Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #3 Writer: Tom Taylor Pencils: Ethan Van Sciver Colors: Jason Wright Letters: Dave Sharpe Publisher: DC
The clock continues to wind down as the Green Lantern Corps led by John Stewart, try to solve the mystery of who is behind the deaths of their lost comrades, as well as locate a path way out of this dying universe.
The last issue ended on a bit of a cliff hanger with Guy Gardner in absolute despair over the loss of his friends and being Guy, he couldn’t hold back his frustration as he sucker punches the one he holds responsible for their deaths, Kilowog. This issue deals with the aftermath and the inevitable conflict between the two emotionally charged Lanterns. While the set up for this issue is done in solid fashion, the eventually payoff is a miss.
It takes a few pages for us to get to Kilowog and Guy which is a nice touch because it builds the anticipation. During that detour we see a wonderful two page sequence where Taylor absolutely nails Iolande’s character and the issue is off to a promising start. However that promise isn’t met when we get to the payoff from the set up of the previous issue, the two butt heads and it is resolved far too quickly. I guess the idea is that they’re military men and are able to set aside their emotions to achieve the mission at hand but that is out of character for the two of them especially for the rambunctious Gardner.
Another problem with this this issue and the overall problem with this miniseries is that there is no focal character. In Green Lantern Corps: Lost Army, which was a 6 issue miniseries that set up this 6 issue miniseries, centered around John Stewart and his fellow Green Lanterns. This sequel is unfortunately jumbled and all over the place with it’s characters. If one isn’t that familiar with the Green Lantern Corps and its grand gallery of members then they’d have trouble following this story.
However just because a comic isn’t new reader friendly doesn’t necessarily equal a poor writing. It’s the fact that it’s an unfocused that makes it a poorly written.
The artwork here is done by Ethan Van Sciver, what else is there to say, it’s Ethan Van Sciver. The guy is one of the best pencilers in the business and is a beloved fan favorite. The cosmic is a great setting for Sciver to show off his heavy detailed pencils and the facial expression of his characters is filled with emotion. You can tell what every character is thinking and whats going through their head simply buy looking at their face.
While I enjoyed the previous miniseries Lost Army, Edge of Oblivion has unfortunately become convoluted and unfocused in its narrative. There is no focal character to grab a hold of and become invested in their eventual outcome. The artwork fortunately is a joy to gaze at but that’s not enough to save this book.
Score: 2 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach