Review: Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #8
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inks: Cam Smith
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Steve Wands
Cover: Felipe Massafera
Release Date: March 30th, 2011
Just as we saw with the two previous issues, DC continues bringing readers up to speed on the relationships and stories of their star centered Green Lantern cast with Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #8, part three of the "War of the Green Lanterns." While part two dipped, this one rose back to the level of the first.
This issue, per the cover (they got it right!) focuses on Hal and Guy's past and interweaves it with the present story. There was much action, and happy to say, dialogue - giving us a complete issue leaving you longing for more.
Similar to GLC #58, but much better (interestingly part 1 and 3 are 22 pages, while 2 is only 20), Hal and Guy are led into confrontation against one another in not only a physical battle - but a verbal one. "Rivalry" is too weak of a word to use, as the bitterness and resentments surface due to their impure thoughts leading to a conclusion much different than the aforementioned Corps.
Tomasi does an outstanding job on the characterization in this issue as we are witness to Kilowog standing by his recruits, and the heightened emotional levels building between Hal and Guy leave you feeling as if you are partaking in their very battle. Guy has come along way from being the "red-blooded" hot head, as he comes to realize that cooler heads prevail. Guy Gardner shows himself to be a leader and a hero, while the Corps is being dismantled and friends may be meeting their doom.
Speaking of outstanding, Fernando Pasarin's art is just that. From the splash page of Lanterns, to the fight sequences of the Corpsmen, Pasarin matches Tomasi's dramatic take in this issue. Key is getting the raw emotion that each Lantern feels, through to the reader - and Pasarin nails it. Tomasi's barrage of spoken aggression is perfectly coupled with Pasarin and co.'s brutal poundage.
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #8 saw an issue that progressed the "War of the Green Lanterns" storyline, and I couldn't be happier.