Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Green Lantern Annual #1Green Lantern Annual #1
DC Comics
Johns, Van Sciver, Woods & Smith

This forty page Green Lantern Annual serves as the prologue to the big crossover, "Rise of the Third Army." Though priced at $5 I believe this issue to be worth the price and definitely liked what I saw between the covers. Does this mean the crossover will be a good one? It's tough to say, but I definitely say my faith in Johns' ability to tell a good story was renewed with this comic. This isn't on the level of the Sinestro Corps War Special, which was that crossover's prologue, but it is fairly close. I would check this out if you have any interest at all in the characters or the coming crossover.

Basically this issue wraps up Hal and Sinestro's dealings with Black Hand while the Guardians kick off their next devious plan. Wait? The Guardians are villains? Well, in case you've missed it, the Guardians are the keepers of the Green Lanterns but aren't happy with their Corps. They find a new power source in the form of the "first lantern" and tap into that to make their third army.

The concept is a good one. I'm not sure I fully understand the motivation behind some of the Guardians' moves in this issue but there is time for all of that to play out. For now, this issue gives us something a little new and it is told in an entertaining fashion. In case you haven't noticed I am not really talking about Hal or Sinestro and there is a reason for that and you can discover that for yourselves.

The issue isn't flawless though. The Guardians display so much power over so many things and yet the Green Lantern Corps (their own Corps) presents an issue for them. Add in that the Green Lanterns have such a difficult time dealing with Black Hand, but the Guardians don't just makes the lines too blurry in terms of what can overcome what.

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle ReviewsThe artwork is terrific. The comic isn't really dialogue heavy so the pencils are relied on heavily to tell the story and Van Sciver pulls it off nicely. This book doesn't have quite the bright color spectrum as we are used to with the Green Lantern books but it works well once we finally see the first lantern and his "prison". Overall, this is a great looking comic book.

This book is a fun read. I found the setup for the coming crossover to be intriguing while the action and plot within the issue to be entertaining. I have to admit I wasn't a fan of the fact that I wasn't pointed towards what to read next. Instead, DC simply showed the four books (and four issues for each) that this event launches into. That's not exactly a straightforward direction as to what comes next. Despite that oddity, this is a great comic and I have high hopes for the comic storyline. I definitely recommend checking this out.

4.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles