Update #2: Green Lantern Lost Army is over too
Updated: DC will also be cancelling Batman ’66 & Sensation Comics.
Whether you are a DC reader or not, one thing is for certain: Convergence is coming to an end. What does this mean for you? It means new DC titles are going to be hitting your local comic book shop. If you are like me and struggle to jump into DC books, there is no better time than now to dip your toe in and test that water. DC is even putting up some lengthy previews on Comixology, providing you a sneak peek of what is to come. To even further aid in your decision making, I have compiled a list below of the previews that excite me.
At Nothing But Comics, we’re excited to read the upcoming Green Lantern: Lost Army series from DC Comics, by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Jesus Saiz. So we tasked DC’s sentient planet/Green Lantern Mogo with asking Bunn about his favorite Green Lantern.
In the many relaunch’s of DC’s superhero line of comics over the last decade, one tried and true fact has remained, that being, Geoff Johns has made Green Lantern cool. Because of that, Green Lantern will always sell and because of that, the market will dictate multiple Green Lantern books. Never has this been more apparent following DC Comics New 52 iniative, a relaunch of their superhero comics that brought multiple Green Lantern related titles outside of the main book such as Green Lantern Corps, The New Guardians, Red Lanterns, Lazerfleeze and Sinestro, to say nothing of last years line Green Lantern Godhead crossover event. The success of these books has been mixed but overall, the Lantern have remained a strong sub section of the DC universe. But with DC’s most recent relaunch, they appear to be scaling back on it’s lantern titles, effectively consolidating Red Lanterns, Corps & New Guardians into the new Green Lantern: The Lost Army by Cullen Bunn & Jesus Saiz, a unique idea for the Lantern concept that mostly works in it’s debut issue.
Lost Army shows a group of Green Lanterns stranded on an unknown and deadly planet without any idea of how they got there or where to go next. The team is primarily lead by Green Lantern Jonathan Stewart and to writer Culen Bunn’s credit, he creates an interesting psychological profile for the character to center the plot’s premise. The writing gives a solid idea of who Stewart is and what makes him distinct that works well within the context of trying to survive on a planet that is trying to kill him and his team. Artist Jesus Saiz feels cleaner an more concise here then on his Swamp Thing work and because of that, the art’s a little stiff. It feels like he’s going for Saga on Lost Army but by doing so, loses a lot of what makes his art unique and interesting.
Overall though, Lost Army is an interesting concept. In it’s debut, it feels like Green Lantern in a space horror story and that’s pretty cool. The art leaves a little to be desired but Bunn’s writing does enough to keep it interesting. Worth a look for the curious and intrigued.