A review of the new series based on next year's Green Lantern cartoon.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Story by Art Baltazar, Franco
Art by Dario Brizuela
Colors by Babe El Taeb
Letters by Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
The all-ages adventure begins in this issue that sets the stage for the upcoming monthly series! Green is the color of will power, and one of the most powerful lights in the universe. The Guardians have harnessed this power to create an intergalactic police force wielding green power rings. What happens when Hal Jordan and Kilowog find one of these rings abandoned in space? Has one of their comrades fallen, or is something even more sinister happening?
Does anyone else remember the movie Multiplicity with Michael Keaton? Well, back when cloning was popular, this movie was made about a man who made copies of himself so that he could handle all of the problems in his life. And if you make a copy of a copy, then it's inevitably going to be inferior to the original. The same is true if you were to take characters that already exist in one medium, transfer them to another, and then take the version of the new medium to bring them to something else. What you get is an inferior bastardization that is a credit to neither. That is what we have with Green Lantern: The Animated Series #0.
Let's start with the artwork, particularly on the cover. The drawing and coloring throughout looks like someone took the story boards for the first episode and put them into a comic book. The artwork looks computer generated, immediately diminishing the charm often associated with the Green Lantern.
Considering that this book is an issue 0, there is surprisingly little genuine exposition. We don't really know who Hal Jordan is, we aren't really told who Killowag is, we aren't given any kind of story about the Red Lanterns or why they are after Killowag's Green Lantern Ring. Our story follows two of the strongest and best known Green Lanterns, Killowag and Hal Jordan. They are investigating a random ring floating through space. After they approach it, they are jumped by a horde of Red Lanterns. This is where I feel that the comic book both does its job well, yet manages to still be completely flawed.
When other characters are taken from their home medium and put somewhere else – Resident Evil, Silent Hill, etc. – it feels like an original story. This feels like someone really did make an animated series storyboard as a comic. If you listen closely, you can hear some young and soon-to-be aspiring twentysomething voicing Hal Jordan as he delivers meaningless quips that even Spider-Man at his worst wouldn't use. However, seeing as how this really is a prelude to the animated series airing early next year, it does a very good job as such.
Final verdict; as a stand-alone comic this is an annoying, dumbed-down version of anything we've ever known and loved with the Lantern Corps. It does a good job as a prelude to the animated series coming next year. Whether it's going to be something you like or not, I leave for you to decide. I am not going to tell you to avoid it; I am just going to say that, even if you are a fan of GL, this still isn't something you really need to get your hands on.
Two stars out of four.
Review by: Dan Buckley