by thefourthman » Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:13 am
Of course, the commercial and critical two punch of success for "Sinestro Corps War" meant that this story would leave its own title and become the mega crossover spectacle that begins here. It is well written and Johns does a brilliant job summarizing the bleak atmosphere of the DC Universe. If this book has a fault and I think it is an almost insurmountable one, it is that it encompasses too much.
Things are thrown out that will fall unnoticed to the casual fan. This is a significant problem. With all the build up to this point, the books of the Green Lantern brand have almost been a self contained universe. Now, it expands to reflect the deaths of Batman and Martian Manhunter. It is almost a natural step to make. Unfortunately, the nature of the event book means there will be more readers brought in by all the attention given the book.
Much of the Memorial Day happenings of this book require as much knowledge as Final Crisis did to grasp. This is the only way to make all of it resonate to the reader. Instead, it just comes off as a meaningless mass of death. What seems like Easter eggs and nods to previous happenings in the DCU quickly becomes a web of convoluted continuity.
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