Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #4 Writer: Tom Taylor Pencils: Ardian Syaf Colors: Jason Wright Letters: Dave Sharpe Publisher: DC
This is the fourth installment into this 6 issue mini-series titled Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion. The fight is on between John Stewart and the corps of will power against Marniel and her zealots, or is it? This issue provides a twist in character motivations, backstory, and builds up the anticipation for the climax of the arc.
The comic starts out where the third left off, Guy Gardner, Kilowog, and few other Lanterns are defeated by Marniel, had their power rings stollen, and are now searching for an escape route. The Lanterns are then told the supposed villain’s backstory and not all the characters are what they were first led to believe. Marniel is not just a simple mustache twirling villain who is evil just to be evil, there is a whole other layer to her. In this issue Taylor does a fairly good job of painting the two sides much more grey as opposed to black vs white, particularly the Green Lanterns and the actions they’ve taken.
This is definitely an upgrade from the previous issue that was completely unfocused. Issue 4 has a focus however it’s not on our heroes, it’s on our villains and supposed allies. Writer Tom Taylor fleshes out and provides more context to this universe that existed before the present and increases your intrigue to see what ultimately happens next.
Unfortunately the lack of character interactions between our heroes is still a problem. Taylor needs to put an emphasis on them in order to gain the readers overall investment and hasn’t provided that throughout this mini-series. We do get a couple of character moments with Kilowog during separate conversations between Gardner and Marniel however the former ends with a punch line. The later moments are just too brief and pass by too quickly to get the emotional punch that Taylor is going for.
Penciler Ardian Syaf has taken over duties from Ethan Van Sciver in this issue and it was a solid choice. The detail on the characters costumes and facial expressions as well as the cosmic landscape is impressive. Much in the action primarily takes place underground however but it makes it look all the more grim and gritty to make the situation look more drastic and dire. Jason Wrights colors complement the tone of the comic as well and is a nice fit.
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #4 has a done a solid job of fleshing out its side characters. We get to understand this universe and how it relates to Marniel, Ausras, and Dismas. It builds up to what I hope to be an epic climax. However the lack of Green Lanterns is jarringly apparent, there are some good scenes involving Kilowog but it’s not enough. The artwork in here however is stellar and a real treat for the eyes.
Score: 3.5 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach