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Green Lantern: Evil's Might #1

Posted: Monday, September 2, 2002
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Howard Chaykin & Dave Tischman
Artists: Marshall Rogers(p), John Cerebelo(i), Chris Chuckry(c)
Publisher: DC

Evil's Might is a fascinating elseworld set in a rarely used time. That the writers chose Green Lantern to visit this particular era is a novelty and a challenge, but Chaykin and Tischman make the story work. Although Hal Jordan fans may wish to look elsewhere for their hero.

Kyle Rayner survives turn of the century New York by being in a gang not unlike the Johnnies or the Black Hand of real history. He however has a soft heart, and does not wish to remain in the gang. For this reason, he uses his artistic talent to poke fun of the historical corrupt mountebank Boss Tweed.

It is his connection to the gang that allows him to find the Lantern that will help make him a hero. Mr. Chaykin and Mr. Tischman are not shy detailing the super-heroics for Batman artist Marshall Rogers to sketch. They keep his verdant manifestations very down to earth and geared toward that period's mentality. Though a creative flair still streaks within Kyle, he is a political cartoonist in the elseworld and not an overall illustrator. This change helps reign in the Looney Tunes inspired inventions that have become his signature.

Mr. Rogers both in costume design and the use of Kyle's powers recalls the spooky start of Alan Scott's original, and like Alan Scott's adventures, by playing up these magical elements among the real world, the reader gains a sense of wonder. It's more interesting to me for Green Lantern to stay grounded for one scene and suddenly multiply before dumbfounded plug-ugly eyes than to see him create a green elephant to drop on Sonar.

Likewise, Chaykin and Tischman enjoy corrupting Hal Jordan's character in a different way. They create a triangle between he, Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner. At first, Jordan seems on the up and up, and even compassionate, but there's a chink in his armor that widens as Kyle's presence and so obvious simpatico personality threatens his engagement to Carol.



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