Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: It Was a Rather Nice Week

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

It Was a Rather Nice Week

And so, onto the Reviews! It was an oddly heavy Green Lantern themed week for some reason...not that I am complaining!

Let us begin with Adventure Comics #521. Apparently, this has something to do with the Legion. I do not read the Legion. Frankly, I can't stand those smart alecky future Teenagers! Nevertheless, I did see a giant larvae-looking thingie inside of a Green Lantern symbol, and so I was seduced into buying it. In the far future the Green Lantern Corps has died out, and Larvae Lad is trying to get it going again, so he lines them all up and goes down the line telling them why they are losers and not worthy of being in the GLC. Hah! Now THEY know how it feels to be rejected! Maybe they'll remember this the next time they have one of their little "casting calls"

Umm...where was I? Oh yeah. They pick Mon El. Seems like a decent choice.

Batman & Robin #18. Still not Tomasi and Gleason, but not bad, not bad. An old girlfriend of Bruce's has lost her mind, and is on a rampage for some reason, since she's apparently pissed that Bruce didn't even come to her funeral. He couldn't since he was lost in time, but try using THAT as an explanation the next time that you're late! Not terrible, but not fabulous either. Ok, I guess.

Birds of Prey #7. Now there were some really wonderful moments in this issue. The Calculator is trying to use Savant as a spy and traiter against Oracle. It turns out that Oracle has the same idea. Exactly where Savant acually stands is a bit up in the air. Oh, and Oracle beats up some kids in an alley, but is still glad to see Bats swooping down, and they have a nice talk.

Meanwhile, Zinda, Helena and Dinah have taken poor Dove off to a Male Strip club to celebrate her birthday. Those girls are HARD partiers! Poor Dove isn't really into this sort of carousing, and passes out after only one beer, which leads to Helena observing that the LAST time she saw..."someone passed out like that, it was Hal Jordan at that pilot symposium Zinda hosted for Blackhawk Express." Dinah quirks an eyebrown and says that she'd been meaning to ask them about that...but Helena says that she really shouldn't.


The Birds are really having themselves a fine old time, but of course, the Strip Bar ends up being attacked, by various baddies, and the newest baddie of all, a woman who calls herself "Mortis", who happens to have this little mind-whammy thing going where she can make everyone face their regrets, and make them apparently jump out of windows and such. So The Calculator has hired her to go after Oracle. THIS should be interesting...very very interesting.

Another really good issue.

Brightest Day #16. Well, this issue focuses on Aquaman and Aqualad, and I have to admit that it's pretty damned good. It has some of that purty purty Ivan Reis artwork for one thing. Arthur is trying to convince Junior that he has to come and help, and Junior is understandably a bit reluctant. We discover a bit of backstory about his parents, and more about Mera and her bunch, and Arthur shares a bit of his own story. It's all very well done.

And there is the other plot involving Firestorm and Hooboy, does HE make a booboo at the end! After a bit of a slow start, this book has really picked up the pace, not to mention the cool stories. Also very well done.

Green Lantern #60. Well I'll be damned! I did not expect that person to be...that person!

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #5. Oh, the blood hits the fan in this one!

Green Lantern/Plastic Man: Weapons of Mass Decption #1

This is a combination that you would never expect, that's for sure. Plastic Man is at his whackiest, and Hal is at his most insufferable...but it works somehow. I can't help thinking that Plastic Man and Guy would have worked a lot more amicably together, but what the heck. It's a little silly, but I don't mind a little silly sometimes. Hal is a bit of a jerk, but I'm used to that too. Oh, and there are alien ducks. What more could you want?

Time Masters: Vanishing Point #5. Wow, I had forgotten all about this lately. This was pretty decent, they all manage to get out of their little predicament, thanks mainly to Hal for a change, and Rip sends Starfire and Claw back to where they came from, thus clearing the decks. The Black Beetle is still up to his tricks, and what he does with Waverider's corpse will either amuse or repulse you.

There are some explosions, and more stuff and then evil Flash shows up,which would have been quite the reveal, except that they gave it all away on the cover, which is rather disingenuous of them. Oh well. Still...Hal is slightly less of a douchebag in this issue.

Hmmm...Hal being a douche seems to be a recurring theme lately.

And finally, I got Loki #2 from Marvel. This seems to be more of a retelling of Loki's story, rather than tying into anything particularly mainstream, but what the heck. I like Loki, and it wasn't bad. And throwing things at your brother even though you think that he can't be harmed is always a bad idea. Silly Gods.

So, it was a pretty darned good week! And full of Green Lanterny goodness!


At 11:46 AM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said...

Is it a "recurring theme", or a "persistent character trait"?

At 1:14 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Heh. Probably a persistant character trait. I must admit that while I love the way that Geoff Johns writes Hal, other writers do have this tendency to make him...well...insufferable.

He does not seem to play well with others, once you remove him from his comfort zone.


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