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Green Lantern Corps #27

Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2008
By: Erik Norris

Peter J. Tomasi
Luke Ross, Fabio Laguna (i), Nei Ruffino (c)
DC Comics
This is an entertaining comic book. It won’t make your jaw hit the floor with some insane plot twist, but it provides ample character growth while setting up the next act of the Corps heading towards "Blackest Night".

Let’s start there. A new character is introduced in this issue and it’s obviously a way get the Lantern Corps rolling into the plot of "Blackest Night". The character, Saarek, can telepathically talk to the dead and his introduction is the highlight of Green Lantern Corps #27. So you got a Lantern that can talk to the dead, and a storyline coming down the pipeline where the dead rise and try to take over the universe. Hmm, coincidence? I think not! But it’s truthfully how this plot catalyst character is introduced that makes him so memorable.

It starts with the emotional final journey of Bzzd at the hands of the Lantern crypt keeper, Morro, giving him the burial he deserves for his honorable death last issue. Then comes in Saarek with his cryptic (pun intended) talk of the foreboding peril approaching the Lanterns and ends with a nice quite moment addressing Morro’s past that finally puts the character to ease. Like I said, the entire sequence, from Bzzd’s burial to Saarek’s departure, takes the cake for standout scene in Green Lantern Corps #27. And if you purchased the Green Lantern / Sinestro Corps Secret Files one-shot from a few months ago, the payoff to this scene regarding Morro will be all the more sweet.

Issue #27 also has the much hyped grand opening of Guy and Kyle’s bar on Oa. It was pretty awesome to see American food loved by the entire galaxy and also quite humorous to see the chefs ask, “what’s a hamburger?” since we take that kind of stuff for granted in the real world. Nice to see Tomasi thought of, and address, that.

This month we get guest penciller Luke Ross, who recently jumped ship to sign an exclusive with that other big company. Why they needed to label him with “guest pencils” is beyond me because fill-ins usually don’t get treated with that respect. Ross does a far job with the Green Lantern cast though. While I’m not a fan of Kyle’s “Growing up Gotti” look, Ross’ renditions of Guy, Kilowog, Natu, Bzzd, and Sareek are great.

Like I said, this is an entertaining comic. Tomasi continues to build off the Sinestro Corps War’s steam, tell his own interesting stories, grow his cast, and forge a path towards Blackest Night for the Green Lantern Corps title that solidifies the existence of the book. In a nutshell, this is another solid entry into Tomasi’s run and worth a read.



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