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4LN Comic Review: Planet Of The Apes/Green Lantern #1

Series: Planet of The Apes/Green Lantern
Story: Robbie Thompson
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Barnaby  Bagenda

 

 

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1

 

Summary from Boom: BOOM! Studios and DC Comics are proud to bring together two classic properties in a historic crossover event. When Taylor goes missing, Cornelius investigates and discovers an ancient ring, unlike anything the universe has ever seen.As its power echoes through the stars, the Guardians of the Universe must reveal to their Lanterns a secret they had hoped would remain buried. With the Green Lantern Corps, led by Hal Jordan, racing to get to the source of this power before Sinestro can get his hands on it, they will discover a truth that will change them forever on…THE PLANET OF THE APES.

 

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This has been one of the few comics that I have eagerly been waiting for. I absolutely loved “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes“, and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is one of my all time favorite Sci-Fi movies. Plus, with the Green Lantern being one of my favorite superheroes, how could I not love this?


This first issue is mostly world building due to setting up the rest of the 6 issues in the mini series. However, they do a fantastic job with characters such as Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, and the infamous Sinestro. Bringing in Justin Jordan to work on this project was a great move for Boom/DC since he’s previously worked with a majority of these characters during his time on DC Comics New Guardians during the New 52.

 

I mentioned my love for the new franchise, but this book includes a few beloved characters from the original Planet of The Apes. Cornelius and Nova are the main apes, in this issue at least, and the story seems to take place sometime after the original movie ends. Cornelius ends sup finding some type of ring inside a crater and this ring just happened to once belong to the notorious Larfleeze. With the uses of Sinestro and Larfleeze this is already building up to be an epic story involving two beloved franchises.

 

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Barnaby Bagenda worked with Tom King during his run on the DC series The Omega Men and also worked on Evil Dead 2 by Space Goat Productions. Bagenda does a superb job with the art in this issues and makes it truly look at times like a watercolor painting but is still able to have a great amount of focus in the detail. Only one issue in and I am already itching for more of his art. I personally think that Bagenda and Jordan make a fantastic team, and I can’t wait to see what type of constructs and images these guys come up with.

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Justin Jordan does a fantastic job tying these two properties together, Bagenda’s artwork is phenomenal, and this has turned out to be the crossover I never knew I wanted. I literally couldn’t be more happy for it! If you are at your LCS this week and you see this book on the shelf, be sure to pick it up, especially if you are a fan of either franchise. Let us know in the comments below if you picked this series up and if you enjoyed it or not.

 

Music Pairing:

The Get Up Kids are a great band for this style of a comic, and their song Like A Man Possessed is a perfect pairing for this book. I would dare say Cornelius is a man possessed after this issue. I’m sorry, that was a terrible dad joke, but whatever. I made it and I don’t care.

Red Lantern #29 Review

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Book: Red Lanterns #29
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Alessandro Vitti

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Summery from Comixology:
“The Reds have found their newest recruit: Supergirl! Guy Gardner is hardly equipped to handle a teenaged Kryptonian Red Lantern, so he heads for Earth and hand her off to her cousin–The Man of Steel himself, Superman.”

Red Lanterns issue 29 is the 2nd issue in the “Red Daughter of Krypton” story arc, in which Supergirl has become a Red Lantern due to the anger she suffers from due to her world being destroyed and one of the last of her kind. The story also features some interactions with Superman. The issue starts with Skallox and Zilius Zox testing some very high grade military equipment on Supergirl to see how powerful she truly is; and its surprisingly entertaining.

THE GOOD

The main reason I started reading Red Lanterns was due to the fact that Guy Gardner is now their leader, and He is one of my favorite Green Lantern. I love how much of a smart-ass and dick Guy can be, and in this issue that was my favorite thing about it. At one point, Guy didn’t want Kara drinking because she is just a teenager and Guy wants her to follow earth “rules” when it comes to drinking. Guy also made a funny point about how terrible things will get with Supergirl; after all she is a “Teenage Kryptonian Red Lantern? Come on. That’ too much.”-Guy.

THE BAD

My least favorite thing about this issue though was the art for Superman. It just looked weird and, honestly, terrible. His face was way to square and his neck was almost nonexistent. It looked as if his jaw was just attached to his shoulders. The Superman was just poorly executed. All the other characters seemed to have been drawn very well, but I couldn’t look away from the disaster that was Superman.

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Watch out, we got a bad ass over here.

THE FINAL VERDICT

I really enjoyed this issue and I look forward to seeing where it goes. I think Guy and Supergirl are going to make a very unique team for Red Lanterns and I think a major event will soon take place in the world of the Red Lanterns. If you haven’t read the Red’s before, go pick up issue 28 and this issue, 29, and have some fun in the wild world of anger and the Red Lantern Corps. Over all I give this issue 3 and a ½ out of 4. I would have given it a solid 4, but the Superman was a major disappointment.

What In The Hell Is Going On?- Red Lantern #21

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Today I am starting on an ongoing series here at Four Letter Nerd. Eventually each writer, Cody, Stephen, Robbie and Cam will all jump into the middle of a comic series that they are not following or have any clue whats going on. And they are going to ask one simple question, “What In The Hell Is Going On?” I promise you that this will be something you look forward to reading (I hope?) and I think you are going to get a kick out of what we have to say. Especially when Stephen and Cam are dumped into a universe that they have no clue what’s going on. (mostly Cam, he ONLY reads Thor: God Of Thunder and Superman Unchained.)

So here we go, What In The Hell Is Going On in Red Lantern #21?

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I’m going to start with the cover, because that’s what grabbed my attention while walking around my shop looking for a book to grab. Guy Gardner: Traitor to Two Corps. “We’ll this should be interesting” I thought to myself. I love Green Lantern and I have never read any other offshoot of Lanterns. I mean come on, do we REALLY need a Red Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians AND a Green Lantern? It’s kind of like Batman, why in the hell do we have Dark Knight, Detective, Batwing, Batwoman, Batman and Robin Whatever-it-is-now, and Nightwing and the list can go on. Well that’s the end of that rant. I look forward to seeing why Guy is now a traitor to TWO corps.

Well, it starts promisingly. A really strong Darkseid look-a-like choking what appears to be a doggy-reindeer. There is also a Red Lantern cat, which is just adorable! From what I can tell so far, the Red Lanterns are very angry aliens. It must have something to do with all the red and whatnot.  Ok, so Guy and Hal are talking on Oa and Guy is rebuilding a motorcycle… in space… why?

So, Hal ends up asking Guy to go back to the Red Lanterns as a spy and to figure out what’s going on over with the angry guys. Guy ends up in a Bar that he runs on Oa and talking and making drinks for a few other Green Lanterns. He makes some guy a fruity drink and is told not to put any pink umbrellas into the glass. And then we see a green lantern in the shape of a drink umbrella. I really don’t know what that was suppose to mean, or what that Lanterns back story is, but it seemed really lame and almost stupid. It felt like the writer was SO set on this joke that he had to create a entire alien race to pull it off. Now, I can pretty much get behind everything in the GL Universe, but a damn drink umbrella alien? Come on now, that’s just sad…

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We appear back on the planet of Ysmault where the Red Lanterns wanted to have communion of the blood of one of the members of this corps in order to gain his power of constructing weapons. So, they are really angry vampires that take some inspiration from the Christian religion? I’m sold; I’ve got a new book on my pull list! But back to the topic at hand, all the Red Lanterns are appear to be fighting to the death. Then Guy appears and begins some small talk,  and has an internal conversation about how he’s not good enough to be a Green Lantern. He was never a good cop, and that no matter how powerful he is with a ring he can’t stop all the bad things from happening in the universe. Honestly, for this brief minute, I really related to Guy, a hell of a lot more than I have ever related to Hal. Then things get kinda weird…

Guy is trying to let Atrocictus know that he wants back in with the Reds. But Atrocictus wants none of that and doesn’t believe a single word coming out of Guy, and neither did I. Then, Atrocicus shoots some red laser/blood (?) beam out of his mouth and it depletes Guy’s ring to 54% and every time he’s hit buy Atrocictus his ring power drops dangerously low. But then, Guy just loses it; he gets more and more angry after every hit. Every hit that he receives AND delivers. Watching this I really found myself rooting for Guy, mostly because Atrocictus really seems like a dick. Then finally, Guy beats Atrocictus and rips his ring off of his finger, Guy is now a Red Lantern, and I’m a little intimidated, he seems a lot more bad ass than I expected.

The little kitty cat red lantern makes another appearance and its just as adorable. HE WEARS HIS RING ON HIS TAIL! I think he is very much devoted to Atrocictus because he puts him in a red bubble and they two fly off, it’s an adorable scene covered in blood.redlantern3

The issue ends with Guy standing in front of the rest of the Red Lantern Corps screaming and it leaves us with “I’m done being the good guy.

I’ve got to say, I really enjoyed this issue. I have never read a Red Lantern series and in all honestly, I think I might start. I enjoyed the anger and emotion that this brought. And I really found myself rooting for Guy a hell of a lot more than Hal or even Kyle. Well, I hope this helped you figure out what in the hell is going on in Red Lanterns #21!