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Group Chat Review – Green Lanterns #38 (DC Comics)

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artwork: German Peralta, Ulises Arreola (colours)
Release Date: 3rd January 2018



SAM
So, what do you fancy reviewing this week squire?

ADAM
Hmm something green? I could catch up with the previous arcs of Lanterns or Arrow? Maybe Cyborg as I know you love it

In all honesty whatever. I’ve got a free evening as Kate is heading out and the kids will be slumbering by 7. I could grab a beer and read through a fair bit

SAM
Sure. I’m up to date with everything. I’m hearing great things about Injustice but it’s one of the few things I’ve not read at all.

Equally, the green chat is interesting. And you do love your green.

And Red.

ADAM
And yellow and orange for that matter

Not so much blue and violet…

Or white

SAM
Oh the white is dealt with rather well (Hal &). Orange is highlight of GLs. All sorts of weirdness. Blue meh, Violet Nok.

ADAM
Caught up with the GL run yesterday

SAM
Oh aye?

ADAM
Yeah it gets bonus points for not being on Earth

SAM
The best bits of the current GL run have been thus.

Fundamentally that’s what’s wrong with the movie for that matter.

The Brainiac/Larfleeze storyline was the highlights so far

I still have issues with Jessica being defined by Anxiety.

I mean, what ring is that? Puce? Heliotrope?

ADAM
I find a lot of what has been in GL to be heavy-handed from the off.

SAM
Yup. Messy. Look at how Ms Marvel handles faith. Look at how Superwoman handles anxiety.

Jessica is defined by Anxiety/Latino.

ADAM
Not everything needs social commentary of that level to be relevant. A good superhero story and some action in our sector with aliens would keep me happy

SAM
Yeah. It’s not integrated into her character well.

The perennial issue with GL is earth has plenty of heroes.

ADAM
Set GL in space with aliums. It’s not a tough concept

SAM
And look at how well new Justice League is going with the social commentary

I like the ideal of space alliums. Onion of Doom! Garlic League!

ADAM
I haven’t been reading all the DC lines so can’t comment with as much authority

SAM
Justice League has been so much better with Priest taking over (his Deathstroke was cold war-tastic)

ADAM
I should point out I’ve not read this week’s issue of GLs yet

The concept of the ring picking the best available. That’s fine. As long as it does. I’m not buying into the ring sensing potential that far in advance.

SAM
Nope. Messy mm

ADAM
See it worked with Hal.

SAM
And Kyle.

ADAM
You can see how it settled with him.

SAM
I also hate the banter with her ring.

ADAM
I’m glad it’s not just me btw.

Willpower levels low.

SAM
Ha!

ADAM
What? It’s not like a bar at the side of the screen

It makes it like a computer game.

SAM
Teeheehee

ADAM
Yeah. Daft.

SAM
There’s so much potential.

Real people trying to hold down jobs to pay the rent whilst being space cops.

It’s actually an excellent premise, once it gets going.

But it’s wasted.

ADAM
No I don’t buy into that at all.

SAM
?

ADAM
Sorry but if you become a GL why are you trying to hold down a normal job and pay the rent

SAM
Valid. But the fact remains that they are, and if you’re going to do that, do it justice.

Or indeed Justice!

ADAM
With respect to the current run, it’s an enjoyable enough read. It has a lot of what I want in a GL story – aliens, alien culture, space copping, big fights, bad guys on the right side of camp megalomania. It just misses the mark a little and seems to dwell on drawing parallels

Now it could be that I’m inferring stuff that isn’t there which means I’m the problem.

SAM
It’s definitely picked up, yeah.

And I like the art a lot.

ADAM
Yeah. It’s bright and bold.

SAM
And brave

ADAM

Actually the Bright and the Bold could be a fun one shot team up but I digress

Depends who the bold are

SAM
Knowing my luck, Booster Gold

Well to my mind that was a pretty darn good Green Lantern story.

I can’t believe Facebook just autocorrected Damn to darn

It is really exciting to see Seeley get his hands on this title.

Although they really gloss over the whole alien chick sex from the previous.

Which is a shame because it contributed to the slightly Trek TOS feel.

ADAM
Not convinced it really was a darn good story or just a darn better one than recent?

SAM
It was a good story, better than recent. Which is not the same as saying the Green Lanterns themselves were any good…

I think it’s solid storytelling, the art is good, it’s just some much better than anything we’ve seen so far in GLs.

The whole thing of two brown people are written off on Earth is, yes, a bit heavy-handed but it’s still progress. Also Jessica was less irritating.

It’s still a 3, but more 3.5 than not imo.

Not a 4, sure, but not like scraping 3.

ADAM
Yeah a solid 3.

SAM
We’re getting into a habit of 3s…


Overall Rating: 3/5.


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