Saturday, January 16, 2016

Green Lantern Corps Reach the Edge of Oblivion

DC Comics tosses readers into another cataclysmic event with Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1. The debut issue kicks off a 6-part mini-series which features many of your favorite emerald saviors of the universe. Tom Taylor provides the rapid storytelling with Ethan Van Sciver supplying the intensive illustrations.

As the universe around them reaches entropy, the Green Lantern Corps must find a way home! Along the way, they’ll face dying gods, worlds torn asunder and a desperate group of survivors. There only hope is these cosmic heroes in Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1.

Writer Tom Taylor drops us right into the center of the action and drama from the second page of Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1. He doesn’t fool around with drawn-out establishing narrative or too much talking. Taylor gets directly to the point by mixing story explanations with thrilling battles and confrontations as the tale moves from one panel to the next.

The art for Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 is beautifully realized by the talented Ethan Van Sciver. He gets the dream job of drawing all the many great characters fans know and love within the framework of one comic book. His style is precise and lends an air of realism to each scene.

The only thing I found slightly annoying was how it seems like B’Dg, the Green Lantern squirrel, is DC’s answer to Rocket Raccoon. A couple of examples of what I’m referring to are he’s hot-tempered and curses a lot. Much like Rocket in the Guardians of the Galaxy books, he seems to be constantly trying to prove himself to his comrades as well.

Issue #1 of Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, mild gore, and frightening and intense scenes. One of the characters gets his hand cut off and there’s some blood. There are also some shrouded and possibly scary figures for younger readers. A character is also killed in a violent manner.

Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 is a rather abrupt and fast-paced intro to the newest event within the world of the heroic guardians of the universe’s many worlds. While I’m sure there was some set-up in previous issues of the Lantern books, if you come into this cold-turkey you’ll feel a bit out of sorts or hurried into the narrative. Once you settle into the tale, you’ll find yourself drawn into its mystery and turmoil.

Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 is available now in print and digital editions.

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