24th December 2015
DC surprised me by releasing a preview of Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 well before the scheduled release date of the first issue. Unfortunately, I have little good to say about what I’ve seen.
First, I don’t like the logo. It’s just not appealing to me. The Lost Army logo was neat because it was in line with modern Green Lantern sensibilities, but also recalling of the classic 1980s Green Lantern Corps logo from the Steve Englehart run.
Second, I’m seeing the price is $3.99 when it was originally solicited at $2.99. I’m not happy about that, and it’s another sign of DC’s financial desperation.
Third, Simon Baz is present. I really don’t like that character. If DC would like to use him, I’d prefer it be in a book I have no interest in reading, especially one that does not feature John Stewart. Man, my luck is so rotten sometimes.
Fourth, while there is not much to go on, in this preview John Stewart stands in a crowd not doing anything while other Earth Lanterns take on more dominant roles, even if small. This doesn’t stimulate me and is frighteningly evocative of the Geoff Johns era of Green Lantern, especially with Ethan Van Sciver on art.
Fifth, I hope there is a very good reason why the Lanterns are standing around in what appears to be the wild, because John Stewart and Mogo did build a city for them to inhabit on that planet. This is a point of concern for me because it makes me wonder if the writer bothered to read the previous runs. If not, then I’m concerned.
About that last point; in the recent past, I’ve seen videos of Dan DiDio talking about how he wants to develop essential stories and beats for DC Comics characters. Let me tell you something, DC. If the writers you employ do not reference and build upon moments in the characters’ pasts, there will be nothing essential for these characters. If something is immediately forgotten, how can it be essential? John Stewart building a city on Mogo should be pretty essential, but now I’m worried that the city he built has mysteriously disappeared with no acknowledgment. John Stewart being the first male Star Sapphire should be pretty essential, as well, but post Van Jensen’s Green Lantern Corps run, there has been absolutely no reference of it even happening.
It seems the only thing the writers and editors can and will consistently reference from John Stewart’s history is that a planet was destroyed due to his incompetence. I fear DC may be doing something wrong.
It may seem like I’m jumping the gun on many of these points, but I’m not. DC has put out content for people to evaluate and I’m just giving my opinion on what I’m seeing. If I wind up having gotten the wrong impression about things, then great! We’ll see when the series releases in January. Check out the link below for the preview: