Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Green Lantern and Space Ghost Special

Writers: James Tynion IV & Christopher Sebela
Art&Colors: Ariel Olivetti
Letters: A Large World Studios

The Wonders of Space:

The Green Lantern Corps received a distress beacon and they send Hal Jordan to figure it out. He's looking for a weapon, but he's not the only one as he comes in contact with Space Ghost. After fighting they learn the weapon isn't what it seems. Can Space Ghost and Hal save this world from certain doom?

The Confessional:

Oh man… this issue's art was like on point. Like, think back to those awesome cartoons, say Space Ghost and this is spot on, so before I go into the story I want to say GREAT job Olivetti for some beautiful artwork for this story. Now the story, all of these specials I look at as something fun… imagine Space Ghost and Hal Jordan, what would be the first thing they would do? Fight and that's exactly how we start. Larfleeze is out there searching for this weapon to claim it for his collection, Hal can't let that happen, however a mysterious creature beats him to the punch. He then goes after Hal and their fight brings them down to the planet below, where Hal is met by… toy soldiers? Yes, that's exactly what they look like to me, and to get away he shows them the scariest thing no matter what universe we are in… Batman… what's even funnier? Both Space Ghost and Hal are tied up by a little girl and have their tools removed after they knock each other out. After convincing her they were here to help, she takes them to her uncle, who explains the weapon is actually a spaceship that has been passed down from generation to generation, fixing it up in secret, but he needs help… it turns out the government has convinced the entire world they are all alone on this planet, and there is nothing else in the universe. After fighting the government who came to stop this ship from being built the uncle is close to death. I'm in tears at this point… work your whole life for something and die before you achieve it, not only die, but get killed to stop you from achieving it. Now while this is just a fun little issue I feel that Tynion and Sebela are putting a lot of not so subtle political stuff in there. I want my fantasy to be just that, stop making me think about real world problems while reading a fun book… we end with Space Ghost and Hal parting ways after letting the uncle see Space before he dies, and the little girl finishing the ship and about to venture into the universe.

All and all this book was good, really good. The art was fantastic and nostalgic of old cartoons… this is such a good book, and even the political jumps didn't make me too upset, they did pull me out the two times I noticed them…

Holy: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆   8/10

Carl Hamlin | NCR

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