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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Green Lantern Corps...Without Pat Gleason

Oh, it has just finally dawned on me, that this week's issue of Green Lantern Corps is the FINAL one that will be drawn by the insanely talented Patrick Gleason, and my heart is in my shoes. I liked the two-page teaser at the end, advertising the new book with Guy and Kilowog, and Fernando Pasarin as the new artist...but it just won't be the same.

We have been lucky enough to have Mr. Gleason as the artist for quite some time, and considering in modern comics that artists and writers seem to stay around for only an arc or two, that is quite a remarkable run. The Green Lantern books have been VERY fortunate in both their writers and artists, and once they come on, they tend to stay. I'm do believe that Mr. Gleason is going to be working on some of the Brightest Day books, which I will of course be buying but still...I'm going to miss him.

For one thing, he draws Aliens like nobody's business...and that's a handy talent to have when you are doing Space Opera. He also has the talent to be able to draw different body types, and different FACES for both his men and in particular his women. That is a talent that is increasingly rare. Put Arisia, Soranik and Iolande next to each other, and you KNOW who is who, as opposed to so many artists that have the exact same faces, with only the hair color and costumes being different.

Iolande has an acquiline nose, full lips and a soft round chin. Soranik's features on the other hand, are sharper, her chin is more pointed and her eyes are bigger. Arisia's nose is different too. Brik looks different from all of them. Gleason is also perfectly happy to put women into the vast unnamed hordes of background Lanterns, which is always nice.

His version of Guy of course is unparalleled. He does a darned good job with Kyle and Kilowog and Salaak and Vath and Stel and Isamot and EVERYONE else. His characters have an odd grace and fluidity to them, the action just flows from panel to panel effortlessly. Oh, and he's a crackerjack costume designer. Just look at the Star Sapphire Miri's outfit, which is simply adorable (just like Miri) to the sleezy outfit that Carol wears. Gleason can DO sexy...he just doesn't slap you in the face with it.

Here's a few of some of my favorite Gleason pictures.

gleason guy

This has to be the quintesential picture of Guy. It's...it's just so PERFECT!

guy and girls

Beautiful INDIVIDUAL ladies. And Guy.

guy and ice

Ice being sweet and forceful all at the same time. Oh, and Guy.

guy's butt

Look, it's the Justice League! And Guy.

arisia and yat

Arisia, Sodam and Salaak. No Guy.

guy and kyle

Kyle busting heads. With Guy.

vath and isamot

The uncolored pages. Gorgeous eh?


Same thing with Soranik. Those are lovely pencils.

So, my heartfelt thanks to Pat Gleason, and good luck with your new projects. And if you ever want to come back to Green Lantern, we'll be waiting.

gleason guy

And so will Guy.


At 6:38 AM, Blogger Diabolu Frank said...

Gleason is awesome, and a perfect match for Guy/GLC. Of course, if I can get a Martian Manhunter series out of him, I'll drop an elbow on anyone who gets in the way.

At 6:45 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Well, I can't really argue with you there, Frank. Or an Aquaman series would also be nice.

But still...he's just so GOOD at GL's!

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Saranga said...

Oh i love those first and last pictures of Guy. the uncoloured versions are *so* good.

When is the new book coming out and what will it be called?

At 10:46 AM, Blogger B.G. Christensen said...

Why oh why is that pic of Guy mooning Batman not the banner of your blog?

At 2:25 PM, Blogger mathematicscore said...

LOVE Pat Gleason. Ever since JLA Welcome to the working week. Throw in his aquaman run, Robin covers and of course, his GLC run...dude is clearly one of the best artists working.

At 2:25 PM, Blogger mathematicscore said...

Oh, and Frank, that's double elbows from me!

At 6:10 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Saranga, it's going to be called Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, and it debuts in August.

At 2:47 AM, Blogger Saranga said...

excellent, thank you. but, august? that's so far off!

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Awww, you gotta show the pencil drawing of Guy and B'dge drinkin' beer!

At 12:14 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Heh heh.

Done and done.

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