all that is required, the substance of it and desire to catch the audiences attention is a distant concern when put against the need to keep the wheels spinning and have those 'X' amount of titles out per month.

What I read in these two Green Lantern books, and the X-Men I sampled last month, is Lethargy. A deep-rooted complacency that believes any old half-decent tripe will do, so long as the books hit the scheduled release date and sales are stable nothing of any consequence has to occur within the pages. And so craft is set aside in favor of keeping the wheels turning round and round and content that is forever jogging on the spot rather than actually going somewhere and doing something.. \(no\)

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