Having previously read a bit of Green Lantern (specifically Green Lantern: Rebirth, a bit of Sinestro Corps War and most recently Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns) I decided to catch up with the Corps by starting with issue #29, part one of Sins of the Star Sapphire.
Peter Tomasi’s series serves as a perfect compliment to the Green Lantern proper, and is arguably better than the latter. Combined with Patrick Gleason’s expressive artwork, Green Lantern Corps is a must read for any Green Lantern reader, and #29 is a perfect place to start.
This issues’ theme is love, and documents the rise of the Star Sapphire Corps (or Violet Lantern Corps) of the planet Zamaron: those powered by Love. Tomasi does a flawless job at introducing the first recruit of the Star Sapphire Corps, and her motivations in doing so. In the midst of it all, Tomasi juggles various other characters, elements and plots deftly. One such scene explores the relationship between Guy Gardner and Tora, a.k.a. Ice, his former Justice League colleague and love interest. Ice has come to Oa to visit Gardner, but after he asks Ice to move in together, things take a turn for the worse. Tomasi’s ear for dialogue makes these few panels as believable as ever, demonstrating that communication and patience are the keys to any good relationship. Tomasi also manages to hint that love is as powerful a force as any emotion, and makes this issue less of a joke and more of an esteemed piece of work.
What makes this issue even more appealing is Patrick Gleason’s artwork. Always meaningful, Gleason conveys a wide spectrum of emotions while complimenting Tomasi’s expert storytelling. Though not subtle in his emotive representations, his frankness is a strength rather than a shortcoming.
Regarded as one of DC’s best superhero comics, Green Lantern Corps is a must read for anyone interested in Green Lantern. And with this month’s issue conveying less of a rudimentary plot, it is unlike much of what is out right now. Building toward The Blackest Night event, issue #29 is a must read for those looking to get into the series.
Stay tuned for a review of Green Lantern Corps #30!