“Ring Quest” (part 4)
God bless Peter Tomasi. This editor turned writer is out there swinging for the fences with the big dogs and hitting just as many out of the park. Green Lantern Corps #25 is one of those home-dingers. While not a perfect issue, it continues the story of “Ring Quest” with some epic moments and continues to breathe life into the world of the Lantern Corps outside what Geoff Johns is doing on Green Lantern.
The issue kicks off mid-battle as our rag tag team of Lanterns battle the Mother Mercy plant’s little children. There is a whole lot of ring slingin’ and blood, leading to an awesomely epic title page, followed by an even more intense splash of our heroes drowning in the bodies of the dead. It wasn’t until these pages that I really started to worship Patrick Gleason’s craft. He always produced some high energy visuals coupled with his slightly expressive style, but this splash page’s composition is phenomenal. There is so much going on, but Gleason doesn’t falter, making the visual perfectly clear to follow, as well as oogle over.
The battle rages on for a few more pages, but then we are treated to the highlight of the issue, a conversation between Arisia and Sodam Yat after they are freed from the clutches of the Black Mercy plant. Here they discuss the pitfalls of preliminary judgment and the dark paths to which it can lead people. Using Yat’s backstory and the experience these two individuals just went through, Tomasi is able to echo our own world situations about racism without ever being so blatant and forceful about the topic. It is one of Peter Tomasi’s best written segments in his sort writing career thus far.
Overall issue #25 is a stellar superhero book. I could have done without the Mother Mercy giving a three page monologue about her history, instead opting for Tomasi to creatively find a way to relay this information to readers through action, but oh well. That stuff happens in superhero books all the time. Villains and quasi-villains just love to monologue; it’s like their thing. But otherwise part 4 of “Ring Quest” displays some kick-ass super-heroics, continues to build to the final showdown next issue with Mongul, and gives readers some great eye candy from Patrick Gleason.
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