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Green Lantern Corps #28

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2008
By: Erik Norris

Peter J. Tomasi
Luke Ross, Fabio Laguna (i), Nei Ruffino (c)
DC Comics
Green Lantern Corps #28 is a fine finale to the “Eye of the Beholder” arc. Although I do feel the need to comment on the fact that this issue could have been a lot more impressive if the art was as high a caliber as the writing.

It’s a vital part of comic books. I mean, the art tells at least half the story and can be the deal breaker when you’re on the fence about buying something. If it isn’t pleasing to the eyes why bother, right? So take Luke Ross, penciller for GLC #28. I have seen his work uninked and uncolored before and it’s really impressive. He has a good handle on proportions and shading but here in Green Lantern Corps #28 something went wrong. If I had to venture a guess I would point the figure at the colorist, Nei Ruffino, who just doesn’t jive with Luke Ross’ style. The colors of GLC #28 make the figures too bland and flat. What I mean is that all the after-touched elements, like shadowing and skin tone, being added solely by the colorist removes a lot of the depth to Luke Ross’ initial pencils.

This is the reason for the 3 bullet rating because if I had to judge solely on Peter Tomasi’s script this issue would be getting a 4, maybe 4.5. This is because Tomasi knows these characters like the back of his hand. He has instilled a sense of personality for his entire main cast and just lets his characters play. The interactions almost write themselves because each individual is so distinct. Although Tomasi’s greatest strength easily comes from Guy Gardner who is the focal point of all the book’s comedy and drama. Having a renewed relationship and a high status within the Corps gives Tomasi a lot of material to cover with Guy, making full use of it every issue.

However, the big focus of these last two issues has been Saarek, the Corps new member who can communicate with the dead. It’s obvious he has been incorporated into the book as a segue into “Blackest Night” but Tomasi handles him with gentle hands and makes his introduction seamless into the series and not just a cheap plot device. I also appreciate that Tomasi touched on the plot-hole of Saarek being in the Corps without Kilowog knowing about him even though he trains all rookies. I know I was thinking the same thing after last month’s issue and it’s nice to see my questions answered, even if not fully explained. These are on-going comic books after all, a full explanation of everything rarely ever happens.

Finally, just when I think the story in GLC is getting boring compared to its brother series, Green Lantern, Tomasi sucks me right back in with a great cliffhanger leading into the next arc of his run. If you’ve been following this series, Green Lantern Corps #28 will seem like more of the same goodness because of the building plot developments. For everyone else on the fence, this month’s issue might not be the best showcase of what this series has to offer because the art doesn’t look as good as months with Patrick Gleason on duty.



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