Review: Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #11

Looks like someone had to schedule a fill-in issue.  What happened with that whole War of the Green Lanterns thing?

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors 11

Well, if you were eagerly anticipating the conclusion of War of the Green Lanterns, seeing Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #11 might have gotten you excited for a moment.  However, upon finding out it's a stand-alone Guy Gardner story that was most likely a fill-in issue, you likely came away disappointed.

It's apparently part of the plan for the next three issues to tell self-contained stories from different creators, and this week it's Peter J. Tomasi and Bernard Chang giving us a quick little tale of a Green Lantern Corps that doesn't seem the least bit affected by the recent cataclysms in their world.  Guy Gardner's heading home for R&R, but he gets roped into a quick mission to save a dignitary from an armada attack, allowing him to show off his impressive ringslinging.  Then it turns out the dignitary is a super-hot blue alien lady who flirts all over him, which completely telegraphs that she's not at all what she seems.  Turns out she's a creepy little green shapeshifter who murdered the real dignitary and is trying to get its hands on a GL ring, and Guy's not gonna let it get away with that kinda malarkey.

A couple of things – I may have missed something, but isn't Guy dating his relatively-recently resurrected girlfriend Ice?  Why, then, would he be swapping spit with a blue alien hottie in the first place?  Secondly, I know Gardner's supposed to be a hot-shot hardass guy, and he's fun that way, but I kinda wish he was still drawn as the pug-ugly jackhole he used to be, rather than dashing chiseled action hero man he tends to be these days.  This story makes him seem like a Han Solo type, and that's fine.  I'd just like some ugly superheroes who aren't deformed/aliens/monsters/whatever.  Some more regular joes in the crimefighting set would be welcome.

This story is sort of fun, as Guy gets himself killed, then revived and finds himself having to blast the crap out of everything in order to get his ring back, but it's mostly just something to shrug off – especially as we're all still waiting to see how this crazy Krona mess affects the GLC long-term.  If it does at all, given the impending reboot. 

In a nutshell, there's nothing to see here.  Move along.