Van Jensen has really shown a great talent for pacing in this book, and nothing has succeeded more from this than the character of John Stewart. Jensen has turned an already pre-ring hero into a real hero for our times, and Jensen’s run on Green Lantern Corps has been phenomenal. Especially for Stewart.
That said, this issue is not one of the writer’s strongest. The focus goes off Stewart for awhile and is more on the spotlighted villains du jour, the Durlans. On an unfriendly world, John and his team are trying to get the wagons in a circle against these durable Durlans.
Stewart is a natural born leader of men and, well, humanoids ... and others. Yet there is a little feeling of unorganized helter-skelter here, so much so I was looking around for Hal Jordan. This is really more his type of tale.
And just as Stewart starts to come into his own again, we switch to a growing evil returning to the universe. A spoiler-free review, we just might say that this new threat is very … sinister!
I am just not warming to Bernard Chang as artist on this book. He is certainly putting in the hours, but I cannot get away from the overall cartoony-ness of the work where more serious fare is called for. That is especially true for a character like John Stewart, trying to keep that Earth reality mojo going out in the void.
With the right artist, who knows where this book -- and John Stewart -- under Vensen would be?