Green Lantern Corps #46 Review
Green Lantern Corps #46 is the last tie-in issue of Blackest Night, and features the GLC teaming up with the other corps’ to combat the Black Lanterns. The issue weighs in at 40 pages, resulting in a one dollar price jump to $3.99. I think this was a phenomenal issue, and my favorite part is Guy Gardner, and who knew he was a classic Star Trek fan? This is Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s second-to-last issue together, and I really hope Tony Bedard can bring the same level of tanacity and creativity to the series as Tomasi has. Let’s get to the reviewing shall we?
Peter Tomasi fits the GLC perfectly, and it is obvious he has a fondness and appreciation for these character that is unrivaled. Whether it’s Guy Gardner referencing not only a Star Trek combat tactic, but naming the actual episode it appeared in, or Vath Sarn refusing to leave the battle even after being injured, Tomasi knows these characters and their actions show that. Take Kyle Rayner for example: he’s a character that has been through a lot since his introduction in the DCU, and when Tomasi has him confront his first failure, the death of his ex-girlfriend Alex DeWitt, another dimension is added to the character, we see him overcome what’s in his way, and he moves on. Tomasi has the uncanny ability to make these characters real without trying to shove it down our throats.
On this issue, Patrick Gleason pencils while Rebecca Buchman, Keith Champagne andTom Nguyen ink and Randy Mayor and Gabe Eltaeb color. Patrick Gleason, while some hate him, is an excellent artist. His depictions are dynamic yet realistic and convey the situation for what it is without changing anything. He truly captures the essence of not only the GLC, but also the Blackest Night, which makes for an eye-pleasing experience. Gleason likes to use unconventional panels and perspective points, but when it all comes together it works. On one page you can see Arkillo is actually chewing on a BL, and on another you see a Dove-filled bullet construct going right between the BL Anti-Monitor’s eyes.
Overall a great issue with excellent dialogue and impressive art. The creative teams creativity is amazing. My only complaint about the issue is the little amount of time focused on Kilowog and John Stewart’s expedition to BL Xanshi. Here’s how I rate the issue overall:
Well that’s all from me folks, until next time!