Category: Martian Manhunter

After a bit of a slow start, Green Lantern Corps sure has picked up over the last two issues.  The action is almost been non-stop and with a very intriguing storyline developing, it looks like things will get worse before they get better for the Green Lanterns.

John Stewart and a handful of other Lanterns were left behind on the planet Xabas at the mercy of a powerful and mysterious new enemy.  These new foes are nearly immune to the energy of the corps’ power rings.  But more dangerous, they are empowered by their own emerald energy of willpower.

After a disastrous and costly battle the majority of Lanterns are teleported back to Oa.  John Stewart and a few others are left behind.  With their rings nearly out of energy, Stewart surrenders to their enemies but instead of killing them, they are taken captive.

Back on Oa, Guy Gardner and Salaak interrogate one of the soldiers they captured during the battle.  Their prisoner shows remarkable resistance and Guy finds it increasingly difficult to get any information from him.  It is clear that strong measures are in order.

Some of the other Lanterns are finding it difficult dealing with survivors guilt at leaving their brothers behind and at the mercy of a ruthless enemy.  Isamot Kol and Hannu are having the most difficulty dealing with their feelings and like some of the other Lanterns are plagued by nightmares.

John and the others are led through some kind of wormhole to some strange planet or another dimension.  There they are forced to march across what the soldiers call “the emerald plains”.

On Oa, Guy Gardner is paid a visit by The Martian Manhunter who agrees to probe the soldier’s mind and find out who and want he is.  It doesn’t take long for J’onn to discover who this mysterious new threat is.  They call themselves The Keepers and they were once responsible for tending the corps’ power batteries.  He also makes another startling discovery.  The Keepers are coming to Oa for the central power battery.

“Where was your Green Lantern Corps when Mars needed you?  You Green Lanterns think you’re the ultimate authority in the universe, and I don’t enjoy helping you.  But in this instance, we work for the same purpose.  These warmongers could eventually threaten my adopted world, which I intend to prevent.  I hold a special grudge for world killers.”

As I stated at the beginning of this piece, Green Lantern Corps had a slow but rather intriguing start.  I didn’t dislike it but it seemed to drag a little at the beginning.  Since the first issue this series has done nothing but get better.  With epic battles and lots of ring slingin’ action this is probably one of the better of the Green Lantern titles so far.

I’ve particularly enjoyed the drama and the intricate story associated with these first few issues.  Never having been a fan of Guy Gardner I am growing to like him in this title or at the very least I am tolerating him.  All in all Green Lantern Corps #4 is a good romp and an excellent read.

Story by: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils by: Fernando Pasarin
Inks by: Scott Hanna
Colors by: Gabe Elteab

By The Nerd

Stormwatch #4
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Miguel Sepulveda

I am going to attempt to explain my feelings about Stormwatch, but understand this is going to be a struggle. It is not that I do not like Stormwatch, because I do, in fact I love parts of it. The problem with Stormwatch is I have no clue what is going on. Let me qualify this by saying I never read Stormwatch prior to the reboot, but that said, even if you had read Stormwatch since Jim Lee first put the thought to paper, you would still be confused.

So why is it so confusing? Well to start, it is not really a reboot of Stormwatch in as much as it is a reboot of Warren Ellis’ Authority team. Initially the team consists of Jack Hawksmoor, the Engineer, Jenny Quantum, Martian Manhunter (in secret and separate from his mainstream duties), and three new characters: Adam One, the Projectionist, and the Eminence of Blades. In these beginning issues they are in the process of recruiting Apollo and fighting off a set of space monsters whose story is rather convoluted. Meanwhile the Midnighter shows up to try and recruit Apollo himself, and they both end up hanging out with the team. This is all a little backwards because outside of Jack Hawksmoor, they are the only two characters that originated in the old Stormwatch. Right from the beginning Paul Cornell establishes that this is a long standing team, in fact the new Stormwatch is actually an organization of planetary protectors dating back to the middle-ages. They are no longer governed by the United Nations, but by a new secret group called the Shadow Cabinet. Cornell also throws in a whole bunch of group dynamics that can be overwhelming in light of trying to pick up everything else, and the action is so non stop through the first four issues, that after each one your kind of left with your head spinning.

All that being said there is a ton of good in this book.Cornell’s first arc may have been a little overwhelming, but the reason I keep coming back is because you just know he has a plan for where he wants to go. He has just decided to set it off with a bang, as opposed to a slow build. In addition he is writing some of the coolest characters in the DCnU.

While I never read the old Stormwatch or Authority books, Jack Hawksmoor is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters, and the scenes where he talks to the cities are over the top awesome. That image of a dark dingy little demon being Gotham city is perfect. Harry Tanner, aka The Eminence of Blades, is interesting, as his motivations appear to be rather dark and you get the feeling he might be the odd man out here. And the concept of a person who can control all forms of media, like the Projectionist, is the most fitting power for our digital/social media time that has come along in quite a while. I also like the concept they are completely secretive and unknown. Being as omnipresent as the Justice League, but completely hidden, should make for some very cool and dark missions. And though Apollo and Midnighter are new to the team and to each other, Cornell and artist Miguel Sepulveda do well to convey their immediate bond.

On top of that I just really like the art work in general. There is a ton, I MEAN A TON, of action in these first four books, and to be honest I just do not know how Sepulveda is keeping up with all of it. As a reader it contributes to the confusion of the book, but at the same time you are just in constant awe of how he gets it all in. Also I love the use of ethereal images that are used in the transports and some of the other events. The colors are just beautiful and it really makes for a visually appealing experience.

Overall, it is definitely something I will be picking up again, I just hope that Cornell will let us stop and catch our breath. The first arc appears to be over and the second seems primed to give us some insight into the team, so hopefully we can ease up on the gas. Either way I will continue to follow probably the most interesting group of characters to come out of the reboot.