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Green Lantern Corps #37

Posted: Monday, June 22, 2009
By: Christopher Power

Peter J. Tomasi
Patrick Gleason & Rebecca Buchman
DC Comics
I have only recently gotten back into reading Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. My own limited time for entertainment has kept me from what is one of the better books on the shelves at the moment. While I appreciate what Johns is doing in the Green Lantern title, exploring the character Hal Jordan, I think Tomasi and his team are telling a better story overall. Tomasi has taken the lead up to Blackest Night from Johnsí idea and made it all his own. He is taking the opportunity to create a fun, meaningful space adventure. While there is the odd misstep, overall the books are a satisfying read, and GLC should never be seen as a secondary title in the DCU.

In this penultimate chapter of the Emerald Eclipse saga, we have Sodam Yat using the power of Ion to save his own people who have rejected him by igniting a red sun into a yellow sun in order to give them Daxonite powers. This sacrifice is a flip of the one that was made in Emerald Night where Hal used the power of the fear entity to destroy the sun eater and save Earth. Personally, I read it as a statement about power, and how power in itself is not good or evil, but instead it is how people (humans or otherwise) use that power that makes it good and evil. Given that a number of scientific disciplines, in both education and industry, are encountering ethical issues at this time that stretch the current state of our ethics culture, due to the extremely fast advancement of science over the last 10 years (from genomics to high performance computing), the presence of this issue in a science fiction comic is appropriate and important. Indeed, I have been surprised that given the number of comics that take place in science fiction settings, they tend to deal with mundane aspects of life, instead of exploring many of the difficult issues that are facing scientists in modern times. As a scientist, I welcome Tomasiís presentation of this, even if it was not the original intention.

The art duties are competently executed by the team. However, there are recurring problems with anatomy and perspective. The scale of body parts are often elongated or stunted, which detracts. However, my enjoyment of this issueís art was marred by the exposition of Lyssa Drak in a rather provocative page width image. The very sexually charged image, superimposed over a violent battle scene, felt somewhat distasteful, and in general the anatomy of Lyssa has some bizarre qualities. There is something wrong with the perspective on her left leg that I cannot quite put my finger on.

I will close this review by thanking Tomasi for returning some of the fire to Arisia, one of my favourite Green Lanternís from my youth. In this issue she shows not only passion, but her experience and maturity as a member of an intergalactic police force. Well done.



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