Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1 is the latest addition to the Green Lantern family of books. Before long, it could be the best! Click to find out why!
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BRIGHTEST DAY! A whole new chapter in the epic GREEN LANTERN saga gets under way as Guy Gardner begins his secret mission for Atrocitus, bringing him into conflict with Hal Jordan with massive repercussions for the Green Lantern Corps!
Guy takes fellow Emerald Warriors Kilowog and Arisia along as he explores the Unknown Sectors — but what happens when they discover his mission and what's waiting for them in the unpatrolled darkness?
For some reason, there’s been an awful lot of focus on the Green Lantern franchise recently. Maybe it’s the impending movie coming out next summer or the recent Blackest Night and Brightest Day events that have focused on newer aspects of the Green Lantern franchise. Maybe it’s the super cool light up rings (available now at a local comic store near you!). Whatever the reason, DC has decided to release a third Green Lantern title to the franchise in the form of Green Lantern:Emerald Warriors. Written by Peter Tomasi and illustrated by Fernando Pasarin, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors features Guy Gardner, the abrasive and irrepressible Green Lantern, exploring the unknown sectors on a secret mission for the former Guardian of the Universe Ganthet.
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1 is a fantastic first issue. Tomasi excels in showcasing Guy Gardner’s unique personality and his inner turmoil in undertaking his secret mission to the unknown sectors. In addition, Tomasi has picked up on many of the threads from his previous run on Green Lantern Corps. In the first issue alone, Tomasi mentions Sodam Yat, the Green Lantern last seen stranded on Daxam, Lyssa Drax, still imprisoned in the Black Lanterns' Book of the Black, as well as Gardner’s brief time as a Red Lantern. Another exciting aspect of the book is the inclusion of what will hopefully be a supporting cast member, the Red Lantern Bleez. One of Tomasi’s biggest strengths has been his ability to introduce new characters and quickly flesh them out into fan favorites. After Geoff Johns relaunched the Green Lantern franchise, Tomasi fleshed out many of the Green Lanterns not named Hal Jordan. Now, it looks as if Tomasi will be turning his talents to the rest of the colored corps, many of whom have been rushed through during the build up to Blackest Night. Between the strong characterization and the promise of fleshing out more of the Green Lantern universe, Tomasi delivers a strong showing in his first issue.
Fernando Pasarin also makes a splash with his art in the first issue. His style invokes shades of Dan Jurgens and Dale Eaglesham in its detailed style. While it’s a change of pace from the cartoony work of Patrick Gleason, Tomasi’s previous partner in Green Lantern Corps, it still holds up to Tomasi’s writing style. Pasarin’s art has gradually improved since breaking into the American comic book scene in late 2007 as a fill in penciller on Ion: Guardian of the Universe. Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors could be a breakout title for Pasarin, who looks to be the latest DC artist to rise to prominence because of the Green Lantern franchise.
There is nothing to not like in Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1. The characterization is excellent, the story promising, and the art fantastic. If you’ve enjoyed any of the Green Lantern titles of the past few years, you will be sure to love Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1.