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Review: Green Lantern #7 (Mar. 2012) Comic Books | My Reviews 26 JUN 2012

The newly rejuvenated Green Lantern series (courtesy of the New 52 DC event) reaches the issue 7 mark, kicking off a brand new story arc from writer Geoff Johns, with pencils by the impeccable Doug Mahnke, inks from Keith Champagne, Christian Alamy and Mark Irwin, and if you are still reading this far down, colors by Alex Sinclair.

The Secret of the Indigo Tribe, part one, sees Sinestro trying to get Hal to join him on a mission based on what Sinestro has witnessed in the Book of Black. Needless to say, Hal wants nothing to do with this and the obligatory fistfight (or should that be ring fight) ensues. However, things get interesting when the secretive and cult-like Indigo Tribe shows up to capture Sinestro, whisking away Hal in the process and leaving a very confused Star Sapphire behind!

There’s a lot of good dialogue here as Geoff sets about laying down the bricks for what looks like it is going to be another epic story arc, and again the focus of the issue is not necessarily Hal Jordan, which broadens the appeal of the book and also sets up some very intriguing scenarios.

Of course, Doug Mahnke lays down some fabulous and well detailed artwork which is very pleasing to the eye, delivering some great action sequences as well some pretty dark moments towards the latter stages of the issue. It must be mentioned that the trio of inkers do a fantastic job in highlighting Doug’s great pencils, and truth be told, the three work so well together that you would be hard-pressed to actually spot the fact that there were multiple inkers working on this book in the first place!

(And yes, the colors are pretty awesome as well).

Anyway, overall issue 7 is an enjoyable setup issue that does enough to hook and reel you in, inviting you to hungrily look forward to the next couple of forthcoming issues!

Review: Justice League #1 (Oct. 2011) Comic Books | My Reviews 25 APR 2012

Leading the charge of DC’s huge universe overall, dubbed “The New 52!”, was Justice League #1, written by Geoff Johns, pencilled by Jim Lee and inked by Scott Williams.

Seeing as this is the relaunch of the line, Geoff gets to build a brand new origin story for the League, and he starts off with gusto, as we’re thrown right into the mix of Batman being chased by military helicopters, who in turn is chasing a parademon across the rooftops of Gotham. Star City’s Green Lantern intervenes, and in the ensuing confusion, the parademon escapes, forcing Green Lantern and Batman to track it down before it can do any more damage.

With the retrieval of a Motherbox, Batman and Green Lantern head to Metropolis in the hope that the resident alien there might be able to shed some light on their new mystery… though its not like this particular alien likes to be told what to do!

Geoff weaves a great introduction story, and he creates some particularly witty and enjoyable banter between Batman and Green Lantern, capturing their personalities perfectly. The tale flows well and the setup for the final page leaves you wanting more, always the hallmark of a well written issue.

Jim Lee can hardly ever do wrong with the pencil, and once again he and Scott Williams produce some fantastic, detailed and dynamic layouts and sequences, making Justice League #1 a proper superhero visual treat.

Well worth picking up in other words.

Adam Kubert: Action Comics #851 Cover (2007) Comic Book Art | Comic Books 25 FEB 2012

Action Comics #851 brought us part four of Geoff Johns and Richard Donner’s Last Son story arc, with interior art courtesy of the legendary Adam Kubert. Thanks to the wonder of people who love to document for the reason of documenting, dc.wikia.com provides this great little synopsis as to what you can find inside:

Still trapped in the Phantom Zone, Superman receives aid from an unexpected quarter in the form of Mon-El, whom Superman had exiled to the zone many years earlier in an attempt to save his life. Using a stolen craft from the displaced Fort Rozz, Superman makes his way back to Metropolis, in time to witness the enslavement of the city by the Kryptonians who have already defeated the other super heroes attempting to save the city which they are attempting to transform into a Sunstone structure. Seeking assistance from Lex Luthor in order to defeat the Kryptonians, Superman discovers that Lex has already put together a new team of villains – namely the Superman Revenge Squad!

Always a firm favourite of mine when it comes to comic book art, Adam Kubert also managed to whip up this fantastic and suitable creepy view between the two dimensions, showing us a Superman in all of his trapped rage!