Review Shooter: Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors 12

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Chris Batista

Perhaps, I read too many Green Lantern books (I do buy them all) or maybe I just have a terrible sense of time, but I feel like the last 2-3 weeks of comics have just been Lantern overkill. I was going to start off the reviewing talking about The War of Green Lantern being over, and this issue dealing with another fallout from that, but I’ve done that 2-3 times recently. After a while, it just kind of gets tedious.

Now that the negativity is out of the way, I must say I did enjoy Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors 12 (try saying that anytime fast). Guy has always been one of my favorite Green Lanterns and having a book focused solely on his antics has always been a good idea. The book itself has been hit or miss, and then it was caught up in the latest Lantern event.

This issue is a return to forms (of sorts) with Gardener recruiting a team of Lanterns (reckless and violent, of course) to take on another one of the Guardian’s pet projects gone wrong (Honestly, how do these guys still have a job?). The new recruits screamed of monster fodder from their introduction, but with recent Lantern books focusing on new Lanterns, I expected a change of pace. Perhaps, these rag-tagged Lantern members would come together to form the ultimate team, and stop the unkillable monster. Well, only half of that statement is true. And while it is easily predicted, I’ll let you discover it on your own.

The art in the book is a mixed bag (as tends to be the case with Green Lantern books), some of the panels and the beast looks amazing. While other things like faces and heads are just so oddly drawn and angled at time make some look strange. This is mostly the case with the human characters because how can you screw up an alien design?

New Reader Accessibility: 5 The book is easy to pick up and read. Since you are interested to a new group of Lanterns, you won’t feel lost at all. The War of the Green Lanterns is quickly glossed over in the narrative so it isn’t important to know what that is either, apparently.

Recommendation: Read It. If you have some time when in your local bookstore, pick it up and flip through the pages. You’ll enjoy it well enough, but wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it.

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