If I had to begin a new cosmic mag at DC, I would pick out the hottest selling cosmic line, tag my storyline into a bigger arc ongoing in the series and, if I could, boost the selling power of it by, say, making it an annual.
Well, that is exactly what cosmic scribe Keith Giffen has done and he has given his new series, The Hunted, ready to appear next week in DC’s new anthology Threshold, a mighty fine start indeed.
From the threat of the Third Army to the appearances of Arkillo, Carol (Star Sapphire) and Saint Walker to the downlow on just how this intergalactic Battle Royal is gonna work, Giffen sews it all together with the fine thread of familiarity and the promise of star-spanning adventure.
By the end of this tale, you already have to feel sorry for Green Lantern Jediah Caul, whom Carol & Co. seek out for help only to leave the poor bastard hanging out to dry once they break his long-established cover. (True, he did turn them over to scoundrels to get them into Lady Sin’s world of tricks, but who better? Thankless bloke, Arkillo.)
There are a few of those promised cameos along the way, including DC’s own Space Cabbie and more.
But the fun here is the promise of all this next week when Threshold #1 comes out, presenting The Hunted as well as Larfleeze in a solo backup series. After Green Lantern: New Guardians #15, I am very anxious to see Giffen’s take on this multi-dimensional king of avarice.
This annual is in part what all annuals should be. The only thing missing was maybe some fun info about our coming Hunted cast in the last few pages instead of loading it up on promos of Green Arrow, etc. And speaking of promo stuff, I would hope to see something about Threshold’s coming on one of those full pagers advertising summer annuals and volumes of collected series. Don’t tell me DC is going the way of Marvel Cosmic already! Surely not.
Pick Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #1 up this week and hop aboard this cosmic rocket ship. I think we are all gonna have some fun … well, except maybe for Lantern Caul. Poor guy.