New Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion Art Released
on December 8, 2015
DC Comics has released art from the upcoming series Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion. Take a look at these pieces by artist Ethan Van Sciver below:
And here are some art pieces that Van Sciver released himself over Twitter:
While the art is certainly filled with detail, and displays a lot of intensity, it doesn’t really floor me the way I was when I first saw Bernard Chang’s art for Green Lantern Corps, or Jesus Saiz’s art for Lost Army. Is it because I’ve seen Van Sciver depict these characters before, or is it because I don’t like his depiction as much? It’s both. Ethan Van Sciver is a really great artist, but I prefer the style of Jesus Saiz and Bernard Chang, which I find more beautiful, colorful, and less overly “badass” and grave.
The lines, coloring, and constant screams and grimaces seen in these recent images display a sense of extreme intensity that I’m not looking for in Green Lantern right now, as opposed to some other flavors, like Chang and Maiolo’s fun, beautifully adventurous vibe, and Saiz’s, breathtaking swirling colors and emotive characters. Van Sciver’s character’s certainly emote, but, in these images at least, it’s overly dramatic and lacks the subtlety, grace, and natural element of Saiz’s work. That said, none of those artists seem to have the clout and following Van Sciver does, especially among Green Lantern fandom, so my own opinion aside, Van Sciver may draw more interest to Edge of Oblivion than Saiz did for Lost Army… or maybe not.
We don’t really live in the age of artists like we do writers. For example, commercially, Ivan Reis did not seem to anchor the Cyborg title the way I believe DC was hoping for. It could be that Edge of Oblivion may wind up at the same level Lost Army did, sales wise, regardless of Van Sciver. I think DC is aware of that, but they’re giving hope a shot, especially since, according to certain reports, they desperately need the money.
Also, I don’t know if relying on the past is really the way to go here. We’re seeing Ivan Reis and Van Sciver resurface, as if DC was thinking, “Well, these guys worked before, let’s get them again.” However, they worked ten years ago for Hal Jordan related products written by Geoff Johns. Now it’s now, and they’re coming into John Stewart’s world, which is a different world with a different fandom. It’s not the same time or the same thing, so I’m not sure if we should expect the same results.
Another thing I can’t help but notice is the prominence of Guy Gardner in these images. I hope the focus of the story stays strongly on John Stewart. I also do not care for the addition of Simon Baz. This is the least excited I’ve been for a new John Stewart series since Tomasi and Pasarin started Green Lantern Corps in the New 52, and that’s because it doesn’t really look better or even as good to me than what we had before, and even before that.
All this said, I’m looking forward to Edge of Oblivion, and I really hope it does well, but I find the look of this book grim, dark (thematically and in its color palette), and dire, and while I don’t expect a Sunday picnic, that’s not what I’m looking for in Green Lantern. I don’t like that it looks like characters like Arisia and Kilowog may take backseats to Guy and maybe Baz.
speaking of Arisia, I think she looks too masculine, with her even shorter haircut, harder face, and more muscled body. This type of thing appeared in Ivan Reis’ variant cover for issue #1 of Edge of Oblivion (as did the grimaces and overly dark color palette). I believe Arisia is supposed to be attractive, but I’m not too attracted to muscly women with hard faces. I understand these are super hero comics, and hyper masculinity is often a part of them, but I’d prefer if that didn’t pour over to the female characters. So, ultimately, while the art I’ve seen for Edge of Oblivion without a doubt displays a ton of skill, stylistically, it’s not the flavor I’m looking for, but we’ll see if my opinion changes when the book is released, which is entirely possible.
Be sure to pick up Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 this coming January.