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Green Lantern Corps #13 - Rise of the Third Army: Torn Review

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Third Army tie in! Guy is on a mission to save his loved ones while John has a mission of his own.

The Good

Those Guardians of the Galaxy are total jerks, and I love it. This is the most attractive thing about this story line to me: The Guardians are the true enemy and they'll do some pretty scummy things in order to create their new form of order, which is apparently a bunch of mindless drones they call the Third Army. This is the second time in a GL book we really get to see the Third Army in action. I'm not the biggest fan of how they look, but I really like them. I like the idea that these characters assimilate others to their race. The finale is a very cool scene of exactly that.

I like John Stewart's mission here. I felt, by far, his side of the story, in this issue, was the most appealing. John has to help a fan favorite Green Lantern come back. His moment in this issue was relatively brief, but it's the most memorable of the issue.

Peter Tomasi does a great job with dialogue, especially Guy Gardner's. I love how he writes him. There's a few times where I thought his dialogue was way too cheesy, but that's him. That's Guy. He speaks in cliches and bad 1990s catchphrases at times, and it puts a big smile on my face. I also really enjoy Guy in a leadership role. He's perfect for the job, even if he is a loose cannon.

The Bad

I felt like I was two steps ahead of the writing and story here. Maybe I have ESP, but at every turn, I knew what was happening. I've come to expect the worst from the Guardians, so the numerous reveals we see here felt obvious to me. The same thing happened with John Stewart's mission. I felt like I knew what was happening the second I saw a rock in his hand.

There's a guest penciller on this issue, Cafu. Cafu's art is consistent and is ok. My biggest problem is that the page and panel layouts are incredibly dry. At the end of the issue, we see numerous pages with four long panels on each page, and it's a 50/50 split between medium shots and close ups. We're in the midst of battle. I'd rather see chaos. I don't like these static pages.

The Verdict

This is a down the middle of the road issue for me. GREEN LANTERN CORPS is an ok book. I think Tomasi's writing is pretty solid, and he does well with the dialogue, but I felt the most compelling part of this issue, John's story, was so brief and it overshadowed Guy's story which was just alright for me. The art was, again "alright," but I had big problems with the face we saw numerous pages with the exact same panel set up.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this issue. I think there's some good set up here for the Third Army story line and this is a great place to jump on, but overall, it's a mixed bag of nuts. If you've been wanting to jump on GLC, this is a good place to do so.

8 Comments
Posted by MisterKetch

If it wasn't for the third army event I would have dropped this already in preparation for Marvel Now. Not a huge fan of Guy Gardner, i don't hate him but he really doesn't do anything for me and I think John gets a disproportionately low amount of attention. Glad to hear though I won't be in for a bad ride this week when I do read it but more of the same, a consistently "ok" comic.

Posted by Superdork

@MisterKetch said:

If it wasn't for the third army event I would have dropped this already in preparation for Marvel Now. Not a huge fan of Guy Gardner, i don't hate him but he really doesn't do anything for me and I think John gets a disproportionately low amount of attention. Glad to hear though I won't be in for a bad ride this week when I do read it but more of the same, a consistently "ok" comic.

Posted by CodyRADkinson

If I am reading the Green Lantern title, is it necessary for me to read the Green Lantern Corps and other related titles to get the full story of the Rise Of The Third Army...

Edited by neiliusprime

@CodyRADkinson: well the story spans through all of the Lantern books, but besides Green Lantern, New Guardians has been consistently good as well.

Posted by zackattack529

@CodyRADkinson said:

If I am reading the Green Lantern title, is it necessary for me to read the Green Lantern Corps and other related titles to get the full story of the Rise Of The Third Army...

so far...no.. unlike Sinestro corps war and War of the green lanterns. this book is not in 'parts.' everything has been self contained but since you said the FULL story..then yes you will because there will be developments in every book that will lead up to a finals conclusion. even red lanterns will have a purpose for this event. But its also early to call, all 4 series have 4 issues to do with this event. right now im guessing what is happening is theyre trying to create jumping on points for newer readers to get into the books, im honestly disappointed how slow this event is going.

hopefully in all the #14s and up the story will kick into high gears. but yaa you can stick with the green lantern title and the editors will leave a note in the issue if another issue is essential to progressing the story. but the MAIN stuff will happen in the MAIN green lantern title with Baz. but other big developments will spread throught the other books since theyre all doing their own stuff. this help???

Posted by Booster_Bronze

I was a little disappointed in what John is going to do next. I thought it had a nice finality to it as an end to an era when the lantern he is going to bring back left the corps, and bringing him back seems like a cliche comic book move (and yes I do realize that this IS a comic book).

Posted by LifePool

Felt short and sweet. I enjoyed, but I see your point.

Posted by longbowhunter

Hated to see Vandor go out like that. I was really warming up to him as a regular in the book. I agree the plot here was rather predictable. I was excited to see CAFU on pencils. Apparently without Bit inking, his stuff is rather lackluster.