Topic: Comic Books - New
The above illustration has been used on a Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) issue, and also on what appears to be a couple of other variations...
Including a Promo Issue that I recently picked up during the 2009 Comic Con International: San Diego convention at the DC Comics Booth.
I'll be upfront and state right away that I haven't read Green Lantern comics for a while, ever since the Hal Jordan situation many years ago, but won't go into that storyline arc here.
I'm just going to mention that for a promo issue that this comic book is a great teaser intro for the current event that is happening at DC Comics.
The story by Geoff Johns, writer, with Ivan Reis as penciller, and Ocair Albert & Rob Hunter as inkers, piqued my interest.
Enough that I'm taking the time to blog about this promo issue here today. The twelve page intro was well written and may have motivated me to take a look at the next issues in the event series.
I say may, because after the teaser and a letter from Geoff Johns, who brought back Hal Jordan four years ago in his rightful role as Green Lantern, there were additional pages added.
Those additional pages were info pages on: Green Lantern Corps, Red Lantern Corps, Agent Orange, Sinestro Corps, Blue Lantern Corps, Indigo Tribe, Star Sapphires, and Black Lantern Corps... which reminded why I have picked up and dropped several DC Universe titles over the years.
Just too much continuity, (baggage in other words!), for me. I remember back when I first started reading comics (back in the mid to late 1950's), that I liked what we now call done-in-one stories. Plus when I started to actually start collecting comics, I found that it was easier to buy Marvel Comics in the early 1960's that were just starting off with number one issues for the most part. Titles like Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, etc. The 'split books' like Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense, Strange Tales, etc., were a lot harder to collect from issue #1 up, because they had been published longer, and there weren't any comic book stores back then! However, to have a 'complete' Iron Man run, I only needed to have Tales Of Suspense from issue #39 on, so there were some qualifiers even then...
So, yeah, I may pick up more of this 'Blackest Night' event titles, especially since there is a 'Checklist' on the last page of what titles there are...(there appear to be 25 issues in the series), but I'm wary of being pulled back into any 'universe' that has such a large number of characters that belong to other 'Lantern Corps'!
And that makes me wonder... If I, a long time reader and collector, am wary of this... how reader friendly could it be for a new reader just now being exposed to this 'universe'? This could be a major reason for the smaller number of sales for most titles in all 'universes' anymore compared to just a decade ago...
Anyways, I enjoyed this intro to the event, with Hal Jordan and Barry Allen as the Green Lantern and the Flash respectively. I just may pick up the issues in this special event as a story arc to read...
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