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Review: Emerald Warriors #4

Say it ain't so, Sodam!

Guy Gardner's task force intervenes in Daxam's politics, just as Sodam Yat is marshaling his cult into a force against the Guardians. 
 

The Good

It's an odd thing to say, but I appreciate how Tomasi's characterized Sodam's father, and Daxam's government by extension, as stubbornly close-minded. Maybe it's because it's a refreshing counterpoint to the usual "holy natives" you encounter so often in alien stories, but I think the real reason is that this has an intriguing moral complexity you rarely get in superheroes. With equal validity, Sodam can be described as a deranged "rogue" or a rebel filled with righteous indignation.

The Bad

I hate to be the "science cop" because it was such a cool, well-timed scene, but the bit where Guy interrogates the one bad guy by bobbing his head over the atmosphere stretches the believability a bit too far. I wasn't even a wiz in physics, but I know that the ozone thins much more gradually than that. Also, while I'm waiting to see how Sodam's potential "heel turn" plays out, I do wish he could've picked a cooler symbol. He looks like he's the avatar of the Blair witch with this one!

The Verdict - 4.5/5

This is my favorite GL book, right now. Hands down. It does what I hope all space opera would do - - play out incisive morality plays across a galactic tapestry in a way that never skimps on action, attitude or accessibility.  I'm really hoping they don't turn Sodam into a villain and make him a permanent member of the rogue's gallery, but the fact that I care enough demonstrates how strong the writing is.
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Posted by Tmul501

Can't wait to read this one!

Posted by longbowhunter

This is my favorite Green Lantern book as well. It stars all my favorite characters from Tomasi's run on GL Corps. I was hoping to see Sodam join Guy's ranks, but it looks like he's going in a different direction. Solid read this month!
Posted by Hamz

Such a beautiful cover. Honestly that's one of the finest covers I've seen in a long time.

Posted by goldenkey

gotta get these back issues now so I can catch up.  I thought Sodam was prophesized as being the great Lantern of all? 
Posted by Pizawle

This is actually my least favorite GL book thus far, but am still enjoying and hoping with each issue that it takes another step up. This may be the one.

Posted by NightFang
@Tmul501 said:
" Can't wait to read this one! "
Yeah me either!
Posted by They Killed Cap!

I am loving everything Green lantern lately.
Posted by Sergotron

Heads up everybody, the Green Lantern movie trailer will be released tomorrow.