Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Daveym 
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emerick-man
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Subj: Re: Green Lantern #5: Jordan's got game...
Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 at 12:09:41 pm EDT (Viewed 1159 times)
Reply Subj: Green Lantern #5: Jordan's got game...
Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 at 12:55:51 pm EST (Viewed 1307 times)




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    Well. That was MUCH better. More straight forward an adventure. Maybe the best issue so far.



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    It was fun and exciting to see Hal run his scam, ruse, conjob, deception, flimflam, etc. to join the Blackstars. We get to see his initiation guantlet play out from start to finish. That first 2 page shot of the Sunken Quarter was an fantastic image. Hal's conversation with Countess Belzebath during his 3 challenges really helped make it so entertaining right up to his choosing his poetic new codename before the final challenge: KILL ADAM STRANGE! (Wow. That guy is really getting around again at DC.)



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    Anticipating a very cool clash with Rann's iconic hero and a viscerally satisfying reveal from Blackstar Parallax to CB that he is a mole and more importantly a true hero all along.


I'm having a hard time getting to grips with Grant Morrison's debut on Green Lantern, and Liam Sharpe's style of art is one of the major stumbling blocks. As an artist Sharpe is very limited in storytelling ability, a problem I had with his work on Wonder Woman but at least there his story-book approach to layouts seemed to fit somewhat. In the science-fiction world of Green Lantern on the other hand his s a style that ill-fits, he is a fantasy based artist - not a science fiction artist. And despite the occasional page of inspired layout his work on Green Lantern, along with the colourists, has dragged the narrative down with it. It isn't helped by Morrison's struggle to grasp and define a compelling character for Hal either, all the work Robert Venditti did in lending Hal some depth and showing a more humanist side to the character worked to move him forward and made for a character I found all the more compelling to follow, Morrison's approach isn't radically different to Venditti's presentation of Hal, but it does definitely lack the same nuance so far....


Still, what is nice about Green Lantern here is the restoration of the basic decency of the Guardians and their mission, and an approach to their visual presentation that is something I find fresh and rather exciting. Liam Sharpe's design doesn't work for me for the most part in this series, but with the Guardians and OA he succeeds in working with his writer to make something that was old and staid read as fresh and wondrous al over again. \(yes\)



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