In Review: Convergence Green Lantern Corps #1

Disappointing in a many ways. Not what I expected, nor what I wanted.

The covers: This Main cover features John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Hal Jordan striking poses against the dome which has been colored in a rose and red to create a stained glass look. This is very different from the typical blue that the dome is colored. Tony Harris has done a fair job, though if one were to look for more than a moment, each character’s face is really stylized, making them look unlike their usual appearances. The colors are really selling this, more so than the art. The Variant cover has John Stewart drawn by Dave Gibbons and inked by Mark Farmer. Designed by Chip Kidd, John is being devoured by the yellow unknown and I like it. Overall grades: Main B- and Variant A

The story: “Good Guys and Bad Guys” is by David Gallher, featuring all three of the lanterns on the Main cover, though Guy really is the lead. Steve Ellis is credited in the closing credits as a “Storyteller” along with Gallher, though if this includes story, it’s not specifically stated. At Gotham Elementary, Coach Gardner breaks a potential fight between two young boys arguing over who gets to play as Green Lantern. Guy tries to get one of the boys to pick another hero, then a villain, and then is surprised when the child chooses to be Sinestro. At Thomas Wayne Memorial Hospital, Guy meets with his therapist Dr. Leslie Thompkins and he admits that he feels useless, since his powers have been gone for year ever since the dome enclosed Gotham. She suggests he try to make friends, maybe with John Stewart whom he’s mentioned so often. Instead, John goes on quest to meet up with Hal Jordan’s friends to find the head of the Green Lantern Corps so he can have a word with him. This is a good idea for a story, but after the set up, there is no pay off. Guy meets with Carol, and that goes nowhere, except to establish she’s been abandoned. John’s not much help either, though Guy does get to Hal. What Hal is doing doesn’t make much sense and what happens when Telos lowers the dome seemed unbelievable. I just didn’t like it. The ending involving Guy was okay, but now what? I don’t know if I’ll buy the final part of this story. Overall grade: D+

The art: Being the star of the book, Guy Gardner has got to be consistently drawn, and he’s not. Looking at the second page, his jaw goes from square and thick in the third panel, to thin and not so square in the fifth. At the bottom of the third page his chin is huge and knotted. In the fourth panel on Page 4 his face has lost all its elongation that was on the previous two pages. This is not good. Guy’s easily identifiable because of his hair and the colors of his clothes, but if this book was in black and white, I don’t know if he would be so recognizable. Steve Ellis does the pencils and Andre Parks the inks for this book. Hal Jordon also goes through a metamorphosis from his introduction, looking extremely gaunt on Page 16 to well fed by Page 17. The settings fare much better, looking very detailed and shown from a wide variety of angles to make them realistic. However, they’re not much use when the characters change so often between pages. Overall grade: C-

The colors: This is a bright spot, and that’s not a coloring pun. Though he’s in a depression, Guy’s world is brightly colored by Hi-Fi, which doesn’t give him anywhere to hide from the emotions that have built up within him. Everywhere he goes on his search for Jordan he’s in the light, surrounded by bright whites, greens, oranges, and violets. Wearing that bright green outfit also makes him a stand out on every page, never letting the reader forget whom they should be following. Even Hal’s dark quarters aren’t so dark as they explode in brights as Guy vents his rage. Hi-Fi does it right, again. Overall grade: A

The letters: Yells, scene settings, dialogue, sounds, an invitation, Telos’s speech, the issue’s title and credits, plus next issue’s tease are created by Dave Sharpe. Sharpe always does a good job, and this issue is no different. I really liked how he did the end credits on the pieces of paper in the street. Overall grade: A 

The final line: Disappointing in a many ways. Not what I expected, nor what I wanted. Overall grade: C

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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