The solicitation for Green Lantern: Lost Army #6 is out and I’m disappointed again! It’s not because of the content, but rather DC’s choice to continue depriving this series of variant covers. Before we go deeper into that, let’s take a look at the cover and solicitation text for issue #6.
GREEN LANTERN: THE LOST ARMY #6
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by JESUS SAIZ
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale NOVEMBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
This may be the last chance for John Stewart and the rest of the lost Lanterns to return home…but there are still plenty of obstacles in their way!
The lack of variants is bad for two reasons. First and foremost, Lost Army is missing an opportunity for a considerable sales increase. Dissenters of John Stewart, Cullen Bunn, the current status quo, Green Lantern, or all of the above will undoubtedly use Lost Army’s lowered sales as an excuse to disparage the book because it won’t sell as well as some others that have the advantage of variant covers. In making their assessments, these types will likely conveniently ignore the fact that Lost Army will not get variants past the third issue.
Another reason why this is disappointing is because variant covers are fun! Sure, there are times when the industry abuses the concept, but one additional cover for an issue isn’t overkill. I’ve really enjoyed Lost Army’s variants from issues 1 through 3 and it’s upsetting that the title may not get anymore. I sure hope it does. We’ll see.
The answer to why Lost Army is not getting variants is not known. It was one of the highest selling non-Batman related DC You titles for the month of June, with only Starfire—a book backed by a very popular creative team, and which continues to get variant covers—being above it.
Moving on to the actual content presented here, I’ve voiced discontent with Guillem March’s work in the past, but I’m happy to admit the cover to issue #6 is the best piece I’ve seen from him for this series. Also, his depiction of Arisia has been nice on both issues #5 and #6.
As for the solicitation, it doesn’t get me pumped to buy the issue, or speculate on what might happen. It’s more or less more of the same old “Lanterns try to get home” thing, except there’s nothing about them teaming with enemies this time. That said, there’s nothing in it that specifically turns me off, and I’m happy to see that John isn’t being diminished.
Lost Army has been a very high quality series so far, so be sure to pick this one up on November 18.