In Review: Green Lantern: Lost Army #6

They're no longer lost, but the Green Lantern Corps isn't exactly found.

The cover: Seven light wielders float above members of the Green Lantern Corps, looking at them with disdain and indifference. The corps members look ready for battle, their rings beginning to power up. This is the calm just before the storm, rendered by Guillem March. The coloring on this piece diminishes all aspects of the art. Because the coloring is so pale, the details of the art are lost, with the light wielders melding into an unfocused ball of faded colors. Even the lanterns don’t look good because their colors are so dim. If this illustration had chosen to be colored with bright, dynamic colors, this would have looked much better. A disappointing cover for this final issue of the series. Overall grade: D+

The story: Cullen Bunn’s saga is only partially concluded in “Spectrum”. The Green Lanterns’ power battery has been revealed on Mogo, the living planet, and it’s under attack from all the other light wielders of this time and their light pyramid batteries. While the planet tries to defend itself, the lanterns are doing battle with the many colored wielders coming at them. Assisting the lanterns’ battle are the wielders battling each other, leaving the corps to defend their power battery. Other lanterns have recently arrived, including Simon Baz who explains where he and the others have been. Watching just outside Mogo’s orbit are Krona, Relic, and Salaak. They realize the pyramids are trying to terraform Mogo to their specific color of light, so Salaak tries to send a message to warn the planet. This is the big blowout finale to this arc and there’s a big change for several characters (Pages 8, 9, and 13). I applaud the changes Bunn has made, correcting some lanterns’ affiliations and creating an even stronger powerhouse for the lantern on the latter page. There’s a two page flashback that concludes John’s involvement with the war, but not his history with it. The next story is teased with a character on Page 18 that was incredible. Sadly, this will remain unresolved until Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion debuts in January. In addition to this tease, the final page has one character leaning in the direction that proved to be his undoing. I can’t wait until January! Ultimately, this book takes a hit for not concluding. Overall grade: B

The art and colors: Jesus Saiz is a major talent, illustrating and coloring his own work. This is more than evident on the double-paged spread of Pages 2 and 3. All the lanterns are fighting others, with energy being slung in every direction and explosions going on behind them. The characters look amazing and the coloring gorgeous, especially with all the stunning shading done on the characters’ uniforms and constructs — check on John, front and center, and the constructs he’s firing off. Simply spectacular! Salaak looks amazing on Page 5’s third panel. The constructs that attack John are illustrated perfectly and their coloring makes them seem as though they are made of light. I love the new look of the character at the bottom of 7, achieved with colors, and ditto for the individual on 8 — and his reaction is outstanding. I’m running out of positive adjectives for this review because Saiz’s visuals leave me gushing. The lantern at the top of 13 is beautiful and strong. The location at the top of 17 is epic and the coloring expands its scope with the tiny orb at the center of the panel. DC, if you’re wise, you’ve got Saiz nailed down to work on another book. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Dazzling Dave Sharpe has constructed dialogue, opening story title and credits, character identification, sounds, yells, and the tease for the new series. Sharpe always does an excellent job, with his story titles always being spectacular and unique, though I wish he’d have used a font differentiate some characters’ voices, such as those that accost John, rather than just change the shape of the dialogue balloons. Overall grade: A-

The final line: They’re no longer lost, but the Green Lantern Corps isn’t exactly found. Fun to read, but no real conclusion. More appealing to Lantern fans than new readers. Overall grade: A- 

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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